The University of Maine Intermedia MFA program is pleased to announce the fourth lecturer, Rachel Bee Porter, for their 2011-2012 Visiting Artist series.  The artist will present a public lecture titled, “It’s a Good Thing: Inspiration, Desperation, and Martha Stewart” on Tuesday November 15th at 7pm in Lord Hall on the University of Maine campus in Orono.

Rachel Bee Porter’s work has delighted audiences around the nation with her biting humor and witty commentary on American domestic life.  Her large-scale photographs are richly saturated with color and texture, and her highly skilled portrayal of household scenes is often enviously beautiful, desperately sad, and deeply funny. Having grown up reading a multitude of home and lifestyle magazines, Porter’s work confronts the expectations that developed from buying into the carefully constructed photographic fantasies of the pristine and perfect domestic life. By appropriating the lush, brightly colored imagery of magazines and perverting it, Porter explores the aftermath of unfulfilled expectations that were bolstered through tips, tricks, how-tos, and eye-catching photographs.

Born and raised in central Pennsylvania, Rachel Bee Porter holds an MFA in Photography and Related Media from Parsons the New School for Design, and a BFA in Professional Photographic Illustration from Rochester Institute of Technology. Her work has been exhibited in venues such as the Center for Photography at Woodstock and Aperture Gallery in New York City. Her work can be seen next in the upcoming Flash Forward 2011 exhibit in Toronto, Canada. She has contributed work to several publications, such as Creative Quarterly and Photographer’s Forum. She currently lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA.

For more information go to www.rachelbeeporter.com

This event is sponsored by the Intermedia MFA Program and the University of Maine Cultural Affairs / Distinguished Lecture Series.

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