JOIN SPEEDWELL CONTEMPORARY AT THE PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART IN CELEBRATING THE INCREDIBLE MULTI-DECADE CAREER OF ARTIST ALISON HILDRETH.
The evening will include a screening of SPEEDWELL’s new documentary by Smith Galtney centered around Hildreth’s work, life, and practice. Followed by a panel discussion with speakers Grant Wahlquist, Sean Foley, Katarina Weslien, and Mark Bessire in conversation with Alison Hildreth. Hildreth will be presented with the second annual “Speedwell Prize.”
ABOUT ALISON HILDRETH
After graduating from Vassar College with a B.A. in Art History, Alison Hildreth worked in New York and went to night school at the Art Students League and the National Academy of Art. She moved to Maine and continued her studies in Studio Art, graduating from the Maine College of Art in 1976. Since that time, Alison has had several studios in Portland and is now located at the Bakery Studios at 61 Pleasant Street. Her practice includes mixed media drawing, painting, printmaking, and installation work.
She incorporates ideas from research in cartography, astronomy, environmental studies, history, philosophy, and literature as a launching pad into her work, but many of her ideas come from walking and daydreaming.
Alison taught as a non-resident studio instructor for MFA programs at MECA, Vermont College, and Lesley College in Boston and as part of the Continuing Studies Program at MECA.
She has been a member of the Portland Public Art Committee. She is involved in re-envisioning Congress Square as a public space for the city and sits on the committee to select Sarah Sze to create a work for the park. She is a partner in owning and running the Bakery studio building. She has received honorary degrees from MECA and IDSVA.
Alison has exhibited in the United States and abroad. Her work is included in many permanent collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Farnsworth Art Museum, and the New York and Boston Public Libraries.