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Panel Discussion: Harold Garde | Artist, Mentor, Friend on ZOOM
September 17, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
About the Panelists
Suzette McAvoy is Executive Director and Chief Curator at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, a role she has served since September 2010. She is the former Executive Director of Waterfall Arts, and was previously Chief Curator and Interim Director at the Farnsworth Art Museum, where she curated the exhibition, Harold Garde: The Kimono Series in 2001.
Suzette has lectured and written extensively on the art and artists of Maine, including organizing nationally traveling exhibitions of the work of Louise Nevelson, Alex Katz, Kenneth Noland and Lois Dodd.
Prior to moving to Maine, McAvoy was Director of the University of Rhode Island Art Galleries. She received her B.A. in Art History from William Smith College and M.A. in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program.
George Kinghorn is Director and Curator of the Zillman Art Museum at the University of Maine in Bangor, a position he has held since June 2008. Under his transformational leadership, the museum has grown significantly in size, visitation, programming, and prominence, and has added many important works to its collection. In 2019, he curated the exhibition, “When There Was Another Me,” a solo of Harold Garde’s figurative work.
Prior to moving to Maine, Kinghorn was with the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonsville, where he served as Deputy Director and Chief Curator and also as Director, overseeing MOCA Jacksonville’s redevelopment, capital campaign and schedule of exhibitions featuring a roster of national and international artists.
He has organized over 100 modern and contemporary art exhibitions, served as a guest lecturer and juror at universities throughout the U.S., and written extensively on contemporary artists. He received his Master of Fine Art degree in visual arts from Michigan State University.
As a primarily self-taught artist, Kathleen Florance’s work has grown steadily for over 30 years. It has been during this time that the work she sought to create has been pushed to an ever higher level of thought, execution, and presentation. Her two-dimensional work has been exhibited in multiple national and regional venues and has been the recipient of several awards, including three grants from the Maine Arts Commission. She has also completed several Environmental installations that were developed and executed either by herself or in partnership with another artist.
In 2014 Kathleen felt “honored to be part of an exceptional exhibit here in Maine with Harold Garde and David Estey.” She says, “Harold’s mastery of universal symbols and the freedom of his expression were instrumental in pushing me to make my own path, make my own story.” As her work matured, it has expanded to infuse the many issues of our times. Lines, forms and the relationships of color and other components all play a role in how she chooses to speak about her curiosity, her concern for the natural world and how as a society we are responding.
David Estey is a Maine native and an improvisational painter in Belfast.
He has lived, taught, exhibited and sold his art in the Mid-Atlantic States, North Carolina and Maine. Over the past 70 years he has made well over ten thousand drawings and paintings in many different styles, from realism to abstract expressionism. His painting is now almost totally improvisational, using the elements and principles of design to create new and exciting results – sometimes nonrepresentational but often oddly narrative. He is a good friend to and greatly inspired by Harold Garde.
David has degrees from Rhode Island School of Design and George Washington University, with many years of study at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.