A passion for glass creation

Posted on April 20, 2015 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

Pipes are everywhere, especially in the city of Portland. They rest in smoke shop windows, and displayed in art shows, and hidden in the dorm rooms of college students. Portland has a large community of glass artists who create their own pipes, yet still many buyers are not aware of where their piece came from. […]

Top Five places to satisfy the munchies

Posted on April 20, 2015 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

Otto Pizza on Congress Street The “munchies” is a feeling that often provokes a craving for greasy, warm foods.  What better choice to satisfy that craving than a hot slice of pizza? Otto’s on Congress Street is constantly serving up not only your favorite traditional recipes but also unique variations that are fun to try […]

Artist explores adolescent trauma

Posted on April 14, 2015 by Krysteana Scribner in Arts & Culture

Artist Traci Molloy works on her project with participating students

Brooklyn-based artist Traci Molloy identifies as an education activist, creating art that tackles difficult topics of adolescent violence, suicide and loss in a variety of media. A reception and discussion will be held on April 15, where people can learn about her project and ask any questions they may have. In Gorham, Molloy currently teaches […]

USM puts on Maine’s first shadow play

Posted on April 14, 2015 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

Shadow interpreters and speaking actors in the cast of as you like it rehearse on USM's Main stage

Starting on the April 17, Shakespeare is making a visit to USM’s main stage in his sharp-witted stage comedy, As You Like It. The show will feature all the hallmarks of The Bard, with it’s traditional costumes, period music and gender confusion. Thanks to director Assunta Kent, this play will be Shakespeare like you’ve never […]

Student filmmakers host auditions

Posted on March 23, 2015 by Krysteana Scribner in Arts & Culture


Mary Kearney, senior media studies major and Emily Pierce, senior media and communications major look over paperwork to learn more about the people auditioning.

Last week, student filmmaker’s set out to cast roles for their films, taking the first step in the process of their hort movie creation. This film project is for an Advanced Field Video Production class, where USM students majoring in media or communications get the chance to cast, direct and film their own movies. These […]

Catch Me If You Can

Posted on March 23, 2015 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

Stealing the USM main stage this month was the ridiculously catchy, deliciously sixties con artistry set to music: Catch Me If You Can. Premiering in Maine for the first time, this euphoric bang of a show features a wide range of student talent. “It’s a great showcase of the talent here at USM,” said musical […]

Digital Dreams: A group of students in the C12 lab work together on video games

Posted on March 09, 2015 by Krysteana Scribner in Arts & Culture


Sophomore computer science major Sam Capotosto puts on the virtual reality headset called the Oculus Rift and plays a game he created that simulates being in space. Adjunct professor of electrical engineering Rocco Sbardella works on his own project next to Capotosto.

On the fifth floor of the science building, students with an interest in helping in the collaboration of technology savvy projects can venture into the CI2 lab to put their ideas into actions and their dreams into reality. One group in particular focuses on video game creation. Jonah Sanville, a sophomore computer science major and […]

Art aims to expose American dream

Posted on March 09, 2015 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

USM’s latest visiting artist really stuck it to the man with his presentation last Friday. Danish artist Lars Jelash and British artist Helen Stringfellow’s collaborative art partnership, Tectonic Industries, tackle the myths and fake realities that pop culture creates. They essentially make a living off of biting the hand that feeds them and they do […]

“Strange Nights” in the local music scene

Posted on March 09, 2015 by Krysteana Scribner in Arts & Culture


From left to right: band members Tim Churchill, Nicholas Rier and Cody Mitchell.

Portland has always been known for its local music scene, where bands are constantly forming and taking the stage in hopes of making it big one day. One new band that has emerged from Portland, called “Strange Nights,” is making its way up in this music scene and has advice for aspiring bands in the […]

Solargraphy slow moments in time

Posted on March 02, 2015 by Krysteana Scribner in Arts & Culture

Johanna Moore’s solargraph exhibit is located on the 5th floor of Glickman library.

The new USM solargraphy exhibit consists of 28 images that show the whole length of the Kennebec River. These photos, taken with a pinhole camera and given long exposure, act as a diary that tells the story of the river as it goes through seasonal changes. To make the pictures into a diary, the artist […]