Artist Talk: Robert Saunders Tues Nov 13th

The University of Maine Intermedia MFA program is pleased to announce the fourth lecture, Robert Saunders, for their fall 2012 Visiting Artist series. Saunders will present a public lecture titled: “HAVING SAID THAT” on Tuesday November 13th at 7pm in 100 Lord Hall on the University of  Maine campus in Orono.

Robert Saunders has devoted most of his career to the art of visual poetry. His works are about language and communication, often featuring numbers and the letters of the alphabet in a variety of orientations. Many of his works seek to achieve the effects of verbal communication without such language-based symbols. Verbal content is instead suggested through the use of intersecting or non-intersecting lines embellished with bold color and artistic abstraction. The lines remind us of thoughts and words that intersect to create meaning (or that trail off into nothingness). Color and abstract imagery suggest emotion or the development of ideas.

Saunders is a recognized contributor to a variety of “outsider” art movements. He has an extensive exhibition history. His work is included in the Ruth & Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, and his contributions to the mail art movement have been documented in publications in the US, Germany, Holland, Spain and Brazil. He has won numerous first place awards in international rubber stamp art competition. He is listed in the Franklin Furnace Archive and in the archives of the Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and Humanities. His works are included in the permanent collections of the Manchester Institute of Arts & Sciences and in the Currier Gallery of Art in Manchester, NH. 

Mr. Saunders received his undergraduate degree in art from Western Michigan University and his Masters of Art from Wayne State University. He currently lives with his wife and cat in Gardner, ME.

The Masters of Fine Arts in Intermedia at the University of Maine provides substantial advanced study for individuals interested in interdisciplinary study in the arts. The program emphasizes intensive development of students’ creative and innovative abilities through a diverse engagement with multiple research processes, critical thinking skills and creative production tools and technologies. The visiting artist series supports and reflects the wide variety of disciplines represented by the program including but not limited to, Art, New Media, Theater, Dance, Philosophy, Art History, Engineering, Communications, Media Studies, Music, Psychology, Natural Sciences, and others.

This event is sponsored by the Intermedia MFA Program, the New Media Department and The Cultural Affairs / Distinguished Lecture Series Fund.

For more information contact Bethany Engstrom at