Art Exhibits at the Library

The Library is thrilled to welcome local and regional artists into our spaces! Please check back here often as we share upcoming artists and their exhibits. 

If you are interested in exhibiting art in the future, please read and fill out the information below.

The Library is proud to now offer four exhibition locations:

  • The Lecture Hall Gallery (third floor)
  • The Cyr Gallery (previously the Bangor Room, third floor)
  • The Stairwell Gallery (new grand staircase)
  • The Stairwell Extension Gallery (2nd floor)

June Exhibitions

Bangor High School Annual Art Show

All Galleries

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Senior Project Presentations

Eric Hutchins & William Bell
Visual & Performing Arts Department Co-Chairs

The Visual & Performing Arts (VPA) program helps students to increase creative thinking skills and knowledge as aesthetically informed citizens. The content areas of drama, music and visual arts are among the subjects students may explore in order to acquire new proficiencies and to meet their Visual & Performing Arts graduation requirement reflected in Maine learning standards.

By design, performance-based courses in each of the three VPA subject areas (visual art, musical / choral performance, theatrer arts) require students to demonstrate competency in both creative expression and history / criticism. Over their four years of high school, students are encouraged to access the rich, diverse and comprehensive blend of introductory and advanced VPA courses, including multiple Advanced Placement options, to build a strong understanding of the visual and performing arts and to create opportunity for continued pursuit and enjoyment of the arts in education and career.

Visit the Bangor High School Visual & Performing Arts webpage for more information about the program.


July Exhibitions


Lecture Hall: Penobscot Marine Museum

Through Her Lens—Women Photographers of Midcoast Maine, 1885-1925

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The medium of photography arose in a time of great social change in Europe and the United States, and although women’s social positions at this time would not have included them in its initial development, women were involved in the early popularization and use of the medium. Constance Fox Talbot experimented with photography even as her husband William Fox Talbot was perfecting his process—the calotype, which generated the world’s first photographic negative—before its introduction in 1841. A handful of women began opening daguerreotype studios in Europe and the U.S. as early 1843, and were among the first professionals in this technical field at a time when most women who worked outside the home were employed as domestic servants, schoolteachers, nurses, or laborers in the textile industry.

These photographs, drawn from the Penobscot Marine Museum’s permanent collections and from a generous loan, represent the work of five women photographers, all born in the latter half of the nineteenth century and based between Boothbay and Blue Hill. Some travelled the world with their seafaring fathers or well to do husbands; others never strayed far from their origins. Some were amateurs with varying skills; others transformed their talents into income. This exhibit explores the multitude of ways women mediated—through the lens of the camera—shifting roles in public and domestic life during a time of great social change in Maine and the nation. Women incorporated camera work into their daily lives, as artists, amateurs, preservationists, professionals, and as travelers and explorers, while photography altered the way men, women, and children saw the world, themselves, and each other.

Through Her Lens can be viewed online, complete with the audio commentary. To view this virtual exhibit, click here.

Women photographers include: Ida Crie, Evie Barbour, Joanna Colcord, Ruth Montgomery, and Harriet Hichborn.

Stairwell and Barbara McDade Galleries:  Carol Michaud


Demonstration: Mixed Media Storytelling

Thursday, July 26th


The stories of the people and places from the Schoodic Peninsula have heavily influenced Carol's artwork. The oil paintings and mixed
media pieces in this show are an example of life as experienced by the artists' hometown memories. The folklore class at the University of Maine coupled with an inheritance of vintage family photographs sparked an idea that has resulted in this body of work. This storytelling format has allowed the artist to depict a time, place and way of life that has vanished. The collection, format and media has grown and changed over the 10 years but the narrative is still the same. The only barrier to making this work has been the discovery of media, materials and how to use them. Design work was influenced through formal instruction at the University of Maine, Venice Art Center and many private and group lessons with professional artists. Carol has taught mixed media storytelling classes over the years and has found teaching to be a valuable tool in learning. The goal of this work is to transport the viewer to a long ago lost time and to help the viewer tap into their own personal stories and history.

Finding True North, oil paintings and mixed media works that focus on stories of life on the coast of Maine.  Some pieces are timeless and others include people, places and objects that are now only memories.  History is constantly reinventing itself, perhaps this show will remind the viewer of their own special  people and places.

Carol builds narrative art characterized by everyday people, places and objects based mostly on the Schoodic Peninsula in Maine. Stories are harvested from the sea and the community. The process begins long before the brush hits the canvas. She builds a story over time incorporating considerable research and the collection of stories, ephemera and photographs.

"I paint with oils, encaustics and mixed media collage. I focus on light, texture and color to evoke feelings and memories. Plein air oil painting grants me the opportunity to create an atmospheric snapshot. I relish the process of building a story. When I      undertake a project I enjoy daily progress to merge the visual and the narrative. I know the piece is complete when my initial      response is to the condition of the light and color.  When people see my work I'd like for them to be excited to share their          feelings about the work and their stories and ideas."


Carol will hold a demonstration of Mixed Media Storytelling on Thursday, July 26th at noon.

Cyr Gallery: Age(less) Artist

We are a group of 16-20 artists that are mostly senior citizens.  We call our group "Age(less) Artist" and range in age from 60's to 80's with a few special younger ones. Some have been painting for years and others fairly new to it. We met at Hammond Street Senior Center over 15 years ago and have developed friendships, social connections and the love of art and painting. We meet year round on Mondays to paint and socialize. We have potluck luncheons, celebrate birthdays and take a trip to Sky Lodge in Jackman once a year. We do art shows when ever we can and love to show our work. We work in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel and mixed media. We are creative, exploring various techniques.

We even did a quilt for a fund raised that featured painting on fabric.  We did various historical building and parks in Brewer.  The quilt brought in nearly $3000.00 which for given to a church to help mend a roof. The generous person that won it gave it to the Brewer Historical Society for a permanent home.

We collectively have exhibited around the area at Eastern Maine Community Collage, Bangor City Hall, Bangor Library, Eastern Maine Development Corp, Solstice for Senior Living, Hammond Street Senior Center, Harmony Hall, and the Edythe Dyer Library in Hampden. Some take part every year in the Belfast Senior College Arts Festival.  Many have done individual shows and several have work at the Lighthouse Art Center gallery in Bucksport.