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In Aprilthe University of Southern Maine USM removed three pieces of artwork from an on-campus art show on its Lewiston-Auburn campus, after learning that the artist had once been convicted of sex-related crimes. In the aftermath of the decision, many criticized USM for its decision and for not using the opportunity to have a discussion on the moral complexities underlying the case.
Bruce Habowskia year-old artist living in Waterville, Maine, was convicted of unlawful sexual contact ina felony for which he served six months in prison. According to the Sun Journal, he also had two sex-related misdemeanor convictions around the same time, one involving a juvenile.
Janice L. Moorea local painter, was the guest curator for the show, which ran from March 12 to June 1, She was responsible for selecting the artwork to be displayed.
The gallery contained about 70 pieces of art from about 30 artists. Moore said she did not consider the background of each artist when deciding which works to include. Glenn Cummings is president of USM. He initially refused to comment on the situation, allowing the general statement the university had released to speak for itself.
But following increased scrutiny and adverse reactions, Cummings made an additional explanatory statement regarding the removal of the artwork. The act of making art, to me, it seems is a very positive thing.
You are contributing to society in a positive way. But Moore ultimately had to defer to the decision of USM administrators, since the gallery is a university-owned and -operated gallery. The complaint was not about the content of the art, but the artist.
After careful review, USM decided to remove his works from this exhibit. The artist himself would not comment on the matter to any news outlet but revealed to one reporter that he was disappointed the show had received mostly negative attention because of his paintings. This is very different from a controversial speaker in which students choose—or not—to attend.
University of Southern Maine removes artwork by sex offender from campus exhibition. External References.
Key Players Bruce Habowskia year-old artist living in Waterville, Maine, was convicted of unlawful sexual contact ina felony for which he served six months in prison.