John Walker’s Botanical Creations Augment Museum of Art ‘Why Draw?’ Show

Six of Maine-based artist John Walker’s large ink and acrylic works on paper have been added to a satellite gallery in the Museum of Art. The pieces relate to but are also distinct from the hundreds of drawings and watercolors, spanning 500 years, that are now on display in the Museum of Art’s Why Draw? show.

In an interview in his studio some weeks before the exhibition, Walker talked about the importance of drawing for artists and art lovers. “Drawing is touching,” he said. “I am sure this museum will be rooms full of things that have been beautifully touched.” Read more in Bowdoin News.

McKeen Center Symposium Celebrates a Year of Doing Good

Each spring, the McKeen Center for the Common Good holds a symposium on campus to recognize the community-focused research and service of students over the past year.

On Thursday, May 4, Morrell Lounge was decorated with posters representing 87 projects that included direct volunteering, summer fellowships, and community-engaged learning spanning the disciplines, from economics to education.

Dhivya Singaram ’17, a Mckeen Center fellow, organized the symposium, roughly dividing the projects into four broad categories: building sustainable communities, education, public health, and social justice.

Portrait of Trustee Emeritus Leon A. Gorman ’56, H’83 Presented in Moulton Union

Amid fond recollections of his deep devotion to Maine and to Bowdoin, a portrait of Trustee Emeritus Leon A. Gorman ’56, H’83 was presented May 11, 2017, in Moulton Union.

Gorman, the former president and chairman of L.L. Bean, and the grandson of the company’s founder, died in September 2015 at the age of 80.

President Clayton Rose recalled Gorman’s visionary leadership as a businessman, and his generous and quiet support, with his wife, Lisa, for the arts and culture, for health and medicine, and for community service organizations that change lives. Read more about the portrait presentation and view a slideshow of images from the event in Bowdoin News.

Nature Conservancy Director Kate Dempsey ’88 Recognized for Outstanding Service

Kate Dempsey ’88 speaking with Bowdoin students in 2016

The Tufts Graduate School of Arts and Sciences recently awarded Kate Dempsey ’88 the Alumni Award for Outstanding Career and Service Achievement. At Tufts, Dempsey studied urban and environmental policy and planning.

Dempsey is the state director of the Maine chapter of The Nature Conservancy, where she emphasizes active engagement with communities to conserve nature and solve resource challenges. Read more about Dempsey and the award.