Artist's Statement

Howard-Solomon     What sense do we make —in waking moments and in dreams—of the ephemera of our lives? What can we imagine when memory and history, secrecy and revelation, come together?

For forty years, I taught university courses about people who were often abandoned to the margins of historical memory — lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender people; witches, heretics, Jews, and revolutionaries.

In 2009, however, propelled by a series of vivid dreams experienced over several days, I came to found-object assemblage and collage. I began to marvel at the myriad of abandoned objects in contemporary culture, and the ways in which our notions of religion, myth, sexuality and gender can affect how we look at them.

My pieces are created out of a host of apparently disparate items and images — cast-off toys, forgotten tools, faded illustrations, broken machines — as personal and emotional expressions of how I’ve lived, and what I’ve seen and thought.

I currently live in Bowdoinham, Maine, and New Orleans, Louisiana.

SHOWS, etc.:

2014: The Gallery at Eleven Pleasant, Brunswick, ME
2013: Merrymeeting Art Center, Bowdoinham, ME
2012: Schlick Gallery, Brookfield, MA
Merrymeeting Art Center, Bowdoinham, ME
Cover art: Passion and Pride: Poets in Support of Equality, 2012.
2011: “10 X 10 on 10/10.” Points of View Gallery, Brunswick ME
Juried Show. Harlow Gallery, Hallowell ME
2010: “Icons and Shrines/Day of the Dead.” St. Lawrence Art Center, Portland ME
Juried Show, Harlow Gallery, Hallowell ME

RESUME:

EDUCATION:

B.A. in History, University of Pittsburgh, 1964
Ph.D. in History, Northwestern University, 1969

PROFESSOR of HISTORY (European History, History of Sexuality, LGBT History)

New York University, 1968-1971
Tufts University, 1971-2004

SCHOLAR in RESIDENCE: Sampson Center for Diversity, U.Southern Maine,2002-09

AWARDS and HONORS (selected):

Tufts LGBT Student Recognition Award, 1992; Phi Beta Kappa, 1999;
Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award; Professor Emeritus of History, 2004;
Teachers as Scholars Faculty, Harvard Grad. School of Education, 1997-2000;
Equality Maine Lifetime Achievement Award, 2007;
James Phinney Baxter Award, Maine Historical Society, 2008;
Maine Initiatives President’s Award, 2009;
Catalyst for Change Award, Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine, 2011

COMMUNITY SERVICE (selected):

Maine Creative Economy Council; Matlovitch Society;
Maine Taskforce on LGBT Youth; Maine Jewish Film Festival;
Equality Maine; Maine Initiatives;
National Coalition Building Institute

PUBLICATIONS (selected):
+ “Foreward: Re-Membering.” Passion and Pride: Poets in Support of Equality, Bruce P. Spang, editor, Westbrook, ME: Moon Pie Press, 2012.
+ “Combating the ‘Social Evil’: Masculinity and Moral Reform in Portland, 1912-1914,” Maine History, Vol. 43 (January 2008), 139-65.
+ Annual exhibition catalogs, Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine, University of Southern Maine:
Ozzie and Harriet, Same-Sex Marriage, and the Culture Wars: LGBT Families in Maine, 1960 to the Present. 2005.
Coming Out, Going In: Spirituality and Religion in Maine’s LGBT Communities. 2006.
From the Closet to the Ballot-Box: Electoral Politics and Maine’s LGBT Citizens, 1970‘s to the Present. 2008.
+ “Creating a ‘Gay Mecca’: Lesbians and Gay Men in Late Twentieth Century Portland,” Creating Portland: History and Place in Northern New England, J. A. Conforti, ed. (University Press of New England, 2005), 295-316.
+ Charlie Howard Twenty Years Later: How Far Has Maine Come? Traveling exhibition: USM Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence and Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine, 2004.
+ Public Welfare, Science, and Propaganda in Seventeenth Century France. Princeton University Press, 1972.

INTERVIEWS, etc:

Interview (video). 2011 Catalyst for Change Award. Oct. 21, 2011.
Speech: “Re-Membering Community” (video). 2011 Catalyst for Change Award. Oct. 21, 2011.
“Solomon honored for social justice efforts,” Portland Press Herald, Oct. 20, 2011
“Finding – and preserving – unheard voices: Speaking with Howard Solomon about his years of LGBT research,” The Portland Phoenix, October 19, 2011
“Resolution on the Retirement of Howard M. Solomon.” Tufts University, 2004