Best in Show! by Daniella Trask


Ian’s Strange Histories piece “Parlay” won the award for “Best in Show” at the Art2018 group exhibition at the Harlow Gallery.

Best in Show and a $500 cash prize sponsored by The Kennebec Valley Art Association was awarded to Ian Trask of Topsham for his mixed media assemblage entitled “Parlay.” Engstrom [curator] wrote, “Ian’s use of a multitude of layers in both idea and materials is truly intriguing. The reuse and layering of found materials draws the viewer in to create these strange narratives along with their own.”

Check out the other prize winners here.

Ian's Textile Art on a network TV show by Daniella Trask


I recently had the unique experience of seeing my artwork on a tv sitcom - “Alex, Inc” is a new show on ABC starring Zach Braff. If you’re familiar with Alex Blumberg and Gimlet Media, “Alex, Inc” is the tv version of the Start Up podcast. Thanks to Fiercely Curious for coordinating the opportunity.

reVIEWing the 35mm Slide - group show at Lafayette College by Daniella Trask

With slides incorporated into their medium, the artists featured in ReVIEWing the 35mm Slide revive these once-powerful recorders of art, memory, and time, transforming the worlds contained within their 2-inch x 2-inch cardboard or plastic frames. Curator Maryann J. Riker notes, “By elevating the 35mm slide and the slide projector, we celebrate the slide as a form of storytelling and thereby commemorate its importance in the history of recording culture.”

Read a review of the show in the Morning Call.

SPARK! at the Maine Historical Society by Daniella Trask


A BIG THANKS to Tilly Laskey for including Ian in the group show she curated for the Maine Historical Society in Portland. “Spark! Maine Art Stories” explores the varied ways Mainers express themselves, and features sixteen contemporary Maine artists who are diverse in their geography, their artistic mediums, and inspirations.

Read Bob Keyes review about the show in the Portland Press Herald

Read Ian’s contribution to the My Maine Stories network, a participatory storytelling forum run by MHS.