SPArC lecture series continues with the newly released spring 2013 lineup

On the heels of the extremely successful fall series of SPArC (Speakers, Performers, Artists and Culture) lectures at Saint Joseph’s College, the College is proud to announce the spring 2013 schedule. The new lineup expands the focus of SPArC to include the five senses, with a dynamic group of speakers: multimedia artist Jeff Badger, singer-songwriter Samuel James and brewmaster Ben Alexander.

Jan. 30 – Jeff Badger

Jeff Badger is a multimedia artist based in South Portland. He has exhibited his drawings, paintings, sculpture and installation work nationally in solo and group exhibitions, and he records and performs original music in a variety of collaborative projects. Daniel Kany, from Portland Press Herald, has called his installation art “smart but also humble and fun…”

Badger holds a Bachelor of Science in studio art and English from Skidmore College and a Master of Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. He has served as an instructor and studio advisor for graduate programs at Maine College of Art and Massachusetts College of Art & Design, and is on the faculty of Southern Maine Community College where he serves as Department Chair of Fine Arts. Visit his website at

Feb. 13 – Samuel James

Samuel James is a blues performer and guitarist from Portland. His style has been described as a cross between Bill Withers, James Brown and P. T. Barnum. He has performed from Maine to California, and has played shows across the globe, including in England, Germany, France, Norway, Belgium, Poland and Turkey. James was the winner of Portland Phoenix’s 2012 Best Music Poll in the R&B/Soul/Blues Act category. For more about James, visit

April 3 – Ben Alexander

Ben Alexander, owner of Maine Mead Works, discusses the history of the “world’s oldest alcoholic beverage,” his journey into entrepreneurship and the chemistry behind Maine-made mead. In 2012, Maine Mead Works won the gold medal in the Traditional Dry Mead category at the Mazer Cup International Mead Competition. Read more about Alexander’s work and products at

All SPArC lectures take place in room 224 in Harold Alfond Hall at Saint Joseph’s Standish campus. Doors open at 5:30pm; events begin at 6pm. Hosted by Saint Joseph’s Art Department, SPArC stimulates artistic discourse in the Lakes Region by creating an interdisciplinary platform that brings creative professionals to campus to share their work and lead discussions. For more information on the series, contact Chris Sullivan at

January 2, 2013
Contact: David Svenson at (207) 893-7723 or e-mail