John Ignatius Salemi (1952-2015) was born in Washington DC and spent his youth painting murals in Roman Catholic Churches, and went on to serve in the US Navy for two years during the Vietnam War, where he developed heart problems and post-traumatic stress disorder. After returning from Vietnam, John became a conscientious objector and began hitchhiking his way North to Canada, eventually settling in Waterville, Maine around 1972. For the rest of his life, John spent his days reading, meditating, and painting on the porch of his tiny apartment at 10 Gray Street in Waterville’s South End.
Aaron Canter and Tom Crisp are now partnering with Colby College Cinema Studies and Center for the Arts and Humanities to present Ignatius a multimedia exhibit (and the culmination of three years of research into the artist’s life) that includes never-before-seen paintings and prints by the late artist, as well as a political video installation and the premiere of For You, At Least, an anti-documentary focused on the artist’s daily experiences.
Free and open to the public.