Duane Paluska, born in Illinois, earned a master of arts degree from Middlebury College in Vermont and a doctorate in English and American literature from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. In 1967 he moved to Maine to teach English at Bowdoin College for five years. He began painting seriously in the early 1960s and has had solo shows at a number of museums and galleries in New England, such as the Mary Harriman Gallery in Boston and the McCoy Gallery at Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts, in addition to a two-person show at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in 2011. Paluska has participated in group shows throughout the Northeast and has been selected for the Portland Museum of Art’s Biennial twice. His work is in the collections of the Portland Museum of Art, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, and Merrimack College. Paluska is the founder and director of Icon Contemporary Art in Brunswick, Maine’s only gallery to focus exclusively on abstract art, both his own work and that of others.