BFA Spring 2018 Visiting Artist Lecture Series

MECA’s Visiting Artist & Guest Lecturer Series invites professional artists, educators, curators, thought leaders, and creative entrepreneurs to present on topics of interest and importance to the MECA community.

All lectures in this series are hosted in Osher Hall and are open to the public at no charge. Seating is limited. Supported in part by the Gene R. Cohen Charitable Foundation, the Isabel K. Pease Trust, and friends of the College through the Osher Chair Naming Program. Call 207.699.5010 for more information. View all our upcoming Artist Lectures on our Events page.

Mary Murray
Thursday, February 8, 12–1pm

Mary Murray has been curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at MWPAI since September 1991. At MWPAI, she has organized more than forty exhibitions, including four collections-based touring shows with scholarly catalogs: Life Lines: American Master Drawings, 1788-1962 with Paul Schweizer; American 20th-Century Watercolors at the MWPAI; Collecting Modernism: European Masterworks from the MWPAI; and Auspicious Vision: Edward W. Root and American Modernism, with Paul D. Schweizer and Michael Somple. Recent contemporary exhibitions include “Substance and Light: Ten Sculptors Use Cameras,” (2006), with Gina Murtagh; “Dimensional Line: Recent Work by Sharon Louden and Creighton Michael,” (2004); “Resplendent: An Installation by Lynne Yamamoto,” (2003); and “Patrick Dougherty: Full Court Press,” (2001).

Mary has written about and lectured extensively on 20th- and 21st-century American art, recently presenting “Unlikely Provocateur: Edward W. Root, American Modernism and The Metropolitan Museum of Art” at the 2008 Southeast College Art Conference and “American and Modern: Edward W. Root and the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute” at the 2007 College Art Association annual conference.


Matthew Day Jackson
Thursday, February 15, 5:30–7pm

Installation View, Matthew Day Jackson, HauserWirth 2011 (2)

Matthew Day Jackson’s multifaceted practice encompasses sculpture, painting, collage, photography, drawing, video, performance and installation. Since graduating with an MFA from Rutgers University in 2001, following his BFA from the University of Washington in Seattle, Jackson has had numerous solo exhibitions and his work has been shown at MAMbo Museo d’Arte Moderna in Bologna, Italy; the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in Boulder, Colorado; the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA; the Portland Museum of Art Biennial in Portland, Maine; and the Whitney Biennial Day for Night in New York.


Rollin Leonard
Thursday, March 1, 12–1pm

Rollin Leonard, Mud Puddle, Animation of two faces rotating below a interlocked liquid frames

A Portland, Maine and Los Angeles based photographer and video artist, Rollin Leonard uses arcane and idiosyncratic techniques and materials to create offbeat and provocative portraits and images of the human figure. The work pushes the boundaries of the photographic medium and engages the viewer in a dialogue about representation, data, and individuality.


Edgar Mosa
Thursday, April 5, 12–1pm

Edgar Mosa, Salt. Photo by Joseph McShea

Edgar Mosa is an artist born in Lisbon, Portugal where he was trained as a goldsmith at the age of 14. His work is grounded in material and method while exploring temporal symbolism, his environment, and fashion. His studio in New York City has become a secret hideout for underground stars, designers and artists of all types. Mosa always has people coming and going, “sketching” pieces directly on their bodies, which can plant the seed for an entire collection. All the content is made, produced and overviewed by Edgar Mosa himself. He holds a Bachelor of Design from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in The Netherlands and a Master of Fine Art from Cranbrook Academy of Art in the United States.


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