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Mat O’Donnell (attended) '70 had work in a variety of Maine exhibits, including solo shows at Think Tank in Portland, River Arts in Damariscotta, and Hurricane Gallery in Waldoboro. His work was also included in a juried Spindleworks exhibit at Frontier Cafe in Brunswick and he was featured in the Café des Artistes section of the Bangor Daily News.
Noriko Sakanishi ’70 had a solo show titled Confluence: Constructions & Works on Paper at the June Fitzpatrick Gallery in Portland, ME.
Alison Hildreth ’76 had her work included in Pressing On ll at June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA and Maine Women Pioneers III: Homage at University of New England Gallery in Portland, ME.
Matt Blackwell ’77 had a solo exhibition of his paintings titled Ass Backwards to Eden at Valentine Gallery in Ridgewood Queens, NY.
Virginia Fleck (attended) ’80 had an exhibit of mandala art at Wyatt Brand, a marketing firm in Austin, TX.
Leon Anderson ’83 exhibited work in a show titled Accord VIII at the George Marshall Store Gallery in York, ME.
Penelope Jones ’84 and Bridget Spaeth ’94 had work featured in Expanding Fields, a three- person exhibit at Rose Contemporary in Portland, ME.
Rob Licht ’84 completed a small book on his experiences at Playa Artist Residency last spring titled Playa: a Dialogue with the Landscape. It is available through
Suzanne Anderson ’86 will have her work published in Polymer Clay Global Perspectives by Cynthia Tinapple. It will be published by Random House and is due out in August.
Kevin Bean ’86 had a solo show titled Paintings & Drawings at the Dominican University of California in San Rafael, CA.
Laurie Hadlock ’87 exhibited work in the group show Viewpoints at the Thos. Moser Freeport Showroom in Freeport, ME.
Libby Barrett ’88 had an exhibit of her artist's books at the Thomas Memorial Library in Cape Elizabeth, ME.
Melonie Bennett ’91 had a solo exhibition of her photographs of night life in Maine and a Kid
Rock cruise titled Melonie Bennett: Bad Ass at PhoPa Gallery in Portland, ME.
Francine Schrock ’91 created two murals for the residents of Schooner Estates Retirement
Community in Auburn, ME. She exhibits her work at the Saccarappa Art Collective along with
Caren-Marie Michel ’78 in Westbrook, ME.
Joe Kievitt ’93 had an exhibit called Manual Revisions at Icon Contemporary Art in Brunswick,
Stacy Davis (formerly John Pratt) ’94 works and exhibits her work at Lane Gallery in Portland,
Rachael Eastman ’94 exhibited work in a show titled Coast Presence in the Charles C. Thomas
Gallery at MECA.
Joshua Ferry ’94 and Sean Foley, former MECA faculty, had a two-person show at
Aucocisco Galleries in Portland, ME titled the Crux of the Matter.
Erin Sweeney ’94 held a number of workshops on making cards, envelopes, boxes, books, and
bindings in Peterborough, NH and at the Philadelphia Center for the Book in PA. Her work was
included in Process & Place at Maine College of Art; Fashionable Books and Paper Fashion
at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, ME; and in Printivale!, a show she curated
and which featured Chad Creighton ’12 and Pilar Nadal MFA ‘13, at Sharon Arts Center in
Peterborough, NH. She also exhibited in a two-person show with Kathy Feighery ’94 titled It’s
Been A Few Years at Isaac Dyer Galleries in Gorham, ME.
Aaron Williams ’94 exhibited work in the group show Arcadia Now at the Visual Arts Gallery
at New Jersey City University, as well as in the three-person exhibit Real Op at Parallel Art
Space in Ridgewood, NY.
Shana Astracan ’96 offers jewelry making workshops online at
Sue Anne Hoyt ’96 was featured in Peach Living magazine published in Clanton, AL.
Jason Howell ’97 launched the Mobile Arts Classroom, a “classroom on wheels” trailer devoted
to art education for children that travels to municipal parks, recreation departments, and school
districts in southern Rhode Island.
Kara Taylor ’97 had work included in the group show Photoencaustics at gallerybmg in
Woodstock, NY, and an exhibition titled Poetry in Paint at Kara Taylor Fine Art in Vineyard
Haven, MA.
Lisa Dombek (attended) ’98 exhibited work at Think Tank and Katie Made Bakery, both in
Portland, ME.
Vivian Beer ’00 had a solo exhibition titled Vivian Beer: Designed in SoCal at The Bakery in
San Diego, CA.
Tim Burns ’01, Jonathan Balzano-Brookes ’02, and Sean Newton ’02 are founding members
of the indie-rock group Phantom Buffalo, which they formed while at MECA. The band’s fourth
full-length release, Tadaloora, was profiled in a cover story in The Bollard, an independent
newspaper published in Portland, ME. A CD release event took place at Space Gallery in
Portland, ME.
Gina Adams ’02 exhibited work in Traces: Synchronistic Memory in The Gallery in Sams
Hall of Fine Arts at Kansas Wesleyan University where she is currently a student in the MFA
program. In addition, she has her work featured on a new line of Levi T-shirts.
Samantha Churchill '03 had a solo show at the Wannabe Gallery in Milan, Italy, in addition to
exhibiting work at Agora Gallery in New York City and The Red Dot Art Fair in Miami. One
of her sculptures was included in a public arts installation in downtown Tampa, FL and two
additional sculptures are on display in the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
Mike Marks ’03, Elizabeth Marks ’04, and Elizabeth Prior ’82 moved their collaborative
business Fore River Gallery to a new space on Market Street in Portland, ME. They held an
opening exhibition to celebrate in February.
Daniel Pepice ’03 and Brook Delorme (attended) ’03 participated in “Innovators of Design,” a
speaking and discussion series at River Tree Arts in Kennebunk, ME.
Nettie Locke Rogers ’03 exhibited her MFA Thesis in a solo show titled A Transformational
Bond in the Eisentrager-Howard Gallery at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Sarah Schuster ’03 is the associate of a new business venture based in Switzerland called
Cultural Capital Consultancy, an independent provider of art and wealth management services
focused on assisting clients to build art collections that are financially sustainable.
Sharon Lee Hart ’04 had an exhibit of photographs called Sanctuary: Portraits of Rescued
Farm Animals in the Charles C. Thomas Gallery at MECA.
Michelle Souliere ’04 co-curated Lovecraft: A Darker Key at Sanctuary Tattoo in Portland, ME.
The exhibition featured the collective efforts of twelve artists, including MECA alums: Clayton
Cameron ’05 and Eric Pomorski ’07.
Ahmed Alsoudani ’05 had work included in a four-person show at Marlborough Chelsea in
New York City, along with Francis Bacon, Philip Guston, and Paula Regoa. He also had his
first museum solo exhibition titled Ahmed Alsoudani/MATRIX 165 as part of the MATRIX series
at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, CT. An interview with Ahmed was
included on the art blog Hyperallergenic and he was featured in an article in the Wall Street
Daniel Davis ’05 exhibited work in a show titled Here and There at the University of Southern
Maine Glickman Library in Portland, ME. He also gave an artist’s talk as part of their Artist
Conversation series.
Jenny McGee Dougherty ’05 had work featured in Patterned Vernacular, a two-person exhibit
at Buoy Gallery in Kittery, ME and created a site-specific installation titled A Plausible Weft
during her two month residency at Talent | Agency in Portland, ME. Jenny has been working as
the Associate Director of Space Gallery in Portland for the past two years.
Adam deGrandis '05 acted as principal artist on the eagerly awaited co-op heist game,
“Monaco,” which is set to be released this spring. He is an Adjunct Instructor in New Media at
MECA and works as a freelance game artist.
Patricia Brace ’06 had work included in Introductions, a group exhibit at Trestle Gallery in
Brooklyn, NY.
Chandra Glaesman ’06 was an artist-in-residence at the Glean 2012 Residency, a program that
invites artists to make art from trash at the Metro Central Station in Portland, OR. An exhibition
of the completed works followed at Disjecta Gallery.
Noa Warren ’06 and Kyle Downs ’07 exhibited work with artist Greg Parker, with whom the
two have worked as studio assistants, at the June Fitzpatrick Gallery in Portland, ME.
Jenna Crowder ’07 is an artist-in-residence at Studio Khalat at the art space Artellewa in Giza,
Christopher Sullivan ’07 joined the faculty at Saint Joseph’s College in Standish, ME with a
joint appointment in Fine Art and Communications.
Asherah Cinnamon ’08, Stefanie Loeb ’08, Nina Petrochko ’08, and Martha Piscuskas ’08
reunited to perform their collaborative piece “JUMP: War” at the Clifford Gallery at Waterfall
Arts, as well as on Main Street in Belfast, ME.
Beth Taylor ’08 was hired as the Assistant Director of Marketing and Design at MECA. Beth
has worked in the Continuing Studies and Admissions offices and is also an Adjunct Instructor in
Graphic Design at MECA.
Chelsea Clarke ’09 exhibited her work in Beebe Woods: The Trail Leads to Our Door at
Highfield Hall in Falmouth, MA; Interpretations: Artistic Celebrations of Buzzards Bay at the
Buzzards Bay Coalition in New Bedford, MA; and the Falmouth Art Center in Falmouth, MA.
Tamera Hios ’09 exhibited her new series of work called “Peacekeepers and Outlaws” during
the Loyal Citizen Clothing launch of their new Fall Collection: Myths & Industry at Joseph's in
Portland, ME.
Rachel Kowalik ’10 won a competition to create a thirty foot mural at 119 Gallery in Lowell,
MA and was interviewed for a documentary about artists in Lowell that can be viewed on
Sheridan Cudworth ’11 gave a presentation and demonstration titled “Transformed:
Transformation through Make-Up” at MECA.
Addison deLisle ’11 worked at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts with master blacksmith
Doug Wilson.
Megan Gervasio ’11 exhibited work in 21 Grams at Darby Fine Art in Vero Beach, FL.
Margaret “Maggie” Muth ’11 was an artist-in-residence at Maine Fiberarts in Topsham, ME
as part of their annual SEW-IN event. Maggie’s work was installed in the Red Studio and she
conducted workshops throughout the month of October.
Joe Rosshirt ’11 released Super Dust Bunny, his first iOS game for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod
touch. It is now available in the App Store.
Elizabeth “Abbeth” Russell ’11 curated a group exhibition titled Sensory Circus at the Meg
Perry Center in Portland, ME.
Harlan Crichton ’12 was in a three-person show with Allen Mcgee and Rob Shetterly at the
Clifford Gallery at Waterfall Arts in Belfast, ME.
Dena Giroux ’12 was selected to assist Gerit Grim at the National Conference on Education for
Ceramic Arts.
Zane Sodeur ’12 was featured on the PVD Lady Project blog, along with They’re Using Tools
founder Melinda Rainsberger, a video and animation production company where Zane is the
special projects manager.
Gabriella Sturchio ’12 had work featured in Creative Quarterly: The Journal for Art & Design
and received a Good Idea Grant from the Maine Arts Commission to purchase photography
studio equipment.
Anna Shapiro MFA ’00 had work included in Growl: Women’s Caucus for Art, Members’
Juried Exhibition, which addressed questions of women’s wild strength, at the Karl Drerup
Gallery at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH and was a panelist in Unconference as
a part of the Creative Feminism: Art, Activism and Everyday Action event at the University of
Rhode Island.
Susan Bickford MFA ‘’01 had her piece, Polyphemus: an interactive installation, at the
Englewood Arts Center in Englewood, FL and had her work included in Maine Women Pioneers
III: Vanguard at the Art Gallery at the University of New England in Portland, ME.
Simon van der Ven MFA ’01 had work included in the Small Works Show at Perimeter Gallery
in Belfast, ME; Flashpoint, an international wood fire exhibition at Plinth Gallery in Denver,
CO; Escaping the Frame at CRAFT Gallery in Rockland, ME; and the 20th Annual Strictly
Functional Pottery National (SFPN), based in Pennsylvania, for which his entry won a “Best
Thrown and Altered” award, the “HACC Ceramics Club Purchase Award,” and the “People's
Choice” award.
Aaron T Stephan MFA ’02 had a solo exhibition titled Aggressive Uninterest at Aucocisco
Galleries in Portland, ME, and had his work included in the CMCA Biennial Exhibition 2012 at
the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport, ME.
Maysey Craddock MFA ’03 had work featured in Forest for the Trees, her fourth solo exhibit
at David Lusk Gallery in Memphis, TN, inspired by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
In 2013 her work will be featured at Dixon Museum of Art and Brooks Museum of Art in
Memphis, TN, as well as the Arkansas Arts Center and the University of Central Arkansas.
Jennifer Moller MFA ’03 and her partner Beth Ireland raised funds for a new project called
“Turning Around America: Sanctuary”, for which they are building a sustainable, affordable, and
mobile art education studio that will serve as a prototype for future models.
Elizabeth “Liz” Sweibel MFA ’03 had her work included in a two-person exhibition titled
Parts to the Whole at the Medicine Factory in Memphis, TN. The exhibition was curated by
Maysey Craddock MFA ’03.
Melanie Fiander MFA ’07 had one of her Bridal Portrait photos published on the renowned
wedding blog United With Love.
Randy Regier MFA ’07 gave a talk at the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, KS. His
work Impending Future Bus was selected as the KU Common Work of Art for 2012-2013 at
the University of Kansas and he was featured in an essay on the Kansas City-based arts blog
Elaine Angelopoulos MFA '09 will have an essay and images included in the upcoming
publication "Poetic BioPolitics" to be published through I.B. Tauris next year.
Stacy Howe MFA ’10 had an exhibition at Sienna Patti Contemporary in Lenox, MA titled
Animals Eating Things They Shouldn’t.
Sarah Bouchard MFA ’11 site-specific artwork inside Portland’s Masonic Temple was profiled
on the Maine Today website. It is the first art installation to take place inside an active Masonic
Temple. She was awarded a $1,500 grant from the Maine Arts Commission for one of the
components of the project.
Shirah Neumann MFA ’12 exhibited her work in a two-person show at Aucocisco Gallery in
Portland, ME titled Variable Presence. The show was reviewed in the Portland Phoenix.
Kim Vose Jones MFA ’12 had her work included in the national juried biennial exhibition
Fibreworks 2012 at Cambridge Galleries in Cambridge, Ontario.
Andrew Jaspersohn Art Ed '07 teaches at Cardigan Mountain School in Canaan, NH, after
spending two years teaching in Portland, ME and at the University of New England.
Ingrid Erickson Art Ed ‘08 was an artist-in-residence at the Jentel Foundation in Sheridan, WY
and at Wildacres Retreat in the Blue Ridge mountains. She teaches art classes at Waterworks
Visual Art Center in Salisbury, NC, as well as an art course for homeless adults, and an art class
for Head Start students as part of an art, music, and dance program last summer.
Mary Pennington Art Ed '10 is teaching in the Maine School Administrative District #75 in
Topsham: half time at the high school and half time at the middle school.