MECA ANNOUNCES FALL ‘13 LECTURE SERIES
Visiting Artist Lecture Series Brings Dynamic Range of Thought Leaders, Creative Entrepreneurs, and Professional Artists to Downtown Portland
Portland, Maine ~ MECA’s Visiting Artist and Guest Lecturer Series invites professional artists, educators, curators, thought leaders, and creative entrepreneurs to present on topics of interest and importance to the Greater Portland community and beyond. All lectures in this series are free and open to the public. Hosted in MECA’s Porteous Building (522 Congress Street), seating is limited. Visit meca.edu/lectures or call 800.699.1509 for more information.
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1. Tuesday, September 17 // Jenny Dougherty ’05 // Alumni Biennial Gallery Talk //
Portland artist Jenny McGee Dougherty is the Associate Director at SPACE Gallery in Portland. Her work is inspired by the marks and impressions on local spaces, such as municipal scuffs, weathering, shadows, and patterns. “It all becomes part of our collective landscape that is often taken as a whole, rather than a collection of parts, a history,” she says.
2. Thursday, September 19, 2013 // Andrew Baldwin // Osher Hall, 12pm
Andrew Baldwin is a printmaker, educator and a leader in nontoxic contemporary print methods who developed and produced an innovative and versatile etching ground called Baldwins Ink Ground (B.I.G.), to reduce some of the more hazardous processes in printmaking. He has also initiated a ground-breaking Audio Visual Database of fine art techniques and is the director and founder of Trefeglwys Print Studio in Wales.
3. Thursday September 26, 2013 // Dao Chau Hai and Nguyen Ngoc Lam // Osher Hall, 12pm // Visiting Artists in Residence from Vietnam //
MECA artists-in-residence Dao Chau Hai and Nguyen Ngoc Lam, from Hanoi, Vietnam, will work together to create “The Tree Man,” a large scale site-specific installation made of natural materials in MECA’s Green Space on the corner of Casco and Shepley Streets, from September 16 to October 14, a project sponsored by the Indochina Arts Partnership and MECA’s Artist at Work initiative. MECA alumnus David Thomas '68 started the Indochina Arts Partnership 25 years ago as a cultural exchange program.
4. Thursday, October 3 // Shirah Neumann MFA ’12 // ICA Alumni Biennial Gallery Talk //
Shirah’s paintings convey the complexity of perceived time and their surfaces are “textured from layers of working and editing, utilizing abstraction, color theory, and formal decision making as a means to describe the immensity of experience.” Her influences include Yantra, abstract Tantric Art, and Indian miniature paintings.
5. Thursday October 10 // Gina Adams ’02 // ICA at MECA, 12pm // Alumni Biennial Gallery Talk //
Gina Adams recently completed her MFA from the University of Kansas, where she focused on Visual Art, Curatorial Practice, and Critical Theory. Her cross-media, hybrid studio work includes sculpture, ceramics, painting, printmaking, and drawing and has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States.
6. Tuesday, October 8, 2013 // Emily Luce // Osher Hall, 12pm
Artist, designer and researcher Emily Luce is president of the board of directors at DesignInquiry, a nonprofit organization that furthers the interdisciplinary discourse of design. Recent projects include The Cardiff/Miller House, a 128 square-foot inhabitable replica of an infamous art house in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, and Drawing the Canada-Wide Science Fair, an in-situ, live-broadcast drawing practice involving sixteen artists and over 400 high school science fair participants. Her topics include domesticity in the art world, sustainable architecture, and “the pleasure of tiny.”
7. Friday, October 25, 2013 // Catherine Kernan // Osher Hall, 7pm
Catherine Kernan is a painter, teacher, printmaker, the co-founder and partner of Mixit Print Studio in Somerville, MA, and the director of Maud Morgan Arts, an arts center in Cambridge, MA. She says, “Working at the interface between printmaking and painting, I use large scale woodblocks in unorthodox ways as a transfer tool to build images layer by layer in a painterly process of controlled accident.” Sponsored by Peregrine Press.
8. Wednesday, November 6, 2013 // Elizabeth Hand // Osher Hall, 7pm
Visionary award-winning American novelist Elizabeth Hand as a longstanding interest in outsider artists, which are the subjects of much of her short fiction as well as her most recent novels, the forthcoming psychological thriller Generation Loss, about an emotionally damaged proto-punk photographer, and 2004’s Mortal Love, inspired by the life and work of the schizophrenic Victorian fairy painter Richard Dadd. Her personal experiences of inexplicable transcendence and random human violence have shaped nearly all her fiction.
9. Thursday, November 7, 2013 // Matt Hutton // Osher Hall, 12pm
Associate Professor and Chair of Woodworking & Furniture Design Matt Hutton earned his BFA in woodworking and furniture design at the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana, and an MFA from San Diego State University. he has also studied woodworking in England and Japan and over the past decade has been instrumental in establishing MECA’s woodworking and furniture design program. He operates STUDIO 24b in Portland.
10. Thursday, November 14, 2013 // Gary Stephan // Osher Hall, 12pm
New York based painter Gary Stephan’s work has been collected by The Guggenheim Museum of Art, The Metropolitan and the Museum of Modern Art. Noted American art critic Peter Schjedahl once wrote that Gary Stephan’s work “provides timely grist to the timeless mill of the soul.” Exhibiting since the late 1960s, Stephan traffics in an idiosyncratic abstraction that is free from declarative statements as to what the painting should be, what it should mean, or what it expresses. Instead, his pieces vacillate, suggest, and undermine.
11. Thursday, December 5 , 2013 // Angela Warren MFA ’11 // Osher Hall, 12pm
Painter Angela Warren grew up surrounded by woods, music, and art. Drawing and singing at a young age has currently influenced her to make abstract paintings and sound installations that embody tonalities of color and pitch. Her research in synesthesia reveals how sight and sound intersect to form perception. Angela received her BFA from Drake University in Des Moines, IA, and graduated with an MFA from Maine College of Art.
For more information, please visit meca.edu/lectures or call 207.775.3052.