SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: The Bob Crewe Foundation Awards Major Gift to MECA
THE BOB CREWE FOUNDATION AWARDS MAJOR GIFT TO MAINE COLLEGE OF ART
$3,000,000 Gift Will Establish a New Area of Study that Explores the Intersection Between Art and Music
Portland, Maine -- The Bob Crewe Foundation has awarded a $3,000,000 gift to Maine College of Art (MECA) to develop a new program that focuses on the study of contemporary music and its relation to visual art. This transformational gift will support an innovative field of study in honor of internationally-known musician, artist, and entrepreneur, Bob Crewe, while supporting students from a wide range of backgrounds wishing to pursue a career in music, art or both.
Inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 1985 and credited with a string of top ten hits including “Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You”, Bob Crewe’s influence went far beyond his contributions in the field of music composition, performance, and production.
Most recently, Crewe has been featured as a supporting character (played originally by Peter Gregus) in Jersey Boys, the multiple Tony Award-winning, long-running Broadway musical based on the story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons that has become an international hit. Crewe is credited as the show's lyricist.
Bob’s career in the visual arts began as a student at Parsons School of Design in New York City. After art school, Bob became one of the many musicians who also used visual art as an inspiration for his music. In addition to his countless accolades in music, Crewe has also achieved recognition as an artist, having designed a number of album covers as well as having had highly successful one person gallery showings of his paintings at the Earl McGrath Gallery, Thomas Soloman's Garage and Jan Baum Gallery in Los Angeles.
Bob Crewe’s brother, Dan Crewe, has served on MECA’s Board of Trustees since 2011. Having worked alongside his brother for many years as his right hand man and business partner, Dan Crewe is confident that this gift is the perfect way to celebrate his brother’s legacy and life-long passion as well as explore the intersection of art and music. Dan Crewe said, “I strongly believe in creativity and how different art forms interact to create something unique. I believe my brother Bob’s career demonstrates this in a powerful way. The Bob Crewe Foundation and Maine College of Art are embarking on something really special and original in academia by blending the two areas with an evolutionary design.”
President Don Tuski Ph.D. believes this gift will have a significant impact towards reinforcing much of what makes Maine, Portland, and MECA a place of true distinction: excellent creative talent and a great cultural arts scene. According to Tuski, “Recognizing the integration of art and contemporary music is not something colleges or universities have engaged with directly. However, students, musicians and artists have done so for a long time and with the help of The Bob Crewe Foundation we want to facilitate this happening more in Portland, ME. We think this is a rare opportunity to make an important contribution within a new creative frontier. By consciously focusing on art and music together, new art forms can be created and MECA will continue to create the cutting edge of society, not just be on the cutting edge.”
Tuski explained, “The program will also include The Bob Crewe Student Scholarship in Art and Music and a faculty position titled: The Bob Crewe Endowed Chair of Art and Music. Additionally, the gift will support the construction of The Bob Crewe Gallery as well as music practice rooms and a soundstage -- all located in the lower level of the Porteous Building at MECA. The Bob Crewe Gallery will feature a permanent narrative of the Bob Crewe story along with his countless musical awards and a selection of his visual art. The space will also include exhibited works from other artists who are also musicians.”
“As MECA completes its Five Year Strategic Plan, it is clear that a program as unique as art and music can have an enormous positive impact on students, artists, musicians, MECA, Maine and beyond.” said President Tuski.
Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Ian Anderson, is thrilled about the opportunity to promote the legacy of Bob Crewe to a new generation of creative entrepreneurs. Dean Anderson said “Music and visual art are intimately connected to the culture and history of every civilization. These cultural phenomena run in parallel throughout all societies and express a culture's perception of time, symbolic structure, and its social structure and norms. Our research also shows that art and design colleges like MECA have, since the 1960’s, been incubators and inspiration for dozens of successful musicians.”
The curriculum will explore a wide range of topics and subject matter relating to the interplay between music and art. A sampling of courses for the new minor include History of Contemporary Music, Applied Theory Through Composition, Music Business and Management, Ethnomusicology, and experimental courses like Sound and Color.
Dean Anderson believes that by creating curricular and co-curricular experiences for students in art and music, MECA can be the first art college to explicitly engage in combing the study of contemporary art and design with music. He said “MECA is uniquely positioned to develop this area because of our size, history and willingness to experiment.”
Anderson said, “One of the things that makes MECA unique is its ability to combine, integrate, and synthesize multiple disciplines. I see ways in which all of our eleven undergraduate majors and two graduate programs will overlap and integrate with The Bob Crewe Program in Art and Music. This is an exciting period of growth and innovation here at the college.”
For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Raffi Der Simonian (Director of Marketing & Communication) at email@example.com or 207.699.5010.
MECA Sr., Savanna Pettingil '14 (Photography) speaks about student impact of major gift.
Mayor Michael Brennan speaks about the impact this gift will have on the City of Portland and State of Maine.
MECA’s mission is to educate artists for life. We believe in the transformational power of an arts education to serve as the foundation for a lifelong pursuit of personal and professional goals. Our educational philosophy recognizes the growing demand for creative problem solvers. We combine a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum, immersive studio practice, and wealth of professional development opportunities to provide an educational experience that embodies artistic excellence, creative entrepreneurship, and civic engagement. MECA has invested $20M in downtown Portland to attract over 400 students annually to the BFA, MFA, and MAT programs. Over 40% of degree-seeking students are from Maine and 60% of alumni remain in Maine, making the college a net importer of young people to the State. Additionally, 1,200 Continuing Studies students annually, ranging in age from elementary school children to teens, adults, and elders take studio courses for professional development and personal enrichment; over 50 Maine nonprofit and school community partners work with our Public Engagement curriculum; and the public is served through programs free of charge in the Institute for Contemporary Art; the Visiting Artist Lecture Series and the Library.
Chelsea Clarke '09 Receives Artist Residence On Research Cruise
Printmaking alum Chelsea Clarke '09 will be the artist in residence on a research cruise with physical oceanographer Robert Pickart of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution starting this May. Clarke will be spending six weeks in the Bering Sea and Chukchi Sea off Alaska on the US Coast Guard ship Healy, which is specifically dedicated to ocean science. During the cruise, scientists will be studying the sea ice, currents and the spring plankton blooms. Clarke will be drawing the individual plankton organisms and exploring their importance in the food chain as well as the ice scapes and scenery. There will be an outreach website updated daily with reports from the cruise that will include Clarke's drawings and writings. This will be Clarke's personal blog for the trip. Check it out for updates!
$15,000 Gift Will Be Used to Establish a Benchtop Prototyping Lab While Expanding Professional Networks
Portland, Maine -- Woodworking & Furniture Design Major at Maine College of Art, Rangeley Morton ‘14, has received the coveted Windgate Fellowship. This $15,000 award is given out annually to ten students who exemplify excellence working in the crafts. The Fellowship is aimed at helping students continue their practice after graduation. Rangeley will use the Windgate Fellowship award to set up a benchtop prototyping lab. This micro-setup will allow him to continue his experimentation with alternative materials and CNC production. He will also expand his network in the digital production community by conducting site visits with thought leaders in his field including Matt Hebert, Uhuru, and the Material Connexion.
Rangeley’s proposal focused on creating a benchtop prototyping lab. "Digital production is a vital resource for my practice, however, this technology is difficult to access post-graduation. My knowledge of CNC production has developed over the past two years at MECA through self-education and passion. I believe that digital production will be one of the most significant developments in the history of craft, and I desperately want to be a part of the revolution.”
This lab, with a small Shopbot CNC router at its core, uses only the most vital tools to create a powerfully compact work environment. According to Rangeley, “The lab will allow me to cut down material, design prototypes, and produce them with the assistance of the Shopbot CNC router. The micro scale of this lab allows it to be easily relocated as needed, an attribute that shops with larger equipment cannot have.”
His proposal also included building his professional network.
“I also propose trips to New York City and San Diego to further expand my fabrication network. I will obtain a one year membership to the Material Connexion and visit their expansive material research library in Manhattan. While in the area, I will also visit Uhuru Design, a limited-production furniture maker in Brooklyn. I will later visit Matthew Hebert, professor at San Diego State University. Hebert is a leader in the digital-craft genre, and I have arranged a visit to his studio to learn more about his work and process. These visits will provide valuable resources for me as I set up my prototyping lab."
For more information or to schedule an interview with MECA Senior and winner of the 2014 Windgate Fellowship, Rangeley Morton ‘14, please visit rangeleymorton.com or contact Raffi Der Simonian at firstname.lastname@example.org | 207.699.5010.
Modular Components, 2014
2014 Merit Award Results
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2014 MERIT AWARD RECIPIENTS
Poet Richard Blanco Speaks at Maine College of Art
May 2014 Commencement Ceremony
Portland, ME ~ Maine College of Art proudly announces that Richard Blanco will speak at the May 2014 Commencement.
Blanco was the inaugural poet for President Barack Obama’s second inauguration where he read his performed “One Today,” an original poem written for the occasion. Blanco is the youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and openly gay writer to hold the honor.
Blanco has written and performed for organizations such as the Fragrance Awards, the Tech Awards, and Freedom to Marry and has received numerous awards and honors for his writings including a Florida Artist Fellowship, a Bread Loaf Fellowship, the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellowship and a doctorate from Macalester College.
Maine College of Art 2014 Commencement will be held on May 10th at 10:30am at the State Theater in Portland, Maine.
Short bio on Blanco:
Richard Blanco was born in Madrid in 1968, immigrating as an infant with his Cuban-exile family to the United States. He was raised and educated in Miami, earning a B.S. in civil engineering and a M.F.A. in creative writing from Florida International University. Blanco has been a practicing engineer, writer and poet since 1991. He has traveled extensively in his adult life, living and working throughout Europe and South America. He has taught at Georgetown University, American University, Writer’s Center and Central Connecticut State University. Blanco currently resides in the tranquil mountains of Bethel, Maine.
His books, in order of publication, are: City of a Hundred Fires(1998), Directions to the Beach of the Dead (2005), Looking for the Gulf Motel (2012), One Today (2013), Boston Strong (2013), and For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey (2013).
In 2013, Blanco was chosen to serve as the fifth inaugural poet of the United States, following in the footsteps as such great writers as Robert Frost and Maya Angelou. Blanco performed One Today, an original poem he wrote for the occasion, becoming the youngest, first Latino, immigrant and openly gay writer to hold the honor.
Following the inauguration, he continued connecting communities through occasional poetry. He has written and performed occasional poems for such organizations as Freedom to Marry, the Tech Awards and the Fragrance Awards. In May of 2013, Blanco wrote Boston Strong, an occasional poem he performed at the TD Boston Garden Benefit Concert and at a Red Sox game at Fenway Park. Following his performances, he released a limited edition Boston Strong chapbook, with all proceeds going to those most affected by the Boston Marathon bombings.
Blanco has received numerous honors for his writings and performances, including an honorary doctorate from Macalester College and being named a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. His first book, City of a Hundred Fires received the prestigious Agnes Starrett Poetry Prize. His second book, Directions to the Beach of the Deadwon the PEN / American Beyond Margins Award. His third book,Looking for The Gulf Motel received various accolades, including the Tom Gunn Award, the Maine Literary Award and the Paterson Prize. His poems have appeared in countless literary journals and anthologies, including Best American Prose Poems and Ploughshares.
Blanco continues to write and perform for audiences around the world. In addition to his occasional poetry and performances, he is currently working on a full-length memoir and is collaborating with renowned illustrator Dav Pilkey on a children’s book.
2nd Annual MECA Film Festival
On Friday, April 25 Maine College of Art will host the 2nd Annual MECA Film Festival. The festival will show 26 films made by 20 students from the college. There are three categories of awards: Documentary, Narrative and Experimental or Animated. The judges are film makers Dean Merrill, Allen Baldwin and Kate Kaminski. The festival will take place in Osher Hall at the Maine College of Art. Doors open at 6:30pm, show starts at 7:30pm and awards will be granted at 9:30pm.
How to get from A to B is anoutdoor video project by MECA photography senior Regan Chase. The video will be projected onto a large canopy-structure. This is part one of a two part meditation on the human body's innate connection to it's material surroundings. Adopting the car as an extension of the human body, Chase transforms night time traffic on the interstate highway system into an urban stargazing experience.
The projection will run from 8 pm to 10 pm April 17th through the 20th at the MECA Green Space, at the intersection of Casco Street and Cumberland Avenue in Portland, Maine. As the event is hosted by Maine College of Art, part two of the installation will be in the MECA thesis show and open to the public on Friday May 2nd. Viewers are invited to come when they like, and stay for as long as they wish.
***Weather pending - for updates visit the Facebook event page listed above
MFA '10 Alum Ryan Conrad Hosts Book Signing at MECA
MFA '10 alum Ryan Conrad is publishing his 4th book this spring titled "Against Equality: Queer Revolution, Not Mere Inclusion." Conrad will return to MECA on Sunday, May 4th to host a signing for this book in the Artists at Work space. "Against Equality" is collection of essays that "that stand in stark contrast to an ever-growing LGBT mainstream working towards assimilation, and, arguably, cultural erasure. Never ones to shy away from a fight, the authors included in this timely collection address the trifecta of political rifts within the LGBT community: marriage, the military, and prisons. "
The First Annual Maine College of Art Spring Music Festival
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
The First Annual Maine College of Art Spring Music Festival
Friday, April 18, 2014
5:30 Doors, Show starts at 6:00 PM
In the ICA @ MECA
Portland, ME - Over the years, the Maine College of Art (MECA) has not only produced renowned visual artists, but also many talented musicians. Current senior BFA student Savanna Pettengill, (also visual artist of the AV project Waco Sparkler,) started thinking about this last fall. She had a dream: to bring as many of these musicians together as possible for a night of performances somewhere in the Porteous building, not only for her fellow students, but also for the public. She wanted to showcase the varied creativity the art college produces. In the end, 7 acts affiliated with the school were curated into one evening to put on a show in the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA). These acts each have members that are alumni, current students, or members staff . While there are countless more music acts affiliated with the school, (Metal Sideburns, Phantom Buffalo, The Reverie Machine, Big Blood, Theodore Treehouse, Brzowski and more,) the idea was to showcase acts that seek to activate multiple senses for their audience. Some of the performance groups do this through not only music, but also video projections, light manipulation, set design, dance, and even the inclusion of audience participation. The show will take place starting at 6 PM. Each act will have a half hour, and will take part in transforming the empty gallery of the ICA for their performance.
The lineup is as follows:
B. Thighs and Friends (High heeled gentleman sings/dances to contemporary pop classics)
Illustration Majors Chris Vales and Miles Cook Published in CATBUG Ebooks
MECA Illustration majors Chris Vales and Miles Cook's work was recently published in the brand new CATBUG ebooks made by Frederator Studios. Catbug is an illustrated series based off of the American animated web series Bravest Warriors, which follows four teenage heroes-for-hire around the universe as they save adorable aliens.
You can purchase one (or several) of these books here! They're only $2.99!!
Artists at Work Partners With AIGA Maine for Second Annual Portfolio Day
On March 28, Maine College of Art once again partnered with AIGA Maine to host their second annual Portfolio Day. More than 80 creative professionals and students gathered for the afternoon in MECA's new Artist at Work space. The event included junior and senior students from MECA, SMCC and USM representing graphic design, photography, illustration, new media and sculpture.
This year's reviewers included creative directors from LL Bean, Portland Museum of Art, Angela Adams, Islandport Press, Fitzgerald Photo, VIA and Big Room Studios. Portfolio Day provides an amazing opportunity for students and seasoned professionals to connect and to learn from one another, said AIGA Maine President Arielle Walrath. It celebrates both the present and the future of the creative professions in Maine.
During an open review session students were able to sit down with several professionals. Graphic Design major Jonathan Novak, who also participated last year, values the experience. "Portland has a remarkable design community. To be able to enter into that as a student is great."
Portfolio Day builds on the MECA's growing Artist at Work program, which connects students to internships, jobs, commissions, professional development opportunities, and residencies. Jessica Tomlinson, Director of Artists at Work, said Portfolio Day, MECA is fortunate to have such a supportive design community. Not only are creative professionals providing feedback at Portfolio Day, they continue to offer internships and jobs to our students and graduates."
Woodworking and Furniture Design Senior Rangeley Morton Exhibits Work in National Exhibition DigiFabulous
Senior Woodworking and Furniture Design major Rangeley Morton is exhibiting his work in "Digifabulous", a national juried exhibition at the Regis Art Center in Minnesota. Morton was selected through a jury process and will be exhibiting with artists that include students, professionals and faculty.
Digifabulous 2014 is the first in a series of annually reoccurring shows. The aim of Digifabulous is to bring individuals together both digitally and in the real, so as to make a meaningful contribution to the field of digital fabrication.
The Regis Center for Art will present a nationally juried exhibition, Digifabulous 2014, in the Quarter Gallery from March 25 - April 5, 2014. Anthony R. Kling B.S. Graphic Design 12' University of Minnesota, will jury the exhibition. The exhibition will focus on works that are either wholly or partially digitally fabricated or were constructed via the assistance of digital fabrication. Works should relate to the fields of Fine Art and Design or anywhere in-between. Submissions from artists and designers, both professional and student, along with private and public firms are encouraged as it is our goal to showcase all of the unique and innovative ways the field of digital fabrication is being explored.
*above piece by Morton, "Pin Lamp", 2014, Maple & Plastic
President of the Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts Delivers lecture on ‘Traditional Chinese Decorative Art & Design’ at MECA on 4.15
Traditional Chinese Decorative Art & Design
Professor Guo Xianlu, President of the Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts will be delivering a public lecture on ‘Traditional Chinese Decorative Art & Design’ at Maine College of Art on April 15th. It is part of an incoming delegation from the Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts (XAFA) in China who are visiting Portland this spring. The delegation marks the developing relationships that MECA is forging with several leading art academies in Greater China.
The President’s Delegation from Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts will arrive in Portland on April 14th and includes Professor Guo Xianlu, President; Mr. Wu Shunong, Director of International Cooperation & Exchanges Office; Professor Shi Cun, Director of the Post-Graduate Office; and Ms. Chen Tianqui, International Relations and Contracts. They will stay until April 16th, and will spend the time touring the college, meeting students and faculty, and discussing the exchange program launched between the two colleges.
This is one of three institutional relationships that MECA has formed with China in the past year. The relationship began in the spring of 2013 when MECA President Don Tuski traveled with Suzanne Fox, President of Fox Intercultural Consulting and Professor Gan Xu of MECA to Xi’an to visit the college’s campus and meet the faculty. Located in Western China, Xi’an is one of the most historically rich regions in China, famed for its Terracotta Warriors and its location on the edge of the Silk Road.
In Mandarin, with simultaneous English translation.
WWFD Seniors Forest Gagne & Rangeley Morton's Work Accepted into the Furniture Society Conference
MECA Woodworking and Furniture Design seniors Rangeley Morton and Forest Gange have been selected for the exhibition "Faculty Selects" that will show during the Furniture Society Conference in Port Townsend, WA this summer. Faculty from colleges submit the student work and then it is juried. The selections include written evaluations and will often be published in their annual publication, "Furniture Studio."
This is a student exhibition, that will exist online and onsite during this summer's conference. The 16 artists were selected by Amy Devers. Amy is a furniture designer, artist, maker-builder-carpenter-fabricator, lifestyle expert and television personality.
MECA hosted the Furniture Society conference previously, in 2012. They are an organization that provides many opportunities to students such as exhibiting, publication and connections to makers and places.
Brittany Marcoux '10 Places Third in Yankee Magazine’s Annual Reader Photo Contest
DUBLIN, N.H. (April 3, 2014)— Brittany Marcoux of Swansea, Massachusetts, placed third in Yankee Magazine’s “My New England” reader photo contest. Winning photographs are featured in Yankee’s March/April 2014 issue, on newsstands now, starting on page 62 and online at YankeeMagazine.com/more.
Marcoux received her BFA in photography from the Maine College of Art in 2010. She’s a monthly contributor to the American Guide project, photographing the people and places of New England. She will be starting her MFA in Photography at Massachusetts College of Art and Design this upcoming fall. To see more of her work, visit: http://brittanymarcoux.virb.com/
“This past Thanksgiving, I was visiting with my in-laws. After we filled up on turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, etc., we decided to go out for a walk. I remember passing this house, with the sunlight hitting it just right, peacefully placed on the lake, and thinking ‘what a perfect place to call home!’ ”
“When we asked for entries to our second annual reader photo contest, the theme ‘My New England’ resonated with our region’s photographers. The landscape and people of New England have been at the heart of Yankee since our first issue nearly 80 years ago, and the feeling for both became evident as we looked through well over 1,000 submissions,” says Mel Allen, editor of Yankee Magazine. “This year our art director, Lori Pedrick, and photo editor, Heather Marcus, enlisted the eyes and sensibilities of three well-known New England photographers—Dana Smith, Jesse Burke, and Sara Gray—to help with the judging. Lori and Heather weighed each judge’s comments carefully, and then made the final choices.”
Judge’s comments: “The lens flare and framing makes me feel as though it’s my view. I love the color, feel, and mood of the image!”
The 2014 “My New England” readers’ photo contest winners include:
1st Place: Tim Bartlett, Medford, MA
2nd Place: Michelle McGrady, Middletown, NY
3rd Place: Brittany Marcoux, Swansea, MA
4th Place: Robert Dansereau, Cumberland, RI
Honorable Mention: Iliana Romanul, Somerville, MA
Honorable Mention: Paul Girello, Braintree, MA
Honorable Mention: Anne M. Hurlbut, Marion, MA
Honorable Mention:Lisa Lettieri, Rehoboth, MA
Yankee Magazine’s March/Aprilissue celebrates the season with a special Spring Home & Garden Guide. This section includes the first-ever Home & Garden Awards, which name the best public gardens, nurseries, ornaments, and more. Other articles cover topics such as how to grow a four-season garden and the hardiest roses that can survive New England’s climate. Travel is a cure for spring fever, and visiting Nantucket’s Daffodil Festival, and ten additional flower shows, is the perfect remedy to quell winter blues. Plus, tempt your tastebuds with articles about soup for a crowd, cheeseburger heaven, and sweet New England cornbread.
About us: Yankee Magazine was founded in 1935 and is based in Dublin, New Hampshire. It is the only magazine devoted to New England through its coverage of travel, home, food, and feature stories. With a total circulation of 330,000 and a total audience of 1.9 million readers, it is published by Yankee Publishing Incorporated (YPI), a family-owned, independent magazine publisher. YPI also owns the nation’s oldest continuously produced periodical, The Old Farmer’s Almanac, and McLean Communications.More information about Yankee: New England’s Magazine is available at: YankeeMagazine.com/press
Barridoff Galleries Hosts Fine Art Auction at MECA
UPCOMING BARRIDOFF GALLERIES FINE ART AUCTION AT MECA
To be held Wednesday, April 30 a the Institute of Contemporary Art, Maine College of Art, 522 Congress Street, Portland, ME
Barridoff Galleries will hold its semi-annual auction, featuring works from Maine artists, as well as works from all over the world. Previews for this sale are Tuesday, April 29 from 6-8pm, and on the day of the sale from 10am - 5pm. The sale begins at 6pm and is open to the public.
This Spring sale offers works from Albert Bierstadt, Willard Metcalf, William Zorach, Alfred Chadbourn, Marsden Hartley, Stephne Etnier and many more.
Barridoff Galleries Robert & Annette Elowitch 50 Market Street South Portland, ME 04106 email@example.com 207.772.5011
MECA Offers New Courses in Culinary Arts
New Community Programming Offers Foodies of All Backgrounds, Interests, and Skill Levels an Opportunity to Learn from the Best
Portland, ME ~ The Maine College of Art has recently announced the addition of culinary arts programming via the Continuing Studies Department. In recent years Portland and the state of Maine have become national leaders in the food scene. “Portland attracts foodies from all over the world. We are in the midst of a culinary boom and live in a city that values great food and drink. As an institution dedicated to educating artists for life, incorporating culinary arts into the curriculum is a natural next-step for the MECA,” says college president Don Tuski, Ph.D.
To help orchestrate this new realm of programming, MECA has engaged the expertise of Culinary Consultant and former Executive Vice President of The International Culinary Center (formerly The French Culinary Institute), Christopher Papagni, Ph.D. According to Papagni, “Some of the best of Portland's culinary scene has been selected for this first round of MECA classes. Keeping up with new food trends and the rapid growth of artisan talent in Maine, will insure dynamic programming for a long time to come.”
This summer MECA will offer courses on various aspects of the culinary arts industry such as pastry baking, food writing, microbrewing, cheese education and farm to table dishes and culture. The programs range from one-day workshops to six-week courses. Here is a preview of culinary arts programming offered at MECA for the first time ever this Summer:
Pastry Perfection Tara Smith from Standard Bakery will share her mastery with students over the course of three classes. Students will learn techniques, tips, and tricks to bake a selection of irresistible baked goods to serve from dawn to dusk. >> Learn More
Farm to Fork Workshop From the Portland-local restaurant Vinland, owner and chef David Levi will teach students about the quality, healthfulness, and ecological stewardship of buying and cooking local food. Students will use summer produce from Greater Portland’s organic farms, seafood, foraged foods, and pasture-raised meats and dairy products to prepare beautiful and delicious meals using solely local ingredients. >> Learn More
All About Cheese Sarah Wiederkehr from Winter Hill Farm will explore the history, complexity, and diversity of cheese with students over the course of a three-hour workshop. Students will learn about the different styles of cheese, optimal pairings, and how to determine quality and best techniques for storage. >> Learn More
The Art + Craft of Food Writing Susan Axelrod of MaineToday.com will mentor students on how to join in on Maine’s culinary conversation by exploring food writing and blogging. Students will learn how to write restaurant critiques, food feature pieces, and how to submit work to publications. >> Learn more
Microbrewing From Bunker Brewing Co., Chresten Sorensen will help students learn the ins and outs of brewing their own beer. Sorensen will focus on the four elements of brewing (water, yeast, malt, and hops), brewing practices on a commercial vs. home-brewing scale, and the historical emergence of small independent craft-brewers around the world. >> Learn More
For more information on MECA’s new culinary programming, please contact Director of Continuing Studies, Courtney Cook at 207.699.5061, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit: meca.edu/cs
Congratulations to the students awarded the Professional Development and Entrepreneurship grant from Artists at Work. Each of the students will receive $500 to advance their studio and professional skills by accessing opportunities and experiences beyond the MECA classroom.
Chloe Beaven, BFA (New Media): preparatory coursework for graduate school
Forest Gagne, BFA (Woodworking & Furniture Design): for self-promotion and marketing
Liz Long, BFA (Illustration): to attend the leading conference for the illustration industry
Rangeley Morton, BFA (Woodworking & Furniture Design): shipping costs to have work included in Minneapolis exhibition
Nicholas Norris, BFA (Painting): travel and materials for a European residency
Hillary Stucker, BFA (Ceramics): to attend a national conference on conservation in preparation for graduate studies
Charley Young, MFA: for framing of prints created during the Arctic Circle residency
MECA Announces SUMMER OF ART Essay Competition for Youth (9-12) & Teens (13-17)
MECA Wants to Know: What Would a Summer of Making Art Mean to You? How Do You Feel This Experience Would Benefit Your Creative Growth?
Portland, Maine – For the first time ever, MECA will be hosting an essay competition for two lucky students -- one youth (age 9-12) and one teen (age 13-17) to receive a free summer art pass. Students of all skill levels and backgrounds are encouraged to participate to win a summer of free art education from the Maine College of Art. Painting, graphic design, photography and more—MECA offers a comprehensive range of summer arts programming.
ESSAY QUESTION: What would a summer making art at MECA mean to you? How do you feel this experience would benefit your creative growth? Feel free to talk about any art you've made, would like to make, or any art that inspires you in your answer.
ELIGIBILITY & RULES All contestants must adhere to the age requirements of each category. Contestants must compose an original essay with limited guidance from others. The essay must be 250-500 words.
HOW TO ENTER: Once you've completed your essay, fill out our Online form (www.meca.edu/essaycontest -- see 'Apply Now' tab). Submitting the form requires parent authorization. So before you send in your essay, be sure to explain what the competition is all about and make sure that your parents are in full support! JUDGING: Each entry will be judged based on originality, clarity of thought and motivation, and expressiveness in writing. Winners will be contacted by phone during the first week in May '14.
L.L. Bean Uses Anne Ireland Painting for Summer Catalogue Cover
One of Anne Ireland's (MECA alum 94') paintings will be used on the cover of L.L. Bean's Catalogue for this upcoming summer season. This will be Ireland's second cover for the Maine brand—the last being in 2011. L.L. Bean publishes a Maine artist four times a year, each season. Ireland currently has an exhibit in Charles C. Thomas Gallery at MECA.