The thesis exhibition work of the 2012 graduates of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program is on view in the Porteous Building from May 4 through May 25. The exhibit spans the first, second, and third floor of the Porteous building and includes the June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA. Titled "Culiminate," the exhibition is bracketed to group artists by theme. The five catergories are: The Constructed Landscape, Other Worlds, Lifestyle & Perception, Process & Product, and The Human Condition. John Huckins '12, Tina MclLuckie '12 , Adriana Warner '12 served as student curators. More than 60 students are included in the show. Viewing hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 11am-5pm and Thursday until 7pm. An online gallery accompanies the show.
Photo by Ray Ewing '12.
Metalsmithing & Jewelry Student Achievements
Metalsmithing & Jewelry students continue to pursue professional opportunities and gain recognition while enrolled in school. Matthias Rand will have a six-page spread of his work published in the January issue of Salacious magazine. John Huckins had work included in and attended Craft Forms 2011, a national juried exhibition held at the Wayne Art Center in Pennsylvania. Craft Forms is an international juried exhibition dedicated to enhancing the public’s awareness of fine contemporary craft while providing a venue for established and emerging artists alike to share their creative endeavors. Jurors selected 126 pieces from 900 entries. His work was also selected for Crafts National 2012 and will be exhibited at the Mulvane Art Museum this summer. Emily Rogstad is a finalist in the NICHE Student Award exhibition in Philadelphia. The awards recognize excellence and innovation in American and Canadian fine craft. Shelby Goldsmith and Aaron Decker had work accepted to Beyond Borders: the 11th International Juried Enamel Exhibition sponsored by the Northern California Enamel Guild. The show will be held at the Richmond Art Center in California in the fall of 2012. Dan Marcuccio and John Huckins were accepted into Forged, a national juried exhibition that explores the concept and process of forged and wrought metals. This show will be held at the Target Gallery of the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia in the spring of 2012.
Image: Emily Rogstad
Isabel Kelley '13 to Intern at International Sculpture Symposium
MECA sculpture major Isabel Kelley ‘13 has received the internship at Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium for the summer of 2012. This year’s symposium will be held at The University of Maine. Isabel will work as an assistant to an international group of stone sculptors and have responsibilities in tool making and maintenance, assisting with pneumatic power tools and carving, as well as learning how to lift and move large scale granite with slings, hydraulics and cranes. Each symposia lasts 6 weeks, from late July to early September. Visitors can watch the sculptures in progress. Artists from around the world are selected through a juried process to participate. The sculptures are then placed at public sites in Maine communities.
Rob Doane '13 Receives Cape Cod Modern House Residency
Sculpture major Rob Doane '13, has received the Cape Cod Modern House Residency. The residency is a week-long stay for artists and scholars whose work relates to the story of the modern movement, the mid-20-century creative convergence on Outer Cape Cod or the Cape’s particular landscape. Rob's work begins with the contemporary found object. While he has minimal and modernist preferences in his work, the results are edgy, occasionally mocking, and filled with perceptual richness. Sound, odor, embedded video and intense color are used to create contemporary content. Rob will have a chance to focus on his own work during the residency and this gift of time should provide an exciting opportunity to develop new work and new ideas in advance of his senior year at Maine College of Art.
Public Engagement Minor Shawn Brewer '12 to Exhibit in Library
Shawn Brewer, a senior in Printmaking, will be the first student to graduate from MECA with a minor in Public Engagement, which was added this year. For his capstone project, he worked with the local organization The Art Department, an innovative experiencial community support program that teaches art to adults with intellectual uniqueness.Shawn spent a month with participants to create a series of artist's books engaging the topic of local community. These books serve as a catalyst for a series of large, hand-printed maps that were altered with drawing. An exhibition of the books and prints “Mapping ME/Maine” will be on view April 19 – May 1 in the Joanne Waxman Library at MECA, with a reception at 1pm on April 19.
To qualify for a minor in public engagement, Shawn completed an internship at Space Gallery, an alternative arts venue in Portland. He also launched “Fast Food Prints,” a mobile art event that engages the public in the printmaking on demand. Customers get to choose imagery and compositional elements to create an original piece of art on site. Shawn has brought Fast Food Prints to the First Friday Art Walk, the Maine Mall, and the Kahbang Arts Festival. This summer, it travels to Freeport and the Furniture Society Conference. Also this summer, Shawnwas selected as a summer intern at Wingate Studios, a professional Intaglio printshop in New Hampshire.
Portland School of Art Alumni Tea
Portland School of Art graduates from the 1950s, 60s, 70s, and 80s are invited back to campus on Saturday, April 21 to participate in a photo identification project. The College will have photographs from the archive on view and alumni can help identify classmates from these eras. Tea and scones will be served. The gathering takes place on Saturday, April 21 in the Joanne Waxman Library. For more information, contact Dietlind Vander Schaaf via email or phone 207.699.5012.
Maine College of Art will hold Commencement at the State Theatre at 10am Saturday, May 12. The commencement speaker is Helen Molesworth, the chief curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. The ceremony marks the graduation of students in the Bachelor of Fine Art program, the Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts program, and the Post-Baccalaureate in Art Education program. Seating is open and tickets are not required.
Pictured: Graduating class of 2011
Arts Journal Highlights MECA Students, Alumni, and Faculty
Words & Images, a journal produced by The University of Southern Maine, was designed by Maine College of Art student Adriana Warner '12. In addition to original writing, the annual arts journal features the work of MECA alums Beatrice Abbott '11 and Nicole Duennebier '05, students Robert Bennett '14, Ray Ewing '12, John Huckins '12, Devon Johnson '13, Tina McLuckie '12, Abby Mechanic '13, Hannah Rosengren '13, and Gabriella Sturchio '12, as well as faculty member Gail Spaien.
There will be a book release on April 19 from 7pm-9pm at Mayo Street Arts.
Image credit: Beatrice Abbott '11
Merit Award Winners Announced
Each year, Maine College of Art holds the Merit Competition for students who will be majoring in the 2012-2013 academic year. Winners are awarded scholarship prizes.
Rangeley Morton ’14, Graphic Design Robert Bennett ’14, Sculpture
Charles E. Culpepper Scholarship Three awards of $600 each Founded in 1989 for assistance to gifted students, these awards were given through the Charles E. Culpepper Foundation, an organization that merged with the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in 1999.
Edward M. and Carole J. Friedman Two Awards of $1,200 each Established in 2002, the Edward M. and Carole J. Friedman Merit Scholarship are given to outstanding artists through the annual Merit Competition. Ed, an alumnus of Maine College of Art, and Carole are pleased to be able to recognize a student each year that makes us all proud to be part of this College.
Isaac Atkins ’14, Sculpture Kathryn Dodson ’13, Painting
Beatrice Bouton Barrett Endowed Memorial Scholarship 4 awards of $2,400 each The Beatrice Bouton Barrett Endowed Memorial Scholarship awards were established 1988 to assist deserving students who are seeking an education in art at the Maine College of Art.Mrs. Barrett lived in Georgetown, Maine. She was an art teacher and active watercolorist throughout her life – until her death at age 83. She often spoke of how hard it was for art students to stay in school and how pleased she was that there was a first-rate art college in Maine. She was a 1926 graduate of the Maryland Institute for the Promotion of the Mechanic Arts and Costume Design.
Visiting Artist Lecture: Robin Mandel April 12, 10:30am, Sculpture Department
Robin Mandel is an artist working in sculpture, installation, and photography. His works use motion, light, and shadow to tread the line between material and immaterial. He has received grants from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and the St. Botolph Club Foundation in Boston, and residencies at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado, the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. His teaching credits include the Rhode Island School of Design, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art in 2007-2008.
Faculty Lecture: Stephen Schiffman April 12th, 12:30 “Can you really teach entrepreneurship?”
Stephen Schiffman is Visiting Faculty of Creative Entrepreneurship at Maine College of Art for the 2011-12 Academic Year. He is on sabbatical from the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, where he most recently served as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at Olin. Prior to that, from 1986 to 2002, Steve was a faculty member at Babson College, where he also served as Dean of the Undergraduate Program there from 1994-2002.
Faculty Lecture: Claude Caswell April 19, 12:30-2:00pm
Caswell teaches in the Liberal Arts department at the College.
Faculty Lecture: Adam Manley April 26, 12:30 in Osher Hall
Adam Manley received his BA in International Relations and Political Science from The State University of New York at New Paltz, and his MFA in Furniture Design and Woodworking from San Diego State University. He currently teaches in the Woodworking & Furniture Design program at MECA.
MFA Visiting Artist Lecture Series 2012
Each summer, MECA invites visiting artists, curators, and scholars to participate in MFA curriculum. In addition to critiques and studio visits with students, Visiting Artists deliver a lecture that is free and open to the public. Lectures are held in Osher Hall and begin at 6:30pm.
Michael Kimmelman Thursday, June 21 “From New York to Europe and Back Again”
Michael Kimmelman’s talk is an intimate and story-filled reflection on his path from The New York Times’s Chief Art Critic, trawling the world’s museums and galleries to Foreign Correspondent (based in Berlin), reinventing cultural reporting from Marseille to Gaza to Berlin and Istanbul, all of which prepared the way for his current post as Architecture Critic, writing about issues facing us at a time when society and cities are rapidly changing.
Beth Lipman Monday, June 25
Beth Lipman lives and works in Sheboygan Falls, WI. She has exhibited her work widely and received numerous awards including a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship, and a Ruth Chenven Foundation Grant. Lipman has exhibited her work internationally at such institutions as the ICA at MECA, the RISD Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Radcliffe Bailey Monday, July 2
Radcliffe Bailey creates his mixed media paintings by piecing together ancestral photographs, collected objects, and painted words and maps. Born in 1968 in New Jersey, Bailey now lives and works in Atlanta. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Atlanta College of Art in 1991. His work is permanently installed in the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and in numerous permanent collections including The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The High Museum of Art, and The Art Institute of Chicago.
Amze Emmons Monday, July 9
Amze Emmons is one of co-founders of Printersting.org. He is an artist, illustrator, curator, living and working in Philadelphia, PA. He has a BFA degree from Ohio Wesleyan University as well as MA and MFA degrees from the University of Iowa. Currently, he teaches art at Muhlenberg College in Allentown. Emmons and his partners at Printeresting are organizing a zine and small press exposition at Space Gallery from July 20 - August 23 featuring work from 60 talented artists, designers, and publishers from around the world.
Stanya Kahn Monday, July 16
California-based Stanya Kahn is an interdisciplinary media artist. Working primarily in video, with a practice that includes performance, writing, and photography, Kahn's work inhabits a space between fiction and document, and stems from an extensive background in live performance. Kahn has worked in a collaborative team with artist Harry Dodge, and her work has shown in numerous venues nationally and internationally, including the Whitney Biennial, the California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, and The Museum of Modern Art.
Francis Cape Monday July 23
Francis Cape was trained as a woodcarver before receiving his MFA from Goldsmiths College, University of London. He has exhibited his work extensively in the US, including shows at the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art. Cape is represented by Murray Guyin New York City. He lives and works in Narrowsburg, NY.
Denise Markonish Monday July 30
Denise Markonish is the curator at MASS MoCA where she has curated the exhibitions of Nari Ward, Petah Coyne and Inigo Manglano-Ovalle. Markonish also co-edited with Susan Cross the book Sol LeWitt: 100 Views. Previous to her work at MASS MoCA, Markonish was the curator at Artspace in New Haven, CT.
Anne Wilson Monday, August 6
Anne Wilson is a Chicago-based visual artist who creates sculpture, drawings, performances and video animations that explore themes of time, loss, private and social rituals. Wilson is the recipient of grants from the Driehaus Foundation, Artadia, the Tiffany Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Wilson's work is represented by Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago and Paul Kotula Projects, Detroit. She is a Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Generous support for this lecture series is provided by the Quimby Family Foundation.
Artists in Context, Maine Arts Commission, and Maine College of Art present a preview screening of the first episode of "Art 21 Season Six: Change." The first hour of Season 6 features artists who bear witness, through their work, to transformation—cultural, material, and aesthetic—and actively engage communities as collaborators and subjects. The artists profiled are Ai Weiwei, El Anatsui, and Catherine Opie.
The film will show in Osher Hall at MECA at 5pm on April 26. Following the screening, a discussion on the art of change will be moderated by Chris Thompson, Associate Professor of Art History at the Maine College of Art.
The event is free and open to the public.
Pastel Painting Demo by Wade Zahares
The Pastel Painters of Maine, headed by alum Caren-Marie Michel '78, presents a talk and presentation by Wade Zahares on April 10 from noon to 2pm in Osher Hall at Maine College of Art. The public is invited to this free event.
Strong lines. Bold colors. Dazzling perspectives. All three distinguish Wade Zahares’ larger-than-life pastel paintings. Both a fine artist and a children’s book illustrator, Wade has always loved to draw. Wade works exclusively in pastel; he is drawn to the intimacy of the chalk and the ease with which he can blend colors.The magic happens in his studio, a converted shed in Lyman, Maine, just a few miles from the Kennebunk farm on which he grew up.
Since graduating from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, Wade has been a full-time, professional artist. He has done a number of corporate commissions for Boston Duck Tours, Bank of America, McDonald’s, HBO, Cinemax, and Family Circle and Sesame Street magazines among others. Wade’s very first children’s book, Window Music, was chosen as one of the top 10 illustrated books of 1998 by the New York Times. Since then, Wade has illustrated five additional picture books. He enjoys sharing his creative process, challenges and all, when he speaks and conducts workshops at galleries and schools.
Annie Mora Wins $5000 Geary's Contest
Each year, the D.L. Geary Brewing Company sponsors a contest for the undergraduate students at Maine College of Art to design the label and packaging for the Summer Ale. The winner receives $5000 and their artwork on nearly 1 million bottles of beer. This year’s winner is Annie Mora, a Graphic Design junior from South Londonderry, Vermont.
“When thinking of a design for the Summer Ale I wanted to illustrate the energy of the ocean. The inspiration for the splash came from watercolor paintings that I do in my sketchbook. The colors in the packaging represent warm summer days in Maine,” says Mora.
Art Honors Recognizes Donald Sussman and Earle Shettleworth, Jr.
Maine College of Art will hold the 16th annual Art Honors gala celebration in the Porteous Building to recognize leaders in Maine’s creative sector on Tuesday, May 8, 2012.
This year, the College presents the Award for Leadership in Art Philanthropy to S. Donald Sussman and the Award for Leadership in Community Service in the Arts and Education to Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr.
About the Honorees The Award for Leadership in Art Philanthropy goes to S. Donald Sussman for his deep and far reaching support of cultural programs and institutions within Maine and nationally. The honor allows the College to pay tribute to Sussman’s personal belief that the arts play an important role in our civil society and acknowledges his encouragement of emerging and living artists.
The Award for Leadership in Community Service in the Arts and Education recognizes Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. for his deep and long-term commitment to Maine’s cultural heritage. Shettleworth’s dedication and attention to the preservation of our State’s architecture—firmitas, utilitas, venustas—encompasses the same values embedded in MECA’s curriculum, where students consider the ideas of durability, utility and beauty within their work.
Art Honors recognizes artists, philanthropists and art educators with significant ties to Maine who offer MECA’s students, as well as the public, powerful examples of lives in the arts. Past honorees have included David Driskell, Bernarda Shahn, Beverly Hallam, Will Barnet, Neil Welliver, Alex Katz, Robert Indiana, Alison Hildreth, Angela Adams and Pandora Lacasse, among others.
Metalsmithing & Jewelry Student Wins $15,000 Windgate Award
Metalsmithing and Jewelry student Aaron Decker, was one of ten seniors in the country to be awarded a Windgate Fellowship of $15,000 from the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design. The fellowship is meant to provide critical support to enhance a student's career. This will allow him to travel to the Czech Republic to be one of seven participants in the international Garnet Symposium held each summer in Turnov. He will then be traveling to Portugal to work with the Association of Contemporary Portuguese Jewelers. This organization supports contemporary studio jewelry through workshops and exhibitions.
Another MECA student, Tanner Price, also won the award this year.
Woodworking & Furniture Design senior Tanner Price was one of ten seniors in the country to be awarded a Windgate Fellowship of $15,000 from the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design. The fellowship is meant to provide critical support to enhance a student's career. With the support, Tanner will travel to Zurich, Valencia, and Tokyo to experience the works and studios of Santiago Calatrava and Tezuka Architects. He will document his travel to show architecture's effects on diverse societies that will inform a body of work representing the language of architecture.
Another MECA student, Aaron Decker, also received the award this year.
Woodworking & Furniture Design Students Participate in Craft Boston
Woodworking & Furniture Design students are showcasing their work at CraftBoston March 23-25. Craftboston is New England's premiere exhibition and sale of contemporary art, craft and design. The event is held each spring at Seaport World Trade Center in Boston and features work by leading artists in the field. Participating students include Hannah Merchant, Kate Lizotte, Abby Mechanic, Matt Gardiner, Tanner Price, Tina McLuckie and alum Steve Anderson '11. Students prepare the exhibit and install it and staff it for the event.
Image credit: Abby Mechanic's work at CraftBoston
Roxanne Quimby Donates $400,000 to MECA
Maine College of Art has received a gift of $400,000 from Roxanne Quimby to combine the Quimby Colony within the college’s curriculum and programs. The Quimby Colony was created in 2009 by Burt’s Bees founder Roxanne Quimby for the purpose of bringing gifted artists to Maine and contributing to their growth and success. For the past two years the Colony has focused on residencies for artists specializing in fashion and textiles.
The gift will support artists in residence, new faculty, student recruitment, equipment and resources to develop curriculum in the areas of fashion and textiles. “I am delighted to make this gift,” Quimby commented, “Maine College of Art, as a leader in contemporary higher education in the arts in Maine is uniquely positioned to carry on the work of the Quimby Colony.” Quimby, who is an art school graduate, believes that MECA leadership will create a strong base for an emerging fashion industry in Maine. Her gift is intended to encourage vitality in downtown Portland that will help build a growing interest in fashion and design across Maine.
Maine College of Art is Northern New England’s leading arts education institution and largest employer of visual artists in Maine. The opportunity to develop curriculum and special programming about fashion and textiles will complement the college’s strong Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Art Education, and Continuing Studies programs. Course offerings and workshops in fashion and design will become a strong component of MECA’s Artists at Work program aimed at providing students and alumni with professional development support for entrepreneurial careers.
Don Tuski, president of MECA notes that, “Maine has attracted artists and entrepreneurs related to textiles, fashion, and fiber for nearly 200 years. With this gift, the College enriches the educational choices for students to have successful careers, grows Portland and Maine’s economy through creative and artistic enterprise, and attracts more artists and creative individuals to the state. We believe that this gift will attract new majors, have great appeal to current students majoring in related areas, and in addition attract many members of the general public to take advantage of MECA courses. This will establish a new vitality for MECA and for downtown Portland.”
The Quimby Colony is one of three charitable organizations that Roxanne Quimby has created to benefit people in Maine.