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Barridoff Auction at MECA

Posted: 2013-03-27

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Fairfield Porter
Oil on Masonite 19×29 in. (48.3×73.7cm)

 
FINE AUCTION AMERICAN AND EUROPEAN ART // APRIL 24, 2013 6 P.M.
 
Previews
Tuesday, April 23, 6 PM  –  8 PM
and Wednesday, April 24, 10 AM  –  5 PM
 
To be held at the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art
522 Congress Street Portland, Maine
 
Annette and Rob Elowitch
Art Consultants and Auctioneers
Shipping and mailing address only:
Suite 1A - 136 50 Market Street
So. Portland, Maine 04106
Maine license 00795
 
 
A portion of the proceeds of the sale will help support Maine College of Art and its programs.
 

Blue Jay The Pirate at Portland Stage!

Posted: 2013-03-26

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Join The Affiliate Artists and Author/illustrator Scott Nash for a night of readings from his new book, The High Skies Adventures of Blue Jay The Pirate as well as other works by Nash. An open discussion and book signing will follow the actors' readings.


April 8 at 7pm
Portland Stage Company

Admission: Pay what you can... $5ish

Sculpture senior Kyle DiMare presents his Public Engagement Capstone project

Posted: 2013-03-25

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Designed to Play: An Exploration in Community Communication Through Sculpture

Wednesday, March 27 at 12 noon, Osher Hall

Kyle DiMare, a senior in Sculpture, worked with the local organization Learning Works / Youth Build Alternatives in Portland. Kyle designed and led a series of workshops on the design process and sculptural building. Using a model of co-creation students worked collaboratively on sculptural forms as a platform for building social relationships, and developed critical communication, problem solving and creative skills.

Sue Lennox, CEO & Co-Founder of OzGREEN, added to Spring '13 Lecture Series on 4.19 at 6:30pm

Posted: 2013-03-25

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Sue Lennox is co-founder and co-CEO of Australia’s OzGREEN and a member of the Centre for Social Impact Advisory Council. She has 30 years of experience innovating environmental education and community building in urban, regional, remote, and indigenous communities in Australia, India, Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and Pakistan. In 2007, Sue was named as one of Sydney’s Top 100 Most Influential People by the Sydney Magazine.
 
The lecture will bet at 6:30pm on Friday April 19th in Osher Hall.
 
The workshop will expand upon the issues discussed in the lecture and will offer participants the opportunity to reflect upon their own gifts and potential actions around the issues of climate change. She will be doing a one day version of the Leading with the Heart Workshop described in this flyer: click here
 
Note: The workshop will be from 9am to 5pm on Sunday April 21st and will be free for MECA students faculty and staff and offered to community member  by donation. There will be a potluck style lunch so participants are asked to bring a dish to share. For more information, please contact Lilly Morrow at lmorrow@meca.edu.
 
 

Unique class brings art to community

Posted: 2013-03-23

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Printmaking Professor Adriane Herman's titled her Fall 2012 SYL class: "Gathering Influences: Collecting, Collections, Collectors, Collectibles" and challenged her students to consider new aspects and audiences of their art.

The class became a community art project at Bayview Heights affordable senior housing community in Portland. Herman, along with her teaching assistant Pilar Nadal, challenged 11 MECA students and 15 Bayview seniors to discuss the objects we collect and why we collect them. 

After prompting conversation with their handmade zines, the students created collagraph prints that were framed and donated to the senior center. 

The class was sponsored by MECA's Public Engagement program.

The following students took part in this unique class:

Anthony Zambrana
Ari Chasan
Emily Martel
Grace Hager
Hannah Hermes
Hannah Rowlett
Kelsey Haley
Kristina Buckley
Mason Hainey
Megan Daigle
Rochelle Garcia

For a compelling and comprehensive article about the project, click here

 

MAINE BASED ILLUSTRATOR, DANIEL MINTER, EARNS 2013 CORETTA SCOTT KING ILLUSTRATOR HONOR

Posted: 2013-03-15

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Maine College of Art will host a Special Reception on Monday, March 18 at 6pm to Celebrate the Award
 
Portland, Maine - The prestigious 2013 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor has been awarded to MECA Adjunct Instructor in Illustration Daniel Minter whose illustrations in Ellen’s Broom accompany Kelly Starling Lyons’ words that tell the story of a young girl who learns the new meaning of freedom during the time of the Reconstruction. The Coretta Scott King Award, named for the wife of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., brings attention to one of Maine's most accomplished contemporary artists.
 
Members of the Media are invited to attend a special reception hosted in honor of this highly acclaimed accolade on Monday, March 18 at 6pm on the 2nd Floor of Maine College of Art's Porteous Building (522 Congress Street).  Hosting this reception is Chair of MECA's Illustration Department, author, illustrator, and designer, Scott Nash.

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WHO: Media representatives, Literary/Arts/Illustration Community, Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni, Special Guests

WHAT:
 Exhibit and Opening Reception for Daniel Minter, MECA Illustration Professor and Recipient of the 2013 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor

WHERE: 
 Maine College of Art, 2nd Floor Porteous Building, 522 Congress Street,  Portland Maine, 04101

WHY: 
To celebrate and recognize an honor of distinction earned by Maine-based illustrator, Daniel Minter

WHEN:
 Monday, March 18, 2013 at 6pm

Professor Jamie Hogan Illustrates New Children's Book

Posted: 2013-03-02

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Illustration Professor Jamie Hogan has announced the release of "Here Come the Humpbacks". The book follows a mother whale and her calf along their annual migration from the warm waters of the Caribbean to their feeding grounds off the coast of New England, portraying the ways they sing, breathe, and avoid dangers. 

The book is now available in hardcover.

>>More info.

Posted: 2013-02-27

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Indiana artists explore Hoosier ties in upcoming gallery exhibition

INDIANAPOLIS—An upcoming exhibition at Gallery 924 at the Arts Council features the fine art furniture of Cory Robinson and Matt Hutton. Both Robinson and Hutton are natives of Indiana and studied at Indiana University Purdue University’s Herron School of Art & Design. The artists explore their Hoosier roots in show titled, Beyond Vernacular.

“As a gallery that shows and supports contemporary Indiana artists, we understand the Indiana or Midwest aesthetic is somewhat elusive and often difficult to define,” said Shannon Linker, director of artist services and Gallery 924. “However, Hutton and Robinson seem to have a clear vision of what it means to understand and embrace the visual language of the often simple, but comforting iconography of rural Indiana. They have brilliantly married high design, functionality, and their own personal histories.”

Both Hutton and Robinson found themselves on parallel professional paths, which began in undergraduate studies at Herron School of Art and Design and continued to San Diego State University where they both received MFA’s. Since then, Hutton co-founded the woodworking and furniture design program at the Maine College of Art, where he now works; and Robinson is an associate professor of furniture design and fine art department chair at Herron.   

‘Beyond Vernacular’ will open during IDADA’s First Friday Art Tour Friday, March 1 and be on display at Gallery 924 at the Arts Council from March 1 to 29.

What: Beyond Vernacular

Where: Gallery 924 at the Arts Council of Indianapolis | 924 North Pennsylvania Street Indianapolis, IN 46204

When: March 1 – 29, 2013 | Gallery hours: Tuesdays – Fridays 10 p.m. – 4 p.m., Thursdays 10-6 | Special opening Friday, March 1, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

About Gallery 924 at the Arts Council

Gallery 924 provides a mix of programming highlighting central Indiana contemporary artists, including solo shows and curated group shows.  The 1,300 square foot gallery is located in the former home of Rollerland and the current home of the Arts Council of Indianapolis.

About the Arts Council of Indianapolis

The Arts Council of Indianapolis builds financial support and widespread appreciation for meaningful engagement in the arts. As the chief advocate for the arts and artists in Indianapolis, the Arts Council provides grant opportunities and professional development resources for central Indiana arts organizations and artists. It owns and operates the Indianapolis Artsgarden, Gallery 924, a 1,300 square foot fine art gallery featuring work by central Indiana artists, and recently launched power2give, an online fundraising platform for arts, cultural, and humanities organizations. For more information visit indyarts.org.

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>>Matt Hutton Faculty bio

MECA Announces 2013 Art Honors Recipients

Posted: 2013-02-25

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MECA ANNOUNCES 2013 ART HONORS RECIPIENTS

Portland Museum of Art, Dahlov Ipcar, and Candace Pilk Karu Recognized for Artistic Leadership and Excellence
 

Portland, Maine - Maine College of Art will hold the 17th annual Art Honors gala celebration to recognize leaders in Maine’s creative sector on Thursday, May 9, 2013.

This year, the College presents the Award for Leadership as a Visual Artist and the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts to Dahlov Ipcar; the Award for Leadership in Art Philanthropy and the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts to Candace Pilk Karu, and the Award for Leadership in the Visual Arts to the Portland Museum of Art.

The awards will be presented at the College’s Porteous Building at 522 Congress Street in downtown Portland. The event begins at 5:30pm and the awards ceremony is scheduled at 6:30pm on May 9.  Cocktails and tapas throughout the evening will be accented with live music and the thesis exhibition of graduating students.  The Class of 2013 will join the creative black tie party.  Support of Art Honors is available at three levels: Patrons at $1,200, Host Committee at $250 and general at $50.  

For more information visit meca.edu/arthonors or please call 207-775-5098.

About the Honorees:
The Award for Leadership as a Visual Artist and the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts recognizes Dahlov Ipcar’s deep and far reaching influence as a Maine artist with international recognition, and her contributions to the arts and letters for more than seventy years.  

The Award for Leadership in Art Philanthropy and the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts to Candace Pilk Karu honors her 21 years of service to the College and pays tribute to her personal belief that the arts play an important role in our civil society by encouraging emerging and living artists.

The Award for Leadership in the Visual Arts to the Portland Museum of Art acknowledges the museum's significant past and future contributions to Portland, Maine, and the nation and celebrates the deep and historic connection between the two institutions since their joint founding in 1882.

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 Roxanne Quimby, S. Donald Sussman, David Driskell, Bernarda Shahn, Beverly Hallam, Will Barnet, Neil Welliver, Alex Katz, Robert Indiana, Alison Hildreth, Angela Adams and Pandora Lacasse, among others.

Located in the heart of the Portland Arts District, MECA offers a BFA degree in 10 studio majors, an MFA in Studio Arts, a Post-Baccalaureate in Art Education and continuing studies for youths and adults. The Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA and the Joanne Waxman Library are free and open to the public. For more information, see www.meca.edu.

 

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MECA Hosts Open Forum Community Session on Institutional Logo Process

Posted: 2013-02-21

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[Image by Gabriella Sturchio '12]

MECA held a three-day charrette on February 1,2 & 3. Graphic Design students, faculty, and Pentagram's Eddie Opara worked together to rebrand and re-define MECA's institutional identity. The weekend was a great success and we were able to emerge with two solid concepts. While there is still much work to be done before deciding on a specific direction to move forward with, we are hosting an open forum community session on Tuesday, February 26 at 5pm in the Cafe to learn more about the design process and to see variations of both concepts. 

Here are the details:

WHO:  The entire MECA community

WHAT:  
Presentation and dialog about MECA's logo development process and progress

WHERE: 
MECA Cafe

WHY: 
To generate awareness and dialog about a very important topic: The future of MECA's visual identity

WHEN:
  Tuesday, February 26 (5-6pm)

Dinner will be available as usual ($8 per person) along with a complimentary ice cream sunday bar. All are invited to attend. 

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