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Posted: 2013-07-01

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Artist Asherah Cinnamon, (BFA '08) exhibits new work at the Maine Jewish Museum. Nancy Davidson curated Cinnamon’s new show entitled Celebration, Tradition and Change. This exhibition will run from Friday July 5th, 2013 to Thursday August 29th, 2013. The opening reception with the artist will be held at the Maine Jewish Museum at 267 Congress Street in Portland, ME on Tuesday July 9th 5-8pm.

Asherah Cinnamon is an international award winning, contemporary sculptor, installation/ performance artist, and creative educator. Her work explores avenues of healing, both personal and planetary. Asherah's parents were survivors of the Nazi Holocaust. Their ability to take great joy in life and to overcome that experience was an inspiration for her. Graduate of the Maine College of Art (BFA), Boston University (MSW), Cambridge University (Graduate Diploma), and the University of Wisconsin (BA), she has made her home in Maine for over 30 years.

Cinnamon’s creative practice explores the power of human interaction as a means to build community, seek justice (tzedek), and heal the world (tikkun olam). Celebration, Tradition and Change is an exhibition deeply rooted in Jewish Feminism. Cinnamon is inspired by almost six thousand years of cultural philosophy and ritual. The sculptures and works in this exhibition are references to concepts and objects used in these traditions. Each piece holds meaning, memory, and ethical solutions beyond any single culture or religion. Ritual, whether celebratory or mournful, helps us connect to each other across differences.

Celebration, Tradition and Change is on display from July 5th to August 29th at the Maine Jewish Museum at Etz Chaim Synagogue Monday- Friday 10am-7pm or by appointment. For more information, contact Curator Nancy Davidson at or (207) 239 4774.

MECA Family Weekend

Posted: 2013-06-27

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MECA parents, families, friends and Alumni are invited to join us on campus for MECA Family Weekend October 11-13, 2013.

Registration and schedule information will be posted in the early fall.

Please contact Anna Schwartz, Director of Student Engagement, with any questions:207.699.5034 or


Sarah Mohammadi wins AIGA Bone Show Award

Posted: 2013-06-26

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Recent graduate Sarah Mohammadi has won an AIGA Bone Show Award for her cookbook Turkmen Damegh. The bi-annual show celebrates the best of New England design. Sarah designed the book as an independent study after visiting her family in Iran. The exhibit is on view at Boston University's 808 Gallery until July 20.


Sarah Mohammadi graduated this spring with a degree in Graphic Design. Originally from Iran, she lives in Maine.
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The AIGA is a professional association for design. 
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Two MECA alums awarded Emerging Artist Grants

Posted: 2013-06-24

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Two MECA alums won Emerging Artist Grants from the Saint Botolph Club Foundation in Boston this year! Edwige Charlot '10 and Pilar Nadal MFA '13 were both awarded grants from the Boston-based organization that recognizes and supports New England based artists. 
Charlot is an artist printmaker. Born and raised in France and of Haitian heritage, her work has been shown in Maine, Connecticut, and New York. 
Nadal is a recent MFA graduate who works in multiple mediums. She is originally from upstate New York.

MECA Illustration Professor Introduces 'The Detached Muse Project'

Posted: 2013-06-24

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Boston Based Galatea Fine Arts Presents the Work of MECA Illustration Professor Rob Sullivan

July 5 - 28, 2013

(muse): a woman, or a force personiļ¬ed as a woman, who is the source of inspiration for
a creative artist.

MECA Illustration professors' paintings reframe the subject at hand as a metaphorical transfiguration away from
their representation. This moves beyond mere surface, as he engage with painting’s
history and technical narrativity, bridging it conceptually across a contemporary
vernacular. The Detached Muse suite of paintings represents that fusion.

The mythology of the Muses began in the Hellenistic era as nine goddesses who
embodied fields of artistic endeavor. In the 19th Century, they were referred to as forms
of inspiration, often with creators speaking of their own personal “artistic muse.” This
figure was regularly personified by the artist’s female model, and the one-to-one
interaction between artist and model was a relationship recorded in paint over the course
of history.

The Detached Muse Project represents Sullivan's efforts to reify the muse in painting while
subverting it away from modern expectation.

Reception: Friday, July 5, 6-8 PM

460B Harrison Ave, #B-6
Boston, MA
617 542 1500

For more information, please contact

Molly Vogel BFA '09 selected for the Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show

Posted: 2013-06-24

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Molly Vogel BFA '09 was selected for the emerging artist category this year at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show. 

The 37th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show includes 195 premiere artists from the United States, selected from more than 1,000 applicants. All work is for sale.

Molly Vogel is a jewelry designer living in Connecticut, whose work has been shown in Maine, New York, Connecticut, Maryland, and Kentucky. 

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Posted: 2013-06-13

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The Maine Art Education Association awards committee has announced that recent MECA graduate Jennifer Kowtko is being recognized as the 2013 Maine Art Education Association – Higher Education Student Art Educator of the Year.

"Jennifer's dedication, experiences and personal educational philosophy reflect her commitment to the advancement of art education in Maine.This is to be commended and we are happy that we are able to celebrate this with her, our community and the State," wrote the MEAA.

She will receive the award at the MAEA Awards Celebration to be held Friday evening at the Fall Conference at Haystack (Sept 13-15).