MECA Student & Faculty Member Honored with Maine Campus Compact Awards
MECA student Chloe Beaven will receive Maine Campus Compact’s 2013 Heart and Soul Award. This award recognizes the accomplishments of six Maine students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership both on campus and within their community.
In addition, MECA faculty member Paul Gebhardt will receive Maine Campus Compact’s 2013 Donald Harward Award for Service Learning Excellence. This award recognizes the accomplishments of faculty members in making public service an integral part of their teaching, in forging strong reciprocal partnerships, and in advocating for service learning.
MECA student Carly Soos was also nominated for the Heart and Soul Award. Students not chosen for this award will be receiving a Maine Campus Compact PILLARS award, which will be sent to your civic engagement office.
The awards will be presented at a ceremony on Tuesday, April 30that the State House Hall of Flags in Augusta. We will share a press release with your public relations office in the week leading up to the ceremony. The ceremony, which includes hors d'oeuvres, will run from 2:30 to 4:00pm. We would be delighted if you would join us.
MECA Social Media Summit
MECA will be making some big changes online! We’re striving to streamline, organize and expand our social media presence. But before we make these changes, we want to hear from YOU. We want to tailor our online presence to best serve our students, faculty, and broader community.
WHO: The entire MECA community
WHAT: Opening up dialogue about MECA’s social media presence WHERE:Osher Hall WHY:To discuss and determine the most effective, productive, and engaging ways that MECA can use social media. To identify specific faculty roles and create an information workflow and posting protocol. WHEN: Wednesday, April 17 at noon
Beginning to Performance Art class presents 'performance feast'
Come check out the Beginning to Performance Art class' show.
performance feast 2013| April 02-April 11 | 55 Oak Street, Portland, Maine
Students from Beginning Performance Art class at Maine College of Art present performance feast 2013. The exhibition includes live performances and performance-based works in photography, text, video, sculpture, and installation.
Artists: Ally Stallcup, Ashley Roger, Chloe Beaven, Elana Shorey, Hannah Rowlett, Robert Bennett Jr., Taylor French Benoit, Victoria Koronkiewicz.
Exhibition: Performance-based work in photography, text, video, sculpture, and installation will be on displayed throughout the duration of the exhibition: April 02- April 11, 2013.
Live Performance Schedule: (open to the public) - Tuesday (04/02) 6-9pm: live performances followed by discussions - Thursday (04/04) 6-9pm: live performances followed by discussions - First Friday (04/05) 5-8pm: live Performances
Gallery Hours: - Tuesday (04/02) 6-9pm - Thursday (04/04) 6-9pm - First Friday (04/05) 5-8pm - By chance or appointment
MICA Students visit MECA for collaborate project
A handful of students from the Maryland Institute College of Art are visiting the MECA campus this week as part of a class called "Road, Movies, and Travelogues." The class requires students to propose and carry out a road trip and create artwork based on their adventure.
With MICA professors Nadia Hironska and Eva Wylie, the group visited MECA for a series of activities: making a collaborative print with MECA professor Adriane Herman's students and visiting local printmaker David Wolfe's studio. Their visit was encouraged and organized by the ICA, Office of Public Engagement, and Printmaking Department.
Today that will be inviting the general public to the ICA from 1:00 to 3:00 to watch them finish a book project and speak about the project.
Barridoff Auction at MECA
Fairfield Porter Oil on Masonite 19×29 in. (48.3×73.7cm)
FINE AUCTION AMERICAN AND EUROPEAN ART // APRIL 24, 2013 6 P.M.
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
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
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
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 email@example.com.
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:
For a compelling and comprehensive article about the project, click here.
MAINE BASED ILLUSTRATOR, DANIEL MINTER, EARNS 2013 CORETTA SCOTT KING ILLUSTRATOR HONOR
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.
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
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.
Chair of MECA's Woodworking & Furniture Design Department Presents at Gallery 924 in Indianapolis
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.
MECA Hosts Open Forum Community Session on Institutional Logo Process
[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 5pmin 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.
It is time for the 2013 Nothing Major Show!!
The Nothing Major Show at MECA is an annual student-run exhibition. This show is open to any first or second year student. If you are a non-major, SUBMIT your ART! You can be a junior that is undeclared and still enter. Each student can submit one work or a cohesive series.
This year the show theme is IDENTITY and is titled WHO WE ARE.
Who we are and what motivates us are central questions for all of us. This investigation of self is particularly prevalent in art school, where our own work can be seen and understood and an extension of ourselves. We struggle to find our personal originality and uniqueness that can inform and create our art practice.
Here are some possible questions you could consider when selecting the art to submit: What does identity mean? Who dictates this identity? Who are you, and how does your art reflect that?
And finally, here are some important dates and details to remember:
Art Submissions: February 11 - 14 in the Administrative Center with Erin Hutton, Associate Director of Artist at Work and Special Programs.
Installation: February 15 - 17. Volunteers will help with hanging work.
Show Dates: February 18 - March 7, 2013 on the 2nd floor and first floor front window
Opening Reception: First Friday, March 1, 2013, 5-8PM, Open to the public