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Ribbon Cutting Celebration for Woodworking & Furniture Design Department

Posted: 2012-05-23

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Maine College of Art will celebrate the completion of the Woodworking & Furniture Design studio facilities in the Porteous Building on Thursday, June 7 at 5:30pm on the third floor. We will acknowledge the donors who made the renovations possible. Light refreshments will be served at 5:30pm with remarks by President Don Tuski and Associate Professor Matt Hutton at 6pm.

This summer, the College is hosting the Furniture Society conference,  dynamic range of intensives, lectures, demonstrations, presentations, and exhibitions. Join Matt Hutton and Assistant Professor Adam Manley on Saturday, June 9 from 10am to noon to tour the exhibits. Participants should join in the MECA lobby for coffee and donuts before departing together.

Full schedule for the Furniture Society Conference

Please RSVP for either or both of these events to Annie Wadleigh at awadleigh@meca.edu or 207.699.5015.

Image: Tanner Price '12

MECA to Host Furniture Society Conference

Posted: 2012-05-23

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From June 14-16, Maine College of Art will host the Furniture Society conference:Design, Community & the Sublime. The conference includes a dynamic range of intensives, lectures, demonstrations, presentations, and exhibitions. The unforgiving coastline of Maine gave birth to communities of skilled shipbuilders, uniquely rugged and determined. The Shakers, in a tradition of simplicity and functionality, contributed to the style, in fact, the very grain of the state and the last of these communities in the country still calls Maine home. There are deeply held values in these life and work choices, those of the Shakers, the boat builders, and all those who coax wood: a fierce independence that is predicated on the strength of community and tradition. The Furniture Society’s 2012 conference, Design, Community, and the Sublime, will celebrate these traditions and intersections of craft, community, and design in a setting of natural beauty and contemporary culture. 

Full schedule

Image: Steven Anderson '11.

Furniture Society Conference Exhibitions

Posted: 2012-05-23

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Maine College of Art is hosting the Furniture Society Conference: Design, Community, and the Sublime from June 14-16. In addition to a dynamic range of intensives, lectures, demonstrations, and presentations, there will also be several exhibitions on view locally. Each gallery will hold an opening reception on First Friday Art Walk, June 1 at 5pm.

New Works: Matt Hutton, Jamie Johnston and Adam John Manley
June 1 - June 23
June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA
522 Congress Street

New Works represents the most recent creative output of three local artists working in and around the world of woodworking and furniture. Bound by history and medium, Matt Hutton, Jamie Johnston, and Adam John Manley explore ideas of place, materiality, function, and time through divergent means. This exhibition highlights the three as a group while investigating the unique approach of each through three respective new bodies of work.


Where are You Going, Where Have You Been?
June 1- June 30
Lewis Gallery at Portland Public Library
5 Monument Square

The Furniture Society and Maine College of Art present an exhibition of collaborative works: Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? is an exploration of work in all mediums by pairs and/or groups of artists at different points in their career, ranging from emerging to established artists through collaborative projects.

Participants By groups:
William Huston and Saer Huston
Peter Handler and Karen Singer
Hayami Arakawa and Vivian Beer
Karen Ernst and Sue Amendolara
Aaron Miley and Steven Sander
Charles Radtke and Sarah Perkins
Jordan Gehman and Mali Mrozinski
Amelia Toelke and Arielle Toelke
Seth Keller and Michelle Janssens-Keller
Laura Johnson Drake and Duan Haiyan
Owain Harris and Robert Dworkin
Matthew Hebert and Donald Fortescue
Brian Chan, Ken Stone and Hayami Arakawa
William Doub, Anne Long, Susan Pratt-Smith and Jeff Jelenfy

 
Then & Now: Alumni and Student Work from Maine College of Art
June 1-June 29
Rose Contemporary
492 Congress Street

Then and Now is a juried exhibition of work by alumni and current students of MECA who are investigating furniture in all mediums or working sculpturally with wood. This exhibition will be held at Rose Contemporary in Portland, Maine in conjunction with the 2012 Furniture Society Conference, hosted by Maine College of Art. The exhibition was juried by Chair of Woodworking & Furniture Design Matt Hutton, Visiting Assistant Professor of Woodworking & Furniture Design Adam Manley, and Owner of Rose Contemporary Virginia Sassman Rose and was coordinated by Tina McLuckie ’12.

The selected artists are Steven Anderson ’11, Vivian Beer ’00, Sarah Bouchard ’11, Nicole Farrand ’11, Forest Gagne ’14, Jordan Gehman ’06, Ted Lott ’05, Tina McLuckie ’12, Abby Mechanic ’13, Hannah Merchant ’13, Oliver Percival ’10, and Tanner Price ’12.

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Image: Ted Lott '05

 

2012 Artist Residencies Announced

Posted: 2012-05-22

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Each spring, Maine College of Art reviews applications for two summer residency programs made available through the College. One is offered at the Stephen Pace House in Stonington, Maine and the other at the Jenny Family Compound in Nova Scotia.

The Stonington residencies were granted to MECA faculty member Mark Jamra, staffer Dietlind Vander Schaaf as well as alums Larissa Mellor ’04 ,Rachael Eastman ’94, and Nik Bsullak ’99. The Baie St Marie Artist and Family Residency at the Jenny Family Compound was awarded to Mark Marchesi ’99, Richard Metz MFA’00, Thomas Cummins MFA’05, and Crystal Heiden ’06, ,Conan Masterson and Christine Negus.

Image: Mark Marchesi '99                                                    

Painting Student Achievements

Posted: 2012-05-22

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Kathyrn Dodson, a 2012 painting graduate was selected to show at Gallery Dufour in Belfast. The exhibit featured the work of 25 contemporary Maine figure painters and photographers. Dodson won first prize in the category of non-photography

MFA graduate Shirah Neumann '12 will attend the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

Painting major Angela Rosensweig was selected to receive a residency at the Yale Summer School of Art.

Painting major Lydia Anderson is interning at Christy's auction house for the summer.

Painting major Reesa Wood '12 was accepted to the RISD MFA painting program.

Image: Reesa Wood '12

MECA Students Attend Watershed Summer Program

Posted: 2012-05-22

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Five MECA Ceramics majors have been selected to attend the upcoming pre-session experience at The Watershed Center for the Center Arts from May 27- June 8.  Lindsey Demuth, Anne Saffron, Vicki Koronkiewicz, Adrian King and Dena Giroux will participate in the pre-session experience, a two-week opportunity to live and create artwork in the studios of Watershed in exchange for preparing the center for the summer program.  Watershed is an internationally known ceramic art center located in Newcastle, ME.  The Ceramics majors recently completed a field trip to the Watershed Center this spring.

Image: Adrian King

 

BFA Open House: First Friday, June 1

Posted: 2012-05-18

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Please join us for our June 1 Open House  to learn more about the four-year undergraduate program at Maine College of Art. This is an opportunity to learn more about MECA and experience Portland's vibrant art scene during the First Friday Art Walk.

At the Open House, you can speak directly with MECA's faculty about the BFA program, learn more about the studio majors and Artists at Work, tour our facilities, schedule a portfolio review, and discuss scholarship opportunities. The thesis work of the 2012 graduates will be on view throughout the Porteous Building.
 
Program schedule:

2:30 - 3:00 Registration and refreshments
3:00 - 4:00 Information session with the president, dean, faculty, and staff
4:00 - 5:30 Tours of MECA's facilities and residence halls

You may also request to meet with an Admissions representative for a portfolio review or to discuss transfer options. We will be scheduling individual appointments throughout the day.

At 5:30 you are encouraged to take part in Portland's First Friday Art Walk. Over 7,000 people come out for this festive monthly occasion to see artwork at the 60 participating venues including galleries, museums, open studios and restaurants. 

This event takes place in downtown Portland, recently named one of America's "Best Cities for Hipsters" by Travel + Leisure, and "The San Francisco of the East" by Chicago Tribune. 

Please RSVP here if you would like to join us.

Image: Ray Ewing photograph from 2012 Thesis Exhibition

2012 BFA Thesis Show on View

Posted: 2012-05-08

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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

Posted: 2012-05-04

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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

Posted: 2012-04-16

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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

Posted: 2012-04-16

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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

Posted: 2012-04-16

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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

Posted: 2012-04-16

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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.

Commencement 2012

Posted: 2012-04-12

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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

Posted: 2012-04-05

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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

Posted: 2012-04-04

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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. 

Honorable Mention

Lydia Andersen ’13, Painting
Chun-Hua Chang, ’14 Undeclared
Daniel Heutz ’13, Graphic Design
Hannah Merchant ’13, Woodworking & Furniture Design
Emmeline Solomon ’13, Printmaking

Maine Fund
Two Awards of $500 each

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.

Kristin Fitzpatrick ’13, Printmaking
Emily Rogstad ’13, Metalsmithing & Jewelry
Shadell Segree ’14, Undeclared

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.

Shelby Goldsmith ’13, ,Metalsmithing & Jewelry              
Victoria Statsenko ’14,  Sculpture
Abby Mechanic ’13, Woodworking & Furniture Design
Miles Spadone ’13, Ceramics

       

Artist Lecture Series Winter 2012

Posted: 2012-04-04

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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

Posted: 2012-03-30

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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.

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