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.
MECA Students Design New Portland Pirates Logo
When it came time for the Portland Pirates to create a new logo to celebrate their 20th anniversary, the hockey team approached Maine College of Art. Portland Pirates Managing Owner/CEO Brian Petrovek said, "I could go to Boston or New York or I could go to the world class institution located right across the street."
Students in Samantha Haedrich’s graphic design class, Design Workshop, spent the fall semester collaborating on the identity assignment. The group of nine juniors and seniors conducted research, presented ideas and participated in critiques with the Pirates organization. The chosen anniversary logo integrates the Salty Pete mascot and his iconic pirate flag, a fan favorite.
The logo, which commemorates the 20th anniversary of the inception of the Portland Pirates franchise in 1993, will be included in all aspects of operation, including Pirates merchandise, and on a special alternate jersey to be worn for select games during the 2012-13 season.
"We are thrilled to partner with MECA students, faculty, and staff over the last few months to design this emblem," said Petrovek. "We are very pleased with the work of Samantha Haedrich and her graphic design students on the logo. We feel it accentuates the true spirit of the Pirates relationship with the great hockey fans of Portland over the last 20 years. We thank the students for all of their hard work in creating a truly fitting symbol to celebrate a franchise milestone."
The logo was unveiled during a press conference in the Karu Media Collective at the College on February 27.
Cat Mazza is a new media artist whose work explores the relationships between craft, digital technology and labor. She will give a free visiting artist lecture at 12:30 in Osher Hall on February 28. She has shown her work in galleries and museums internationally including the Jönköpings läns Museum, (Jönköpings, Sweden), the Museum of Arts and Design (New York City), the Triennale de Milano (Milan, Italy), Garanti Gallery (Istanbul, Turkey), The Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, Oregon) and new media festivals Futuresonic (Manchester, England), FILE (São Paulo, Brazil), Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria), and the Influencers (Barcelona, Spain). Mazza has received support from Creative Capital (2008 grantee in Film/Video), Rockefeller Media Arts (New Media fellow 2007), the Craft Research Fund (2009) and MacDowell Colony (2009).
She received her MFA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2005), her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University (1999) and has been an Assistant Professor of Art at UMass since 2007.
Students Participate in Collaborative Printmaking Project
A new exhibition of prints at Rose Contemporary in Portland will highlight works selected from the flat files of the Peregrine Press and Zea Mays Printmaking studios, and introduce the Maine College of Art Flat File Project featuring work by printmaking students. Flat files are where unframed prints are stored in large file drawers for viewing by collectors, other artists, and those interested in printmaking. Additional work by the participating artists will be available for sale and public viewing in a Flat File at the gallery for the duration of the exhibit.
The exhibition runs from March 1 to March 31 with an opening reception on Friday, March 2 from 5pm to 8pm.
In the weeks prior to the exhibition printmaking students from Maine College of Art (MECA) will work with artists from the Peregrine Press to learn about the history and importance of the Press, view members’ work and connect with the art community beyond the college. The collaborative nature of the project provides the MECA students with a valuable model for professional practice as part of MECA's newly launched Public Engagement minor.
There will be a free public lecture by Liz Chalfin, printmaker and founder of Zea Mays, at Maine College of Art on Saturday, March 3 at 6:30pm. The lecture “Growing a Sustainable Printmaking Community”, will be given at the Osher Lecture Hall at MECA. The lecture is funded by the Kate Mahoney Memorial Fund of the Peregrine Press.
Image credit: Christine Beneman, Book of Flowers #32, monotype (Peregrine Press)