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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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Art 21 Screening

Posted: 2012-03-28

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Artists in Context, Maine Arts Commission, and Maine College of Art present a preview screening of the first episode of "Art 21 Season Six: Change." The first hour of Season 6 features artists who bear witness, through their work, to transformation—cultural, material, and aesthetic—and actively engage communities as collaborators and subjects.  The artists profiled are Ai Weiwei, El Anatsui,  and Catherine Opie.

The film will show in Osher Hall at MECA at 5pm on April 26. Following the screening, a discussion on the art of change will be moderated by Chris Thompson, Associate Professor of Art History at the Maine College of Art.

The event is free and open to the public. 

Pastel Painting Demo by Wade Zahares

Posted: 2012-03-28

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The Pastel Painters of Maine, headed by alum Caren-Marie Michel '78, presents a talk and presentation by Wade Zahares on April 10 from noon to 2pm in Osher Hall at Maine College of Art. The public is invited to this free event.

Strong lines. Bold colors. Dazzling perspectives. All three distinguish Wade Zahares’ larger-than-life pastel paintings.  Both a fine artist and a children’s book illustrator, Wade has always loved to draw.  Wade works exclusively in pastel; he is drawn to the intimacy of the chalk and the ease with which he can blend colors.The magic happens in his studio, a converted shed in Lyman, Maine, just a few miles from the Kennebunk farm on which he grew up.

Since graduating from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, Wade has been a full-time, professional artist. He has done a number of corporate commissions for Boston Duck Tours, Bank of America, McDonald’s, HBO, Cinemax, and Family Circle and Sesame Street magazines among others.  Wade’s very first children’s book, Window Music, was chosen as one of the top 10 illustrated books of 1998 by the New York Times. Since then, Wade has illustrated five additional picture books. He enjoys sharing his creative process, challenges and all, when he speaks and conducts workshops at galleries and schools.

 

Annie Mora Wins $5000 Geary's Contest

Posted: 2012-03-26

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Each year, the D.L. Geary Brewing Company sponsors a contest for the undergraduate students at Maine College of Art to design the label and packaging for the Summer Ale. The winner receives $5000 and their artwork on nearly 1 million bottles of beer. This year’s winner is Annie Mora, a Graphic Design junior from South Londonderry, Vermont.

“When thinking of a design for the Summer Ale I wanted to illustrate the energy of the ocean. The inspiration for the splash came from watercolor paintings that I do in my sketchbook. The colors in the packaging represent warm summer days in Maine,” says Mora.

View the slideshow of all entries 

Art Honors Recognizes Donald Sussman and Earle Shettleworth, Jr.

Posted: 2012-03-22

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Maine College of Art will hold the 16th annual Art Honors gala celebration in the Porteous Building to recognize leaders in Maine’s creative sector on Tuesday, May 8, 2012.

This year, the College presents the Award for Leadership in Art Philanthropy to
S. Donald Sussman and the Award for Leadership in Community Service in the Arts and Education to Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr.

About the Honorees
The Award for Leadership in Art Philanthropy goes to S. Donald Sussman for his deep and far reaching support of cultural programs and institutions within Maine and nationally.  The honor allows the College to pay tribute to Sussman’s personal belief that the arts play an important role in our civil society and acknowledges his encouragement of emerging and living artists.

The Award for Leadership in Community Service in the Arts and Education recognizes Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. for his deep and long-term commitment to Maine’s cultural heritage.  Shettleworth’s dedication and attention to the preservation of our State’s architecture—firmitas, utilitas, venustas—encompasses the same values embedded in MECA’s curriculum, where students consider the ideas of durability, utility and beauty within their work.  

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


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


Metalsmithing & Jewelry Student Wins $15,000 Windgate Award

Posted: 2012-03-21

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Metalsmithing and Jewelry student Aaron Decker, was one of ten seniors in the country to be awarded a Windgate Fellowship of $15,000 from the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design. The fellowship is meant to provide critical support to enhance a student's career. This will allow him to travel to the Czech Republic to be one of seven participants in the international Garnet Symposium held each summer in Turnov. He will then be traveling to Portugal to work with the Association of Contemporary Portuguese Jewelers. This organization supports contemporary studio jewelry through workshops and exhibitions.

Another MECA student, Tanner Price, also won the award this year.

Woodworking & Furniture Design Student Wins $15,000 Windgate Fellowship

Posted: 2012-03-21

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Woodworking & Furniture Design senior Tanner Price was one of ten seniors in the country to be awarded a Windgate Fellowship of $15,000 from the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design. The fellowship is meant to provide critical support to enhance a student's career. With the support, Tanner will travel to Zurich, Valencia, and Tokyo to experience the works and studios of Santiago Calatrava and Tezuka Architects. He will document his travel to show architecture's effects on diverse societies that will inform a body of work representing the language of architecture.

Another MECA student, Aaron Decker, also received the award this year.

Woodworking & Furniture Design Students Participate in Craft Boston

Posted: 2012-03-20

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Woodworking & Furniture Design students are showcasing their work at CraftBoston March 23-25. Craftboston is New England's premiere exhibition and sale of contemporary art, craft and design. The event is held each spring at Seaport World Trade Center in Boston and features work by leading artists in the field. Participating students include Hannah Merchant, Kate Lizotte, Abby Mechanic, Matt Gardiner, Tanner Price, Tina McLuckie and alum Steve Anderson '11. Students prepare the exhibit and install it and staff it for the event.

Image credit: Abby Mechanic's work at CraftBoston

 

 

Roxanne Quimby Donates $400,000 to MECA

Posted: 2012-03-13

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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.