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Next ProDev Series hosted on December 12 in Osher Hall: Tax Essentials

Posted: 2012-12-06

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The next workshop in the Professional Development Series is Tax Essentials. This series of workshops on business basics for artists is presented by Creative Portland, Maine College of Art, and Maine Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts with generous funding by the Quimby Family Foundation.

A panel of three professional presenters will bring practical information to artists and small businesses about how taxes work and how to get them done efficiently and smartly. Topics will include recordkeeping, setting up books, sales tax, deductions, hobby loss rule, expense tracking and more.

Presenters include:

Caren-Marie Michel, Artist and MECA Alum

Tom Gangewer, partner at Local Economy

Justin Coffin from at Macdonald Page & Co LLC

The workshop takes place at 6pm in Osher Hall at Maine College of Art. Admission is free for current students, alumni, faculty, and staff. The fee for all others is $10.

Register online using Brown Paper Tickets

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Two Future Mother Events at the ICA

Posted: 2012-12-05

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Thursday DEC. 6th, 12:30pm Artist Talk with Elizabeth Jabar & Colleen Kinsella at the ICA @ MECA

Faculty Lecture Series:

Elizabeth Jabar & Colleen Kinsella – Thursday, December 6, 12:30 -1:30pm

Jeffrey Clancy – Tuesday, December 11, 2-3pm

Adam Manley – Thursday, December 13, 1-2pm

Maine College of Art • 522 Congress Street • Portland, Maine 04101 • • 1.800.699.1509

ICA Gallery @ MECA
Maine College of Art • 522 Congress Street • Portland, Maine 04101 • • 1.800.699.1509

On Dec. 8th at 7PM, the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art will host Middle Eastern Ensemble ALHAN, created and driven by Arabic singer Madeline Hanna and Tom Kovacevic formerly of Cerberus Shoal and Tarpigh. Alhan will perform a concert of Turkish and Arabic music featuring violin, oud, darbuka and nay.The members of Alhan have studied with master teachers from Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and Egypt,  bringing varied musical backgrounds to their interpretation of Middle Eastern Music. They offer a truly rare opportunity to experience the rich and beautiful traditions of the Middle East.  
ALHAN Middle Eastern Ensemble will perform on Saturday evening at 7pm 
to celebrate the completion  of  FUTURE MOTHERS, Tent/ Text/ Totem a collaborative installation by Elizabeth Jabar & Colleen Kinsella. 
The Institute of Contemporary Art Gallery at Maine College of Art will host ALHAN as part of  The World Over , 2012 MECA Faculty Exhibition. 
Future Mothers, Tent /Text /Totem  is a book in the form of a tent.  Made entirely of hand-dyed, hand-printed cloth, the tent  is a contemplative space within a space. Printed fragments were sewn into an impermanent dwelling based on nomadic Bedouin tent forms. 
Kinsella & Jabar tell a story using an index of images. The exterior walls read as a lexicon, giving keys to the sprawling murals of creation, destruction and rebirth that cover the interior walls of the tent. The texts and totems serve to mark and further inform the narrative. 
This project was made possible with the assistance of the ICA, Maine College of Art BFA Students & Alumni, Stitch Gatherings  & Z fabrics. 
Elizabeth Jabar's background is rooted in Waterville's Lebanese community. Cultural symbols and references to the Middle East are spread throughout her alarmingly beautiful work. Her books and works on paper are part of NY Center for Book Arts 2013 Symposium on Books.
She is Assistant Dean, Chair of Printmaking & Public Engagement at MECA.
Colleen Kinsella's interest in temporary nomadic structures like Beduoin tents, stems from her experience with various musical groups like Cerberus Shoal, Fire on Fire and Big Blood. She has toured and exhibited throughout the US and Europe since 1999 with her printmaking, installations,and performances. Her work was featured in the 2011 PMA Biennial and she is an Instructor at MECA
This work was created in the last 6months but culminates over 11 years of working alongside each other in MECA's Printmaking Department for over 10 years.TO SEE MORE images of the tent in-progress go to: 

All ICA Events at MECA are FREE and open to the public.
Future Mothers will be selling beautiful hand printed posters and ephemera to support the event.
Future Mothers, Tent /Text /Totem is part of  The World Over, 2012 Juried Faculty Exhibition at Maine College of ART.
Please contact ICA Director Daniel Fuller for more details @ or 1.800.699.1509
Maine College of Art • 522 Congress Street • Portland, Maine 04101 ••

Outstanding Alumni

Posted: 2012-12-04

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Outstanding MECA Alumni



James Zilian ‘99 Designer, Simon Pearce, Quechee, VT

Kari Radash, ceramic artist

Graphic Design
Karen Siatras ’91 Graphic Designer, Smithsonian American Museum of Art, Washington D.C.

Micheal Desouza ’05 and Justin Velgos ‘05 Make iphone apps for their own company

David Hutchins ’87 Animator, Walt Disney Feature Animation, Los Angeles, CA

Blake Almstead ‘07 Creative Director, Compuware

Metalsmithing & Jewelry
Stefanie Briggs 81 - successful studio artist, metalsmith, entrepreneur

Addison Delisle ‘11, metalsmith, apprentice to master blacksmith Doug Wilson

Ryan Greene ’02 Historic Preservationist for Bernacki & Associates, and

Laurie Lundquist ’84 Sculpture; Eco Artist, large scale environmental interventions involving plants and water, lives in Arizona, public artist & co-founder, Deep Creek School, AZ

Vivian Beer '02, Public art, studio artist, former resident artist at Penland, recent Craft magazine profile

Ahmed Alsoudani’ 05 Painter, Venice Biennale, Saachi collection

Eric Hongisto ‘97 Guggenheim winner, professor at University of San Francisco

William Mills ‘80, Gepetto Studios, NY makes soft sculpture puppets, props for films, Letterman

Connie Hayes ‘80 Painter

Caitlin Riordan,‘06 Master Printer, Wingate Studios, NH

Julianna Swaney ‘05, entrepreneur/artist

Brian Wilk ’95 Hasbro Inc. Design Director, Pawtucket, RI

Carrie Zeisse ‘92 United Way, Executive Vice-President for Operations, MBA from MIT's Sloane School of Management



Caroline Lathan-Stiefel MFA '01

Aaron Stephan MFA '02, studio artist: public art

Nancy Nesvet MFA '04 curator, studio artist

Catherine D'Ignazio MFA '05 studio artist

Randy Regier MFA '07, studio artist



Geary's Brewing Company Hosts Design Competition

Posted: 2012-12-01

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Each year, the D.L. Geary Brewing Company hosts a competition on campus for the design of the packaging for the Geary's Summer Ale. All undergraduate students are allowed to submit a design. The winning design is then featured on the labels of one million bottles of beer, as well as on the six-pack and 12-pack boxes. The student with the winning design is awarded $5,000. This year, there were more than 60 entries to the contest. The winner is selected in January and works with Geary on bringing the concept to production for a launch in late spring. See all the entries.
For more information, please contact Jessica Tomlinson, Director of Artists at Work.