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Faculty Lecture: Adriane Herman

Posted: 2011-09-14

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Adriane Herman, Associate Professor of Printmaking and Foundation at MECA, will give a lecture in Osher Hall on September 15 at 12:30pm. Herman investigates conscious and unwitting forms of consumption and collection. She has had solo exhibitions at Western Exhibitions in Chicago, the Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art, The Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and Adam Baumgold Gallery in New York. Sites of group exhibitions include International Print Center New York; The Dalarnas Museum (Sweden); Portland Museum of Art; Ulrich Museum of Art (Wichita); The Brooklyn Museum, Rose Contemporary, and chosen barren land in Tainen, Taiwan.  Herman’s work has been collected by The Herbert  F. Johnson Museum of Art, The Progressive Corporation, Sprint, Inc., The Walker Art Center, and The Whitney Museum of American Art.

Herman has received grants from the Maine Arts Commission, the Charlotte Street Foundation , and the Avenue of the Arts Foundation.  Her solo and collaborative work has been written about in numerous journals, including The New Yorker, Art on Paper, Art Journal, The Kansas City Star and Art New England, as well as the following books: Printmaking at the Edge:  45 Artists/16 Countries/A New Perspective; Imprint of Place: Maine Printmaking 1800-2005; The Best of Printmaking; Thomas Kinkade: The Artist in the Mall, and Printmaking: A Complete Guide to Materials and Processes. 

Herman's independent efforts to normalize consumption of fine art dovetail with collaborative curatorial efforts such as SlopArt.com and projects she has undertaken with students and colleagues, such as “Long Overdue:  Book Renewal,” which recycled myriad books, yielding 175 artworks temporarily collectible through Portland Public Library and Inter-Library Loan. Another book-based collaborative project Herman recently initiated is called Plunder the Influence and can be browsed online or viewed in the Joanne Waxman Library until the end of September.

Herman has lectured and conducted workshops at over fifty institutions. She holds a B.A. from Smith College, an M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and  a Level II certificate in the Wilton Method of Cake Decorating.  She offers limited edition multiples in barter for intimate details about others’ lives in the form of grocery or “to do” lists.

Jugglers at MECA

Posted: 2011-09-07

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Brothers Matthew and Jason Tardy have created a show that features everything from high tech juggling and fire eating to physical comedy and full body contortion. They will give a public performance on September 24 at 7pm in Osher Hall. Suggested donation of $5-$15. All proceeds support the Nagaloka Buddhist Center in Portland.

MFA Alum Curates Judy Taylor Exhibition

Posted: 2011-09-01

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MFA alum Nancy Nesvet has curated an exhibition of work by Maine artist Judy Taylor. Taylor's 11-panel Labor Mural was removed in March from the headquarters of Maine's Department of Labor by Governor Paul LePage. A large-scale reproduction of the mural, preliminary drawings, labor paintings and supporting work
will be on view through September 20th at VisArts in Rockville, Maryland.The show will include an opening reception on September 8th, an artist talk by Judy Taylor on September 10th and a panel discussion on September 15th focusing on the intersection of art and politics. Panelists include Georgetown University Labor History Professor Joe McCartin; Julian Spirer, an attorney who has argued cases on art in the public sector; Don Tuski, President of Maine College of Art and Penny Harris, former President, League of
Women Voters, Maine.

Alumni Biennial Exhibition

Posted: 2011-08-15

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The 2011 MECA Alumni Biennial will take place August 24-October 9, 2011 in the Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA and will feature the work of five alumni:  Quinlan Corey MFA ’06, Kreh Mellick ’05, Andrea Raynor ’92, Edward Lott ‘05, and Aaron Williams’94.  In addition, a video submitted by Brett Walker ‘06 will be featured as part of one of the Thursday evening programs at the ICA. An opening reception is scheduled for August 25 at 6pm.

This themed exhibition was juried by distinguished jurors Camilo Alvarez, Owner/Director of Samsøn Projects; Aaron Stephan MFA ’02; and Sarah Workneh, Executive Director of Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, who were extremely impressed by the high quality of the work submitted.  Out of sixty proposals, the jurors endeavored to select three to five artists whose work evinced a superior degree of artistic vision and accomplishment fused by a common theme.  The overlapping themes identified in this year’s show include a focus on identity, memory, erasure, projected narrative and the architecture of image.

Artist Talks:

6pm in the ICA

September 1: Quinlan Corey
September 22: Andrea Raynor
September 29: Edward Lott
October 6: Aaron Williams
October 8: Kreh Mellick

 

Image credit: Andrea Raynor '92

Tala Madani Screening in ICA

Posted: 2011-08-01

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The ICA at MECA will host a screening of Tala Madani's short animations on August 1 at 5pm as part of the exhibition "Drawn to Disaster." Stylistically ranging from lush painterly expressionism to loose, almost comical line drawing, Iranian-American Tala Madani, conveys her politically controversial subject matter with a genuine innocence and empathy. Appropriating the preconceptions of racial and gender difference as a departure point into the bizarre and surreal, Madani uses her position of ‘other’ to draft her own elaborate fantasies, detailing a riotous underworld of cliquey sect-like subterfuge.

This year her work has appeared in the 54th Venice Biennale, Danish Pavilion, Venice, Italy and the Singapore Biennale, Open House, Singapore. Last year her work was at The Drawing Center, in Greater New York, MoMA PS1, and the Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK.

Scott Nash Summer Exhibitions

Posted: 2011-07-28

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Illustration faculty member Scott Nash has a solo exhibition at the Centerville Historical Society Museum on Cape Cod. The show "Bedtime Stories for Pirates" is on view through September 23 and includes original illustrations, drawings, and 3-D marquettes all related to the process he follows to illustrate a final published children's book. His work is also included in the University of New England exhibition of children's book illustrators through October 30.

An accomplished illustrator with a distinctive vibrant style, Scott has illustrated more than 30 children’s books, including Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp and The Bugliest Bug by Carol Diggory Shields, Over The Moon by Rachel Vail, Betsy Who Cried Wolf! by Gail Carson Levine, Snow Day!, Beach Day!, Rainy Day! and the just released Camping Day! by Patty Lakin, and the Flat Stanley series by Jeff Brown.