Phil Goldberg will give a talk about his new book, just out from Doubleday, "American Veda: From Emerson and The Beatles to Yoga and Meditation, How Indian Spirituality Changed the West". This will be a fun talk about Goldberg's look into the popular history of how Hinduism has influenced American culture, in the past and right now. The talk will be followed by a book signing. This event is co-sponsored by the Academic Studies Department at MECA, The Chaplaincy Institute of Maine, Sadhana Meditation Center, and Longfellow Books. The talk will be held in Osher Hall on March 28 at 7pm. Admission is free.
Students Participate in Craftboston
Woodworking & Furniture Design students will work with faculty member Matt Hutton during the month of March to prepare a booth for Craftboston. Presented annually by the Society of Arts and Crafts, this event features 200 contemporary craft artists. Craftboston brings together the finest professional artists working in craft today, emerging artists from leading schools and universities, international artists, book sellers, non-profit craft organizations and educational lectures. The show will take place March 25-27, 2011 at Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center.
Image: Painted ash piece by junior John Nelson.
Illustration Student Exhibition at Art Haus
Eleven Illustration seniors will exhibit their work at Art Haus on Pleasant Street in Portland. The show "10 x 10 by 11" includes work by Alysa Avery, Seamus Doherty, Thomas Dowling, Erica Gammon, Juliana Lawrence, Cynthia Norrie, Briana Ring, Joe Rosshirt, Elise Smorcewski, Lori Stebbins and Bret Weese. All work is 10 x 10 inches. Styles are diverse and evidence a broad range of interests and formats. Imaginary and invented creatures and characters, landscapes and figures in watercolor and acrylic paint, digital media, and three dimensional sculptured objects are among illustrations in various formats such as editorial, children's book, cartoon, representational, horror, and fantasy.
Visiting Artist: Sara Singh
Artist Sara Singh will screen her documentary "The Sky Below" in Osher Hall on April 7 at 3:30pm. The film is a contemporary exploration of the creation of Pakistan and the 1947 Partition of the Indian Subcontinent. weaving together 5000 years of culture, while investigating the lingering after-effects of this six-decade old political divide, most tragically witnessed by Kashmir. With her life in the hands of strangers and sometimes gunmen, Singh traveled from the desert of Kutch to the snowy mountains of Kashmir; and from the seaside city of Karachi to the spare but volatile terrain of the Khyber Pass.
Photo Students in Boston Exhibition
Four MECA photographers were juried into the Photographic Resource Center Student Exhibition in Boston. Students Emma Sampson, Beatrice Abbott, Gabriella Sturchio, and Graham Almstead will display work at PRC from April 14 through May 8. The show highlights student photography from colleges and universities throughout New England.
Image credit: Emma Sampson
Professor Jamie Hogan Illustrates New Book
Professor and Peaks Island resident Jamie Hogan illustrated "Ice Harbor Mittens," a Maine tale of adventure on the sea by author Robin Hansen. Hansen, who was born on Great Diamond Island, wrote the book about the connection between knitting and island life. Hogan's original illustrations for the book are on display at Knit Wit in Portland until March 13. Both Peaks Island and Great Diamond Island can be accessed by taking the Casco Bay Ferry, located in downtown Portland. "The folks here and icy waters were great inspiration for my art for Ice Harbor Mittens," said Hogan.
Visiting Artist: Ellen Driscoll
Visiting Artist Ellen Driscoll will give a free pubic lecture on March 11 at 6pm in the ICA at MECA. Driscoll's sculptures, drawings, and installations explore resource consumption and material lineage. Her latest multi-part, multi-year project, FASTFORWARDFOSSIL highlights the relationship between water and oil consumption and was displayed at the Smack Mellon Gallery in Brooklyn, NY and Frederike Taylor Gallery, New York, NY. Driscoll's previous work includes installations such as “The Loophole of Retreat” (Whitney Museum at Phillip Morris), and “Passionate Attitudes” (Threadwaxing Space, New York), public art projects such as “As Above, So Below” for Grand Central Terminal, a suite of 20 mosaic and glass works for the tunnels at 45th, 47th and 48th streets, “Catching the Drift”, a women’s restroom for the Smith College Museum of Art, and “Aqueous Humour”, a kinetic sculpture for the South Boston Maritime Park. Driscoll has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Anonymous Was a Woman, the LEF Foundation, and Radcliffe’s Bunting Institute. Ellen Driscoll is currently the head of the sculpture department at Rhode Island School of Design.
Visiting Artist: Randal Thurston
Cut-paper artist Randal Thurston makes intricate wall installations that expore mythology, history, and science. He will give a talk on March 10, at 3:30pm in Osher Hall. Thurston recently completed a public art project for Cambridge River Festival in Cambridge, MA. His artwork has been featured at the Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park, The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, MA and the Fuller Craft Museum. Randal currently teaches at New England School of Art Design at Suffolk University. .
Art History Faculty Member Publishes Book
Art History faculty member Chris Thompson published "Felt: Fluxus, Joseph Beuys, and the Dalai Lama." Centered on a highly publicized yet famously inconclusive 1982 meeting between Beuys and the Dalai Lama, arranged by the Dutch artist Louwrien Wijers, Chris Thompson explores the interconnections among Beuys, the Fluxus movement, and Eastern philosophy and spiritual practice.
Andrew Murphie, co-author of "Culture and Technology" describes the book as "a letter lovingly recounting the often fragile moments in which artists have put themselves on the line to try to bring about a transformation in the human spirit. Thompson’s answer to his own question—‘what happens when nothing happens?’—seems to be, quite a lot."
Visiting Artists: February 2011
MECA invites artists, curators, and scholars to the College to meet with students in classrooms and critiques. In addition, visiting artists are asked to deliver a lecture. These artist talks are free and open to the public.
Daniel Rozin February 10, 3:30pm Osher Hall
Daniel Rozin’s interactive mirrors combine an extraordinary range of materials, from wooden pegs to woven prints, to custom software and projection. The act of engaging one’s own slowly articulating image in Rozin’s work responds to the inherent nature of self-perception as performative, fascinatingly abstracted, and fleetingly resolved. Daniel Rozin is the recipient of numerous awards including the Prix Ars Electronica, I.D. Design Review, and the Chrysler Design Award. Rozin is a professor and the Director of Research at ITP in the Tisch School Of The Arts at New York University, where he earned an MPS. Previous teaching positions include the Jerusalem Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, where he also earned a BA in Industrial Design. Rozin is a participating artist in ICA at MECA exhibition “Fracturing the Burning Glass: Between Mirror and Meaning.”
Jennifer Gross “Richard Artschwager: Out of Step and on Target” February 22, 3:30pm Osher Hall Jennifer Gross, the Seymour H. Knox, Jr., Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, recently organized the contemporary exhibition Continuous Present at the Yale University Art Gallery and the traveling exhibition The Société Anonyme: Modernism for America. Dr. Gross is a visiting critic at the Yale School of Art. She earned her Ph.D. from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She has published numerous essays and exhibition catalogues on contemporary artists including Kristin Baker, David Ireland, Josiah McElheny, Jim Nutt, Mamiko Otsubo, Laura Owens, Richard Tuttle, and Rachel Whiteread.
James Voorhies February 23rd, 6pm ICA at MECA Voorhies is the Director of the Bureau For Open Culture. The organization works intentionally to re-imagine the art exhibition as a discursive form of education that creates a kind of new public sphere or new institution. Bureau for Open Culture
Jeremy Bailey February 26, 6pm ICA at MECA Toronto-based Jeremy Bailey is a video and performance artist. His work is often confidently self-deprecating in offering hilarious parodies of new media vocabularies. Jeremy Bailey
Image above: Mirror by Daniel Rozin.
MECA Students Design Museum Workshops
This fall, the Portland Museum of Art wanted to give visitors the opportunity to see the creative process at work. To make the process visible, they turned to MECA for help in creating educational programming from the emerging artist perspective. Based on the strength of their studio work and their aptitude for teaching, Painting faculty member Gail Spaien selected four seniors for the project: Maggie Muth, Nikki Stroumbos, Meghan Gervasio, and Hannah Godbey.
They spent months visiting the museum to find inspiration for their own work that will serve as the basis for a family workshop during February break. The workshop will help visitors see the life cycle of a work of art -- from getting inspired, to making sketches, to working on a piece, to the final product that hangs on the wall.
Gail noted, “There is an inner life to the artist’s process that museum goers usually don’t get to see. Museums present finished work. It’s when artists are making stuff that we are passionately engaged. Each time I produce work for an exhibit, as soon as it see it hung in the gallery I’m on to the next project. I experience an openness in my thought process when I’m designing a project or problem solving a painting. Seeing a piece completed uses my brain in a totally different way—much less fun. A family activity like this encourages adults and children to experience their own imagination. Instead of aiming for a single, correct solution to a problem, it’s okay to come up with multiple answers. Everyone accesses their intuition and reasoning skills. Those who come to this event get to be creative, create, and have a glimpse into what occurs in an artist’s studio.”
Student Exhibition Compares Printmaking and Mealmaking
Printmaking students explore the parallels between the practice, preparation, and tradition of the meal to the printmaking process in their exhibition "The Deconstructed Meal." The participating students in this thematic show depict the relationship through a diversity of media, using both the conceptual and satirical. Beyond the context of the meal, the pieces in this show expand the definition of the print. They illustrate inherent and contemporary topics within printmaking as they relate to activities as common as a meal.
The work will be on view on the first floor of Porteous for the month of March with an opening during the First Friday Art Walk on March 4.
Exhibition by Metalsmithing & Jewelry Students
Currently on view in the Free Street Gallery is work made in "The Table" an elective course offered by Jeffrey Clancy. The work presented explores both the technical and conceptual aspects of tablewares common to contemporary and historical metalsmithing.
Eat Drink and Be Merry, for Tomorrow We Die February 14- March 11, 2011
The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art is collaborating with the Portland Pirates to present a series of video screenings at the Cumberland County Civic Center before the start of hockey games. ICA Director Daniel Fuller curated the series, which features artists from Canada, Sweden, and the United States. The brief artist-made videos, which are all hockey related, will be screened on the JumboTron.
March 1 Portland Pirates vs. Worcester Screening: Graeme Patterson's "Ten Point Game, with Darryl Sittler Narrating, 2008"
March 5 Portland Pirates vs. Bridgeport Screening Jen DeNike's "Air-Hockey, 2003"
March 6 Portland Pirates vs. Springfield Annika Larsson's "HOCKEY, 2004"
Image credit: From Annika Larsson's "HOCKEY" courtesy of ANDREHN-SCHIPTJENKO.
MECA Offers $12,000 Scholarships to Local Graduates
In 2010, Maine College of Art completed its vision to bring all academic and studio facilities under the roof of the Porteous Building. In appreciation of the local community that was instrumental in achieving this goal, MECA has created the Portland Area School Scholarship (PASS) for selected area high schools.
For any graduate of the selected schools who qualifies for admission to the undergraduate program at Maine College of Art, the College will provide a guaranteed $12,000 scholarship each year for four years or until they complete the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, provided they maintain good academic standing.
Eighteen years ago, Maine College of Art purchased the Porteous, Mitchell and Braun department store with the ambition to transform it into a vibrant campus for art and design. This past year, MECA completed their consolidation goals, bringing together all academic and studio facilities under one roof, providing students with five floors and 200,000 square feet of contiguous space in the heart of the Arts District. With MECA as the anchor, the Arts District is filled with galleries, performance spaces, studios and creative businesses. It is a national destination for arts and culture.
This scholarship is open to any graduate of the selected high schools, regardless of when they graduated or if they are transferring from another institution. There is no limit to the number of graduates who can take advantage of this offer. With an estimated Fall 2011 tuition of $29,000 this brings the initial tuition cost to approximately $17,000. Students who are eligible can also apply for federal and state aid to further reduce their tuition costs.
“Now, more than ever, students choose a college based on a sense of place,” notes MECA President Don Tuski. “In addition to the rigorous arts education that students receive within our walls, they also have easy access to the vibrant creative community in the Portland area. We are so fortunate for this extended campus. This scholarship is an expression of our appreciation.”
Selected schools include: Cape Elizabeth High School, Casco Bay High School, Catherine McCauley High School, Cheverus High School, Deering High School, Falmouth High School, Gorham High School, Greater Portland Christian Academy, Greely High School, North Yarmouth Academy, Portland Arts & Technology High School, Portland High School, Scarborough High School, South Portland High School, Waynflete, Westbrook High School, Windham High School, and Yarmouth High School. These schools represent institutions within the Greater Portland area that are recognized by the State of Maine to award high school diplomas. Based on enrollment growth, the aim is to expand the list of selected schools. The first scholarships will be awarded for students entering the BFA program in Fall 2011.
In addition to new students, the scholarship applies to currently enrolled MECA BFA students who are graduates from the selected schools.
To qualify for the PASS, applicants need to submit an application and have a portfolio review with an admissions counselor. Contact the Admissions Office at admissions@MECA.edu or by calling 800.699.1509. The next Admissions Open House is scheduled for February 26.
Members of the public interested in contributing to the PASS fund should contact the Advancement Office at advancement@MECA.edu or call 207.775.5098.
Open Houses At MECA
To understand the special nature of the MECA community, you really should visit campus. We encourage you and your family to come tour our facilities, walk through our studios and talk with our students and faculty. Campus tours, personal interviews, and portfolio reviews are available Monday-Friday.
To schedule your visit, please contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@MECA.edu, or by phone at 800.699.1509.
Open Houses at MECA Visit us for an open house! The events start with a tour of the school, followed by workshops for students and info-sessions for families. All open houses will run from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Please let us know if you would like to attend one of these events by completing our RSVP form.
Spring Open Houses: March 1st, March 29th and June 7th, 2014
Meet the faculty, staff and students, tour the campus, have lunch, get your portfolio reviewed and have an opportunity to explore downtown Portland
We look forward to seeing you during your visit at MECA!
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