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MECA Graphic Design Alum Adriana Warner Offered Residency and Fellowship

Posted: 2014-01-28

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MECA alum Adriana Warner(Graphic Design, 2012) has just been offered a residency and fellowship with Design Studio for Social Intervention and Community Labor United, which is a Boston-based program that targets socially engaged artists. Only three artists are chosen each year to participate in the interdisciplinary program that builds creative partnerships between artists and member-led community groups in the greater Boston area. The three artists chosen work together to design and create a public projects that addresses specific challenges and aspirations of their group's community base.


For more information on the program

 

Author Peter Korn Speaks at MECA on Thursday, January 30 at 7pm

Posted: 2014-01-27

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Peter Korn: Why We Make Things and Why It Matters

Thursday, January 30 at 7pm
MECA, Artists at Work space
Presented by Longfellow Books 

In this moving account, Korn explores the nature and rewards of creative practice. We follow his search for meaning as an Ivy-educated child of the middle class who finds employment as a novice carpenter on Nantucket, transitions to self-employment as a designer/maker of fine furniture, takes a turn at teaching and administration at Colorado's Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and finally founds a school in Maine: the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, an internationally respected, non-profit institution.

This is not a 'how-to' book in any sense. Korn wantsto get at the why of craft in particular, and the satisfactions of creative work in general, to understand their essential nature. How does the making of objects shape our identities? How do the products of creative work inform society? In short, what does the process of making things reveal to us about ourselves? Korn draws on four decades of hands-on experience to answer these questions eloquently, and often poignantly, in this personal, introspective, and revealing book.

Join us for an evening with Maine craftsman and author Peter Korn to discuss his book and share your thoughts on the creative process and get your books signed.

 

 

Photography Professor Bryan Graf Hosts Show at ICA

Posted: 2014-01-23

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MECA photography professor Bryan Graff opens a new show tonight at the ICA. The show titled "Moving Across the Interior" will be featured at the ICA from now through April 6.

For more info on the show

MECA Announces New Student Resource: PHOTOBOOTH

Posted: 2014-01-22

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What is PHOTOBOOTH you ask?

PHOTOBOOTH is a new campus-wide resource for documenting student work, events, and aspects of MECA’s educational experience. Aligned with the philosophy ofArtists at Work, PHOTOBOOTH promotes the importance of professional documentation.

The mission of PHOTOBOOTH is to:

  • Provide MECA students with quality digital assets to help build portfolios and market themselves as a professional artist

  • Educate the MECA community on the importance of professional documentation

  • Support the core purpose of Artists at Work


How does it work?

STEP 1.) Reserve Time on the PB Calendar

STEP 2.) Submit Online Form to Schedule PB Session (see below)

STEP 3.) Get Your Work Shot Professionally in the Lighting Studio

STEP 4.) Use digital images of your artwork to build your portfolio, promote yourself as a professional artists, and advance your career!

Where is it located?

PB is located in the Photo Lighting Studio (3rd floor adjacent to Photo Lab)


How can I get more information?

For questions or more information, please contact:

Gabriella Sturchio ‘12
PhotoTech & PHOTOBOOTH Manager
gsturchio@meca.edu

View Photobooth Calendar

Illustration Alumn Hannah Rosengren's Print Goes Viral

Posted: 2014-01-21

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An illustration by MECA 2013 grad Hannah Rosengren has gained a lot of attention online over the last several months. When Hannah first shared her illustration "Plant These to Help Save Bees" on her Tumblr last November, it didn't get many hits. But when a nonprofit based in Valencia, Spain got a hold of the image, the illustration was shared over 14,000 times in one night. Since then Hannah has received hundreds of emails from around the world regarding the print and her Etsy account has been so overwhelmed with daily purchases that the young artist has trouble keeping up with them. 

"I think people have been so attracted to the image and so inclined to share it because it's something useful and informative" Hannah explains "I wanted to not only make pieces that were aesthetically interesting, but were meaningful to me personally. My growing understanding of colony collapse disorder and an interest in botanical illustration led to "Plant These to Help Save Bees."

Want your own copy of the print? Check out Hannah's Etsy account here

For more on the artist

Visit Hannah Rosengren's website

 

Illustration Professor Rob Sullivan Hosts First Solo Show in NYC

Posted: 2014-01-21

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"A Troubling Calm: The Recent Works of Rob Sullivan" 

 

This Thursday, January 23 (6-9pm), MECA Illustration professor Rob Sullivan opens a new show at the Good Question Gallery in Chelsea, New York. The show titled "A Troubling Calm" will be featured in the main gallery space through February 22, 2014 and is Sullivan's first solo show in the Big Apple.

More info on the show

For more info on the artist: 

Visit Rob Sullivan's website


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A Troubling Calm: The Recent Works of Robert Sullivan

Good Question @ Skylight Gallery

538 West 29th St.

New York NY 10001

 

 

Nicole Holmes '14 Wins Geary's Competition

Posted: 2014-01-17

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Congrats to Graphic Design Senior, Nicole Holmes, for winning the 2014 Geary's packaging competition!

 
 
 
 
In conjunction with the release of the Summer Ale this spring, Artists at Work will host an exhibition of the entries. More details forthcoming.
 
Thanks to all students who participated in the 2014 Geary's Summer Ale packaging competition.
 
 
 

MECA Public Engagement students forge connections with Avesta Housing Community

Posted: 2014-01-10

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Behind each piece of artwork hanging in the community room at Bayside East is a story. There’s the story of the treasures brought home by a young man stationed overseas, or the story of a cultural tradition transplanted in a new community. And there’s the simple story of preserving a community’s history through newspaper clippings.

Looking at the 11 prints on the walls, the stories might not be apparent. But for the residents of the Portland senior community, the artwork represents memories of cherished items collected over the years, as seen through the eyes of local art students.

From September to December, a class of Maine College of Art students spent several hours talking with a group of residents of Bayside East and seeing first-hand the objects that hold special meaning for them. Residents brought odds and ends gathered over the years, like collections of old newspaper clippings, gifts given to them by loved ones, and even colorful traditional African clothing made by hand.

Through stories and questions, the students learned why these objects were so important to their owners. Then, they created original prints using the objects and stories as influence.

The semester-long project wrapped up in December with a potluck party at the property. The students unveiled their art to the residents and talked about their process. Each student made multiple prints so that the residents could also hang one in their apartment.

One of the residents, Bill, had showed students a geisha doll he’s had for over four decades, purchased overseas when he was serving in the Navy. The doll became a source of inspiration for one student, who made a black-and-white print of its likeness that now hangs in the community room kitchen.

“My 45-year-old gal – it’s nice to see her out,” said Bill.

This partnership is just one way Avesta has been exploring community partnerships to help enhance our residents’ sense of home through art. The importance of art goes beyond aesthetics – it’s a vital part of creating a sense of community and making our residents feel at home.

Partnerships with other organizations also strengthen relationships between our residents and members of the larger community, creating connections that can have a lasting impact. The residents visited the students in their studio to see first-hand how printmaking is done. They also got a personalized tour of the college’s facilities on Congress Street, which was especially meaningful for one resident, who used to work in the building back when it was the Porteous department store.

“It’s community development for both, for us and for (Maine College of Art),” said Bill of the project. “What it brings to the room is what we were looking for. This is extremely nice to have.”

Kate, a student, said they were all initially nervous about leaving the classroom and “stepping out of our comfort zone,” but those feelings quickly dissipated as they spent more time with the residents. “We had a really fun time, they were interested people we wouldn’t normally interact with,” she said. “They were fun to talk with – they always had something interesting to say.

“Every time you have students get out somewhere else, it’s beneficial to your art,” she added.

Maine College of Art students pose with a resident of Bayside East dressed up as Santa Claus

Rod, one of the residents, said the opportunity to interact with young people held more meaning for him now that he’s getting older and most of his own children have moved away. “Getting to know them has been really great. They’re obviously a really great bunch of kids,” he said. “I think programs like this are really great — this way, you don’t just house older people and forget about them.”

The connection that developed between the residents and the students was great to see, and I’d like to thank Professor Pilar Nadal and her students for enhancing the lives of our residents through art. And a big thank-you to Bill, Phil, Doug, Rod and the other residents who participated in this project and shared their time, energy and hospitality.

Avesta looks forward to working with the Maine College of Art to repeat the program with another group of residents next fall.

* Thank you to Pilar and her students for providing some of the photos for this blog post.

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FROM THE INSIDE: MECA Staff Show on view through January 23

Posted: 2014-01-09

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New exhibit features MECA Painting Majors 10 years after graduation

Posted: 2013-12-23

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2004 MECA PAINTERS 10 YEARS LATER:  An annual exhibit featuring Maine College of Art painting majors a decade after graduation

+ Clint Kaye

+ Adam Kitzerow

+ Natalie Larsen

+ Jodi Leeman

+ Sage Lewis

+ Owen McKenzie

+ Larissa Mellor

+ Patrick O’Rorke

+ Jared Radding

+ Owen McKenzie

+ Larissa Mellor

+ Rebecca Shelly

June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA | 522 Congress Street | Portland, Maine


First Friday Artwalk Reception
February 7, 2014, 5:00 – 8:00pm

    
Exhibition: January 27- February 19, 2014

Gallery Hours:  Tuesday–Saturday  noon-5:00pm

Call 207.699.5018 or email alums@meca.edu for more information.

Adam Kitzerow, Every Which Way (detail), acrylic and mixed media on canvas

MECA Student Designs John Waters' Holiday Ornament

Posted: 2013-12-20

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For a class assignment, Illustration student Declan McCarthy '14 drew a portrait of filmmaker John Waters. Pleased with the result, he sent it to him not expecting a response. He was surprised when he received a personal phone call from John Waters, asking to purchase the rights to the image for use on a holiday ornament. Waters is known for his holiday cards and ornaments which are a coveted item by those on the receiving end.

New York Times: John Waters Offers Seasons Greetings With a Wink
Cheer Up Brigade: Blog by student Declan McCarthy 

Dana Bell MFA '04 Awarded New York Foundation for the Arts' (NYFA) Fellowship in Choreography

Posted: 2013-12-10

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THE NEW YORK FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS (NYFA)

AWARDS 91 FELLOWSHIPS TOTALING $637,000

THROUGH THE ARTIST FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

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Awards made in literary, performing and

visual arts categories


The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is pleased to announce the recipients of its 28th annual Artist Fellowships Program. A total of $637,000 has been awarded to 91 artists or collaborative teams in the disciplines of Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design, Choreography, Music/Sound, Photography and Playwriting/Screenwriting. In addition to the Fellows, three Finalists, who do not receive a cash award, were named in each of the five categories. The Fellows and Finalists were selected by state-wide peer panels from 2.922 applicants. A complete list of recipients and their counties of residency follows.

The program is open to artists at all stages in their careers and each Fellow or team receives an unrestricted cash grant of $7,000 to use in any way they desire to further their creative work. As Kristoffer Diaz, a Brooklyn-based playwright whose playThe Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity was a Pulitzer finalist in 2010, noted, “It's an unbelievable honor to be selected as a NYFA Fellow. It's never easy to make a living as an artist, especially in New York; NYFA fills a huge need in letting writers write.” His remarks were echoed by Joyce Hwang, an Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design recipient from Buffalo, who said, “I am honored to be selected as a NYFA Fellow this year, and excited that the award will enable me to continue constructing an urban habitat project that I have had to put on hold until now.”

First launched in 1985, NYFA’s Artist Fellowship Program, has provided over $27 million in unrestricted cash grants to artists in 15 disciplines at critical stages in their careers. Awards are made in five disciplines a year on a triennial basis. Past recipients include the winners of five Academy Awards, five Tony Awards, eight Pulitzer Prizes and 17 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowships.

“We are so grateful to the New York State Council on the Arts and our other funders for making it possible for us to administer this award which has such a significant impact on the lives of artists throughout the state,” said NYFA Executive Director Michael L. Royce. “By giving artists the support they need, we all get to enjoy, learn from and be inspired by the fruits of their labors.”

NYFA’s 2013 Artists’ Fellowships are administered by NYFA with leadership support from the New York State Council on the Arts. Additional support is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation and one anonymous donor.

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) was founded in 1971 to empower artists at critical stages in their creative lives. Each year we provide over $1 million in cash grants to individuals and small organizations. Artspire, our fiscal sponsorship program is the largest and most established in the country and helps artists and organizations raise and manage over $3.5 million annually. Our NYFA Learning programs provide thousands of artists with professional development training and our website, NYFA.org, received over 1.5 million unique visitors last year and has information about more than 11,000 opportunities and resources available to artists in all disciplines.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mark Rossier
212-366-6900 x 211
mrossier@nyfa.org

FY-In Students Partner With Creative Trails Art Department on Newspaper Launch

Posted: 2013-12-04

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Celebrate the launch of Sunny All Day News: Issue 3, a newspaper collaboration between MECA FY-In students in the Transporting the Intangible section and the artists from Creative Trails Art Department! The newspaper features student projects and assignments that each artist at both MECA and the Art Department created and assigned to each other. Students have also installed work from their semester long projects in the Art department storefront window and inside the gallery! The artwork will be up all month long, and the free newspaper will be available in the kiosks outside of MeCA and the Art Department December 6th...until they are gone!


First Year Students:

Nyla Wilson
Josh Clark
Jeff Saint-Victor
Parker Anna Smedley
Gunnar Johnson
Jules Gabriel
Willie Nelson
Brendan Glass
Jamie Miller
Aoifa Quinn
Sayre Leonard
Baxter Koziol 

Celebrate 20

Posted: 2013-12-03

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Celebrate 20

MAINE COLLEGE OF ART HOSTS 2013 HOLIDAY SALE on DECEMBER 6 & 7, 2013

Posted: 2013-11-22

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Annual Holiday Sale Features Affordable Handmade Art and Gifts from MECA Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni

Portland, Maine ~ The 2013 Maine College of Art Holiday Sale will take place on Friday, December 6 from 5pm to 9pm and Saturday, December 7 from 10am to 5pm throughout three floors of Porteous Building. This annual, curated art sale features 64 students, faculty, staff and alumni selling unique and affordable handmade art. In addition to individual vendors, ten department showcases will provide an opportunity to learn more about the various majors at the College and purchase art. Proceeds from the department showcases help students pursue professional development opportunities. Admission is free.

Recognizing the 20-year anniversary of this beloved community event, the College is holding a fundraiser, Celebrate 20, on Thursday, December 5th. This is a limited-ticket event that features a one-night only sale of higher-end priced work by selected Holiday Sale artists. Proceeds from the evening will benefit MECA’s scholarship fund. Tickets are $75 and available at meca.edu/holidaysale or call 207.699.5012.

Through an internship, Graphic Design student Cassie Amicone is building a three-dimensional visual display in the front window that builds on the two-dimensional brand that she created for the event.

Please note that Congress Street will be shut down during the First Friday Art Walk from Brown Street to High Street and shoppers should plan accordingly.

For more information, including a list of all participating vendors, please visit holidaysale.meca.edu.

 

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Photo: Gabriella Sturchio '12
Window Design by Carrie 


PROPEL After Hours Event Hosted at MECA on Dec. 3 in the ICA at 5:30

Posted: 2013-11-21

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PROPEL After Hours with MECA

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 from 5:30 – 7:30pm
Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA

Join PROPEL and the Maine College of Art (MECA) for an after-hours event at MECA’s Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA).

In addition to great conversation, hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar, you’ll have the chance to browse the ICA’s current faculty art installation as well as learn about MECA’s upcoming holiday sale.

This event is free for PROPEL and Chamber members, MECA students and staff and $5 for all other attendees.

Register now!

KING TIDE” COLLABORATION BETWEEN USM AND MECA to FOCUS ON PORTLAND’S ELEVATING SEA LEVELS

Posted: 2013-11-21

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MECA PARTNERS WITH USM TO PRESENT SEA-LEVEL PROJECT INITIATIVE

Listen to interview on WMPG

WHO: USM and MECA faculty and students organize an awareness-building event.

WHAT: 
King tides are the highest tides of the year. The “Envisioning Change”-Pop-Up Shop King Tide event is an artistic and scientific response to a worldwide phenomenon that will greatly affect the future of Portland’s waterfront. This event is being hosted during the only King Tide to occur during daylight hours in 2013, at 11:22 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4. The predicted height is 11.6 feet above sea level.

WHERE:

Part I: Opening remarks at Zero Station Gallery, 222 Anderson St., Portland, Maine, before moving to Cove Street/Marginal Way to witness the highest tide of the year.
Part II: “Envisioning Change” King Tide observation and data collection; Marginal Way and Cove Street area.  
Part III: Pop-Up Shop installation, 94 Commercial St., organized in collaboration with the Portland Society for Architecture and its Rising Tides Symposium program with MECA’s Public Engagement students.

WHY: 
To generate awareness on an important issue that will have a severe impact on the future of Portland’s waterfront.

WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 4;

Media representatives are invited to assemble by 10:25 a.m. at Zero Station.
10:30 a.m.:
  Welcoming remarks by Jan Piribeck, USM Associate Professor of Art ;

10:45 a.m.: Scientific context and ramifications by Edward Gleason, USM astronomer and Southward Planetarium manager;
11 a.m.: “Envisioning Change” observation and data collection begins;
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.:
Move to MECA Pop-up Shop Installation at 94 Commercial St.; comments by Paul Gebhardt, MECA associate professor.

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Opening Reception for Deborah Bates '83 Hosted from 4-6pm on 11.15 at MECA

Posted: 2013-11-14

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FROM THE GROUND: ARCHITECTURE OF A FAMILY features paintings
by Deborah A. Bates '83 (1938-2013)


The exhibition will be on view in the Charles C. Thomas Gallery on the second floor of the Porteous building from October 17, 2013 through February 20, 2014. 

An opening reception will be held on Friday, November 15, 2013 from 4-6pm. 

Bates incorporated various techniques in her work, including collage, drawing, and painting, in order to highlight the relationship between the structural geometry of architecture and the geometric shapes that represent shared DNA.  Finding particular inspiration in the fact that a maternal line of women bestowed upon her family four generations of continuity, Bates grounded her art in personal experience and delved into her consciousness to process the experience of her homecoming.  In so doing, Bates acknowledged the constancy of women and argued that their silent contributions not go unnoticed. 

caption for image: Deborah Bates, Persis, acrylic and charcoal on panel, 40" x 30", 2002.

Graphic Design Students Partner with Casco Bay High

Posted: 2013-10-31

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Graphic design students parntered with Casco Bay High students to redesign the logo for the expeditionary learning school. Graphic Design faculty member Margo Halverson and Illustration faculty member Mary Anne Lloyd guided the students in a four week collaborative process that included brainstorming, research and sketching. The final logo encompasses the core qualities of the high school - progressive, unique, explorative, and adventurous.

MFA Student Wins Travel Grant

Posted: 2013-10-31

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MFA student Kathleen Daniels won the Roderick Dew travel grant. She will visit the El Yunque rainforest located in Puerto Rico, one of the most complex ecosystems on earth. While there, she will observe the relationship between flora and host trees. Her current studio practice focuses on the disturbances in the landscape that affect plant life essential to human survival. Using bamboo armatures covered in paper, Kathleen creates futuristic biological plant forms that are a result of cross-breeding and mutation. The funding is made possible by alum Roderick Dew. Recognizing the importance of travel for artists’ professional development, he awards this grant annually. Roderick graduated with a BFA degree from MECA in 1980 and an MFA degree in 2000.

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