MECA Alum Designs Kinetic Rooftop Sculpture for Coffee By Design
On December 15th Coffee By Design on 1 Diamond Street installed and unveiled their large kinetic rooftop sculpture. Jac Ouellette who earned her BFA with honors at Maine College of Art in 2002 designed the sculpture, which was fashioned out of aluminum and steel. The sculpture weighs in at 1000 pounds and was lifted onto the roof of the building with help of a construction crew.
Coffee by Design owners Mary Allen Lindemann and Alan Spear worked closely with Ouellette to collaborate on ideas for the piece. Ouellette would put together mockups on a small scale to test the kinetic nature of the piece, and after many rounds of designs a final one was chosen. Spears spoke about the process coming together, “It’s incredible to finally see the sculpture where it was designed to stand… This project was a true collaboration between so many people who turned our dream into a reality.” Lindermann also commented on the sense of community the sculpture brings to their newest location, “Everything we do is about our love for coffee, our coffee farmers and their families, local artists and organizations and most of all, our customers. Jac’s sculpture is the next step for Coffee By Design.”
Graphic Design Students Design A Limited Edition T-Shirt For Maine Red Claws
Autumn Frantz, Junior in Graphic Design with Dajuan Eubanks, President of the Maine Red Claws. Photo by Michael McSweeney
On Friday, November 21, students in Design Workshop attended the Maine Red Claws home opener. The class, taught by Professor Samantha Haedrich, spent part of the fall semester designing a t-shirt for the NBA D-League team to commemorate fans as they enter their sixth season.
The group of nine junior and senior design majors met with Red Claws president Dajuan Eubanks and his marketing team throughout the process. Eubanks decided to approach the College because, “We wanted to engage the students at MECA in some real life experience to help design our opening night t-shirt that we give out. Needless to say, we were very excited about the result. The students came up with terrific and creative ideas, and responded well to our critique and input.”
Each student had the opportunity to present two design concepts that embodied the idea of the fan’s representing the team's “sixth man.” The final t-shirt, designed by junior Autumn Frantz, was given away to the first 1000 fans who attended Friday’s game. It featured typography in the shape of the state of Maine, with the largest text reading: You are the Reason. Autumn said of the experience, "It was wonderful working with an organization that greatly cares about Portland's community, plus it was a valuable opportunity to work with a real client to gain experience. The icing on the cake was seeing my design on t-shirts the fans received at the game we attended.”
Chloe Beaven and Caitlin Ervin Public Engagement Fellows for 2014-2015
Senior Chloe Beaven and junior Caitlin Ervin are the Public Engagement Fellows for 2014-2015. Sophomore Hannah Howard is the Project Assistant. They will receive a financial scholarship and academic credit to design and lead projects and initiatives that focus on building relationships between campus and community. The fellowship is supported with a grant from the Helen and George Ladd Foundation.
Chloe Beaven, a senior in the New Media program, will be partnering with MECA, Seeds of Peace, and Waynflete School in order to increase understanding and support of diversity (especially issues involving race), elevate and further contemplative dialog, and broaden student civic responsibility at MECA. Her projects will include implementing the Big Think Series, monthly dialogs hosted by an artist or academic within the field of socially engaged art or social justice; revitalizing the MECA C.A.R.E diversity group; inviting high school students to work on the Other Side of Shade workshops with the Seeds of Peace students, and develop an annual student exhibit focusing on issues of race; establishing the VIP Vote, an annual early Vote Day at MECA; and increasing programming around MLK day and the attendance at the MLK Breakfast.
Caitlin Ervin, a junior in the Sculpture program, will be partnering with Environment Maine and the MECA Trash Talkers group to focus on environmental projects and sustainability within MECA and the Portland community. Her projects will include assisting with community partner logistics and taking on leadership for Envisioning a Sustainable Society with Professor Dana Sawyer; partnering with and assisting with group projects in Paul Gebhardt's FY-IN class; and co-leading and coordinating environmental programs in MECA's residence halls.
Hannah Howard, an undeclared Sophomore, is also partnering with Environment Maine to work on environmental projects and sustainability within MECA and the Portland community. She will be assisting with all of Caitlin Ervin's projects, in addition to continuing her role as a Resident Assistant in MECA's residence halls.
The Public Engagement program has several community partners, including: Portland Trails, The Island Institute, Bicycle Coalition of Maine, Environment Maine, Camp Susan Curtis, Portland Brick, Avesta Housing, King Middle School, and Seeds of Peace. There are also three Senior Capstone Project Partners, including Planned Parenthood, Waynflete School's Racial Awareness student group, and Portland Brick. Jon Rubin will also be a visiting artist for Public Engagement.
MECA Alum Hannah Rosengren Designs for Greenpeace
MECA graduate Hannah Rosengren recently worked with the environmental organization Greenpeace to promote their campaign about the Tongass National Forest. Rosengren created an important informational poster which highlighted the diverse ecosystem of the forest with an emphasis on the Alexander Archipelago Wolf. Greenpeace has recently petitioned to protect this species under the Endangered Species Act, and this poster will be mailed out to their numerous supporters.
MECA Alumni Exhibition at The Gallery at Somes Sound
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MECA Alumni Exhibition at The Gallery at Somes Sound
Eight MECA graduates to exhibit on MDI
Portland, Maine - Tyra Hansen, owner of The Gallery at Somes Sound announces an exhibition of eight MECA graduates on view July 6 - 19, 2014 as part the gallery’s summer calendar. Located in Somesville, Maine, The Gallery at Somes Sound's primary focus is to celebrate America's long standing tradition in the art of fine furniture making, painting and sculpture. It continues to be the finest Furniture and Art Gallery along the Coast of Maine.
The featured artists in the MECA exhibition are: Diane Fitch BFA '79, Anne Garland BFA '93, Connie Hayes BFA '80, Margaret Lawrence BFA '93, Grace Nelson BFA '82, Jude Valentine BFA '78, Mary Vaughan MFA '00 and Michael Vermette BFA '80.
The opening reception is Sunday, July 6 from 4:30 - 7:00PM and several of the artists will attend.
The Gallery will donate a portion of sales from the MECA work to the College’s scholarship fund.
Located in the heart of the Portland Arts District, MECA offers a BFA degree in 11 studio majors, an MFA in Studio Arts, an MAT, and continuing studies for youths and adults. The Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA and the Joanne Waxman Library are free and open to the public. For more information, visit meca.edu or contact email@example.com.
Raffi Der Simonian
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Maine College of Art
522 Congress Street, Portland, Maine 04101
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Maine College of Art and The Bob Crewe Foundation Sign MOU And Begin Planning Curriculum for New Music Program
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Maine College of Art and The Bob Crewe Foundation Sign MOU
And Begin Planning Curriculum for New Music Program
Portland, Maine ~ Last Wednesday, June 18, Maine College of Art worked alongside The Bob Crewe Foundation and local thought leaders to sculpt a curriculum for the new area of study that will explore the intersection between music and art, which will be implemented later, in the 2015 acedemic year. During the meeting, the participants discussed what the new program would look like. An official signing of a MOU with President Don Tuski and Dan Crewe followed the meeting.
Those in attendance were Dan Crewe (President/Chairman of the Bob Crewe Foundation and Independent Music Professional), Don Tuski (President, MECA), Ian Anderson (Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, MECA), Spencer Albee (Musician, Singer and Songwriter), Adam Ayan (Master Engineer, Gateway Recording; Adjunct Faculty at USM’s School of Music), Bob Ludwig (Mastering engineer/Owner, Gateway Recording), and many more.
The new program is possible due to a generous gift given to the college by The Bob Crewe Foundation in April. The curriculum will explore a wide range of topics and subject matter relating to the interplay between music and art. A sampling of courses for the new minor include History of Contemporary Music, Applied Theory Through Composition, Music Business and Management, Ethnomusicology, and experimental courses like Sound and Color.
Dean Anderson believes that MECA may be one of the first art colleges to explicitly engage in combining the study of contemporary art and design with music; he says, “MECA is uniquely positioned to develop this area because of our size, history and willingness to experiment. This is an exciting period of growth and innovation here at the college.”
ART // SERVICE Artist-Veterans at Maine College of Art
Portland, Me. ~ Art and military service have always co-existed, sometimes in parallel, sometimes crossing over, and sometimes at odds. The exhibition ART // SERVICE of artist-veterans work, either current students or alumni of Maine College of Art, will run from June 27-July 18 at 522 Congress Street, in the Artists at Work gallery. The opening will be, appropriately, July 4, from 5-8 P.M.
The exhibition is about service, war, peace, and art as therapeutic work for both the artist-veterans who make it and the community in which it exists. This show includes the work of Ren Albon '14, United States Navy; Peter Buotte MFA '05, United States Army; Lesley Corbett '13, United States Army; Evan Poole '15, United States Army; Frederick Twombly '15, United States Army; Patrick Scholz '15, United States Marine Corps; Phil Stevens '91, United States Army; and David Thomas '68, United States Army.Much of the military art we recognize and know is monuments to the fallen. “Our Lady of Victories” watches over Monument Square in Portland. Paid for by the Portland Soldiers and Sailors Association, the inscription reads, “Portland/To Her Sons Who Died/For The Union.”
However, the military also has a history of recruiting artists. The work of these soldier artists ranged from recording combat and battle scenes to the work of “The Ghost Army” in World War II, a special tactical unit that through deception saved thousands of Allied lives. (Ellsworth Kelly and Art Kane served in this unit.) This exhibit shows the work of artists both during and after military service.
ART // SERVICE : a show of work by MECA students and alumni who are veterans
WHAT: ART // SERVICE a show of work by veteran-artists who are current students or
alumni of Maine College of Art
WHEN: Opening, Friday, July 4, from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
WHERE: Artists at Work Gallery, Maine College of Art, 522 Congress Street, Portland,
Ren Albon '14, United States Navy
Peter Buotte MFA '05, United States Army
Lesley Corbett '13, United States Army
Evan Poole '15, United States Army
Frederick Twombly '15, United States Army
Patrick Scholz '15, United States Marine Corps
Phil Stevens '91, United States Army
David Thomas '68, United States Army
Artists will be present and available for interviews. This Opening is open to all media. For more information contact Raffi Der Simonian at email@example.com
MAINE COLLEGE OF ART PRESENTS A LIMITED EDITION PRINT BY DAHLOV IPCAR
In honor of nationally known artist Dahlov Ipcar (b.1917) and the ongoing legacy of the arts in Maine, MECA is proud to announce the creation of a set of limited edition woodblock prints from Dahlov’s iconic oil painting, Odalisque (1960), in collaboration with master printer David Wolfe, of Wolfe Editions (wolfeeditions.com). In 2013, MECA awarded Dahlov Ipcar with the Award for Leadership as a Visual Artist and the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts.
Dahlov has offered only a handful of woodblock prints for sale in her career. Don’t miss this opportunity to own one of these highly collectible prints. Each print is approximately 15” tall by 27” wide and is valued at $1,500. They are available for a limited time in advance for $1,250 each. Price includes tube shipping.
MECA trustee Judy Kane has her first solo show opening June 6th at the Key Bank in Monument Square in Portland. The show runs through June 30th and a reception will be held on the First Friday, June 6th from 5-8pm.
MECA Announces Essay Contest Winners
For Immediate Release
MECA Announces Essay Contest Winners
Portland, ME ~ This past month Maine College of Art held its first ever student essay contest. The contest was created to foster a discussion of art within young people in Maine. Full summer camp scholarships were offered to the two students who answered the essay question with the most conviction and clarity of expression. The question was “What would a summer of making art at MECA mean to you? How do you feel this experience would benefit your creative growth?”
MECA received dozens of great essays from high school and middle school students around the state. After some deliberation, MECA proudly announces that the following students won the contest: Caitlyn Duffy of Gorham High School and Arun Devon of King Middle School. The winning essays can be read below.
Finalists for the contest won a week of art camp. The finalists include: Gaia Ayres, Oliver Beardsley-Stites, Jackie Christie, Dorian Heughan, Irena Manukian, Madeline Mathers, Sydney Morrison, Alyssa Ostrowski, Audrey Robidoux, Meghan Russell, and Carsyn Vanier.
The winning essays:
Caitlyn Duffy, age 16
I was brought up surrounded by the most important women in Maine, and maybe even the world. I lived in a house with a mother who had an art project set up for me every week, and enough paint to keep the whole continent of Asia busy for years. She had enough patience for me to run wild with my imagination and enough love to hang up every single picture on the walls. My next door neighbor, Vicky, is a middle school art teacher. I spent many afternoons in her kitchen gluing and drawing many “masterpieces.” I had no shortage of encouragement with my artistic talents as a child. But without these two women, I don’t think I would have been able to thrive in life as fully as I have. As I got older art served as a coping skill, something for me to turn to when I had a rough day in elementary school.
Since then, art has become not just a hobby, but an "at all hours" passion. It has helped me through a lot of difficult situations and has been a friend while I dealt with anxiety and depression. You can often find me doodling in my art journal or taking film photography, which is by far my favorite thing to do. My photographs have been displayed in the Gorham Arts Alliance’s art show and has won me first runner up in the first congressional district Congressional Art Show. A chair on which I painted The Scream by Edvard Munch has been displayed in the Gorham Times and the Portland Press Herald.
I thrive in places surrounded by other people who are just as creative as me, or more so. To have the opportunity to be surrounded by people with passion and to broaden my artistic skill would be an extremely rich experience. It would not only set me up for my dream of going to art school, but it would help me in processing the world into something less harsh than it is. I want to spend the rest of my life making beautiful, thought provoking things, that one day not only comfort me but inspire others. Spending the summer at MECA would set me up to do so.
Arun Devon, age 12
I would like to be able to go to camp at MECA because the world is a big place with lots of kids, kids who are a lot like me. Having so many kids that are so similar to you makes it hard to stand out. If I had a chance to go to camp at MECA then it would be like putting fertilizer on your garden. I would sprout up and become different than the others. In school some of the kids are now taking part in the Global Leadership Project so that maybe one day, if we work hard enough, we can become some of the leaders of the world. I believe that if children have a way to express themselves, then they understand better who they are. And when they know who they are, they can try to understand the people around them. Understanding is a big part of being a leader. In order to lead you need to set a good example, you need to know what is right for the greater good. You also need to know when its best to listen to the ideas that are sprouting up all around you. Being able to express myself is not always easy because like most kids my age when I look in the mirror I’m still not sure who that person is looking back at me. Maybe if I can learn to write or draw better, I can (as I said in a poem I wrote) “look inside and really decide” who the person is in the mirror.But it’s not just what’s inside, it’s also what is done on the outside. I believe that when you write or draw something there is always a bit of you in it. If I could go to MECA for a summer, I would be able to learn and grow and it would help me become a better artist.
(Left to Right) Caitlin Duffy (age 15, Gorham High School) and Arun Devon (Age 12, King Middle School).
Good Idea Grant Winners
Congratulations to MECA alums Tina McLuckie and Aaron T. Stephan, and MECA faculty member Gary Robinov on winning the Maine Arts Commission's Good Idea Grant. Ten out of thirty five applicants won the grant, which is a program used to foster the growth of Maine’s artists by supporting the creation of new work or professional development.
Their Good Ideas:
Tina McLuckie of Portland: To support sharing individual stories of physical and mental trauma through body castings and recorded interviews.
Aaron T. Stephan of Portland: To support the production of three large-scale sculptures for an upcoming exhibit.
Gary Robinov of Portland: To support a series of documentary conversations with creators about why they do what they do.
Maine College of Art held its 2014 Commencement at the State Theater this last Saturday, May 10. The Commencement Address was given by poet Richard Blanco, who was President Obama's Inaugural Poet in 2013.
We would like to congratulate all of the graduates of 2014!
Bob Crewe, Songwriter, producer, and recording star
William R. Dill Ph.D., President emeritus of Babson College
Janet Conlon Manyan, Artist and MECA Continuing Studies faculty member
Roxanne Quimby, Entrepreneur and philanthropist
The 2014 Commencement Ceremony for the BFA, MFA and MAT programs will be at 10:30am, Saturday, May 10th at the State Theatre (609 Congress Street Portland Maine). Directly following the ceremony MECA welcomes graduates, families and guests to enjoy a reception in the Porteous building.
Directions to Maine College of Art, Porteous Building:
From the North Take Interstate 295 to Exit 7, Franklin Street
From the South Take the Maine Turnpike northbound to Exit 44, Interstate 295. Follow Interstate 295 to Exit 7, Franklin Street
Directions to the Porteous Building at 522 Congress Street:
Stay on Franklin Street until you hit the top of the hill and take a right onto Congress Street. You will pass City Hall on your right; continue on Congress several more blocks, past Monument Square. Porteous is the large building on the left with a brown awning.
There is a public parking garage at 45 Spring Street, on the right just past the Cumberland County Civic Center. To go to the Porteous Building from the parking garage, leave the parking garage through its rear exit, onto Free Street; the Porteous Building will be immediately across the street from you.
On-street 2-hour parking is available on Congress, Casco (directly across from the Porteous Building entrance) and surrounding streets.
For more information on the ceremony, please click here. Questions may be directed to Anna Schwartz, Director of Student Involvement:firstname.lastname@example.org
2nd Annual MECA Film Festival
On Friday, April 25 Maine College of Art will host the 2nd Annual MECA Film Festival. The festival will show 26 films made by 20 students from the college. There are three categories of awards: Documentary, Narrative and Experimental or Animated. The judges are film makers Dean Merrill, Allen Baldwin and Kate Kaminski. The festival will take place in Osher Hall at the Maine College of Art. Doors open at 6:30pm, show starts at 7:30pm and awards will be granted at 9:30pm.
The First Annual Maine College of Art Spring Music Festival
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The First Annual Maine College of Art Spring Music Festival
Friday, April 18, 2014
5:30 Doors, Show starts at 6:00 PM
In the ICA @ MECA
Portland, ME - Over the years, the Maine College of Art (MECA) has not only produced renowned visual artists, but also many talented musicians. Current senior BFA student Savanna Pettengill, (also visual artist of the AV project Waco Sparkler,) started thinking about this last fall. She had a dream: to bring as many of these musicians together as possible for a night of performances somewhere in the Porteous building, not only for her fellow students, but also for the public. She wanted to showcase the varied creativity the art college produces. In the end, 7 acts affiliated with the school were curated into one evening to put on a show in the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA). These acts each have members that are alumni, current students, or members staff . While there are countless more music acts affiliated with the school, (Metal Sideburns, Phantom Buffalo, The Reverie Machine, Big Blood, Theodore Treehouse, Brzowski and more,) the idea was to showcase acts that seek to activate multiple senses for their audience. Some of the performance groups do this through not only music, but also video projections, light manipulation, set design, dance, and even the inclusion of audience participation. The show will take place starting at 6 PM. Each act will have a half hour, and will take part in transforming the empty gallery of the ICA for their performance.
The lineup is as follows:
B. Thighs and Friends (High heeled gentleman sings/dances to contemporary pop classics)
MECA Faculty Members Awarded Arts and Visibility Grant for Future Mothers Project
Portland, ME ~ The Maine College of Art proudly announces that two of its faculty members, Elizabeth Jabar and Colleen Kinsella, have been awarded the Arts Visibility Grant from the Maine Arts Commission for their project Future Mothers.
Future Mothers' primary work focuses on creating contemplative space and vehicles for reflection, challenging dialog and community engagement through use of a collective vision/structure /practice that takes the form of prints, installation, books, and interactive performance. Using printmaking as a platform Future Mothers work from a shared lexicon of imagery and construct densely layered objects, structures, and environments for communicating timeless narratives and responding to contemporary social-political events.
Elizabeth Jabar is a print-based artist and associate professor and Colleen Kinsella is an adjunct instructor and printmaking studio technician at MECA.
FROM THE INSIDE: MECA Staff Show on view through January 23
Library to Host Book Sale
The Joanne Waxman Library is hosting a huge book sale during the annual MECA Holiday Sale and December 1st First Friday Art Walk on Friday, December 6 from 5 to 9pm and on Saturday, December 7 from 10:00am to 5pm.
Over 2,000 books are available, priced between 50 cents and $10+. Titles include brand new and used books from recent donations, as well as former Joanne Waxman Library books. All proceeds go to purchase new books for the Library in support of the academic programs at Maine College of Art.
Groundbreaking Bluestocking Film Series Brings Award-Winners to MECA
Astronauts? Check. Zombies and lesbians? Check. WWII resistance fighters? Check. Teenage girls on the prowl, a grandmother with an unconventional diet, and a businesswoman on an obstacle course to work? Yes. The Fall 2013 Bluestocking Film Series has that.
Returning to MECA's Osher Hall on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7:00 p.m., the biannual film event has a whole new lineup of award-winning Bechdel-tested short films by talented women directors for Portland’s cinema lovers.
With the help of an international judging panel, the six films were carefully curated by founder-organizer Kate Kaminski, chosen specifically to prove that films about women can tackle difficult subject matter and be powerful and cutting-edge.
This fall will also mark a first in Bluestocking’s 2-year history: audience members will vote their favorite film in two categories and two lucky filmmakers will walk away with cash prizes. Kyna Morgan of Her Film Project (a global project to support women filmmakers) will sponsor the bigger of the two prizes. The Bluestocking also awards a $100 gift each season to a female New Media student at MECA. “Our goal is to support in any way we can those women who choose to compete in such a male-dominated field.”
The screening event will take place in Osher Hall at MECA at 7:00 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.) on Saturday, October 19. All tickets are $5 if purchased in advance via Brown Paper Tickets. Tickets are $7 if purchased at the door the evening of the screening. Some of the featured filmmakers will also be on-hand for a post-screening Q&A.
For more information, contact Kate Kaminski, founder/organizer. Watch trailers for past and upcoming events: bluestockingfilms.com