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Professor Matt Hutton Recognized by American Craft Council
Matt Hutton, Associate Professor of Woodworking and Furniture Design at Maine College of Art is being recognized by the American Craft Council (AAC) in their new Emerging Voices Award. The award recognizes one emerging artist, four shortlisted artists, and one emerging scholar. In addition to cash prizes, all artists and scholars will be featured in the June/July issue of American Craft.
This is the first year that the Emerging Voices Award is being presented and will be presented biennially in recognition and support of the next generation of makers and thinkers in the field of contemporary craft.
Matt Hutton earned his BFA at the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana and an MFA from San Diego State University. He started working at MECA in 2002 as a Professor of the woodworking program. The Woodworking and Furniture Design program at MECA is designed to teach students to move beyond basic woodworking skills and take their concepts from sketches, to technical drawings, to finished pieces. The program takes advantage of using both classic and modern tools such as the CNC router, a machine that Matt Hutton often uses in his precisely crafted work.
To learn more about the other winners of the Emerging Artist Award read The American Craft Council’s press release here.
See more of Matt Hutton's work here.
2015 MAMM SLAM Winners Receive Opportunity to Earn Up to a $16,000 MECA Scholarship
MECA will be partnering with MAMM for the 2015 MAMM SLAM by offering annual scholarships of $10 - $16,000/year, dependent upon academic and artistic qualifications, for four years of full-time study to each member of the winning band.
This is in addition to an already robust prize package which includes a $1000 cash prize sponsored by The Rusty Rocket Music Fund, free recording time in a professional studio, premiere gigs including a performance spot at the MAMM Stage at the 2015 Old Port Festival, a tour of Gateway Mastering studios, and much more.
Because of this exciting new development in the competition, MAMM is extending the 2015 MAMM SLAM registration deadline to March 21st so that more students can try to take advantage of this opportunity. Students can register at www.mainetoday.com/mammslam. The Preliminary Rounds will start on April 11th at Bayside Bowl. Finals are May 9th at the Asylum in Portland. Both venues are generously donating the use of their space for the programs.
With this generous scholarship, young Maine musicians will be able to help shape the future of MECA and it’s involvement with the musical arts through the new music program starting this upcoming fall. This music program will be the first of it’s kind in the country and will provide a unique learning experience for those who are both artistically inclined and musically gifted. This program is made possible by an extremely generous donation of $3,000,000 from the Bob Crewe Foundation and is being facilitated by new additions to the school that will include spaces for both learning and recording.
MECA President, Don Tuski, Ph.D said “We are thrilled to be able to offer this incentive to the winners of MAMM SLAM 2015. We hope that our newest academic program that is dedicated to exploring the intersection of art and music will attract the best and brightest of Maine’s creative scene and beyond. Partnering with MAMM Slam provides us direct access to some of the best high school talent around the State of Maine.”
ABOUT THE MAMM SLAM:
The MAMM SLAM is a yearly contest and opportunity for Maine’s high school-aged musicians of all backgrounds and styles to showcase their skills and talent. Giving teen bands and solo performers (singer/songwriters and DJ’s) a chance to compete in showcasing their songwriting, performance skills, web presence, marketing, and other aspects of being a professional touring and recording musician. None of this would be possible without the generous sponsorship and support of MaineToday.com, The Rusty Rocket Music Fund, freezingprocess.net, Coffee By Design, Asylum, Bayside Bowl, Crooked Cove, State Theatre, Gateway Mastering, WCYY, WBLM, Maine Magazine, WPXT-TV and MECA.
For more information or to register for the 2015 MAMM SLAM visit the official page on the MaineToday website at www.mainetoday.com/mammslam.
If you are interested in The Maine Academy of Modern Music and their programs and other upcoming events such as those with MYRO (The Maine Youth Rock Orchestra) you can visit their website or facebook page, or contact them directly by phone or email:
MECA and Portland Stage Announce New Partnership
PORTLAND STAGE + MAINE COLLEGE OF ART ANNOUNCE NEW PARTNERSHIP
Portland, Maine - Portland Stage and Maine College of Art (MECA) have recently announced a new partnership to offer a Theater Arts Track during MECA’s three-week residential Pre-College Program. Running July 12 – August 1, 2015, Pre-College is an immersive creative experience for High School Students with a passion for the performing or visual arts. Registration is now open for applications with a deadline of April 20th at meca.edu/precollege.
MECA’s Maine College of Art's 3-week residential Pre-College program in the Visual Arts has run since 1980 and provides high school students with an immersive and authentic experience of being an art school student. The program attracts students seeking an opportunity to enjoy creative freedom in a setting that is rigorous, fun and challenging-- both personally and professionally. Guided and mentored by accomplished MECA faculty, Pre-College students are passionate about their creative expression and eager to achieve new artistic heights, regardless of form or medium.
This year PSC is collaborating with MECA to develop the MECA Pre-College Theatre Arts track designed to expand the outreach of the original Pre-College Program. Carmen-maria Mandley, Education and Literary Manager says “Portland Stage’s immersive theater training program applies a storyteller’s approach to: the actor, the audience, the text, the room. Participants will focus on the relationship between the actor and the audience, the resonant voice, a heightened sense of play, and an active body. Classes will include Kristin Linklater’s voice progression, movement work, stage combat, theatrical clown, scene study, design, audition techniques and more.” This track will culminate in two 30 minute Shakespeare ‘Bare-Bard’ performances.
“We couldn’t be more excited about this partnership and the opportunity to work as a team with the faculty of MECA in the Theater Arts Track. It is a wonderful collaboration,” says Executive Artistic Director Anita Stewart. Theater students will work daily at Portland Stage, a three minute walk from MECA, while housing, meals and all extra-curricular and weekend workshops will be provided on the MECA campus.
For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Eileen Phelan, Marketing Director at Portland Stage: 207.774.1043 (ext. 108) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CTN Member Highlight On Maine College of Arts Music Integration Program
VP of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Ian Anderson discusses the Music Integration Program in this CTN Member highlight.