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Jamie Hogan Book Event

Posted: 2014-06-25

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MECA Illustration professor Jamie Hogan has a new book event this Saturday taking place at the Portland Museum of Art. The event is titled "Listen & Draw" and will start at 11am.

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MECA & PMA PRESENT AN EVENING OF CONTEMPORARY ART ON 6.19.14 (5-8pm)

Posted: 2014-06-06

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   |  June 5, 2014

MECA & PMA PRESENT AN EVENING OF CONTEMPORARY ART ON
THURSDAY JUNE 19 (5 - 8pm)

MFA MECA Summer Lecture Series Kicks-Off with an Artist Talk by Jay Sanders, Curator of Performance at the Whitney Museum of American Art (5pm at MECA) Followed by a Panel Discussion Hosted by PMA Curator of Contemporary Art, Jessica May, on the ‘State of Contemporary Art in Maine” (6:30pm at PMA)

Portland, Maine -  On Thursday, June 19, Maine College of Art and Portland Museum of Art are teaming up to host a special evening for contemporary art appreciators in downtown Portland.

Starting at 5pm, MECAs’ ‘14 MFA Summer Lecture Series will commence with Jay Sanders, the Curator of Performance at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Sanders co-organized the Whitney Biennial 2012 and has curated innumerable exhibitions, concerts, and events over the past decade. He is a member of the collaborative performance group Grand Openings, and has staged large-scale events at MoMA, the Bumbershoot Festival (Seattle) and other venues. Sanders has written extensively for Artforum, Parkett, Texte zur Kunst (Texts About Art), Bomb, and other publications. For more information on MECA’s MFA ‘14 Summer Lecture Series (free and open to the public), visit meca.edu/summerlectures.

A few hundred yards up the street at 6:30pm (immediately following Sanders’ lecture at MECA), PMA’s Curator of Contemporary Art, Jessica May, will be hosting a panel discussion on the “State of Contemporary Art in Maine.” The discussion will focus on how contemporary art influences our cultural identity. The panel will include Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Co-Director Katie Sonnenborn, Center for Maine Contemporary Art Director Suzette McAvoy, and John Michael Kohler Art Center Curator Alison Ferris, and will address both the practice of art-making in Maine as well as its position within the broad spectrum of contemporary art practice in the United States and internationally. The panel will be hosted as a dynamic conversation with the audience.

This program at the PMA is generously supported by the Will Barnet Foundation. PMA Third Thursdays are supported by the Contemporaries, a membership circle for art enthusiasts ages 21 to 45. Corporate sponsorship is provided by The VIA Agency.

On the Third Thursday of every month, the PMA will be open in the evening with live music, food and drink, and special programming from 5pm to 9pm During the warm summer months, the museum's Joan B. Burns Sculpture Garden on High Street will be open for visitors and members to enjoy. Regular museum admission will apply; free for PMA members. For more information, visit www.portlandmuseum.org.

For more information, please contact Raffi Der Simonian (Director of Marketing & Communications) at 207.699.5010 or rdersimonian@meca.edu.


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Veterans Exhibit at Maine College of Art

Posted: 2014-06-05

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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, 
 
ARTISTS: 
 
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 rdersimonian@meca.edu

MAINE COLLEGE OF ART PRESENTS A LIMITED EDITION PRINT BY DAHLOV IPCAR

Posted: 2014-06-03

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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.

Reserve your limited edition print today! Proceeds benefit benefit MECA’s Student Scholarship Fund.

To reserve a print, email Annie Wadleigh at
awadleigh@meca.edu or call 207-699-5015.

New Judy Kane Exhibit

Posted: 2014-05-22

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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 MAT Accreditation

Posted: 2014-05-21

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MECA Announces MAT Accreditation 


 

Portland, ME ~ Maine College of Art (MECA) is pleased to announce the recent accreditation of a ten-month MAT program, approved by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and the State of Maine. The MAT is designed so that participants meet Maine’s requirements for initial teacher certification while providing the critical and creative engagement expected at the graduate level.

From the first day of class, teacher candidates interact with children and youth in schools and in community settings. Museums, summer school programs and non-profit organizations collaborate with MECA and the MAT program to provide a rich learning environment for art content specific and arts-integrated explorations. Candidates work in a variety of settings, urban and rural, formal and informal. Student teaching internships in the spring semester prepare candidates to begin their careers as confident art educators.

Through collaborative inquiry and action research, teacher candidates learn to try new ideas and collect the evidence needed to improve their teaching and their students’ learning. This process establishes a vehicle for reflective practice and a lifetime of professional learning.

A few spaces are still available for the upcoming 2014-2015 cohort. Candidates are selected on the basis of a strong art portfolio and the academic potential to complete a master’s program. For more information please visit http://www.meca.edu, or contact the Admissions Office.

Contact: Raffi Der Simonian

Director of Marketing

rdersimonian@meca.edu

207.699.5010

 

MECA Announces Essay Contest Winners

Posted: 2014-05-21

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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.

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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).

MECA '14 Fashion Show a Huge Success

Posted: 2014-05-20

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MECA Equips Maine Seeds of Peace With Art, Media Tools for Social Change

Posted: 2014-05-19

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PORTLAND | How do art and peace-building overlap? Five Maine Seeds recently discovered when they participated in a day-long printmaking workshop in partnership with the Maine College of Art (MECA).

The workshop, which took place on April 12, came as part of a greater collaboration between Seeds of Peace and MECA. The “It Starts With ME” project series aims to educate students on how to use art and media as tools for social change within their own state of Maine.

“It Starts With ME” emerged in response to the negative stereotypes of immigrants and refugees in Maine. By taking photos of themselves with inspiring messages, Seeds students hope to positively portray the current face of Maine, one that includes an increasingly diverse youth population with their own unique ambitions and dreams. The project presented the perfect opportunity to partner with MECA, as their Public Engagement Minor integrates art, real-world problems and community partners.

MECA Professor Elizabeth Jabar described how the College’s students use “collaborative methods and participatory models to take action as citizens, artists, and designers.”

“As a result, each student gains the skills and confidence to directly impact their culture and society.”

As part of this fifth workshop in the series, the Seeds were able to work with Jabar and Shawn Brewer, a graduate of MECA, to learn printmaking techniques.

In earlier sessions, the Seeds worked with professional photographer and artist Sean Alonzo Harris to take photos following prompts such as “I Am … ”, “I Want to … ”, and “I Will … ”. The Seeds enjoyed a full day of learning how to print the images, working in the darkroom, and playing around with various methods of printmaking to accomplish their desired effect for their project.

The day also included lunch and many chances to sit and discuss art, photography, and the Seeds’ goals for the project.

“I was incredibly excited when I heard Seeds of Peace was beginning to integrate this photography program, because it includes my belief that photography has the power to effect change in a unique way just as effective and sometimes more meaningful than words, speech, and dialogue,” said Sophia Warren, a 2011 Seed.

“Photography, when used right is a very strong way to bring ideas that can sometimes be controversial to a large audience,” said AJ Yarn, a 2013 Seed. “I can talk all day about what I believe and what I stand for but until people see it, they will never really understand.”

At the next workshop, the Seeds will embed text answers to the three prompts over the photos of themselves to create their own personalized works of art. The workshops will ultimately lead up to a culminating public exhibition, which will give Seeds and their peers a public space to tell their stories and display their work.

As the workshop series has progressed, the Maine Seeds feel they have developed their personal relationships and aim to promote this feeling of community through their images. In planning for the gallery show, the Seeds hope for the presentation of the photos to be as interactive as possible. Thus, they can involve the greater Maine community in the artistic and peace-building goals of the project, as Sophia describes:

“Through this program I have discovered a space and community that is both entirely artistic, and entirely committed to a cause of humanitarian causes … we are directing the power of the conversation by showing you what we see through a camera’s lens.”

- See more at: http://www.seedsofpeace.org/?p=19125#sthash.2RJ9Xpmm.dpuf

Good Idea Grant Winners

Posted: 2014-05-15

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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.

 

>>For more info on the grant

>>For more on McLuckie

>>For more on Stephan

>>For more on Robinov

 

 

Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2014!

Posted: 2014-05-13

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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! 

 

>>For photos of Commencement

For more details on graduates and speakers: commencement-program-2014-web.pdf

Honorary Degree Recipients of Commencement 2014

Posted: 2014-05-07

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The following are this year's Honorary Degree Recipients: 

Richard Blanco (speaker), Inaugural poet for Barack Obama's 2013 inauguration. 

>>Read more on Richard Blanco

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:

Portland Map

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.

Parking: 

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:aschwartz@meca.edu

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