New for 2013, MECA is now offering a major in Textile and Fashion Design. The program is focused on imparting a deep understanding of the designing and making of textiles, extensive study of the field of apparel, and, ultimately, an exploration of fashion as the contemporary response.
Textile and Fashion Design students at MECA are engaged in the process of designing collections, building portfolios, and preparing for the future through internships, sponsored studios, and guided entrepreneurship. Students receive specialized instruction from top industry professionals while developing a robust studio and design practice supported by historical and cultural references as well as thorough research and experimentation.
This new major is made possible thanks to the generous support of Maine-based philanthropist, Roxanne Quimby.
According to Program Chair and Professor, Anne Emlein, here is what a prospective student might find at MECA:
At MECA, I believe we are all very “on the ground”. The student who chooses MECA will be included in a community of people—faculty, staff and fellow students who are all artists at heart. We are all very involved in the processes that make up what we do. The prospective student will find a spirit of intimacy and involvement at MECA that permeates every aspect of the college and the teaching of Art.
Student Affairs would like to congratulate the recipients of the first annual Student Affairs Leadership Awards.
The Leadership Awards were created by Student Affairs as a way of thanking, appreciating and acknowledging some of our students, student clubs and organizations and faculty and staff for their outstanding contributions to the MECA community over the course of the 2012-2013 academic year. Nominations for all the awards were collected from the MECA community.
Please join us in congratulating the 2012-2013 recipients:
* Outstanding Student Group or Organization: MECA C.A.R.E. (Celebrating all Realms of Ethnicity)
*Outstanding Event or Program of the Year: Rob Doane for The Peninsula School
*Outstanding Faculty or Staff Involvement: Jeff Waites for his commitment to the Free Radicals Futbol Club
*Outstanding Contribution to Diversity: MECA H.O.P.E. (Helping Our People to Equality)
*Outstanding Student Employee: Andi Croak
*Outstanding Student Leader: Chloe Beaven
* Outstanding Contribution to Community Service: Carlin Soos
The Portland Museum of Art (PMA) has announced that on September 7, 2013, the museum will present Ahmed Alsoudani: Redacted, the first major museum exhibition of the work of American-Iraqi artist and Maine College of Art graduate Ahmed Alsoudani (BFA, 2005). The exhibition will feature nearly 20 of the artist’s tumultuous and innovative paintings, which reflect on the horrors of war with a unique artistic voice. Ahmed Alsoudani: Redacted will be on view through December 8, 2013, in the PMA’s Third Floor Gallery for Contemporary Art.
“Challenging the viewer with nuanced art historical arguments and blatantly difficult, abject, and grotesque imagery, Alsoudani does what few artists can do: he successfully translates the complexity of contemporary politics into meaningful painting,” said PMA Director Mark H.C. Bessire.
Through his personal experience as a child and adolescent in war-torn Iraq, Alsoudani developed a keen sensitivity to the effects of war, violence, terror, and political unrest on a global scale. His paintings reflect his experiences as well as the mediated nature of war in our time. “I’m not just commenting on Iraq but on an experience that becomes universal,” Ahmed Alsoudani said, referring to Untitled, 2007, a loose, nearly abstract rendering of the moment the infamous statue of Saddam Hussein fell in Baghdad in 2002. His splintered compositions, and the overwhelming and sometimes harrowing scenes represented in a bright, near-primary palette, address the uneasy balance in our culture between scenes of disaster and objects of beauty.
Maine's Only Women's Film Event to be held at MECA
Bluestocking Film Series Osher Hall, Maine College of Art 522 Congress Street, Portland, ME www.bluestockingfilms.com
Screening: May 18, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $9/general | $6/student FREE Women in Film Symposium: May 19, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.
BLUESTOCKING FILM SERIES BRINGS 2 DAYS OF WOMEN IN FILM
The Bluestocking Film Series has found a new venue at Osher Hall at Maine College of Art, Maine’s only women’s film event is expanding to two days, celebrating the accomplishments of women in film with an international roster of provocative, award-winning short films on Sat., May 18 and a free-to-the-public symposium on Sun., May 19 titled “Why We Need The Bechdel Test Now.”
The Bluestocking will once again showcase woman-directed short films from the US and around the globe. “This is our biggest, boldest screening yet,” Kaminski says, “with stories that run the gamut from the darkest of dark comedies to thoughtful dramas and more.” There will also be a raffle fundraiser with fun prizes.
"To go alongside such a strong roster of films, it seems the right time to bring about some public discussion of the importance and value of gender equality not just behind the camera but to what’s on-screen as well.” Which is why Kaminski organized “Why We Need the Bechdel Test Now,” the May 19 symposium the day after the Bluestocking screening event. Helping to lead that conversation will be Andi Zeisler, co-founder of Bitch, a magazine devoted to an “engaged, thoughtful feminist response to mainstream media and popular culture” (bitchmagazine.org) and Kyna Morgan, founder of Her Film Project, a “global project to support women filmmakers and build audiences for their films” (herfilmproject.com/).
Use of the Bechdel Test can be a catalyst for shifts in how women’s on-screen characters are perceived by viewers and filmmakers alike. “The more this idea percolates into the public consciousness, the more likely it is that real change will be seen on the screen,” Kaminski says. “It’s become clear that television is now the primary medium where well-rounded, flawed, and complex women characters flourish –– we want to see the same thing happen on the big screen.”
The Bluestocking films will screen in Osher Hall at Maine College of Art at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 18. Tickets are $9/general and $6/student and are on sale via Brown Paper Tickets - brownpapertickets.com/event/371184 - or at the door the evening of the screening. Some of the featured filmmakers will also be on-hand for a post-screening Q&A. The symposium will take place in Osher Hall on Sunday, May 19 at 4:00 p.m. and is free to the public.
Thos. Moser Freeport Showroom to exhibit art by Maine College of Art Alumni
R. Eastman,Solace in Blue,oil on canvas over panel
An art exhibition featuring Maine College of Art alumni will be on display at Thos. Moser’s Freeport Showroom, with an opening artists’ reception on May 8 from 6 – 8 p.m. and will run through July 8, 2013.
The show will feature 18 Maine College of Art alumni, spanning more than 30 years of graduating classes. The exhibiting artists include Beatrice Abbott, Leon Anderson, Kate Beck,Felice Boucher, Louise Bourne, Ashley Curry, Cynthia Davis, Lisa Dombek, Rachael Eastman, Joshua Ferry, Julie Freund, Peyton Higgison, Anne Ireland, Jenny Moore, Scott Moore, Francine Schrock, Bridget Spaeth and Noa Warren.
The show offers an eclectic mix of art, including oil paintings on canvas and linen, watercolor paintings, framed works on paper, mixed media, work in plaster, wood sculpture and photography. The artists’ work will be hung interspersed with one another, which invites side-by-side comparison of art by varied graduating classes.
The Thos. Moser Showroom is located at 149 Main St., Freeport, and is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call 865-4519 or visit www.thosmoser.com.
Fundraising Dinner Hosted on April 14 to Support Chef Michael Crowley
WHO: The entire MECA community, Michael Crowley's firefighting and faith communities.
WHAT: Italian Dinner Fundraiser for MECA Cafe' employee and Saco Volunteer Firefighter Michael Crowley ("Chef Michael")
$20 per person
$50 for a family of 3 or more
$10-$20 for students (sliding scale )
There will also be a raffle of donated MECA student, staff and faculty artwork.
Donations may also be sent directly to "Michael Crowley Cancer" Fund at Saco Valley Credit Union
WHY:MECA Cafe' employee and Saco Volunteer Fire Fighter Michael Crowley ("Chef Michael") has recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Michael is currently undergoing chemo and radiation therapy and is unable to work. Please join the MECA community in our efforts to raise funds for Michael and his family during this difficult time.
WHEN: Sunday, April 14 from 4pm-6pm
WHERE:Cafe' at Maine College of Art 522 Congress Street, Portland Maine
MECA Student & Faculty Member Honored with Maine Campus Compact Awards
MECA student Chloe Beaven will receive Maine Campus Compact’s 2013 Heart and Soul Award. This award recognizes the accomplishments of six Maine students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership both on campus and within their community.
In addition, MECA faculty member Paul Gebhardt will receive Maine Campus Compact’s 2013 Donald Harward Award for Service Learning Excellence. This award recognizes the accomplishments of faculty members in making public service an integral part of their teaching, in forging strong reciprocal partnerships, and in advocating for service learning.
MECA student Carly Soos was also nominated for the Heart and Soul Award. Students not chosen for this award will be receiving a Maine Campus Compact PILLARS award, which will be sent to your civic engagement office.
The awards will be presented at a ceremony on Tuesday, April 30that the State House Hall of Flags in Augusta. We will share a press release with your public relations office in the week leading up to the ceremony. The ceremony, which includes hors d'oeuvres, will run from 2:30 to 4:00pm. We would be delighted if you would join us.
Beginning to Performance Art class presents 'performance feast'
Come check out the Beginning to Performance Art class' show.
performance feast 2013| April 02-April 11 | 55 Oak Street, Portland, Maine
Students from Beginning Performance Art class at Maine College of Art present performance feast 2013. The exhibition includes live performances and performance-based works in photography, text, video, sculpture, and installation.
Artists: Ally Stallcup, Ashley Roger, Chloe Beaven, Elana Shorey, Hannah Rowlett, Robert Bennett Jr., Taylor French Benoit, Victoria Koronkiewicz.
Exhibition: Performance-based work in photography, text, video, sculpture, and installation will be on displayed throughout the duration of the exhibition: April 02- April 11, 2013.
Live Performance Schedule: (open to the public) - Tuesday (04/02) 6-9pm: live performances followed by discussions - Thursday (04/04) 6-9pm: live performances followed by discussions - First Friday (04/05) 5-8pm: live Performances
Gallery Hours: - Tuesday (04/02) 6-9pm - Thursday (04/04) 6-9pm - First Friday (04/05) 5-8pm - By chance or appointment
MICA Students visit MECA for collaborate project
A handful of students from the Maryland Institute College of Art are visiting the MECA campus this week as part of a class called "Road, Movies, and Travelogues." The class requires students to propose and carry out a road trip and create artwork based on their adventure.
With MICA professors Nadia Hironska and Eva Wylie, the group visited MECA for a series of activities: making a collaborative print with MECA professor Adriane Herman's students and visiting local printmaker David Wolfe's studio. Their visit was encouraged and organized by the ICA, Office of Public Engagement, and Printmaking Department.
Today that will be inviting the general public to the ICA from 1:00 to 3:00 to watch them finish a book project and speak about the project.
Barridoff Auction at MECA
Fairfield Porter Oil on Masonite 19×29 in. (48.3×73.7cm)
FINE AUCTION AMERICAN AND EUROPEAN ART // APRIL 24, 2013 6 P.M.
Tuesday, April 23, 6 PM – 8 PM
and Wednesday, April 24, 10 AM – 5 PM
To be held at the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art
Sculpture senior Kyle DiMare presents his Public Engagement Capstone project
Designed to Play: An Exploration in Community Communication Through Sculpture
Wednesday, March 27 at 12 noon, Osher Hall
Kyle DiMare, a senior in Sculpture, worked with the local organization Learning Works / Youth Build Alternatives in Portland. Kyle designed and led a series of workshops on the design process and sculptural building. Using a model of co-creation students worked collaboratively on sculptural forms as a platform for building social relationships, and developed critical communication, problem solving and creative skills.
Sue Lennox, CEO & Co-Founder of OzGREEN, added to Spring '13 Lecture Series on 4.19 at 6:30pm
Sue Lennox is co-founder and co-CEO of Australia’s OzGREEN and a member of the Centre for Social Impact Advisory Council. She has 30 years of experience innovating environmental education and community building in urban, regional, remote, and indigenous communities in Australia, India, Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and Pakistan. In 2007, Sue was named as one of Sydney’s Top 100 Most Influential People by the Sydney Magazine.
The lecture will bet at 6:30pm on Friday April 19th in Osher Hall.
The workshop will expand upon the issues discussed in the lecture and will offer participants the opportunity to reflect upon their own gifts and potential actions around the issues of climate change. She will be doing a one day version of the Leading with the Heart Workshop described in this flyer: click here
Note: The workshop will be from 9am to 5pm on Sunday April 21st and will be free for MECA students faculty and staff and offered to community member by donation. There will be a potluck style lunch so participants are asked to bring a dish to share. For more information, please contact Lilly Morrow at email@example.com.
Printmaking Professor Adriane Herman's titled her Fall 2012 SYL class: "Gathering Influences: Collecting, Collections, Collectors, Collectibles" and challenged her students to consider new aspects and audiences of their art.
The class became a community art project at Bayview Heights affordable senior housing community in Portland. Herman, along with her teaching assistant Pilar Nadal, challenged 11 MECA students and 15 Bayview seniors to discuss the objects we collect and why we collect them.
After prompting conversation with their handmade zines, the students created collagraph prints that were framed and donated to the senior center.
The class was sponsored by MECA's Public Engagement program.
The following students took part in this unique class:
For a compelling and comprehensive article about the project, click here.
MAINE BASED ILLUSTRATOR, DANIEL MINTER, EARNS 2013 CORETTA SCOTT KING ILLUSTRATOR HONOR
Maine College of Art will host a Special Reception on Monday, March 18 at 6pm to Celebrate the Award
Portland, Maine - The prestigious 2013 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor has been awarded to MECA Adjunct Instructor in Illustration Daniel Minter whose illustrations in Ellen’s Broom accompany Kelly Starling Lyons’ words that tell the story of a young girl who learns the new meaning of freedom during the time of the Reconstruction. The Coretta Scott King Award, named for the wife of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., brings attention to one of Maine's most accomplished contemporary artists.
Members of the Media are invited to attend a special reception hosted in honor of this highly acclaimed accolade on Monday, March 18 at 6pm on the 2nd Floor of Maine College of Art's Porteous Building (522 Congress Street). Hosting this reception is Chair of MECA's Illustration Department, author, illustrator, and designer, Scott Nash.
WHO: Media representatives, Literary/Arts/Illustration Community, Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni, Special Guests
WHAT: Exhibit and Opening Reception for Daniel Minter, MECA Illustration Professor and Recipient of the 2013 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor
WHERE: Maine College of Art, 2nd Floor Porteous Building, 522 Congress Street, Portland Maine, 04101
WHY: To celebrate and recognize an honor of distinction earned by Maine-based illustrator, Daniel Minter
WHEN: Monday, March 18, 2013 at 6pm
Professor Jamie Hogan Illustrates New Children's Book
Illustration Professor Jamie Hogan has announced the release of "Here Come the Humpbacks". The book follows a mother whale and her calf along their annual migration from the warm waters of the Caribbean to their feeding grounds off the coast of New England, portraying the ways they sing, breathe, and avoid dangers.
Chair of MECA's Woodworking & Furniture Design Department Presents at Gallery 924 in Indianapolis
Indiana artists explore Hoosier ties in upcoming gallery exhibition
INDIANAPOLIS—An upcoming exhibition at Gallery 924 at the Arts Council features the fine art furniture of Cory Robinson and Matt Hutton. Both Robinson and Hutton are natives of Indiana and studied at Indiana University Purdue University’s Herron School of Art & Design. The artists explore their Hoosier roots in show titled, Beyond Vernacular.
“As a gallery that shows and supports contemporary Indiana artists, we understand the Indiana or Midwest aesthetic is somewhat elusive and often difficult to define,” said Shannon Linker, director of artist services and Gallery 924. “However, Hutton and Robinson seem to have a clear vision of what it means to understand and embrace the visual language of the often simple, but comforting iconography of rural Indiana. They have brilliantly married high design, functionality, and their own personal histories.”
Both Hutton and Robinson found themselves on parallel professional paths, which began in undergraduate studies at Herron School of Art and Design and continued to San Diego State University where they both received MFA’s. Since then, Hutton co-founded the woodworking and furniture design program at the Maine College of Art, where he now works; and Robinson is an associate professor of furniture design and fine art department chair at Herron.
‘Beyond Vernacular’ will open during IDADA’s First Friday Art Tour Friday, March 1 and be on display at Gallery 924 at the Arts Council from March 1 to 29.
What: Beyond Vernacular
Where: Gallery 924 at the Arts Council of Indianapolis | 924 North Pennsylvania Street Indianapolis, IN 46204
When: March 1 – 29, 2013 | Gallery hours: Tuesdays – Fridays 10 p.m. – 4 p.m., Thursdays 10-6 | Special opening Friday, March 1, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
About Gallery 924 at the Arts Council
Gallery 924 provides a mix of programming highlighting central Indiana contemporary artists, including solo shows and curated group shows. The 1,300 square foot gallery is located in the former home of Rollerland and the current home of the Arts Council of Indianapolis.
About the Arts Council of Indianapolis
The Arts Council of Indianapolis builds financial support and widespread appreciation for meaningful engagement in the arts. As the chief advocate for the arts and artists in Indianapolis, the Arts Council provides grant opportunities and professional development resources for central Indiana arts organizations and artists. It owns and operates the Indianapolis Artsgarden, Gallery 924, a 1,300 square foot fine art gallery featuring work by central Indiana artists, and recently launched power2give, an online fundraising platform for arts, cultural, and humanities organizations. For more information visit indyarts.org.
MECA ANNOUNCES 2013 ART HONORS RECIPIENTS Portland Museum of Art, Dahlov Ipcar, and Candace Pilk Karu Recognized for Artistic Leadership and Excellence
Portland, Maine - Maine College of Art will hold the 17th annual Art Honors gala celebration to recognize leaders in Maine’s creative sector on Thursday, May 9, 2013.
This year, the College presents the Award for Leadership as a Visual Artist and the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts to Dahlov Ipcar; the Award for Leadership in Art Philanthropy and the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts to Candace Pilk Karu, and the Award for Leadership in the Visual Arts to the Portland Museum of Art.
The awards will be presented at the College’s Porteous Building at 522 Congress Street in downtown Portland. The event begins at 5:30pm and the awards ceremony is scheduled at 6:30pm on May 9. Cocktails and tapas throughout the evening will be accented with live music and the thesis exhibition of graduating students. The Class of 2013 will join the creative black tie party. Support of Art Honors is available at three levels: Patrons at $1,200, Host Committee at $250 and general at $50.
For more information visit meca.edu/arthonors or please call 207-775-5098.
About the Honorees: The Award for Leadership as a Visual Artist and the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts recognizes Dahlov Ipcar’s deep and far reaching influence as a Maine artist with international recognition, and her contributions to the arts and letters for more than seventy years.
The Award for Leadership in Art Philanthropy and the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts to Candace Pilk Karu honors her 21 years of service to the College and pays tribute to her personal belief that the arts play an important role in our civil society by encouraging emerging and living artists.
The Award for Leadership in the Visual Arts to the Portland Museum of Art acknowledges the museum's significant past and future contributions to Portland, Maine, and the nation and celebrates the deep and historic connection between the two institutions since their joint founding in 1882.
Art Honors recognizes artists, philanthropists and art educators with significant ties to Maine who offer MECA’s students, as well as the public, powerful examples of lives in the arts. Past honorees have included Roxanne Quimby, S. Donald Sussman, David Driskell, Bernarda Shahn, Beverly Hallam, Will Barnet, Neil Welliver, Alex Katz, Robert Indiana, Alison Hildreth, Angela Adams and Pandora Lacasse, among others.
Located in the heart of the Portland Arts District, MECA offers a BFA degree in 10 studio majors, an MFA in Studio Arts, a Post-Baccalaureate in Art Education 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, see www.meca.edu.
It is time for the 2013 Nothing Major Show!!
The Nothing Major Show at MECA is an annual student-run exhibition. This show is open to any first or second year student. If you are a non-major, SUBMIT your ART! You can be a junior that is undeclared and still enter. Each student can submit one work or a cohesive series.
This year the show theme is IDENTITY and is titled WHO WE ARE.
Who we are and what motivates us are central questions for all of us. This investigation of self is particularly prevalent in art school, where our own work can be seen and understood and an extension of ourselves. We struggle to find our personal originality and uniqueness that can inform and create our art practice.
Here are some possible questions you could consider when selecting the art to submit: What does identity mean? Who dictates this identity? Who are you, and how does your art reflect that?
And finally, here are some important dates and details to remember:
Art Submissions: February 11 - 14 in the Administrative Center with Erin Hutton, Associate Director of Artist at Work and Special Programs.
Installation: February 15 - 17. Volunteers will help with hanging work.
Show Dates: February 18 - March 7, 2013 on the 2nd floor and first floor front window
Opening Reception: First Friday, March 1, 2013, 5-8PM, Open to the public
MECA Alum Creates iOS Game
Joseph Rosshirt just released his first iOS game for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The all-ages interactive game is now available for download in the App store.
Rosshirt graduated from MECA's Illustration program in 2011.