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2013 Pace House Programming Announced

Posted: 2013-05-23

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In 2007, artist Stephen Pace and his wife Palmina donated their Stonington home to Maine College of Art to use as an educational facility for the arts. This summer, the College will continue its programming of the space as an artist residency and as a gallery. The artist residency provides MECA alumni, faculty and staff with time and space to make their work. The schedule of artists this season includes Jude Valentine ’78 from June 3-28, faculty member Scott Peterman from July 1-15, Anne Ireland ’94 from July 21-27, Anthony Bragg ’07 from August 1-28 and Andrew Haviland ’12 and Emma Sampson ’11 from August 29 through September 4.

 In addition to using the facility for the residency, the College opens parts of the home and gallery for the public to view selected works by Stephen Pace. Located at 90 Indian Point Road in Stonington, the gallery will be open to the public on Wednesday evenings from 5:00-7:00pm and on Saturdays from 10am-2pm while artists are in residence. The Stephen Pace Gallery is open from July through September for the 2013 season.

About Stephen Pace

Stephen was born in 1918 in Missouri and studied at the Art Students League in New York and the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris. He settled in New York and became an acclaimed artist known for his Abstract Expressionist work. In later years he devoted himself to more representational paintings and drawings. Stephen and his wife, Palmina, bought the Stonington house, a turn-of-the-century sea captain’s residence set on a ledge overlooking the Penobscot Bay, in 1943. They summered there for sixty-four years, until their relocation to Indiana.


Graduating senior Kristin Fitzpatrick SELECTED FOR 2013 MONHEGAN RESIDENCY

Posted: 2013-05-14

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Photo by Gabriella Sturchio '12

Graduating senior Kristin Fitzpatrick from Portland and Daniel Anselmi from Belfast have been named the 2013 Monhegan Island artists-in-residence by the Monhegan Artists’ Residency Corporation. Thanks to a new initiative supported by the Maine Arts Commission, Melinda Campbell from Old Orchard Beach will take the first-ever art teacher residency offered by the program.
Fitzpatrick, a recent graduate of the Maine College of Art printmaking department, will be on Monhegan June 1-July 5; Anselmi, an abstract painter, August 31-October 4; and Campbell, a teacher in the Auburn School Department, July 6-20.

This year’s fellows will lodge in two new studio spaces, Elva’s Old P.O. and the Shumaker Cottage, both of which feature outdoor working spaces overlooking the island’s distinctive landscape.

Now in its 23rd year, the Monhegan Artist’s Residency program is supported by individual donations and grants from the Quimby Family Foundation, the Lida P. Underhill Trust, and the Maine Arts Commission.

For information, visit

MECA Alum Ahmed Alsoudani's Painting to be exhibited at the Portland Museum of Art

Posted: 2013-04-23

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Ahmed Alsoudani
United States, born Iraq, 1975
Untitled, 2011
charcoal and acrylic on canvas
72 1/2 x 62 1/2 inches
Collection of Iris and Adam Singer. ©Ahmed Alsoudani. Photo Courtesy of Haunch of Venison, New York.

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.


Thos. Moser Freeport Showroom to exhibit art by Maine College of Art Alumni

Posted: 2013-04-16

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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

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

MECA Alum Creates iOS Game

Posted: 2013-02-13

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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.

MECA Fashion Show: Call for Wearable Art

Posted: 2013-01-25

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Maine College of Art is hosting
Maine: 4 Seasons in a Day

A fashion show and sale to support Maine College of Art

on Saturday April 20, 2013.
MECA alumni, students, faculty and staff are invited to submit proposals for wearable art to be included in the show.  We are seeking apparel, jewelry, accessories, and wearable art that will make a strong visual impact on the runway.

In 2011 Maine philanthropist and Burt’s Bees founder Roxanne Quimby donated $400,000 to support a new fashion and textile design program at Maine College of Art. Roxanne has had a long-standing interest in the field, and over the years has collected an outstanding array of vintage and couture dresses. To further support MECA, selected dresses from her collection will be included in the fashion show and made available for purchase.

The sale will take place in the ICA at MECA over the course of two days and culminate in a dynamic closing celebration and runway show featuring presentations of vintage fashions and MECA student and alumni wearable art.

To apply:
Email 3-5 images of your work with a proposal no more than one page in length to  Submissions should include either images of the actual work or a combination of sketches of the proposed work and previously completed works. Submissions will be juried by members of the Advancement office.  Deadline to apply is 5:00pm on Friday, February 15, 2013.

Selected artists may opt to have their work available for sale. All sales will include a 50% commission made to Maine College of Art. Artists may model their own creations, or a model will be available for the runway display. Artists are responsible for delivery and pick-up of their work.

For more information contact Erin Hutton at or 207.699.5025.
Image: Skirt and lace scarf by Anne Emlein. Photograph by Jesse Burke

Posted: 2013-01-04

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An annual exhibit featuring
Maine College of Art painting majors
a decade after graduation
John Capello
Jason Cornell
Michael Marks
Nolan Stewart
Sage Tucker-Ketcham
Stacey Vallerie
June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA
522 Congress Street
Portland, Maine

First Friday Artwalk Reception
January 4, 2013, 5:00 – 8:00pm 
Gallery Hours:
Tuesday–Saturday  noon-5:00pm

Call 207.699.5018 or email for more information.
"West End Sunset" oil on canvas, 16"x20" by Michael Marks

Process and Place: MECA 2013 Residency Exhibition

Posted: 2012-12-19

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Process & Place: The Maine College of Art 2013 Residency Exhibition

The 2013 Residency Exhibition runs from January 14, 2013 through February 10, 2013 on the second floor of the Porteous Building.  On Friday, January 18, there will be an opening reception from 5:30-6:30pm, followed by a panel discussion with five residency recipients from 6:30-8:00pm in Osher Hall.  This exhibition is a group show showcasing the work of 18 individual artists all of whom were selected for artist residencies through Maine College of Art during the past three years. Artist residencies took place at the Jenny Family Compound in Baie Saint Marie, Nova Scotia and at the Stephen Pace House in Stonington, Maine, and resulted in work ranging from encaustic paintings to artist books to a wave machine.

Process & Place features the work of artists Rachael Eastman ‘94, Martha Almy ‘95, Richard Abbott ‘78, Mark Marchesi ‘99, Celeste Roberge ‘79, Dietlind Vander Schaaf, Hannah Barnes ‘02, Jessica George MFA ‘09, Larissa Mellor ‘04, Erin Sweeney ‘94, Nik Bsullak ‘99, Crystal Heiden ‘06, Alison Taylor ‘94, Willamain Somma, Conan Masterson, Christine Negus, Adriane Herman, and Richard Metz MFA ’00.

Series One explores the landscape of identity; perception of self, carved from physical and emotional spaces. Though the characters in the work appear to be isolated and alone, they are connected. Each explores their own territory within the same world, challenged by the vulnerability inherent to exposure.   The product of the first artistic collaboration between Alison Taylor, Martha Almy, and Willamain Somma, Series One is location specific, produced during an artists’ residency in Baie St. Marie Nova Scotia.  The artists have known each other since they were children.

For more information, please contact Dietlind Vander Schaaf (

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