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Posted: 2013-01-04

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MECA PAINTERS 10 YEARS LATER
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 alums@meca.edu 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 (dvanderschaaf@meca.edu)

Outstanding Alumni

Posted: 2012-12-04

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Outstanding MECA Alumni

 

BFA

Ceramics
James Zilian ‘99 Designer, Simon Pearce, Quechee, VT jameszilian@yahoo.com

Kari Radash, ceramic artist kariradasch.com

Graphic Design
Karen Siatras ’91 Graphic Designer, Smithsonian American Museum of Art, Washington D.C.

Micheal Desouza ’05 and Justin Velgos ‘05 Make iphone apps for their own company taptapas.com

David Hutchins ’87 Animator, Walt Disney Feature Animation, Los Angeles, CA

Blake Almstead ‘07 Creative Director, Compuware

Metalsmithing & Jewelry
Stefanie Briggs 81 - successful studio artist, metalsmith, entrepreneur

Addison Delisle ‘11, metalsmith, apprentice to master blacksmith Doug Wilson

Sculpture
Ryan Greene ’02 Historic Preservationist for Bernacki & Associates
bernackiconservation.com, and conservationsolutions.com

Laurie Lundquist ’84 Sculpture; Eco Artist, large scale environmental interventions involving plants and water, lives in Arizona, public artist & co-founder, Deep Creek School, AZ

Vivian Beer '02, Public art, studio artist, former resident artist at Penland, recent Craft magazine profile

Painting
Ahmed Alsoudani’ 05 Painter, Venice Biennale, Saachi collection

Eric Hongisto ‘97 Guggenheim winner, professor at University of San Francisco

William Mills ‘80, Gepetto Studios, NY makes soft sculpture puppets, props for films, Letterman

Connie Hayes ‘80 Painter

Printmaking
Caitlin Riordan,‘06 Master Printer, Wingate Studios, NH

Julianna Swaney ‘05, entrepreneur/artist www.ohmycavalier.com

Brian Wilk ’95 Hasbro Inc. Design Director, Pawtucket, RI

Photography
Carrie Zeisse ‘92 United Way, Executive Vice-President for Operations, MBA from MIT's Sloane School of Management

 

MFA

Caroline Lathan-Stiefel MFA '01 http://www.carolinelathanstiefel.net

Aaron Stephan MFA '02, studio artist: public art aarontstephan.com

Nancy Nesvet MFA '04 curator, studio artist

Catherine D'Ignazio MFA '05 studio artist  http://www.ikatun.com/kanarinka

Randy Regier MFA '07, studio artist randyregier.com

 

 

Coming this Fall! SNAAP Survey

Posted: 2012-08-26

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MECA is participating in the 2012 Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP)--a one-of-a-kind survey that explores the lives of arts alumni nationwide. Alumni completing the survey this fall will have access to a site to see how their educational and career experiences compare with alumni from across the country. See where other arts graduates live, where they work, what they earn, and how their arts educations have influenced their lives.

The time spent sharing those experiences will help participating arts institutions across the country better prepare students for success, whether they stay in the arts or use what they’ve learned in other professional fields.

By verifying our alumni office has a current email address, our alumni can be sure not to miss the chance to share school and life experiences and helping to shape the future of arts education across the country and at MECA. Update your email information by contacting alums@meca.edu

Alum Publishes Book on Rescued Animals

Posted: 2012-07-02

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Alum Sharon Lee Hart '04, a lecturer in the University of Kentucky School of Art and Visual Studies, recently published her first book titled "Sanctuary: Portraits of Rescued Farm Animals" which will be released this fall.

The book is comprised of photographs, taken by Hart, of rescued farm animals in various animal sanctuaries, accompanied by handwritten stories by sanctuary workers and leaders in the animal rescue industry. Spliced amongst the photos and stories are essays written by Karen Davis, president of United Poultry Concerns; Kathy Stevens, founder of the Catskill Animal Sanctuary; andGene Baur, founder of Farm Sanctuary.

A long-time vegetarian turned vegan, Hart refers to farm animals as "some of the most abused, overlooked animals on the planet." Upon visiting her first animal sanctuary, Hart was inspired to meet more rescued farm animals and pursue this project. The message of the book is to show the innocence and intelligence of farm animals across the country, and Hart hopes "Sanctuary" will promote advocacy for better treatment for farm animals.

"I hope that folks view the photographs with compassionate eyes, read the stories with an open heart, and begin to see farm animals in a new light," Hart said.

A native of Washington, D.C., Hart received her bachelor's degree with honors from Maine College of Art and her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

More about the project

 

Alum and Faculty member included in Smithsonian Exhibition

Posted: 2012-06-26

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Alum Vivian Beer '00 and Associate Professor of Metalsmithing & Jewelry Jeff Clancy were selected to participate in "40 under 40: Craft Futures" at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The show features forty artists born since 1972, the year the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s contemporary craft and decorative arts program was established at its branch museum, the Renwick Gallery. The exhibition investigates evolving notions of craft within traditional media such as ceramics and metalwork, as well as in fields as varied as sculpture, industrial design, installation art, fashion design, sustainable manufacturing, and mathematics. The range of disciplines represented illustrates new avenues for the handmade in contemporary culture.

This new work reflects the changed world that exists today, which poses new challenges and considerations for artists. These 40 artists are united by philosophies for living differently in modern society with an emphasis on sustainability, a return to valuing the hand-made and what it means to live in a state of persistent conflict and unease.

Nicholas R. Bell, The Fleur and Charles Bresler Curator of American Craft and Decorative Art at the Renwick Gallery, organized the exhibition which runs from July 20, 2012 to February 3, 2013. The museum hopes to acquire works by every artist featured in the exhibition to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the Renwick Gallery.

Image: Tea for One by Jeff Clancy

 

2012 Artist Residencies Announced

Posted: 2012-05-22

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Each spring, Maine College of Art reviews applications for two summer residency programs made available through the College. One is offered at the Stephen Pace House in Stonington, Maine and the other at the Jenny Family Compound in Nova Scotia.

The Stonington residencies were granted to MECA faculty member Mark Jamra, staffer Dietlind Vander Schaaf as well as alums Larissa Mellor ’04 ,Rachael Eastman ’94, and Nik Bsullak ’99. The Baie St Marie Artist and Family Residency at the Jenny Family Compound was awarded to Mark Marchesi ’99, Richard Metz MFA’00, Thomas Cummins MFA’05, and Crystal Heiden ’06, ,Conan Masterson and Christine Negus.

Image: Mark Marchesi '99                                                    

Portland School of Art Alumni Tea

Posted: 2012-04-16

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Portland School of Art graduates from the 1950s, 60s, 70s, and 80s are invited back to campus on Saturday, April 21 to participate in a photo identification project. The College will have photographs from the archive on view and alumni can help identify classmates from these eras. Tea and scones will be served. The gathering takes place on Saturday, April 21 in the Joanne Waxman Library. For more information, contact Dietlind Vander Schaaf via email or phone 207.699.5012.

Pastel Painting Demo by Wade Zahares

Posted: 2012-03-28

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The Pastel Painters of Maine, headed by alum Caren-Marie Michel '78, presents a talk and presentation by Wade Zahares on April 10 from noon to 2pm in Osher Hall at Maine College of Art. The public is invited to this free event.

Strong lines. Bold colors. Dazzling perspectives. All three distinguish Wade Zahares’ larger-than-life pastel paintings.  Both a fine artist and a children’s book illustrator, Wade has always loved to draw.  Wade works exclusively in pastel; he is drawn to the intimacy of the chalk and the ease with which he can blend colors.The magic happens in his studio, a converted shed in Lyman, Maine, just a few miles from the Kennebunk farm on which he grew up.

Since graduating from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, Wade has been a full-time, professional artist. He has done a number of corporate commissions for Boston Duck Tours, Bank of America, McDonald’s, HBO, Cinemax, and Family Circle and Sesame Street magazines among others.  Wade’s very first children’s book, Window Music, was chosen as one of the top 10 illustrated books of 1998 by the New York Times. Since then, Wade has illustrated five additional picture books. He enjoys sharing his creative process, challenges and all, when he speaks and conducts workshops at galleries and schools.

 

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