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.
Alum and Faculty member included in Smithsonian Exhibition
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
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
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
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.
MECA Announces 2012 Belvedere Winners
Maine College of Art awarded eight grants, totaling $7106 from the Belvedere Fund for Professional Development in the Field of Crafts. MECA graduates from the last ten years who are working in the field of crafts are eligible to apply for funding up to $1500. We are pleased to offer this grant in honor of Deborah Pulliam of Castine, Maine, established in 2008. This fund is stewarded by the Maine Community Foundation. The 2012 winners are:
Alex Asplund ’11 Medium: Woodworking Purchase woodworking hand tools in order to broaden the spectrum of his work. $610.
Addison de Lisle ’11 Medium: Steel/metals Purchase a coal forge for the purpose of learning traditional forge-welding and a swage block to facilitate more efficient production of marketable goods. $1,255.
Jordan Gehman ’06 Medium: Woodworking Funding for travel to the Furniture Society conference at MECA, and for studio equipment development. $750.
Seth Gould ’09 Medium: Metalsmithing Funding to develop the hammers he makes into a higher caliber of tool. He will make ten hammers and send them to ten working metalsmiths with the requirement that he receives feedback about how they function. $1000.
Erika Naigle ’11 Medium: Ceramics Funding towards the purchase of a clay mixer/pugmill to further her professional studio. $1,500.
Daria Norvlaan ’05 Medium: Clothing designer Supplement capital needed for the production of her spring/summer 2012 clothing line. $590.
Molly Vogel ’09 Medium: Jewelry Purchase enameling equipment that will aid in the creation of a new body of work. This work will become her post-baccalaureate portfolio that she will use to apply to the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. $801.
Sarah Wilson ’07 Medium: ceramics To assist with the cost of travel to an artist residency in Jingdezhen, China for professional research and development. $600.
Each year, MECA invites alumni who graduated ten years ago with a degree in painting, to participate in an exhibition at the June Fitzpatrick Gallery. This is the 10th anniversary of this exhibition. This year's participants are 2002 graduates Gina Adams, Hannah Barnes, Tim Clorius, Morgan Maurer, Jason Prescott, Phillip Tuttrow, and Michelle Weinstein. The gallery hours are noon to 5pm, Tuesday through Saturday. An opening reception is scheduled for 5pm on January 6 and a closing reception will be held at 3pm on January 21.
Image credit: Gina Adams
MECA Alum Wins Pollack Krasner Foundation Grant
Ceramics alum Greg Giegucz '97 was awarded a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant. The grant extends for one year and will be used to develop new drawings and paintings for a solo exhibition at Big Bunny Fine Art in April 2012 which will coincide with the New Orleans Jazz Fest. Giegucz shared the news with MECA and said, "I am so grateful and proud of the many positive life changing experiences at MECA. I continue to carry the fondest memories of Maine."
Alumni Biennial Exhibition
The 2011 MECA Alumni Biennial will take place August 24-October 9, 2011 in the Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA and will feature the work of five alumni: Quinlan Corey MFA ’06, Kreh Mellick ’05, Andrea Raynor ’92, Edward Lott ‘05, and Aaron Williams’94. In addition, a video submitted by Brett Walker ‘06 will be featured as part of one of the Thursday evening programs at the ICA. An opening reception is scheduled for August 25 at 6pm.
This themed exhibition was juried by distinguished jurors Camilo Alvarez, Owner/Director of Samsøn Projects; Aaron Stephan MFA ’02; and Sarah Workneh, Executive Director of Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, who were extremely impressed by the high quality of the work submitted. Out of sixty proposals, the jurors endeavored to select three to five artists whose work evinced a superior degree of artistic vision and accomplishment fused by a common theme. The overlapping themes identified in this year’s show include a focus on identity, memory, erasure, projected narrative and the architecture of image.
6pm in the ICA
September 1: Quinlan Corey September 22: Andrea Raynor September 29: Edward Lott October 6: Aaron Williams October 8: Kreh Mellick