"West End Sunset" oil on canvas, 16"x20" by Michael Marks
Process and Place: MECA 2013 Residency Exhibition
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alum Publishes Book on Rescued Animals
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.