Using community service as currency was the concept behind the Yankee Swap Pop Up Shop on Free Street during last friday's Art Walk. The one-night-only shop sold handmade goods and art created by MECA students, purchased in exchange for volunteer time.
Each year, the D.L. Geary Brewing Company hosts a competition on campus for the design of the packaging for the Geary's Summer Ale. All undergraduate students are allowed to submit a design. The winning design is then featured on the labels of one million bottles of beer, as well as on the six-pack and 12-pack boxes. The student with the winning design is awarded $5,000. This year, there were more than 60 entries to the contest. The winner is selected in January and works with Geary on bringing the concept to production for a launch in late spring. See all the entries.
Best in show Victoria Statsenko, Junior, Painting Work»
Harley Flaws David Twiss, Junior, Printmaking Joshua Yurges, Freshman, Woodworking and Furniture Design Forest Gagne, Junior, Woodworking and Furniture Design Jacob Michaud, Junior, Woodworking and Furniture Design Work»
Baxter Furbish Rangeley Morton, Junior, Woodworking and Furniture Design Work»
Artist-to-Artist Kyle Dimare, Senior, Sculpture Abby Mechanic, Senior, Woodworking and Furniture Design Stephen Fisk, Senior, Sculpture Clare Finin, Senior, Metalsmithing and Jewelry Miles Spadone, Senior, Ceramics Work»
Honorable Mention Chun-Hua Chang, Junior, New Media Daelyn Bell, Senior, Illustration Emmeline Solomon, Senior, Printmaking Hannah Rosengren, Senior, Illustration Isaac Atkins, Junior, Painting Work»
Maine Type Lab, First Friday Vote Button Booth
Maine Type Lab, First Friday Vote Button Booth Provoke the Vote
Maine Type Lab members designed a series of buttons for October First Friday at Maine College of Art as part of the “Provoke the Vote” event. The buttons were handed out to the public and passersby were encouraged to customize their buttons with their political beliefs. Students created over 50+ designs and distributed nearly 500 buttons to the public, for free.
Maine Type Lab received support from Public Engagement, who purchased the button supplies and invited us to participate.
Participants: Cassondra Amicone, Kaitlin Callender, Trisha Cobb, Klarizza Cruz, Molly Feole, Sarah Mohammadi, Annie Mora, Rangeley Morton, Sheyenne Rivers
MEGAWORDS Workshop with Anthony Smyrski
Maine Type Lab members participated in a Sunday workshop with MEGAWORDS’ co-creator Anthony Smyrski. Students learned how to create an assemble a zine using lo-fi, hands-on methods. Everyone contributed a spread and walked away with a copy of the zine. The zine is also on display at MECA ICA.
First year students at MECA engage community with mural project
This striking new mural recently appeared as a result of a community partnership and MECA's Public Engagement efforts at the corner of Preble Street and Cumberland Avenue, a block off of Monument Square.
Two of MECA’s FY-In sections have teamed up with Wright Ryan to create a temporary public installation on the exterior of the new Preble St Teen Center. Paul Gebhardt and Adam Manley’s classes collaborated to create a 48 foot Mural to be mounted on the side of the building at the corner of Preble and Cumberland Streets. Students worked together to come up with a mural spoke to both the residents of the center and the general population of Portland. After a group brainstorming session, the students were divided into groups of two, each of which was assigned a letter, as well as a language commonly spoken in Portland to act as a visual prompt for the painting of their letter. The mural is divided into 4’ x 4’ squares, each containing one letter, and the individual artworks that developed around each of these letters is based on the students’ extensive research into the visual language of the assigned cultures.
Wright-Ryan superintendent Rob Barrett was a driving force behind the initiative. He said, "The building renovations required his crew to remove the first-floor facade and erect a temporary plywood shed. Instead of having a blank wall, it seemed like a perfect canvas for a community art project, so I contacted a couple of instructors at MECA. Members of the freshman class then teamed up in pairs to paint the mural's individual panels, each of which honors a different nationality from the diverse immigrant community at the nearby Portland High School."
"It was a way to get incoming freshmen introduced to Portland, and introduced to the Preble Street Resource Center, with a community-based arts project," explains Barrett.
From June 14-16, Maine College of Art will host the Furniture Society conference:Design, Community & the Sublime. The conference includes a dynamic range of intensives, lectures, demonstrations, presentations, and exhibitions. The unforgiving coastline of Maine gave birth to communities of skilled shipbuilders, uniquely rugged and determined. The Shakers, in a tradition of simplicity and functionality, contributed to the style, in fact, the very grain of the state and the last of these communities in the country still calls Maine home. There are deeply held values in these life and work choices, those of the Shakers, the boat builders, and all those who coax wood: a fierce independence that is predicated on the strength of community and tradition. The Furniture Society’s 2012 conference, Design, Community, and the Sublime, will celebrate these traditions and intersections of craft, community, and design in a setting of natural beauty and contemporary culture.
Maine College of Art is hosting the Furniture Society Conference: Design, Community, and the Sublime from June 14-16. In addition to a dynamic range of intensives, lectures, demonstrations, and presentations, there will also be several exhibitions on view locally. Each gallery will hold an opening reception on First Friday Art Walk, June 1 at 5pm.
New Works: Matt Hutton, Jamie Johnston and Adam John Manley June 1 - June 23 June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA 522 Congress Street
New Works represents the most recent creative output of three local artists working in and around the world of woodworking and furniture. Bound by history and medium, Matt Hutton, Jamie Johnston, and Adam John Manley explore ideas of place, materiality, function, and time through divergent means. This exhibition highlights the three as a group while investigating the unique approach of each through three respective new bodies of work.
Where are You Going, Where Have You Been? June 1- June 30 Lewis Gallery at Portland Public Library 5 Monument Square
The Furniture Society and Maine College of Art present an exhibition of collaborative works: Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? is an exploration of work in all mediums by pairs and/or groups of artists at different points in their career, ranging from emerging to established artists through collaborative projects.
Participants By groups: William Huston and Saer Huston Peter Handler and Karen Singer Hayami Arakawa and Vivian Beer Karen Ernst and Sue Amendolara Aaron Miley and Steven Sander Charles Radtke and Sarah Perkins Jordan Gehman and Mali Mrozinski Amelia Toelke and Arielle Toelke Seth Keller and Michelle Janssens-Keller Laura Johnson Drake and Duan Haiyan Owain Harris and Robert Dworkin Matthew Hebert and Donald Fortescue Brian Chan, Ken Stone and Hayami Arakawa William Doub, Anne Long, Susan Pratt-Smith and Jeff Jelenfy
Then & Now: Alumni and Student Work from Maine College of Art June 1-June 29 Rose Contemporary 492 Congress Street
Then and Now is a juried exhibition of work by alumni and current students of MECA who are investigating furniture in all mediums or working sculpturally with wood. This exhibition will be held at Rose Contemporary in Portland, Maine in conjunction with the 2012 Furniture Society Conference, hosted by Maine College of Art. The exhibition was juried by Chair of Woodworking & Furniture Design Matt Hutton, Visiting Assistant Professor of Woodworking & Furniture Design Adam Manley, and Owner of Rose Contemporary Virginia Sassman Rose and was coordinated by Tina McLuckie ’12.
The selected artists are Steven Anderson ’11, Vivian Beer ’00, Sarah Bouchard ’11, Nicole Farrand ’11, Forest Gagne ’14, Jordan Gehman ’06, Ted Lott ’05, Tina McLuckie ’12, Abby Mechanic ’13, Hannah Merchant ’13, Oliver Percival ’10, and Tanner Price ’12.
Kathyrn Dodson, a 2012 painting graduate was selected to show at Gallery Dufour in Belfast. The exhibit featured the work of 25 contemporary Maine figure painters and photographers. Dodson won first prize in the category of non-photography
MFA graduate Shirah Neumann '12 will attend the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
Painting major Angela Rosensweig was selected to receive a residency at the Yale Summer School of Art.
Painting major Lydia Anderson is interning at Christy's auction house for the summer.
Painting major Reesa Wood '12 was accepted to the RISD MFA painting program.
Image: Reesa Wood '12
MECA Students Attend Watershed Summer Program
Five MECA Ceramics majors have been selected to attend the upcoming pre-session experience at The Watershed Center for the Center Arts from May 27- June 8. Lindsey Demuth, Anne Saffron, Vicki Koronkiewicz, Adrian King and Dena Giroux will participate in the pre-session experience, a two-week opportunity to live and create artwork in the studios of Watershed in exchange for preparing the center for the summer program. Watershed is an internationally known ceramic art center located in Newcastle, ME. The Ceramics majors recently completed a field trip to the Watershed Center this spring.
Image: Adrian King
BFA Open House: First Friday, June 1
Please join us for our June 1 Open House to learn more about the four-year undergraduate program at Maine College of Art. This is an opportunity to learn more about MECA and experience Portland's vibrant art scene during the First Friday Art Walk.
At the Open House, you can speak directly with MECA's faculty about the BFA program, learn more about the studio majors and Artists at Work, tour our facilities, schedule a portfolio review, and discuss scholarship opportunities. The thesis work of the 2012 graduates will be on view throughout the Porteous Building.
2:30 - 3:00 Registration and refreshments 3:00 - 4:00 Information session with the president, dean, faculty, and staff 4:00 - 5:30 Tours of MECA's facilities and residence halls
You may also request to meet with an Admissions representative for a portfolio review or to discuss transfer options. We will be scheduling individual appointments throughout the day.
At 5:30 you are encouraged to take part in Portland's First Friday Art Walk. Over 7,000 people come out for this festive monthly occasion to see artwork at the 60 participating venues including galleries, museums, open studios and restaurants.
Image: Ray Ewing photograph from 2012 Thesis Exhibition
2012 BFA Thesis Show on View
The thesis exhibition work of the 2012 graduates of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program is on view in the Porteous Building from May 4 through May 25. The exhibit spans the first, second, and third floor of the Porteous building and includes the June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA. Titled "Culiminate," the exhibition is bracketed to group artists by theme. The five catergories are: The Constructed Landscape, Other Worlds, Lifestyle & Perception, Process & Product, and The Human Condition. John Huckins '12, Tina MclLuckie '12 , Adriana Warner '12 served as student curators. More than 60 students are included in the show. Viewing hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 11am-5pm and Thursday until 7pm. An online gallery accompanies the show.
Photo by Ray Ewing '12.
Metalsmithing & Jewelry Student Achievements
Metalsmithing & Jewelry students continue to pursue professional opportunities and gain recognition while enrolled in school. Matthias Rand will have a six-page spread of his work published in the January issue of Salacious magazine. John Huckins had work included in and attended Craft Forms 2011, a national juried exhibition held at the Wayne Art Center in Pennsylvania. Craft Forms is an international juried exhibition dedicated to enhancing the public’s awareness of fine contemporary craft while providing a venue for established and emerging artists alike to share their creative endeavors. Jurors selected 126 pieces from 900 entries. His work was also selected for Crafts National 2012 and will be exhibited at the Mulvane Art Museum this summer. Emily Rogstad is a finalist in the NICHE Student Award exhibition in Philadelphia. The awards recognize excellence and innovation in American and Canadian fine craft. Shelby Goldsmith and Aaron Decker had work accepted to Beyond Borders: the 11th International Juried Enamel Exhibition sponsored by the Northern California Enamel Guild. The show will be held at the Richmond Art Center in California in the fall of 2012. Dan Marcuccio and John Huckins were accepted into Forged, a national juried exhibition that explores the concept and process of forged and wrought metals. This show will be held at the Target Gallery of the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia in the spring of 2012.
Image: Emily Rogstad
Isabel Kelley '13 to Intern at International Sculpture Symposium
MECA sculpture major Isabel Kelley ‘13 has received the internship at Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium for the summer of 2012. This year’s symposium will be held at The University of Maine. Isabel will work as an assistant to an international group of stone sculptors and have responsibilities in tool making and maintenance, assisting with pneumatic power tools and carving, as well as learning how to lift and move large scale granite with slings, hydraulics and cranes. Each symposia lasts 6 weeks, from late July to early September. Visitors can watch the sculptures in progress. Artists from around the world are selected through a juried process to participate. The sculptures are then placed at public sites in Maine communities.
Rob Doane '13 Receives Cape Cod Modern House Residency
Sculpture major Rob Doane '13, has received the Cape Cod Modern House Residency. The residency is a week-long stay for artists and scholars whose work relates to the story of the modern movement, the mid-20-century creative convergence on Outer Cape Cod or the Cape’s particular landscape. Rob's work begins with the contemporary found object. While he has minimal and modernist preferences in his work, the results are edgy, occasionally mocking, and filled with perceptual richness. Sound, odor, embedded video and intense color are used to create contemporary content. Rob will have a chance to focus on his own work during the residency and this gift of time should provide an exciting opportunity to develop new work and new ideas in advance of his senior year at Maine College of Art.
Public Engagement Minor Shawn Brewer '12 to Exhibit in Library
Shawn Brewer, a senior in Printmaking, will be the first student to graduate from MECA with a minor in Public Engagement, which was added this year. For his capstone project, he worked with the local organization The Art Department, an innovative experiencial community support program that teaches art to adults with intellectual uniqueness.Shawn spent a month with participants to create a series of artist's books engaging the topic of local community. These books serve as a catalyst for a series of large, hand-printed maps that were altered with drawing. An exhibition of the books and prints “Mapping ME/Maine” will be on view April 19 – May 1 in the Joanne Waxman Library at MECA, with a reception at 1pm on April 19.
To qualify for a minor in public engagement, Shawn completed an internship at Space Gallery, an alternative arts venue in Portland. He also launched “Fast Food Prints,” a mobile art event that engages the public in the printmaking on demand. Customers get to choose imagery and compositional elements to create an original piece of art on site. Shawn has brought Fast Food Prints to the First Friday Art Walk, the Maine Mall, and the Kahbang Arts Festival. This summer, it travels to Freeport and the Furniture Society Conference. Also this summer, Shawnwas selected as a summer intern at Wingate Studios, a professional Intaglio printshop in New Hampshire.
Arts Journal Highlights MECA Students, Alumni, and Faculty
Words & Images, a journal produced by The University of Southern Maine, was designed by Maine College of Art student Adriana Warner '12. In addition to original writing, the annual arts journal features the work of MECA alums Beatrice Abbott '11 and Nicole Duennebier '05, students Robert Bennett '14, Ray Ewing '12, John Huckins '12, Devon Johnson '13, Tina McLuckie '12, Abby Mechanic '13, Hannah Rosengren '13, and Gabriella Sturchio '12, as well as faculty member Gail Spaien.
There will be a book release on April 19 from 7pm-9pm at Mayo Street Arts.
Image credit: Beatrice Abbott '11
Merit Award Winners Announced
Each year, Maine College of Art holds the Merit Competition for students who will be majoring in the 2012-2013 academic year. Winners are awarded scholarship prizes.
Rangeley Morton ’14, Graphic Design Robert Bennett ’14, Sculpture
Charles E. Culpepper Scholarship Three awards of $600 each Founded in 1989 for assistance to gifted students, these awards were given through the Charles E. Culpepper Foundation, an organization that merged with the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in 1999.
Edward M. and Carole J. Friedman Two Awards of $1,200 each Established in 2002, the Edward M. and Carole J. Friedman Merit Scholarship are given to outstanding artists through the annual Merit Competition. Ed, an alumnus of Maine College of Art, and Carole are pleased to be able to recognize a student each year that makes us all proud to be part of this College.
Isaac Atkins ’14, Sculpture Kathryn Dodson ’13, Painting
Beatrice Bouton Barrett Endowed Memorial Scholarship 4 awards of $2,400 each The Beatrice Bouton Barrett Endowed Memorial Scholarship awards were established 1988 to assist deserving students who are seeking an education in art at the Maine College of Art.Mrs. Barrett lived in Georgetown, Maine. She was an art teacher and active watercolorist throughout her life – until her death at age 83. She often spoke of how hard it was for art students to stay in school and how pleased she was that there was a first-rate art college in Maine. She was a 1926 graduate of the Maryland Institute for the Promotion of the Mechanic Arts and Costume Design.
Each year, the D.L. Geary Brewing Company sponsors a contest for the undergraduate students at Maine College of Art to design the label and packaging for the Summer Ale. The winner receives $5000 and their artwork on nearly 1 million bottles of beer. This year’s winner is Annie Mora, a Graphic Design junior from South Londonderry, Vermont.
“When thinking of a design for the Summer Ale I wanted to illustrate the energy of the ocean. The inspiration for the splash came from watercolor paintings that I do in my sketchbook. The colors in the packaging represent warm summer days in Maine,” says Mora.
Metalsmithing & Jewelry Student Wins $15,000 Windgate Award
Metalsmithing and Jewelry student Aaron Decker, was one of ten seniors in the country to be awarded a Windgate Fellowship of $15,000 from the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design. The fellowship is meant to provide critical support to enhance a student's career. This will allow him to travel to the Czech Republic to be one of seven participants in the international Garnet Symposium held each summer in Turnov. He will then be traveling to Portugal to work with the Association of Contemporary Portuguese Jewelers. This organization supports contemporary studio jewelry through workshops and exhibitions.
Another MECA student, Tanner Price, also won the award this year.