Portland Maine ~ Last year Maine College of Art held its inaugural Summer Youth Essay Contest. After receiving over 70 submissions from young artists ranging in age from 8 to 17, MECA recognized there is a great desire for arts programming in the Greater Portland area and decided to make the contest an annual event. This year, three students will be awarded free summer arts camps based on their essays' conviction and clarity of expression. The essay question this year focuses on students' impactful experiences with art. Students are asked to respond to the following question in 250-500 words, “Tell us about an art experience you’ve had that you’ll never forget. How has it inspired you to want to make art at MECA this summer?”
The goal of the essay contest is to engage young artists in the community and to give them opportunities to expand their artistic skill-set. Many of the winning students last year spoke about how the opportunity to spend their summer at MECA would help them grow as people and learn as artists. Caitlyn Duffy, one of last years winners, said in her essay, “I thrive in places surrounded by other people who are just as creative as me, or more so. To have the opportunity to be surrounded by people with passion and to broaden my artistic skill would be an extremely rich experience.”
The prize for winners is a full scholarship to MECA’s many summer art camps. MECA’s youth art camps explore a wide range of disciplines, including painting, drawing, gaming, sculpture, fashion, animation, photography, printmaking, and much more. New this year are camps that center around music composition, programming inspired by MECA's new Music minor this year, thanks to a generous gift from The Bob Crewe Foundation.
More information on the Summer Youth Essay Contest can be found at meca.edu/essaycontest. Or call 699-5061 with questions.
You can read the essays from last year’s winners here.
Contact: Courtney Cook Director of Continuing Studies Maine College of Art 207.699.5060 firstname.lastname@example.org
Getting Ready for the Great Maine Bike Swap in April
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is hosting the 2015 Portland Great Maine Bike Swap on Sunday, April 26, from 10am–1pm. The Bike Swap will be at the USM Sullivan Recreation & Fitness Complex in Portland. At the swap you can choose from hundreds of bikes in varying prices ranges. This event is the unofficial kick-off to the Maine cycling season and local bike shops will be selling helmets, bike parts, gear and accessories as well.
Maine College of Art has partnered with the Bicycle Coalition of Maine before on events such as “Bike Light Giveaway.” Where members of the Coalition educated commuters on the safety of using bike lights and remaining visible during their rides. Many MECA community members are avid cyclists and often take advantage of events hosted by the Coalition. The bike swap is a great way for fellow cyclists to connect in the community and encourage green transportation.
You can find more information about the bike swap, including buying and selling, here.
Professor Matt Hutton Recognized by American Craft Council
Matt Hutton, Associate Professor of Woodworking and Furniture Design at Maine College of Art is being recognized by the American Craft Council (AAC) in their new Emerging Voices Award. The award recognizes one emerging artist, four shortlisted artists, and one emerging scholar. In addition to cash prizes, all artists and scholars will be featured in the June/July issue of American Craft.
This is the first year that the Emerging Voices Award is being presented and will be presented biennially in recognition and support of the next generation of makers and thinkers in the field of contemporary craft.
Matt Hutton earned his BFA at the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana and an MFA from San Diego State University. He started working at MECA in 2002 as a Professor of the woodworking program. The Woodworking and Furniture Design program at MECA is designed to teach students to move beyond basic woodworking skills and take their concepts from sketches, to technical drawings, to finished pieces. The program takes advantage of using both classic and modern tools such as the CNC router, a machine that Matt Hutton often uses in his precisely crafted work.
To learn more about the other winners of the Emerging Artist Award read The American Craft Council’s press release here.
MECA will be partnering with MAMM for the 2015 MAMM SLAM by offering annual scholarships of $10 - $16,000/year, dependent upon academic and artistic qualifications, for four years of full-time study to each member of the winning band.
This is in addition to an already robust prize package which includes a $1000 cash prize sponsored by The Rusty Rocket Music Fund, free recording time in a professional studio, premiere gigs including a performance spot at the MAMM Stage at the 2015 Old Port Festival, a tour of Gateway Mastering studios, and much more.
Because of this exciting new development in the competition, MAMM is extending the 2015 MAMM SLAM registration deadline to March 21st so that more students can try to take advantage of this opportunity. Students can register at www.mainetoday.com/mammslam. The Preliminary Rounds will start on April 11th at Bayside Bowl. Finals are May 9th at the Asylum in Portland. Both venues are generously donating the use of their space for the programs.
With this generous scholarship, young Maine musicians will be able to help shape the future of MECA and it’s involvement with the musical arts through the new music program starting this upcoming fall. This music program will be the first of it’s kind in the country and will provide a unique learning experience for those who are both artistically inclined and musically gifted. This program is made possible by an extremely generous donation of $3,000,000 from the Bob Crewe Foundation and is being facilitated by new additions to the school that will include spaces for both learning and recording.
MECA President, Don Tuski, Ph.D said “We are thrilled to be able to offer this incentive to the winners of MAMM SLAM 2015. We hope that our newest academic program that is dedicated to exploring the intersection of art and music will attract the best and brightest of Maine’s creative scene and beyond. Partnering with MAMM Slam provides us direct access to some of the best high school talent around the State of Maine.”
For more information or to register for the 2015 MAMM SLAM visit the official page on the MaineToday website at www.mainetoday.com/mammslam.
If you are interested in The Maine Academy of Modern Music and their programs and other upcoming events such as those with MYRO (The Maine Youth Rock Orchestra) you can visit their website or facebook page, or contact them directly by phone or email:
Maine College of Art's President Don Tuski Ph.D. spoke at The Portland Chamber's Eggs & Issues event on February 10, 2015. Tuski's talk was titled "Why You Might Be Crazy If You Don't Go To Art School" and he spoke about how artists make cities better and how MECA has positively influenced our community.
Foraged: Films About Food and You Presented by Continuing Studies
FORAGED: Films About Food and You
Continuing Studies at MECA, in partnership with Rosemont Market & Bakery and Cultivating Community, is proud to announce…
A Sunday afternoon film series exploring the origins, challenges and triumphs of the local foods movement. These films will investigate how new approaches to growing and eating food are changing our relationships with one another, as well as our region, our country and the world.
FILM - TALKBACK - SNACKS
Sundays at 4:00pm in Osher Hall at Maine College of Art
Free; suggested donation $5
The films will be followed by a facilitated discussion and locally sourced, seasonal snacks provided by Rosemont Market & Bakery.
Sunday, February 1, 2015
The Future of Food
Genetic engineering of food crops is as controversial as ever, as many large agro corporations position themselves as the answer to the world food crisis. But are they?
Sunday, March 1, 2015
My Father’s Garden
Two farmers explore the impact of the synthetic chemicals used in agriculture. Can food grow forever in damaged soil? Does farming still require cooperation with nature’s infinite intelligence?
Sunday, March 26, 2015
The Real Dirt on Farmer John
A maverick Midwestern farmer becomes an outcast before gradually transforming his land into the birthplace of a revolutionary farming community.
Sunday, May 3, 2015
In Organic We Trust
This film digs deep to explore the true meaning of the organic label. What is organic food? Is it better? Why?
CTN Member Highlight On Maine College of Arts Music Integration Program
VP of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Ian Anderson discusses the Music Integration Program in this CTN Member highlight.
MECA Alum Designs Kinetic Rooftop Sculpture for Coffee By Design
On December 15th Coffee By Design on 1 Diamond Street installed and unveiled their large kinetic rooftop sculpture. Jac Ouellette who earned her BFA with honors at Maine College of Art in 2002 designed the sculpture, which was fashioned out of aluminum and steel. The sculpture weighs in at 1000 pounds and was lifted onto the roof of the building with help of a construction crew.
Coffee by Design owners Mary Allen Lindemann and Alan Spear worked closely with Ouellette to collaborate on ideas for the piece. Ouellette would put together mockups on a small scale to test the kinetic nature of the piece, and after many rounds of designs a final one was chosen. Spears spoke about the process coming together, “It’s incredible to finally see the sculpture where it was designed to stand… This project was a true collaboration between so many people who turned our dream into a reality.” Lindermann also commented on the sense of community the sculpture brings to their newest location, “Everything we do is about our love for coffee, our coffee farmers and their families, local artists and organizations and most of all, our customers. Jac’s sculpture is the next step for Coffee By Design.”
Graphic Design Students Design A Limited Edition T-Shirt For Maine Red Claws
Autumn Frantz, Junior in Graphic Design with Dajuan Eubanks, President of the Maine Red Claws. Photo by Michael McSweeney
On Friday, November 21, students in Design Workshop attended the Maine Red Claws home opener. The class, taught by Professor Samantha Haedrich, spent part of the fall semester designing a t-shirt for the NBA D-League team to commemorate fans as they enter their sixth season.
The group of nine junior and senior design majors met with Red Claws president Dajuan Eubanks and his marketing team throughout the process. Eubanks decided to approach the College because, “We wanted to engage the students at MECA in some real life experience to help design our opening night t-shirt that we give out. Needless to say, we were very excited about the result. The students came up with terrific and creative ideas, and responded well to our critique and input.”
Each student had the opportunity to present two design concepts that embodied the idea of the fan’s representing the team's “sixth man.” The final t-shirt, designed by junior Autumn Frantz, was given away to the first 1000 fans who attended Friday’s game. It featured typography in the shape of the state of Maine, with the largest text reading: You are the Reason. Autumn said of the experience, "It was wonderful working with an organization that greatly cares about Portland's community, plus it was a valuable opportunity to work with a real client to gain experience. The icing on the cake was seeing my design on t-shirts the fans received at the game we attended.”
Chloe Beaven and Caitlin Ervin Public Engagement Fellows for 2014-2015
Senior Chloe Beaven and junior Caitlin Ervin are the Public Engagement Fellows for 2014-2015. Sophomore Hannah Howard is the Project Assistant. They will receive a financial scholarship and academic credit to design and lead projects and initiatives that focus on building relationships between campus and community. The fellowship is supported with a grant from the Helen and George Ladd Foundation.
Chloe Beaven, a senior in the New Media program, will be partnering with MECA, Seeds of Peace, and Waynflete School in order to increase understanding and support of diversity (especially issues involving race), elevate and further contemplative dialog, and broaden student civic responsibility at MECA. Her projects will include implementing the Big Think Series, monthly dialogs hosted by an artist or academic within the field of socially engaged art or social justice; revitalizing the MECA C.A.R.E diversity group; inviting high school students to work on the Other Side of Shade workshops with the Seeds of Peace students, and develop an annual student exhibit focusing on issues of race; establishing the VIP Vote, an annual early Vote Day at MECA; and increasing programming around MLK day and the attendance at the MLK Breakfast.
Caitlin Ervin, a junior in the Sculpture program, will be partnering with Environment Maine and the MECA Trash Talkers group to focus on environmental projects and sustainability within MECA and the Portland community. Her projects will include assisting with community partner logistics and taking on leadership for Envisioning a Sustainable Society with Professor Dana Sawyer; partnering with and assisting with group projects in Paul Gebhardt's FY-IN class; and co-leading and coordinating environmental programs in MECA's residence halls.
Hannah Howard, an undeclared Sophomore, is also partnering with Environment Maine to work on environmental projects and sustainability within MECA and the Portland community. She will be assisting with all of Caitlin Ervin's projects, in addition to continuing her role as a Resident Assistant in MECA's residence halls.
The Public Engagement program has several community partners, including: Portland Trails, The Island Institute, Bicycle Coalition of Maine, Environment Maine, Camp Susan Curtis, Portland Brick, Avesta Housing, King Middle School, and Seeds of Peace. There are also three Senior Capstone Project Partners, including Planned Parenthood, Waynflete School's Racial Awareness student group, and Portland Brick. Jon Rubin will also be a visiting artist for Public Engagement.
MECA Alum Hannah Rosengren Designs for Greenpeace
MECA graduate Hannah Rosengren recently worked with the environmental organization Greenpeace to promote their campaign about the Tongass National Forest. Rosengren created an important informational poster which highlighted the diverse ecosystem of the forest with an emphasis on the Alexander Archipelago Wolf. Greenpeace has recently petitioned to protect this species under the Endangered Species Act, and this poster will be mailed out to their numerous supporters.
MECA Alumni Exhibition at The Gallery at Somes Sound
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | June 27, 2014
MECA Alumni Exhibition at The Gallery at Somes Sound
Eight MECA graduates to exhibit on MDI
Portland, Maine - Tyra Hansen, owner of The Gallery at Somes Sound announces an exhibition of eight MECA graduates on view July 6 - 19, 2014 as part the gallery’s summer calendar. Located in Somesville, Maine, The Gallery at Somes Sound's primary focus is to celebrate America's long standing tradition in the art of fine furniture making, painting and sculpture. It continues to be the finest Furniture and Art Gallery along the Coast of Maine.
The featured artists in the MECA exhibition are: Diane Fitch BFA '79, Anne Garland BFA '93, Connie Hayes BFA '80, Margaret Lawrence BFA '93, Grace Nelson BFA '82, Jude Valentine BFA '78, Mary Vaughan MFA '00 and Michael Vermette BFA '80.
The opening reception is Sunday, July 6 from 4:30 - 7:00PM and several of the artists will attend.
The Gallery will donate a portion of sales from the MECA work to the College’s scholarship fund.
Located in the heart of the Portland Arts District, MECA offers a BFA degree in 11 studio majors, an MFA in Studio Arts, an MAT, and continuing studies for youths and adults. The Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA and the Joanne Waxman Library are free and open to the public. For more information, visit meca.edu or contact email@example.com.
Raffi Der Simonian
Director of Mktg & Comm
Maine College of Art
522 Congress Street, Portland, Maine 04101
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Maine College of Art and The Bob Crewe Foundation Sign MOU And Begin Planning Curriculum for New Music Program
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | June 24, 2014
Maine College of Art and The Bob Crewe Foundation Sign MOU
And Begin Planning Curriculum for New Music Program
Portland, Maine ~ Last Wednesday, June 18, Maine College of Art worked alongside The Bob Crewe Foundation and local thought leaders to sculpt a curriculum for the new area of study that will explore the intersection between music and art, which will be implemented later, in the 2015 acedemic year. During the meeting, the participants discussed what the new program would look like. An official signing of a MOU with President Don Tuski and Dan Crewe followed the meeting.
Those in attendance were Dan Crewe (President/Chairman of the Bob Crewe Foundation and Independent Music Professional), Don Tuski (President, MECA), Ian Anderson (Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, MECA), Spencer Albee (Musician, Singer and Songwriter), Adam Ayan (Master Engineer, Gateway Recording; Adjunct Faculty at USM’s School of Music), Bob Ludwig (Mastering engineer/Owner, Gateway Recording), and many more.
The new program is possible due to a generous gift given to the college by The Bob Crewe Foundation in April. The curriculum will explore a wide range of topics and subject matter relating to the interplay between music and art. A sampling of courses for the new minor include History of Contemporary Music, Applied Theory Through Composition, Music Business and Management, Ethnomusicology, and experimental courses like Sound and Color.
Dean Anderson believes that MECA may be one of the first art colleges to explicitly engage in combining the study of contemporary art and design with music; he says, “MECA is uniquely positioned to develop this area because of our size, history and willingness to experiment. This is an exciting period of growth and innovation here at the college.”
ART // SERVICE Artist-Veterans at Maine College of Art
Portland, Me. ~ Art and military service have always co-existed, sometimes in parallel, sometimes crossing over, and sometimes at odds. The exhibition ART // SERVICE of artist-veterans work, either current students or alumni of Maine College of Art, will run from June 27-July 18 at 522 Congress Street, in the Artists at Work gallery. The opening will be, appropriately, July 4, from 5-8 P.M.
The exhibition is about service, war, peace, and art as therapeutic work for both the artist-veterans who make it and the community in which it exists. This show includes the work of Ren Albon '14, United States Navy; Peter Buotte MFA '05, United States Army; Lesley Corbett '13, United States Army; Evan Poole '15, United States Army; Frederick Twombly '15, United States Army; Patrick Scholz '15, United States Marine Corps; Phil Stevens '91, United States Army; and David Thomas '68, United States Army.Much of the military art we recognize and know is monuments to the fallen. “Our Lady of Victories” watches over Monument Square in Portland. Paid for by the Portland Soldiers and Sailors Association, the inscription reads, “Portland/To Her Sons Who Died/For The Union.”
However, the military also has a history of recruiting artists. The work of these soldier artists ranged from recording combat and battle scenes to the work of “The Ghost Army” in World War II, a special tactical unit that through deception saved thousands of Allied lives. (Ellsworth Kelly and Art Kane served in this unit.) This exhibit shows the work of artists both during and after military service.
ART // SERVICE : a show of work by MECA students and alumni who are veterans
WHAT: ART // SERVICE a show of work by veteran-artists who are current students or
alumni of Maine College of Art
WHEN: Opening, Friday, July 4, from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
WHERE: Artists at Work Gallery, Maine College of Art, 522 Congress Street, Portland,
Ren Albon '14, United States Navy
Peter Buotte MFA '05, United States Army
Lesley Corbett '13, United States Army
Evan Poole '15, United States Army
Frederick Twombly '15, United States Army
Patrick Scholz '15, United States Marine Corps
Phil Stevens '91, United States Army
David Thomas '68, United States Army
Artists will be present and available for interviews. This Opening is open to all media. For more information contact Raffi Der Simonian at email@example.com
MAINE COLLEGE OF ART PRESENTS A LIMITED EDITION PRINT BY DAHLOV IPCAR
In honor of nationally known artist Dahlov Ipcar (b.1917) and the ongoing legacy of the arts in Maine, MECA is proud to announce the creation of a set of limited edition woodblock prints from Dahlov’s iconic oil painting, Odalisque (1960), in collaboration with master printer David Wolfe, of Wolfe Editions (wolfeeditions.com). In 2013, MECA awarded Dahlov Ipcar with the Award for Leadership as a Visual Artist and the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts.
Dahlov has offered only a handful of woodblock prints for sale in her career. Don’t miss this opportunity to own one of these highly collectible prints. Each print is approximately 15” tall by 27” wide and is valued at $1,500. They are available for a limited time in advance for $1,250 each. Price includes tube shipping.
MECA trustee Judy Kane has her first solo show opening June 6th at the Key Bank in Monument Square in Portland. The show runs through June 30th and a reception will be held on the First Friday, June 6th from 5-8pm.
MECA Announces Essay Contest Winners
For Immediate Release
MECA Announces Essay Contest Winners
Portland, ME ~ This past month Maine College of Art held its first ever student essay contest. The contest was created to foster a discussion of art within young people in Maine. Full summer camp scholarships were offered to the two students who answered the essay question with the most conviction and clarity of expression. The question was “What would a summer of making art at MECA mean to you? How do you feel this experience would benefit your creative growth?”
MECA received dozens of great essays from high school and middle school students around the state. After some deliberation, MECA proudly announces that the following students won the contest: Caitlyn Duffy of Gorham High School and Arun Devon of King Middle School. The winning essays can be read below.
Finalists for the contest won a week of art camp. The finalists include: Gaia Ayres, Oliver Beardsley-Stites, Jackie Christie, Dorian Heughan, Irena Manukian, Madeline Mathers, Sydney Morrison, Alyssa Ostrowski, Audrey Robidoux, Meghan Russell, and Carsyn Vanier.
The winning essays:
Caitlyn Duffy, age 16
I was brought up surrounded by the most important women in Maine, and maybe even the world. I lived in a house with a mother who had an art project set up for me every week, and enough paint to keep the whole continent of Asia busy for years. She had enough patience for me to run wild with my imagination and enough love to hang up every single picture on the walls. My next door neighbor, Vicky, is a middle school art teacher. I spent many afternoons in her kitchen gluing and drawing many “masterpieces.” I had no shortage of encouragement with my artistic talents as a child. But without these two women, I don’t think I would have been able to thrive in life as fully as I have. As I got older art served as a coping skill, something for me to turn to when I had a rough day in elementary school.
Since then, art has become not just a hobby, but an "at all hours" passion. It has helped me through a lot of difficult situations and has been a friend while I dealt with anxiety and depression. You can often find me doodling in my art journal or taking film photography, which is by far my favorite thing to do. My photographs have been displayed in the Gorham Arts Alliance’s art show and has won me first runner up in the first congressional district Congressional Art Show. A chair on which I painted The Scream by Edvard Munch has been displayed in the Gorham Times and the Portland Press Herald.
I thrive in places surrounded by other people who are just as creative as me, or more so. To have the opportunity to be surrounded by people with passion and to broaden my artistic skill would be an extremely rich experience. It would not only set me up for my dream of going to art school, but it would help me in processing the world into something less harsh than it is. I want to spend the rest of my life making beautiful, thought provoking things, that one day not only comfort me but inspire others. Spending the summer at MECA would set me up to do so.
Arun Devon, age 12
I would like to be able to go to camp at MECA because the world is a big place with lots of kids, kids who are a lot like me. Having so many kids that are so similar to you makes it hard to stand out. If I had a chance to go to camp at MECA then it would be like putting fertilizer on your garden. I would sprout up and become different than the others. In school some of the kids are now taking part in the Global Leadership Project so that maybe one day, if we work hard enough, we can become some of the leaders of the world. I believe that if children have a way to express themselves, then they understand better who they are. And when they know who they are, they can try to understand the people around them. Understanding is a big part of being a leader. In order to lead you need to set a good example, you need to know what is right for the greater good. You also need to know when its best to listen to the ideas that are sprouting up all around you. Being able to express myself is not always easy because like most kids my age when I look in the mirror I’m still not sure who that person is looking back at me. Maybe if I can learn to write or draw better, I can (as I said in a poem I wrote) “look inside and really decide” who the person is in the mirror.But it’s not just what’s inside, it’s also what is done on the outside. I believe that when you write or draw something there is always a bit of you in it. If I could go to MECA for a summer, I would be able to learn and grow and it would help me become a better artist.
(Left to Right) Caitlin Duffy (age 15, Gorham High School) and Arun Devon (Age 12, King Middle School).
Good Idea Grant Winners
Congratulations to MECA alums Tina McLuckie and Aaron T. Stephan, and MECA faculty member Gary Robinov on winning the Maine Arts Commission's Good Idea Grant. Ten out of thirty five applicants won the grant, which is a program used to foster the growth of Maine’s artists by supporting the creation of new work or professional development.
Their Good Ideas:
Tina McLuckie of Portland: To support sharing individual stories of physical and mental trauma through body castings and recorded interviews.
Aaron T. Stephan of Portland: To support the production of three large-scale sculptures for an upcoming exhibit.
Gary Robinov of Portland: To support a series of documentary conversations with creators about why they do what they do.
Maine College of Art held its 2014 Commencement at the State Theater this last Saturday, May 10. The Commencement Address was given by poet Richard Blanco, who was President Obama's Inaugural Poet in 2013.
We would like to congratulate all of the graduates of 2014!
Bob Crewe, Songwriter, producer, and recording star
William R. Dill Ph.D., President emeritus of Babson College
Janet Conlon Manyan, Artist and MECA Continuing Studies faculty member
Roxanne Quimby, Entrepreneur and philanthropist
The 2014 Commencement Ceremony for the BFA, MFA and MAT programs will be at 10:30am, Saturday, May 10th at the State Theatre (609 Congress Street Portland Maine). Directly following the ceremony MECA welcomes graduates, families and guests to enjoy a reception in the Porteous building.
Directions to Maine College of Art, Porteous Building:
From the North Take Interstate 295 to Exit 7, Franklin Street
From the South Take the Maine Turnpike northbound to Exit 44, Interstate 295. Follow Interstate 295 to Exit 7, Franklin Street
Directions to the Porteous Building at 522 Congress Street:
Stay on Franklin Street until you hit the top of the hill and take a right onto Congress Street. You will pass City Hall on your right; continue on Congress several more blocks, past Monument Square. Porteous is the large building on the left with a brown awning.
There is a public parking garage at 45 Spring Street, on the right just past the Cumberland County Civic Center. To go to the Porteous Building from the parking garage, leave the parking garage through its rear exit, onto Free Street; the Porteous Building will be immediately across the street from you.
On-street 2-hour parking is available on Congress, Casco (directly across from the Porteous Building entrance) and surrounding streets.
For more information on the ceremony, please click here. Questions may be directed to Anna Schwartz, Director of Student Involvement:firstname.lastname@example.org