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MECA & PMA PRESENT AN EVENING OF CONTEMPORARY ART ON 6.19.14 (5-8pm)

Posted: 2014-06-06

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   |  June 5, 2014

MECA & PMA PRESENT AN EVENING OF CONTEMPORARY ART ON
THURSDAY JUNE 19 (5 - 8pm)

MFA MECA Summer Lecture Series Kicks-Off with an Artist Talk by Jay Sanders, Curator of Performance at the Whitney Museum of American Art (5pm at MECA) Followed by a Panel Discussion Hosted by PMA Curator of Contemporary Art, Jessica May, on the ‘State of Contemporary Art in Maine” (6:30pm at PMA)

Portland, Maine -  On Thursday, June 19, Maine College of Art and Portland Museum of Art are teaming up to host a special evening for contemporary art appreciators in downtown Portland.

Starting at 5pm, MECAs’ ‘14 MFA Summer Lecture Series will commence with Jay Sanders, the Curator of Performance at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Sanders co-organized the Whitney Biennial 2012 and has curated innumerable exhibitions, concerts, and events over the past decade. He is a member of the collaborative performance group Grand Openings, and has staged large-scale events at MoMA, the Bumbershoot Festival (Seattle) and other venues. Sanders has written extensively for Artforum, Parkett, Texte zur Kunst (Texts About Art), Bomb, and other publications. For more information on MECA’s MFA ‘14 Summer Lecture Series (free and open to the public), visit meca.edu/summerlectures.

A few hundred yards up the street at 6:30pm (immediately following Sanders’ lecture at MECA), PMA’s Curator of Contemporary Art, Jessica May, will be hosting a panel discussion on the “State of Contemporary Art in Maine.” The discussion will focus on how contemporary art influences our cultural identity. The panel will include Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Co-Director Katie Sonnenborn, Center for Maine Contemporary Art Director Suzette McAvoy, and John Michael Kohler Art Center Curator Alison Ferris, and will address both the practice of art-making in Maine as well as its position within the broad spectrum of contemporary art practice in the United States and internationally. The panel will be hosted as a dynamic conversation with the audience.

This program at the PMA is generously supported by the Will Barnet Foundation. PMA Third Thursdays are supported by the Contemporaries, a membership circle for art enthusiasts ages 21 to 45. Corporate sponsorship is provided by The VIA Agency.

On the Third Thursday of every month, the PMA will be open in the evening with live music, food and drink, and special programming from 5pm to 9pm During the warm summer months, the museum's Joan B. Burns Sculpture Garden on High Street will be open for visitors and members to enjoy. Regular museum admission will apply; free for PMA members. For more information, visit www.portlandmuseum.org.

For more information, please contact Raffi Der Simonian (Director of Marketing & Communications) at 207.699.5010 or rdersimonian@meca.edu.


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President of the Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts Delivers lecture on ‘Traditional Chinese Decorative Art & Design’ at MECA on 4.15

Posted: 2014-04-08

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Traditional Chinese Decorative Art & Design

Professor Guo Xianlu, President of the Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts will be delivering a public lecture on ‘Traditional Chinese Decorative Art & Design’ at Maine College of Art on April 15th. It is part of an incoming delegation from the Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts (XAFA) in China who are visiting Portland this spring. The delegation marks the developing relationships that MECA is forging with several leading art academies in Greater China.

The President’s Delegation from Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts will arrive in Portland on April 14th and includes Professor Guo Xianlu, President; Mr. Wu Shunong, Director of International Cooperation & Exchanges Office; Professor Shi Cun, Director of the Post-Graduate Office; and Ms. Chen Tianqui, International Relations and Contracts. They will stay until April 16th, and will spend the time touring the college, meeting students and faculty, and discussing the exchange program launched between the two colleges. 

This is one of three institutional relationships that MECA has formed with China in the past year. The relationship began in the spring of 2013 when MECA President Don Tuski traveled with Suzanne Fox, President of Fox Intercultural Consulting and Professor Gan Xu of MECA to Xi’an to visit the college’s campus and meet the faculty. Located in Western China, Xi’an is one of the most historically rich regions in China, famed for its Terracotta Warriors and its location on the edge of the Silk Road.

In Mandarin, with simultaneous English translation. 

More info: www.meca.edu/meca-life/student-affairs/student-exchange#tab-china

 

Location: 
Osher Hall, Maine College of Art
Date: 
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 12:15 to 13:30

Chinese Delegation of Art Educators Visit MECA This Spring

Posted: 2014-02-10

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Chinese Delegation of Art Educators Visit MECA This Spring

March 31, Portland, ME—This spring, Maine College of Art will be welcoming an incoming delegation from the Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts (XAFA) in China. The delegation marks the developing relationships that MECA is forging with several leading art academies in Greater China.

The President’s Delegation from Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts will arrive in Portland on April 14th and includes Professor Guo Xianlu, President; Mr. Wu Shunong, Director of International Cooperation & Exchanges Office; Professor Shi Cun, Director of the Post-Graduate Office; and Ms. Chen Tianqui, International Relations and Contracts. They will stay until April 16th, and will spend the time touring the college, meeting students and faculty, and discussing the exchange program launched between the two colleges. President Guo Xianlu will also deliver a public lecture on April 15th titled, ‘Traditional Chinese Decorative Art & Design.’

This is one of three institutional relationships that MECA has formed with China in the past year. The relationship began in the spring of 2013 when MECA President Don Tuski traveled with Suzanne Fox, President of Fox Intercultural Consulting and Professor Gan Xu of MECA to Xi’an to visit the college’s campus and meet the faculty. Located in Western China, Xi’an is one of the most historically rich regions in China, famed for its Terracotta Warriors and its location on the edge of the Silk Road.

MECA has also formed partnerships with several other art academies in China this past year, including the Academy of Visual Arts (AVA) at Baptist University in Hong Kong. Professor Tricia Flanagan of the AVA traveled to MECA from Hong Kong in March 2014; she spent time with numerous departments, spoke to MECA students who are keen on traveling to Hong Kong—and offered a public lecture on her artistic practice and her running of the innovative Wearables Lab at the AVA in Hong Kong.


More Info on MECA’s Year in China:

In 2014, we are kicking off our long-term partnerships with Chinese art academies and cultural institutions with a calendar of events, talks, and East/West journeys.

China has become a major superpower. In the coming decades, we will start to see significant cultural influences emerging from the country. There are an astonishing number of museums being built in Greater China and the wider Asian region—and the art markets have firmly planted themselves in Beijing and Hong Kong. For MECA to connect with this rapidly growing cultural economy will bring long-term benefits in the future—from student recruitment to institutional connectivity, and a greater awareness among students in the globalized era.

International Partnerships

In the past year, MECA has set up partnerships with three leading art colleges in Greater China. These partnerships offer an excellent way to forge long-term connections with China, place MECA on the map globally, bring artists from China to Maine, and offer students and staff at MECA an opportunity to travel abroad and connect with global art and cultural shifts.

Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts, Xi’An (XAFA)

Following the delegation of Don Tuski, Suzanne Fox and Professor Gan Xu to Xi’An in March of 2013, we are building connections with this respected Chinese art academy. There will be an incoming delegation from XAFA to Maine in April 2014.

Academy of Visual Arts, Baptist University of Hong Kong (AVA)

Hong Kong is emerging as a major arts center in Asia. Don Tuski and Suzanne Fox visited the AVA in Hong Kong in March of 2013 and then welcomed a visit from John Aiken, Chair of the Academy (and former head of the Slade, in London) when he visited Portland in June and signed a student exchange agreement. In March of 2014, we welcomed Tricia Flanagan, who heads the international exchange program for AVA and is a respected artist and educator on fashion design and public art.

China Academy of Art, Hangzhou (CAA)

China Academy of Art is one of the most famous art colleges in China. Based by the serene lakes of Hangzhou, just 40 minutes by bullet train from Shanghai, it is a stunning campus that combines the ancient literati elements of classical Chinese art with cutting-edge innovation. Following Don Tuski and Suzanne Fox’s visit to CAA in 2013, we have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with CAA to open up possibilities for partnership and exchange.

 

Spring 2014 Lecture Series Announced

Posted: 2014-01-31

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UPCOMING LECTURES:

 

Graphic Designer Dan Michaelson

March 20, 2014, 12:30pm, Osher Hall

Linked by Air: "They sorta kinda fixed it!"

Linked by Air began as the partnership of Tamara Maletic and Dan Michaelson in 2005. The studio specializes in the production of public spaces and other networked structures, both online and in the world. Its approach is practical and hands on. Through in-house programming and an emphasis on collaboration and iteration, they approach design and technology as intertwined inventive processes. Significant recent projects include the websites for the Whitney Museum of American art and for the artists' book store Printed Matter.

Linked by Air is the recipient of the Charles Nypels grant for research on embedded digital sign systems, in residence at the Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht. Some of their projects have been awarded AIGA 365 awards in the United States. They are the recipient of the Jury Prize at the Brno Graphic Design Biennial 2012.

Dan Michaelson teaches graphic design at Yale University, and Tamara Maletic at Parsons/The New School for Design. Each of Linked by Air's staff also teach semester-long graphic design and programming courses, as adjunct faculty at Parsons, Yale, and SVA, so that teaching and production are integrated aspects of the studio's work.

 

Past Spring '14 lectures

February 6, 2014, 12:00pm, Osher Hall  Multi-disciplinary artist Jenna Crowder '07 sponsored by Artists at Work

Visual artist and designer Jenna Crowder has attended a number of residencies and has lived and worked internationally.  Her work includes Public Space:  Cairo, a collaborative workshop-based project for engaging with art and design in public spaces, which took place in downtown Cairo, Egypt; design work for 826, a national youth literacy organization launched by Dave Eggers; and design work for clothing designer Jon Wye in Washington, D.C.  At this lecture she and writer Douglas W. Milliken will discuss the collaborative process and influences behind a series of recent performative installations.

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Friday, February 7, 2014, 7:00pm, ICA at MECA | Photographer Bryan Graf sponsored by the ICA at MECA

 

Bryan discusses work featured in Bryan Graf:  Across the Interior, an exhibit that runs January 22 through April 6, 2014 at the ICA at MECA.  His inventive and playful photography turns the prosaic New Jersey landscape into a canvas for darkroom experimentation and mystic revelation. Created in part by sandwiching B/W negatives with exposed, or partially fogged color film, the images channel the landscape’s hidden ghosts to hallucinatory effect.

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February 13, 2014, 12:00pm, Osher Hall 
|  Multi-disciplinary eco-artist  Tim Gaudreau MFA ‘02 sponsored by Public Engagement

Eco-artist Tim Gaudreau is passionate about the environment and the interconnections between people and nature. His work combines humor and irony with photography, video, new media, graphics, and sculpture to create collaborations that advocate for a greater awareness of eco-issues, initiating dialogue about social and environmental issues and serving as an entryway to improve our relationships with nature.  Numerous awards, fellowships, and commissions have given him the opportunity to create public art projects that stimulate collaboration and interaction while challenging conventional thinking.   He has participated in residencies ranging from California to India.

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February 20, 2014, 12:00pm, Osher Hall  |  Ceramic artist Susan Dewsnap sponsored by the Ceramics Department

Susan Dewsnap’s ceramic studies began at a community clay studio in Boulder, Colorado and matured through intensive summer workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine and Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina.  She earned her MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she taught from 2008 through 2012, and is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.  She has exhibited her ceramic work internationally and has received awards from the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Biennial, the World Ceramic Biennale Korea International Competition, and the Strictly Functional Pottery National Exhibition.

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March 6, 2014, 12:00pm , Osher Hall  |  Multi-disciplinary artist Reenie Charriere MFA ’09 sponsored by Artists at Work

Reenie Charriere’s  installations, drawings and photographs evolve from a practice triggered by expeditions along everyday paths.  Her current work includes photographic documentation followed by spotlighting the situation through fabricated sculptural installations created out of discarded packaging materials -- particularly plastic, fabric, paper, and cardboard. By sewing, cutting, fusing, reshaping, dangling, and weaving, she transforms the material into atmospheric and surprisingly organic-like structures. Her choice of materials reflects a collision of clumsiness and grace and questions how consumerism drives the world.  She was recently awarded a residency by SF MOMA in San Francisco and has been awarded full fellowships by La Napoule Foundation in France and Can Serrat in Spain. 

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March 6, 2014, 5:45pmOsher Hall  |  Tricia Flanagan

A former fashion and costume designer, Tricia Flanagan has been a practicing artist since 1996.  Since earning a Master of Arts in Public Art and New Artistic Strategies from Bauhaus University in WEimar, Germany, her practice has focused on working in the public sphere, including site-specific sculpture, social sculpture, sounds sculpture, sculptural installation, wearables, and performance installation.  Artwork is often created on location or developed in workshops.  She currently runs the Wearables Lab at the Academy of Visual Art HKBU and lives and works in Hong Kong.  For her project “Transit Textiles,” she engaged eight artists from various disciplines and backgrounds, mapped their movements throughout the city of Hong Kong, and created wearable textile maps, stiching their networks of movement into the cloth.

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So Percussion: 
"Where (we) Live"

Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Performing in conjunction with Bryan Graf’s exhibit, So Percussion has been praised by The New Yorker for their “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam,” redefining the modern percussion ensemble as a flexible, omnivorous entity, pushing its voice to the forefront of American musical culture. Part experimental music gig, part multimedia rock show, part happening, Where (we) Live is a freeform investigation of the places and spaces we call home.


MECA Celebrates Chinese New Year with Insights Into Year of the Horse

Posted: 2014-01-30

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Fox Intercultural Consulting & Maine College of Art Present:

 

The Year of the Horse

With Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith

 

Thursday, February 13, 12.00pm-1.30pm

ICA, Maine College of Art

Free and Open to All

Portland, Maine ~  To celebrate the dawning of Chinese New Year and the launch of MECA’s Year in China, we are welcoming two distinguished figures from the Chinese-American cultural scene. Joanna C.  Lee and Ken Smith, authors of the Pocket Chinese Almanac series, will be offering audiences insights into the Year of the Horse.

The traditional Chinese almanac, also known as the Tong Sing or Huang Li, is a centuries-old repository of cultural information from household tips to general medical remedies. But it's the almanac's predictions of which days are auspicious or ominous for a wide range of activities that has made the annual publication a mainstay in Chinese homes. For five years now, Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith have translated and decoded the almanac's predictions.

About The Speakers:

Joanna C. Lee is the founder of Museworks, a consultancy for performing artists eager to explore links between Asia and the West. Her clients include the San Francisco Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, the Leonard Bernstein estate, San Francisco Opera, Carnegie Hall, Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Boston Symphony Orchestra. She has also devised publicity, translation or educational outreach projects for the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Institution, Holland Festival, Sydney Festival, Hong Kong International Film Festival, Shanghai Grand Theatre, Asia Society, Taiwan Contemporary Legend Theater, Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Hong Kong New Vision Arts Festival, Sotheby’s HK, Beijing Music Festival, Habitat for Humanity, National Geographic, architecture historian Victoria Newhouse and the New York Asian Film Festival.

Journalist and author Ken Smith has traveled widely, covering music on five continents for a wide range of publications including the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street JournalTravel & Leisure, Opera News and Time Out New York. He currently divides his time between New York, where he writes for Gramophone magazine, and Hong Kong, where he is the Asian performing arts critic for the Financial Times of London. A featured columnist for China’s Opera magazine, he also covers Western opera in China for the London-based magazines Opera and Opera Now.  He had an active role in the Chinese music research for author Amy Tan and composer Stewart Wallace in their opera The Bonesetter’s Daughter based on Tan’s novel, an odyssey he chronicled in his 2008 book Fate! Luck! Chance!. He is also a cultural advisor to David Henry Hwang’s bilingual Broadway comedy Chinglish and the Bruce Lee musical Kung Fu at New York’s Signature Theatre.

In addition to the annual publication of the Pocket Chinese Almanac, they are also authors of The Pocket Confucius, The Pocket Tao, and The Pocket Te. Read more: http://asktongsing.com

Event info: http://foxintercultural.net/node/102 or email info@foxintercultural.net



Fox Intercultural Consulting promotes intercultural understanding between the United States and China through a diverse range of educational and cultural programs. Headquartered in the pristine setting of Portland, Maine, with teams in Shanghai, Chongqing and Hong Kong, we build bridges between the people of these two vast countries: www.foxintercultural.net       



Maine College of Art delivers a demanding and enlivening education in visual art and design within an intimate learning community. We teach each student how to transform aspirations and values into a creative practice that serves as the foundation for a lifelong pursuit of personal and professional goals. Founded in 1882 and located in the heart of Downtown Portland's thriving Arts District, MECA offers BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) in 11 studio majors, MFA (Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art), and MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) degrees. Pre-College and Continuing Studies programming are available for adults and youths. The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at MECA, Joanne Waxman Library, and Visiting Artist and Guest Lecture Series are free and open to the public.



With thanks to our sponsors:

The Chinese & American Friendship Association of Maine provides forums and outreach to promote awareness of and appreciation for Chinese culture. cafammaine.org


Creative Portland was founded by Portland City Council in 2008 to grow and support the local creative economy. Major programs include LiveWork Portland, 2 Degrees Portland, and the First Friday Art Walk, among others    
The Westin Portland Harborview
features an ideal location in the heart of the Arts District in downtown Portland. Step outside and discover Maine College of Art, the Portland Museum of Art, Childrens’ Museum of Art, State Theatre and Cumberland County Civic Center. The Westin Portland Harborview is offering a Chinese New Year rates associated with this event! To find out more, visit www.westinportlandharborview.com or call 207-775-5411.

Author Peter Korn Speaks at MECA on Thursday, January 30 at 7pm

Posted: 2014-01-27

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Peter Korn: Why We Make Things and Why It Matters

Thursday, January 30 at 7pm
MECA, Artists at Work space
Presented by Longfellow Books 

In this moving account, Korn explores the nature and rewards of creative practice. We follow his search for meaning as an Ivy-educated child of the middle class who finds employment as a novice carpenter on Nantucket, transitions to self-employment as a designer/maker of fine furniture, takes a turn at teaching and administration at Colorado's Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and finally founds a school in Maine: the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, an internationally respected, non-profit institution.

This is not a 'how-to' book in any sense. Korn wantsto get at the why of craft in particular, and the satisfactions of creative work in general, to understand their essential nature. How does the making of objects shape our identities? How do the products of creative work inform society? In short, what does the process of making things reveal to us about ourselves? Korn draws on four decades of hands-on experience to answer these questions eloquently, and often poignantly, in this personal, introspective, and revealing book.

Join us for an evening with Maine craftsman and author Peter Korn to discuss his book and share your thoughts on the creative process and get your books signed.

 

 

MECA ANNOUNCES FALL 2013 LECTURE SERIES

Posted: 2013-09-11

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MECA ANNOUNCES FALL ‘13 LECTURE SERIES

Visiting Artist Lecture Series Brings Dynamic Range of Thought Leaders, Creative Entrepreneurs, and Professional Artists to Downtown Portland

Portland, Maine   ~  MECA’s Visiting Artist and Guest Lecturer Series invites professional artists, educators, curators, thought leaders, and creative entrepreneurs to present on topics of interest and importance to the Greater Portland community and beyond. All lectures in this series are free and open to the public. Hosted in MECA’s Porteous Building (522 Congress Street), seating is limited. Visit meca.edu/lectures or call 800.699.1509 for more information.

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Upload the Fall '13 Lecture Series Poster here.

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1. Tuesday, September 17 // Jenny Dougherty ’05 // Alumni Biennial Gallery Talk // 

Portland artist Jenny McGee Dougherty is the Associate Director at SPACE Gallery in Portland.  Her work is inspired by the marks and impressions on local spaces, such as municipal scuffs, weathering, shadows, and patterns.  “It all becomes part of our collective landscape that is often taken as a whole, rather than a collection of parts, a history,” she says.   

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2. Thursday, September 19, 2013 // Andrew Baldwin // Osher Hall, 12pm

Andrew Baldwin is a printmaker, educator and a leader in nontoxic contemporary print methods who developed and produced an innovative and versatile etching ground called Baldwins Ink Ground (B.I.G.), to reduce some of the more hazardous processes in printmaking.  He has also initiated a ground-breaking Audio Visual Database of fine art techniques and is the director and founder of Trefeglwys Print Studio in Wales.

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3. Thursday September 26, 2013 // Dao Chau Hai and Nguyen Ngoc Lam // Osher Hall, 12pm // Visiting Artists in Residence from Vietnam // 

MECA artists-in-residence Dao Chau Hai and Nguyen Ngoc Lam, from Hanoi, Vietnam, will work together to create “The Tree Man,” a large scale site-specific installation made of natural materials in MECA’s Green Space on the corner of Casco and Shepley Streets, from September 16 to October 14, a project sponsored by the Indochina Arts Partnership and MECA’s Artist at Work initiative.  MECA alumnus David Thomas '68 started the Indochina Arts Partnership 25 years ago as a cultural exchange program.

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4. Thursday, October 3 // Shirah Neumann MFA ’12 // ICA Alumni Biennial Gallery Talk  // 

Shirah’s paintings convey the complexity of perceived time and their surfaces are “textured from layers of working and editing, utilizing abstraction, color theory, and formal decision making as a means to describe the immensity of experience.” Her influences include Yantra, abstract Tantric Art, and Indian miniature paintings.  

shirahneumann.com

5. Thursday October 10 // Gina Adams ’02 // ICA at MECA, 12pm //  Alumni Biennial Gallery Talk // 

Gina Adams recently completed her MFA from the University of Kansas, where she focused on Visual Art, Curatorial Practice, and Critical Theory.  Her cross-media, hybrid studio work includes sculpture, ceramics, painting, printmaking, and drawing and has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States.

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6. Tuesday, October 8, 2013 // Emily Luce //  Osher Hall, 12pm 

Artist, designer and researcher Emily Luce is president of the board of directors at DesignInquiry, a nonprofit organization that furthers the interdisciplinary discourse of design.  Recent projects include The Cardiff/Miller House, a 128 square-foot inhabitable replica of an infamous art house in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, and Drawing the Canada-Wide Science Fair, an in-situ, live-broadcast drawing practice involving sixteen artists and over 400 high school science fair participants. Her topics include domesticity in the art world, sustainable architecture, and “the pleasure of tiny.”

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7. Friday, October 25, 2013 // Catherine Kernan //  Osher Hall, 7pm

Catherine Kernan is a painter, teacher, printmaker, the co-founder and partner of Mixit Print Studio in Somerville, MA, and the director of Maud Morgan Arts, an arts center in Cambridge, MA.  She says, “Working at the interface between printmaking and painting, I use large scale woodblocks in unorthodox ways as a transfer tool to build images layer by layer in a painterly process of controlled accident.”  Sponsored by Peregrine Press.

catherinekernan.com

8.  Wednesday, November 6, 2013 // Elizabeth Hand // Osher Hall, 7pm

Visionary award-winning American novelist Elizabeth Hand as a longstanding interest in outsider artists, which are the subjects of much of her short fiction as well as her most recent novels, the forthcoming psychological thriller Generation Loss, about an emotionally damaged proto-punk photographer, and 2004’s Mortal Love, inspired by the life and work of the schizophrenic Victorian fairy painter Richard Dadd.  Her personal experiences of inexplicable transcendence and random human violence have shaped nearly all her fiction.

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9. Thursday, November 7, 2013 // Matt Hutton //  Osher Hall, 12pm

Associate Professor and Chair of Woodworking & Furniture Design Matt Hutton earned his BFA in woodworking and furniture design at the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana, and an MFA from San Diego State University.  he has also studied woodworking in England and Japan and over the past decade has been instrumental in establishing MECA’s woodworking and furniture design program.  He operates STUDIO 24b in Portland.

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10. Thursday, November 14, 2013 // Gary Stephan // Osher Hall, 12pm 

New York based painter Gary Stephan’s work has been collected by The Guggenheim Museum of Art, The Metropolitan and the Museum of Modern Art.  Noted American art critic Peter Schjedahl once wrote that Gary Stephan’s work “provides timely grist to the timeless mill of the soul.”  Exhibiting since the late 1960s, Stephan traffics in an idiosyncratic abstraction that is free from declarative statements as to what the painting should be, what it should mean, or what it expresses. Instead, his pieces vacillate, suggest, and undermine.

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11.  Thursday, December 5 , 2013 // Angela Warren MFA ’11 // Osher Hall, 12pm

Painter Angela Warren grew up surrounded by woods, music, and art.  Drawing and singing at a young age has currently influenced her to make abstract paintings and sound installations that embody tonalities of color and pitch. Her research in synesthesia reveals how sight and sound intersect to form perception. Angela received her BFA from Drake University in Des Moines, IA, and graduated with an MFA from Maine College of Art.

angelwarrenart.com

 

For more information, please visit meca.edu/lectures or call 207.775.3052.

 

Sue Lennox, CEO & Co-Founder of OzGREEN, added to Spring '13 Lecture Series on 4.19 at 6:30pm

Posted: 2013-03-25

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Sue Lennox is co-founder and co-CEO of Australia’s OzGREEN and a member of the Centre for Social Impact Advisory Council. She has 30 years of experience innovating environmental education and community building in urban, regional, remote, and indigenous communities in Australia, India, Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and Pakistan. In 2007, Sue was named as one of Sydney’s Top 100 Most Influential People by the Sydney Magazine.
 
The lecture will bet at 6:30pm on Friday April 19th in Osher Hall.
 
The workshop will expand upon the issues discussed in the lecture and will offer participants the opportunity to reflect upon their own gifts and potential actions around the issues of climate change. She will be doing a one day version of the Leading with the Heart Workshop described in this flyer: click here
 
Note: The workshop will be from 9am to 5pm on Sunday April 21st and will be free for MECA students faculty and staff and offered to community member  by donation. There will be a potluck style lunch so participants are asked to bring a dish to share. For more information, please contact Lilly Morrow at lmorrow@meca.edu.
 
 

Two Future Mother Events at the ICA

Posted: 2012-12-05

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Thursday DEC. 6th, 12:30pm Artist Talk with Elizabeth Jabar & Colleen Kinsella at the ICA @ MECA

Faculty Lecture Series:

Elizabeth Jabar & Colleen Kinsella – Thursday, December 6, 12:30 -1:30pm

Jeffrey Clancy – Tuesday, December 11, 2-3pm

Adam Manley – Thursday, December 13, 1-2pm

 
Maine College of Art • 522 Congress Street • Portland, Maine 04101 • info@meca.edu • 1.800.699.1509
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Saturday DEC. 8th 7PM    ***ALHAN MIDDLE EASTERN ENSEMBLE***
ICA Gallery @ MECA
Maine College of Art • 522 Congress Street • Portland, Maine 04101 • info@meca.edu • 1.800.699.1509

 
On Dec. 8th at 7PM, the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art will host Middle Eastern Ensemble ALHAN, created and driven by Arabic singer Madeline Hanna and Tom Kovacevic formerly of Cerberus Shoal and Tarpigh. Alhan will perform a concert of Turkish and Arabic music featuring violin, oud, darbuka and nay.The members of Alhan have studied with master teachers from Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and Egypt,  bringing varied musical backgrounds to their interpretation of Middle Eastern Music. They offer a truly rare opportunity to experience the rich and beautiful traditions of the Middle East.  
 
ALHAN Middle Eastern Ensemble will perform on Saturday evening at 7pm 
to celebrate the completion  of  FUTURE MOTHERS, Tent/ Text/ Totem a collaborative installation by Elizabeth Jabar & Colleen Kinsella. 
The Institute of Contemporary Art Gallery at Maine College of Art will host ALHAN as part of  The World Over , 2012 MECA Faculty Exhibition. 
 
Future Mothers, Tent /Text /Totem  is a book in the form of a tent.  Made entirely of hand-dyed, hand-printed cloth, the tent  is a contemplative space within a space. Printed fragments were sewn into an impermanent dwelling based on nomadic Bedouin tent forms. 
Kinsella & Jabar tell a story using an index of images. The exterior walls read as a lexicon, giving keys to the sprawling murals of creation, destruction and rebirth that cover the interior walls of the tent. The texts and totems serve to mark and further inform the narrative. 
This project was made possible with the assistance of the ICA, Maine College of Art BFA Students & Alumni, Stitch Gatherings  & Z fabrics. 
 
Elizabeth Jabar's background is rooted in Waterville's Lebanese community. Cultural symbols and references to the Middle East are spread throughout her alarmingly beautiful work. Her books and works on paper are part of NY Center for Book Arts 2013 Symposium on Books.
She is Assistant Dean, Chair of Printmaking & Public Engagement at MECA.
 
Colleen Kinsella's interest in temporary nomadic structures like Beduoin tents, stems from her experience with various musical groups like Cerberus Shoal, Fire on Fire and Big Blood. She has toured and exhibited throughout the US and Europe since 1999 with her printmaking, installations,and performances. Her work was featured in the 2011 PMA Biennial and she is an Instructor at MECA
This work was created in the last 6months but culminates over 11 years of working alongside each other in MECA's Printmaking Department for over 10 years.TO SEE MORE images of the tent in-progress go to: 
 

All ICA Events at MECA are FREE and open to the public.
Future Mothers will be selling beautiful hand printed posters and ephemera to support the event.
Future Mothers, Tent /Text /Totem is part of  The World Over, 2012 Juried Faculty Exhibition at Maine College of ART.
Please contact ICA Director Daniel Fuller for more details @  dfuller@meca.edu or 1.800.699.1509
Maine College of Art • 522 Congress Street • Portland, Maine 04101 ••

MECA Announces Fall Lecture Series

Posted: 2012-10-15

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MECA’s Visiting Artist and Guest Lecturer Series invites professional artists, educators, curators, thought leaders, and creative entrepreneurs to present on topics of interest and importance to the MECA community. All lectures in this series are open to the public at no charge. RSVPs to events@meca.edu are encouraged, as seating is limited. Call 207.699.5010 for more information.

 

alexander rose      10.25
Alexander Rose
Creative Director at the Long Now Foundation 

Art for the 
Next 10,000 Years
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Osher Hall
Sponsored by FY-In, Foundation
and Public Engagement 

As the director of Long Now, Alexander has facilitated projects such as the 10,000 Year Clock, The Rosetta Project, Long Bets, Seminars About Long Term Thinking, Long Server and countless others. Alexander shares several design patents on the 10,000 Year Clock with Danny Hillis, the first prototype of which is in the Science Museum of London. His experience also includes serving as an artist in residence at Silicon Graphics Inc., a project manager for Shamrock Communications, and a founding partner of Inertia Labs. Alexander has attended the Art Center College of Design and graduated with a bachelor of arts honors degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Industrial Design in 1995.
longnow.org

 

 

Scott Berzofsky        10.30
Scott Berzofsky
Artist

A Day With The Public Engagement Department
In the ICA
Sponsored by the Visiting Artist Committee and the Public Engagement Department

Scott Berzofsky is a recent SMACT graduate from the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology. His work explores the relation between art, ecology and urban spatial politics. Before coming to MIT, Scott lived and worked in Baltimore, where he co-organized several artistic and activist initiatives including campbaltimore, Participation Park, The City from Below and STEW. His writing has appeared in Third Text, Critical Planning and The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest.
Scott Berzofsky

baltimoredevelopmentco-op.org

 

 

Erin Sweeny     11.01
Erin Sweeney
Professional Artist and Curator

Printmaking, Book Arts, and Sculpture
12:30p, - 1:30pm
Osher Hall
Sponsored by the Printmaking Department 

Erin Sweeney is an artist living and working in New Hampshire, having completed her MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she was awarded the Elizabeth C. Roberts Prize for Graduate Book Arts. She holds a BFA in sculpture from the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. Her current work combines fibers, text, and the book form. She is interested in all forms of building, be it conceptual or physical. Her current work revolves around the concepts and processes of building community and storytelling. Making handmade objects, manipulating space, and utilizing printmaking processes in non-traditional ways are all a part of Sweeney’s vocabulary.
erinsweeney.net 

 

 

leanna morris      11.08

Leanna Morris
MFA Candidate

Materials and Process
12:00p, - 2:00pm
Osher Hall
Sponsored by the MFA Department 

Leeanna Morris is currently in her first year of the MECA MFA program. She earned a BFA in Studio Art concentrating in photography and a minor in Art History from Southern Methodist University (SMU). After graduating Leeanna was a Studio Resident in ceramics at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. In her work, she is currently exploring ideas of installation and limitation through materials and process. She works in a variety of mediums, ranging from photography, ceramics, fibers, and drawing.
leeannamorris.com

 

Scott Nash    11.28

Scott Nash
Illustration Department Chair

The Inspiration of Edward Gorey & The High Skies Adventure of Blue Jay the Pirate
6:00p, - 7:00pm
Osher Hall
Sponsored by the Illustration Department 

Nationally-known Illustrator, author, designer, media-mind, and Edward Gorey enthusiast, Scott Nash’s latest release, The High Skies Adventure of Blue Jay the Pirate has already garnered recognition of note on ABA’s (American Booksellers Association) Best Children’s books of 2012 List and at The Society of Illustration’s Original Art Show. Scott will also discuss the works of Edward Gorey and his exhibit, Elegant Enigmas on view at the Portland Public Library through December 29. 

 

Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey comes to Portland

Posted: 2012-09-13

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Portland, ME ~  The Bank of Maine proudly presents Elegant Enigmas:  The Art of Edward Gorey opening on Friday, October 5, 2012, and continuing through December 29 on display at Portland Public Library’s Lewis Gallery.  The exhibition is free of charge to the general public and features original illustrations, preparatory sketches, unpublished drawings and ephemera by the internationally celebrated artist and author Edward Gorey.  This highly acclaimed exhibit is made possible by generous support from The Bank of Maine and a collaboration between Maine College of Art (MECA) and Portland Public Library.

Elegant Enigmas pays tribute to the work of Edward Gorey (1925 – 2000), best known for his brilliant drawings and witty, quirky stories.  Described as “incredibly sophisticated…stylish and inventive” by the New York Observer, Gorey’s signature pen-and-ink illustrations and macabre wit has led him to be considered one of America’s most imaginative and eccentric artists of all-time.  During his lifetime, Gorey published over 100 works, designed sets and costumes for countless theatre productions, created popular animations, and illustrated works for a wide array of artists ranging from Charles Dickens and John Updike to Virginia Woolf and H.G. Wells.

Elegant Enigmas includes approximately 180 original works, including selections from The Gashlycrumb Tinies, The Doubtful Guest, The Unstrung Harp, The Gilded Bat, and other well-known publications, drawn primarily from the extensive archives of The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust and significant private collections. 

Chairman and CEO of The Bank of Maine, John Everets, one of many local Gorey enthusiasts said, “We are proud to sponsor this exhibit and delighted to help share the fascinating genius of Edward Gorey with the Greater Portland community.  We hope that people take advantage of this tremendous opportunity to experience Elegant Enigmas for themselves.”

According to Donald Tuski, President of Maine College of Art, “The prolific works of Edward Gorey represent the caliber of creativity and artistic brilliance that we promote here at Maine College of Art.  Given Gorey’s success as an author, the Portland Public Library is the perfect venue to host this exciting exhibit in its role as a cultural center.”

Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey is on view from October 5 – December 29.  The Portland Public Library is located in the heart of Downtown Portland Maine at 5 Monument Square and is open daily from 10am – 7pm Monday – Thursday, Friday 10am – 6pm and Satuarday 10am – 5pm.  For more information, visit portlandlibrary.com/gorey.

 or to schedule an interview with Gorey expert and chair of MECA’s illustration department, Scott Nash, please contact Raffi Der Simonian at 207.699.5010 or rdersimonian@meca.edu.  

This Exhibition has been organized by the Edwards Gorey Charitable Trust and the Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.

Artist who designed Sprague oil tanks speaks at MECA

Posted: 2012-09-07

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Jaime Gili, the artist who designed the art for Sprague Energy Corporation’s oil tanks that line Casco Bay between Portland and South Portland, will visit Maine this coming week, spoke at MECA's Osher Hall on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. The event was hosted by the Maine Center for Creativity, in partnership with Maine College of Art. 

The Maine Center for Creativity, in ground-breaking collaboration with the Sprague Energy Corporation, sponsored the Art All Around® project. It is a bold initiative launched in 2008 to spearhead an international design competition. It’s goal: to transform 16 oil storage tanks on Portland harbor into an integrated ‘canvas’ of color and design at the gateway to the state’s largest city – and to all of Maine.

The first phase was an open design competition that received 560 submissions from 80 countries. Designs were evaluated by a select, international panel of judges. Five semifinalists, including two from Maine, each received a $10,000 prize award. Jaime Gili, a young Venezuela-born artist living in London, was selected as the final winner – and received the $20,000 grand prize.

To date, five tanks of the 16 tanks have been completed, and Gili is visiting Maine to talk about the project, his inspiration, and how it compares to his other artistic endeavors.

About Jaime Gili

Jaime Gili was born in Caracas in 1972 and lives in London. His work has been described as continuing a tradition of Latin American abstract art, especially the Venezuelan optical artists from the 20th Century. Critics have described his work as a mix of Pop, Minimalism, Vorticism, Futurism and graffiti Art. Gili received his MA in painting from the Royal College of Art in 1998, after studying in Caracas and Barcelona, and has exhibited since in the UK, the USA, Brazil, Switzerland, Spain, Argentina and Venezuela. Art All Around® jurors selected Gili’s work from among 560 submissions from more than 80 countries during the Maine Center for Creativity’s international competition to transform the Sprague industrial site into the world’s largest public art painting.

LINKS:
Art All Around 
Jaime Gili
Maine Center for Creativity 

About the Maine Center for Creativity

Through its support of arts and industry collaborations, the Maine Center for Creativity (MCC) harnesses the power of talent and innovation to drive economic development and growth of the creative economy in Maine. By developing projects and educational programs that support the vibrancy of creative industries and the arts, such as Art All Around®, Pecha Kucha, and the inaugural Maine Creative Industries Award on September 13, 2012, MCC nurtures innovative companies, engaged communities, and creative people. For more information visit www.mainecenterforcreativity.org or call 207.730.0694. 



MFA Summer Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Posted: 2012-05-25

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Each summer, MECA invites visiting artists, curators, and scholars to participate in MFA curriculum. In addition to critiques and studio visits with students, Visiting Artists deliver a lecture that is free and open to the public. Lectures are held in Osher Hall and begin at 6:30pm.

Michael Kimmelman
Thursday, June 21
“From New York to Europe and Back Again”

Michael Kimmelman’s talk is an intimate and story-filled reflection on his path from The New York Times’s Chief Art Critic, trawling the world’s museums and galleries to Foreign Correspondent (based in Berlin), reinventing cultural reporting from Marseille to Gaza to Berlin and Istanbul, all of which prepared the way for his current post as Architecture Critic, writing about issues facing us at a time when society and cities are rapidly changing.

Beth Lipman
Monday, June 25

Beth Lipman lives and works in Sheboygan Falls, WI. She has exhibited her work widely and received numerous awards including a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship, and a Ruth Chenven Foundation Grant. Lipman has exhibited her work internationally at such institutions as the ICA at MECA, the RISD Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Radcliffe Bailey
Monday, July 2

Radcliffe Bailey creates his mixed media paintings by piecing together ancestral photographs, collected objects, and painted words and maps. Born in 1968 in New Jersey, Bailey now lives and works in Atlanta. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Atlanta College of Art in 1991. His work is permanently installed in the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and in numerous permanent collections including The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The High Museum of Art, and The Art Institute of Chicago.

Amze Emmons
Monday, July 9

Amze Emmons is one of the co-founders of Printersting.org. He is an artist, illustrator, curator, living and working in Philadelphia, PA. Currently, he teaches art at Muhlenberg College in Allentown. Emmons and his partners at Printeresting are organizing a zine and small press exposition at Space Gallery from July 20 - August 23 featuring work from 60 talented artists, designers, and publishers from around the world.

Stanya Kahn
Monday, July 16

California-based Stanya Kahn is an interdisciplinary media artist. Working primarily in video, with a practice that includes performance, writing, and photography, Kahn's work inhabits a space between fiction and document, and stems from an extensive background in live performance. Kahn has worked in a collaborative team with artist Harry Dodge, and her work has shown in numerous venues nationally and internationally, including the Whitney Biennial, the California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, and The Museum of Modern Art.

Francis Cape
Monday July 23

Francis Cape was trained as a woodcarver before receiving his MFA from Goldsmiths College, University of London. He has exhibited his work extensively in the US, including shows at the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art. Cape is represented by Murray Guyin New York City. He lives and works in Narrowsburg, NY.

Denise Markonish
Monday July 30

Denise Markonish is the curator at MASS MoCA where she has curated the exhibitions of Nari Ward, Petah Coyne and Inigo Manglano-Ovalle. Markonish also co-edited with Susan Cross the book Sol LeWitt: 100 Views. Previous to her work at MASS MoCA, Markonish was the curator at Artspace in New Haven, CT.

Anne Wilson
Monday, August 6

Anne Wilson is a Chicago-based visual artist who creates sculpture, drawings, performances and video animations that explore themes of time, loss, private and social rituals. Wilson is the recipient of grants from the Driehaus Foundation, Artadia, the Tiffany Foundation, and  the National Endowment for the Arts. Wilson's work is represented by Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago and Paul Kotula Projects, Detroit. She is a Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Generous support for the lecture series provided by the Quimby Family Foundation.

Artist Lecture Series Winter 2012

Posted: 2012-04-04

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Visiting Artist Lecture: Robin Mandel
April 12, 10:30am, Sculpture Department

Robin Mandel is an artist working in sculpture, installation, and photography. His works use motion, light, and shadow to tread the line between material and immaterial. He has received grants from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and the St. Botolph Club Foundation in Boston, and residencies at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado, the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. His teaching credits include the Rhode Island School of Design, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art in 2007-2008.  

Faculty Lecture: Stephen Schiffman
April 12th, 12:30
“Can you really teach entrepreneurship?”

Stephen Schiffman is Visiting Faculty of Creative Entrepreneurship at Maine College of Art for the 2011-12 Academic Year. He is on sabbatical from the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, where he most recently served as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at Olin. Prior to that, from 1986 to 2002, Steve was a faculty member at Babson College, where he also served as Dean of the Undergraduate Program there from 1994-2002.

Faculty Lecture: Claude Caswell
April 19, 12:30-2:00pm

Caswell teaches in the Liberal Arts department at the College.

Faculty Lecture: Adam Manley
April 26, 12:30 in Osher Hall 

Adam Manley received his BA in International Relations and Political Science from The State University of New York at New Paltz, and his MFA in Furniture Design and Woodworking from San Diego State University. He currently teaches in the Woodworking & Furniture Design program at MECA. 

 

MFA Visiting Artist Lecture Series 2012

Posted: 2012-03-30

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Each summer, MECA invites visiting artists, curators, and scholars to participate in MFA curriculum. In addition to critiques and studio visits with students, Visiting Artists deliver a lecture that is free and open to the public. Lectures are held in Osher Hall and begin at 6:30pm.

Michael Kimmelman
Thursday, June 21
“From New York to Europe and Back Again”

Michael Kimmelman’s talk is an intimate and story-filled reflection on his path from The New York Times’s Chief Art Critic, trawling the world’s museums and galleries to Foreign Correspondent (based in Berlin), reinventing cultural reporting from Marseille to Gaza to Berlin and Istanbul, all of which prepared the way for his current post as Architecture Critic, writing about issues facing us at a time when society and cities are rapidly changing.

Beth Lipman
Monday, June 25

Beth Lipman lives and works in Sheboygan Falls, WI. She has exhibited her work widely and received numerous awards including a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship, and a Ruth Chenven Foundation Grant. Lipman has exhibited her work internationally at such institutions as the ICA at MECA, the RISD Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Radcliffe Bailey
Monday, July 2

Radcliffe Bailey creates his mixed media paintings by piecing together ancestral photographs, collected objects, and painted words and maps. Born in 1968 in New Jersey, Bailey now lives and works in Atlanta. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Atlanta College of Art in 1991. His work is permanently installed in the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and in numerous permanent collections including The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The High Museum of Art, and The Art Institute of Chicago.

Amze Emmons
Monday, July 9

Amze Emmons is one of co-founders of Printersting.org. He is an artist, illustrator, curator, living and working in Philadelphia, PA. He has a BFA degree from Ohio Wesleyan University as well as MA and MFA degrees from the University of Iowa.  Currently, he teaches art at Muhlenberg College in Allentown. Emmons and his partners at Printeresting are organizing a zine and small press exposition at Space Gallery from July 20 - August 23 featuring work from 60 talented artists, designers, and publishers from around the world. 

Stanya Kahn
Monday, July 16

California-based Stanya Kahn is an interdisciplinary media artist. Working primarily in video, with a practice that includes performance, writing, and photography, Kahn's work inhabits a space between fiction and document, and stems from an extensive background in live performance. Kahn has worked in a collaborative team with artist Harry Dodge, and her work has shown in numerous venues nationally and internationally, including the Whitney Biennial, the California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, and The Museum of Modern Art.

Francis Cape
Monday July 23

Francis Cape was trained as a woodcarver before receiving his MFA from Goldsmiths College, University of London. He has exhibited his work extensively in the US, including shows at the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art. Cape is represented by Murray Guyin New York City. He lives and works in Narrowsburg, NY.

Denise Markonish 
Monday July 30

Denise Markonish is the curator at MASS MoCA where she has curated the exhibitions of Nari Ward, Petah Coyne and Inigo Manglano-Ovalle. Markonish also co-edited with Susan Cross the book Sol LeWitt: 100 Views. Previous to her work at MASS MoCA, Markonish was the curator at Artspace in New Haven, CT.

Anne Wilson
Monday, August 6

Anne Wilson is a Chicago-based visual artist who creates sculpture, drawings, performances and video animations that explore themes of time, loss, private and social rituals. Wilson is the recipient of grants from the Driehaus Foundation, Artadia, the Tiffany Foundation, and  the National Endowment for the Arts. Wilson's work is represented by Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago and Paul Kotula Projects, Detroit. She is a Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Generous support for this lecture series is provided by the Quimby Family Foundation.

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Visiting Artist: Cat Mazza

Posted: 2012-02-22

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Cat Mazza is a new media artist whose work explores the relationships between craft, digital technology and labor. She will give a free visiting artist lecture at 12:30 in Osher Hall on February 28. She has shown her work in galleries and museums internationally including the Jönköpings läns Museum, (Jönköpings, Sweden), the Museum of Arts and Design (New York City), the Triennale de Milano (Milan, Italy), Garanti Gallery (Istanbul, Turkey), The Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, Oregon) and new media festivals Futuresonic (Manchester, England), FILE (São Paulo, Brazil), Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria), and the Influencers (Barcelona, Spain). Mazza has received support from Creative Capital (2008 grantee in Film/Video), Rockefeller Media Arts (New Media fellow 2007), the Craft Research Fund (2009) and MacDowell Colony (2009).

She received her MFA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2005), her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University (1999) and has been an Assistant Professor of Art at UMass since 2007.

www.microrevolt.org

Faculty Lecture: Gan Xu

Posted: 2011-11-30

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Art History faculty member Gan Xu will deliver a lecture, "Art Historian to Designer: My 390 Foot Buddha" on December 1 at 1pm in Osher Hall. Dr. Gan Xu was born in Shanghai, China. He studied art history at Xian Academy of Art, Xian, China, Vanderbilt University, and Ohio University. His research and publications focus on contemporary art in the West and in China. He has published two books and more than thirty articles in exhibition catalogs and magazines. He lectures nationally and internationally, and has taught as a visiting professor at Eastern China Normal University, Sichuan Academy of Art, China, and Langzhou University, China. He brings students overseas to study in China, Japan, Italy and France. Dr. Xu is also a painter and has been exhibiting his work since the 1970s. He teaches Chinese calligraphy and ink painting. His most recent title in China is the Art Director of an architecture firm, Linkhigh Interior Design, and has been involved in large scale architectural projects in China. His current project involves the design of a cultural park dedicated to Buddhism.

Visiting Artist: Sarah Pierce

Posted: 2011-11-29

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Maine College of Art welcomes Visiting Artist Sarah Pierce back to her homestate of Maine for a lecture on Saturday, December 3 at 6pm in Osher Hall. Since 2003, Pierce has used an umbrella term, The Metropolitan Complex, to describe her practice which uses archives, exhibitions, and papers–often opening these structures up to the personal and the incidental. Central to her activity is a consideration of forms of gathering, both historical examples and those she initiates.

Pierce is currently working towards a PhD in Curatorial Knowledge at Goldsmiths College, University of London and is a regular Lecturer on the MA in Visual Arts Practices at IADT in Ireland. In 2005, she represented Ireland at the 51st Venice Biennale.

For further information please visit: www.themetropolitancomplex.com

Visiting Artist: Sam Messer

Posted: 2011-11-16

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Sam Messer will deliver a visiting artist lecture on November 17 at 6pm in Osher Hall. Messer is Associate Dean and Adjunct Professor at the Yale University School of Art. He received a B.F.A. from Cooper Union in 1976 and an M.F.A. from Yale University in 1981. He is represented by Nielsen Gallery, Boston, and Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles. His work may be found in public collections throughout the country. Mr. Messer has received awards including a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation grant, the Engelhard Award, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Visiting Artist: Alicia Eggert

Posted: 2011-10-25

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MECA welcomes visiting artist Alicia Eggert on October 27 at 2pm for a free public lecture. Eggert is an artist working primarily in sculpture, installation and time-based media. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from Drexel University in Philadelphia, studied Scandinavian architecture and design in Denmark, and worked at an architectural firm in New York for several years before pursuing a career in art. She received an MFA in Sculpture/Dimensional Studies from Alfred University in 2009. Since then, her work has been shown at the Portland Museum of Art in Maine, the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, the Burchfield-Penney Art Center in Buffalo, and at institutions in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Seattle, Portland (Maine and Oregon), and elsewhere. She currently resides in Maine, and is an Assistant Professor in the Visual Arts Department at Bowdoin College. 

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