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Illustration Majors Chris Vales and Miles Cook Published in CATBUG Ebooks

Posted: 2014-04-10

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MECA Illustration majors Chris Vales and Miles Cook's work was recently published in the brand new CATBUG ebooks made by Frederator Studios. Catbug is an illustrated series based off of the American animated web series Bravest Warriors, which follows four teenage heroes-for-hire around the universe as they save adorable aliens.

You can purchase one (or several) of these books here! They're only $2.99!!

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Artists at Work Partners With AIGA Maine for Second Annual Portfolio Day

Posted: 2014-04-09

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On March 28, Maine College of Art once again partnered with AIGA Maine to host their second annual Portfolio Day. More than 80 creative professionals and students gathered for the afternoon in MECA's new Artist at Work space. The event included junior and senior students from MECA, SMCC and USM representing graphic design, photography, illustration, new media and sculpture.

This year's reviewers included creative directors from LL Bean, Portland Museum of Art, Angela Adams, Islandport Press, Fitzgerald Photo, VIA and Big Room Studios. Portfolio Day provides an amazing opportunity for students and seasoned professionals to connect and to learn from one another, said AIGA Maine President Arielle Walrath. It celebrates both the present and the future of the creative professions in Maine.

During an open review session students were able to sit down with several professionals. Graphic Design major Jonathan Novak, who also participated last year, values the experience. "Portland has a remarkable design community. To be able to enter into that as a student is great."

Portfolio Day builds on the MECA's growing Artist at Work program, which connects students to internships, jobs, commissions, professional development opportunities, and residencies. Jessica Tomlinson, Director of Artists at Work, said Portfolio Day, MECA is fortunate to have such a supportive design community. Not only are creative professionals providing feedback at Portfolio Day, they continue to offer internships and jobs to our students and graduates."


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Woodworking and Furniture Design Senior Rangeley Morton Exhibits Work in National Exhibition DigiFabulous

Posted: 2014-04-08

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Senior Woodworking and Furniture Design major Rangeley Morton is exhibiting his work in "Digifabulous", a national juried exhibition at the Regis Art Center in Minnesota. Morton was selected through a jury process and will be exhibiting with artists that include students, professionals and faculty.

Digifabulous 2014 is the first in a series of annually reoccurring shows. The aim of Digifabulous is to bring individuals together both digitally and in the real, so as to make a meaningful contribution to the field of digital fabrication.

The Regis Center for Art will present a nationally juried exhibition, Digifabulous 2014, in the Quarter Gallery from March 25 - April 5, 2014. Anthony R. Kling B.S. Graphic Design 12' University of Minnesota, will jury the exhibition. The exhibition will focus on works that are either wholly or partially digitally fabricated or were constructed via the assistance of digital fabrication. Works should relate to the fields of Fine Art and Design or anywhere in-between. Submissions from artists and designers, both professional and student, along with private and public firms are encouraged as it is our goal to showcase all of the unique and innovative ways the field of digital fabrication is being explored.


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*above piece by Morton, "Pin Lamp", 2014, Maple & Plastic

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. 

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

WWFD Seniors Forest Gagne & Rangeley Morton's Work Accepted into the Furniture Society Conference

Posted: 2014-04-08

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MECA Woodworking and Furniture Design seniors Rangeley Morton and Forest Gange have been selected for the exhibition "Faculty Selects" that will show during the Furniture Society Conference in Port Townsend, WA this summer. Faculty from colleges submit the student work and then it is juried. The selections include written evaluations and will often be published in their annual publication, "Furniture Studio."

This is a student exhibition, that will exist online and onsite during this summer's conference. The 16 artists were selected by Amy Devers. Amy is a furniture designer, artist, maker-builder-carpenter-fabricator, lifestyle expert and television personality.

MECA hosted the Furniture Society conference previously, in 2012. They are an organization that provides many opportunities to students such as exhibiting, publication and connections to makers and places.

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Brittany Marcoux '10 Places Third in Yankee Magazine’s Annual Reader Photo Contest

Posted: 2014-04-03

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DUBLIN, N.H. (April 3, 2014) — Brittany Marcoux of Swansea, Massachusetts, placed third in Yankee Magazine’s “My New England” reader photo contest. Winning photographs are featured in Yankee’s March/April 2014 issue, on newsstands now, starting on page 62 and online at 

Marcoux received her BFA in photography from the Maine College of Art in 2010. She’s a monthly contributor to the American Guide project, photographing the people and places of New England. She will be starting her MFA in Photography at Massachusetts College of Art and Design this upcoming fall. To see more of her work, visit:

“This past Thanksgiving, I was visiting with my in-laws. After we filled up on turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, etc., we decided to go out for a walk. I remember passing this house, with the sunlight hitting it just right, peacefully placed on the lake, and thinking ‘what a perfect place to call home!’ ”

“When we asked for entries to our second annual reader photo contest, the theme ‘My New England’ resonated with our region’s photographers. The landscape and people of New England have been at the heart of Yankee since our first issue nearly 80 years ago, and the feeling for both became evident as we looked through well over 1,000 submissions,” says Mel Allen, editor of Yankee Magazine. “This year our art director, Lori Pedrick, and photo editor, Heather Marcus, enlisted the eyes and sensibilities of three well-known New England photographers—Dana Smith, Jesse Burke, and Sara Gray—to help with the judging. Lori and Heather weighed each judge’s comments carefully, and then made the final choices.”

[Image available upon request.]

Title: The Perfect Home 

Location: Charlton, MA

Judge’s comments: “The lens flare and framing makes me feel as though it’s my view. I love the color, feel, and mood of the image!”

The 2014 “My New England” readers’ photo contest winners include:

  • 1st Place: Tim Bartlett, Medford, MA
  • 2nd Place: Michelle McGrady, Middletown, NY
  • 3rd Place: Brittany Marcoux, Swansea, MA
  • 4th Place: Robert Dansereau, Cumberland, RI
  • Honorable Mention: Iliana Romanul, Somerville, MA
  • Honorable Mention: Paul Girello, Braintree, MA
  • Honorable Mention: Anne M. Hurlbut, Marion, MA
  • Honorable Mention: Lisa Lettieri, Rehoboth, MA

Yankee Magazine’s March/April issue celebrates the season with a special Spring Home & Garden Guide. This section includes the first-ever Home & Garden Awards, which name the best public gardens, nurseries, ornaments, and more. Other articles cover topics such as how to grow a four-season garden and the hardiest roses that can survive New England’s climate. Travel is a cure for spring fever, and visiting Nantucket’s Daffodil Festival, and ten additional flower shows, is the perfect remedy to quell winter blues. Plus, tempt your tastebuds with articles about soup for a crowd, cheeseburger heaven, and sweet New England cornbread. 

For more information about Yankee Magazine’s March/April issue, visit: To submit an entry for the 2014 “My New England” reader photo contest, visit: 

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 About us: Yankee Magazine was founded in 1935 and is based in Dublin, New Hampshire. It is the only magazine devoted to New England through its coverage of travel, home, food, and feature stories. With a total circulation of 330,000 and a total audience of 1.9 million readers, it is published by Yankee Publishing Incorporated (YPI), a family-owned, independent magazine publisher. YPI also owns the nation’s oldest continuously produced periodical, The Old Farmer’s Almanac, and McLean Communications. More information about Yankee: New England’s Magazine is available at:


Media Contact: Heather Atwell, or 603-563-8111 x180


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