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Posted: 2013-10-03

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MECA Alums Featured in PMA Biennial 

This fall the Portland Museum of Art (PMA) is featuring 30 artists selected from nearly 900 applicants for the 2013 Portland Museum of Art Biennial: Piece Work. Ten of the artists are MECA alumni and two are faculty.

Kate Beck '96 (Attended), Harpswell, ME
Matt Blackwell '77, Brooklyn, NY
Allison Cooke Brown '01, Yarmouth, ME
Alina Gallo MFA '08, Portland, ME
Bryan Graf, Portland, ME,  Assistant Professor of Photography
Julie Gray MFA '12, Saco, ME
Adriane Herman, Portland, ME Associate Professor of Printmaking
Alison Hildreth '76, Portland, ME
Joe Kievitt '93, Portland, ME
Sage Lewis '04, Columbus, OH
Justin Richel '02, Rangeley, ME
Aaron Williams '94, Ridgewood, NY

Selection of the artwork for Piece Work followed a new process this year. The jury process was conducted internally by Jessica May, the PMA’s first Curator of Contemporary and Modern Art. The goal of the exhibition is to explore one very strong, deep thread of contemporary practice that has relevance both regionally and nationally. Many of the artists in Piece Work live in Maine for all or part of the year; for others, the state has been an important part of their biography or artistic practice.

On view October 3, 2013 through January 5, 2014, the Biennial will feature more than 70 works, ranging in media from painting and drawing to photography and video.

 

Groundbreaking Bluestocking Film Series Brings Award-Winners to MECA

Posted: 2013-10-02

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Astronauts? Check. Zombies and lesbians? Check. WWII resistance fighters? Check. Teenage girls on the prowl, a grandmother with an unconventional diet, and a businesswoman on an obstacle course to work? Yes. The Fall 2013 Bluestocking Film Series has that.

Returning to MECA's Osher Hall on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7:00 p.m., the biannual film event has a whole new lineup of award-winning Bechdel-tested short films by talented women directors for Portland’s cinema lovers.

With the help of an international judging panel, the six films were carefully curated by founder-organizer Kate Kaminski, chosen specifically to prove that films about women can tackle difficult subject matter and be powerful and cutting-edge. 
 
This fall will also mark a first in Bluestocking’s 2-year history: audience members will vote their favorite film in two categories and two lucky filmmakers will walk away with cash prizes. Kyna Morgan of Her Film Project (a global project to support women filmmakers) will sponsor the bigger of the two prizes. The Bluestocking also awards a $100 gift each season to a female New Media student at MECA. “Our goal is to support in any way we can those women who choose to compete in such a male-dominated field.”

The screening event will take place in Osher Hall at MECA at 7:00 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.) on Saturday, October 19. All tickets are $5 if purchased in advance via Brown Paper Tickets. Tickets are $7 if purchased at the door the evening of the screening. Some of the featured filmmakers will also be on-hand for a post-screening Q&A.

For more information, contact Kate Kaminski, founder/organizer. Watch trailers for past and upcoming events: bluestockingfilms.com

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Contact: Kate Kaminski, Organizer |gitgoproductions@gmail.com |  207.772.1326