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MAINE BASED ILLUSTRATOR, DANIEL MINTER, EARNS 2013 CORETTA SCOTT KING ILLUSTRATOR HONOR

Posted: 2013-03-15

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Maine College of Art will host a Special Reception on Monday, March 18 at 6pm to Celebrate the Award
 
Portland, Maine - The prestigious 2013 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor has been awarded to MECA Adjunct Instructor in Illustration Daniel Minter whose illustrations in Ellen’s Broom accompany Kelly Starling Lyons’ words that tell the story of a young girl who learns the new meaning of freedom during the time of the Reconstruction. The Coretta Scott King Award, named for the wife of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., brings attention to one of Maine's most accomplished contemporary artists.
 
Members of the Media are invited to attend a special reception hosted in honor of this highly acclaimed accolade on Monday, March 18 at 6pm on the 2nd Floor of Maine College of Art's Porteous Building (522 Congress Street).  Hosting this reception is Chair of MECA's Illustration Department, author, illustrator, and designer, Scott Nash.

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WHO: Media representatives, Literary/Arts/Illustration Community, Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni, Special Guests

WHAT:
 Exhibit and Opening Reception for Daniel Minter, MECA Illustration Professor and Recipient of the 2013 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor

WHERE: 
 Maine College of Art, 2nd Floor Porteous Building, 522 Congress Street,  Portland Maine, 04101

WHY: 
To celebrate and recognize an honor of distinction earned by Maine-based illustrator, Daniel Minter

WHEN:
 Monday, March 18, 2013 at 6pm

Professor Jamie Hogan Illustrates New Children's Book

Posted: 2013-03-02

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Illustration Professor Jamie Hogan has announced the release of "Here Come the Humpbacks". The book follows a mother whale and her calf along their annual migration from the warm waters of the Caribbean to their feeding grounds off the coast of New England, portraying the ways they sing, breathe, and avoid dangers. 

The book is now available in hardcover.

>>More info.

Posted: 2013-02-27

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Indiana artists explore Hoosier ties in upcoming gallery exhibition

INDIANAPOLIS—An upcoming exhibition at Gallery 924 at the Arts Council features the fine art furniture of Cory Robinson and Matt Hutton. Both Robinson and Hutton are natives of Indiana and studied at Indiana University Purdue University’s Herron School of Art & Design. The artists explore their Hoosier roots in show titled, Beyond Vernacular.

“As a gallery that shows and supports contemporary Indiana artists, we understand the Indiana or Midwest aesthetic is somewhat elusive and often difficult to define,” said Shannon Linker, director of artist services and Gallery 924. “However, Hutton and Robinson seem to have a clear vision of what it means to understand and embrace the visual language of the often simple, but comforting iconography of rural Indiana. They have brilliantly married high design, functionality, and their own personal histories.”

Both Hutton and Robinson found themselves on parallel professional paths, which began in undergraduate studies at Herron School of Art and Design and continued to San Diego State University where they both received MFA’s. Since then, Hutton co-founded the woodworking and furniture design program at the Maine College of Art, where he now works; and Robinson is an associate professor of furniture design and fine art department chair at Herron.   

‘Beyond Vernacular’ will open during IDADA’s First Friday Art Tour Friday, March 1 and be on display at Gallery 924 at the Arts Council from March 1 to 29.

What: Beyond Vernacular

Where: Gallery 924 at the Arts Council of Indianapolis | 924 North Pennsylvania Street Indianapolis, IN 46204

When: March 1 – 29, 2013 | Gallery hours: Tuesdays – Fridays 10 p.m. – 4 p.m., Thursdays 10-6 | Special opening Friday, March 1, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

About Gallery 924 at the Arts Council

Gallery 924 provides a mix of programming highlighting central Indiana contemporary artists, including solo shows and curated group shows.  The 1,300 square foot gallery is located in the former home of Rollerland and the current home of the Arts Council of Indianapolis.

About the Arts Council of Indianapolis

The Arts Council of Indianapolis builds financial support and widespread appreciation for meaningful engagement in the arts. As the chief advocate for the arts and artists in Indianapolis, the Arts Council provides grant opportunities and professional development resources for central Indiana arts organizations and artists. It owns and operates the Indianapolis Artsgarden, Gallery 924, a 1,300 square foot fine art gallery featuring work by central Indiana artists, and recently launched power2give, an online fundraising platform for arts, cultural, and humanities organizations. For more information visit indyarts.org.

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>>Matt Hutton Faculty bio

MECA Announces 2013 Art Honors Recipients

Posted: 2013-02-25

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MECA ANNOUNCES 2013 ART HONORS RECIPIENTS

Portland Museum of Art, Dahlov Ipcar, and Candace Pilk Karu Recognized for Artistic Leadership and Excellence
 

Portland, Maine - Maine College of Art will hold the 17th annual Art Honors gala celebration to recognize leaders in Maine’s creative sector on Thursday, May 9, 2013.

This year, the College presents the Award for Leadership as a Visual Artist and the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts to Dahlov Ipcar; the Award for Leadership in Art Philanthropy and the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts to Candace Pilk Karu, and the Award for Leadership in the Visual Arts to the Portland Museum of Art.

The awards will be presented at the College’s Porteous Building at 522 Congress Street in downtown Portland. The event begins at 5:30pm and the awards ceremony is scheduled at 6:30pm on May 9.  Cocktails and tapas throughout the evening will be accented with live music and the thesis exhibition of graduating students.  The Class of 2013 will join the creative black tie party.  Support of Art Honors is available at three levels: Patrons at $1,200, Host Committee at $250 and general at $50.  

For more information visit meca.edu/arthonors or please call 207-775-5098.

About the Honorees:
The Award for Leadership as a Visual Artist and the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts recognizes Dahlov Ipcar’s deep and far reaching influence as a Maine artist with international recognition, and her contributions to the arts and letters for more than seventy years.  

The Award for Leadership in Art Philanthropy and the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts to Candace Pilk Karu honors her 21 years of service to the College and pays tribute to her personal belief that the arts play an important role in our civil society by encouraging emerging and living artists.

The Award for Leadership in the Visual Arts to the Portland Museum of Art acknowledges the museum's significant past and future contributions to Portland, Maine, and the nation and celebrates the deep and historic connection between the two institutions since their joint founding in 1882.

Art Honors recognizes artists, philanthropists and art educators with significant ties to Maine who offer MECA’s students, as well as the public, powerful examples of lives in the arts. Past honorees have included Roxanne Quimby, S. Donald Sussman, David Driskell, Bernarda Shahn, Beverly Hallam, Will Barnet, Neil Welliver, Alex Katz, Robert Indiana, Alison Hildreth, Angela Adams and Pandora Lacasse, among others.

Located in the heart of the Portland Arts District, MECA offers a BFA degree in 10 studio majors, an MFA in Studio Arts, a Post-Baccalaureate in Art Education 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, see www.meca.edu.

 

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MECA Hosts Open Forum Community Session on Institutional Logo Process

Posted: 2013-02-21

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[Image by Gabriella Sturchio '12]

MECA held a three-day charrette on February 1,2 & 3. Graphic Design students, faculty, and Pentagram's Eddie Opara worked together to rebrand and re-define MECA's institutional identity. The weekend was a great success and we were able to emerge with two solid concepts. While there is still much work to be done before deciding on a specific direction to move forward with, we are hosting an open forum community session on Tuesday, February 26 at 5pm in the Cafe to learn more about the design process and to see variations of both concepts. 

Here are the details:

WHO:  The entire MECA community

WHAT:  
Presentation and dialog about MECA's logo development process and progress

WHERE: 
MECA Cafe

WHY: 
To generate awareness and dialog about a very important topic: The future of MECA's visual identity

WHEN:
  Tuesday, February 26 (5-6pm)

Dinner will be available as usual ($8 per person) along with a complimentary ice cream sunday bar. All are invited to attend. 

It is time for the 2013 Nothing Major Show!!

Posted: 2013-02-17

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The Nothing Major Show at MECA is an annual student-run exhibition. This show is open to any first or second year student. If you are a non-major, SUBMIT your ART! You can be a junior that is undeclared and still enter. Each student can submit one work or a cohesive series.

This year the show theme is IDENTITY and is titled WHO WE ARE.

Who we are and what motivates us are central questions for all of us. This investigation of self is particularly prevalent in art school, where our own work can be seen and understood and an extension of ourselves. We struggle to find our personal originality and uniqueness that can inform and create our art practice.

Here are some possible questions you could consider when selecting the art to submit:
What does identity mean?
Who dictates this identity?
Who are you, and how does your art reflect that?

And finally, here are some important dates and details to remember:

  • Art Submissions: February 11 - 14 in the Administrative Center with Erin Hutton, Associate Director of Artist at Work and Special Programs.

  • Installation: February 15 - 17.  Volunteers will help with hanging work.

  • Show Dates: February 18 - March 7, 2013 on the 2nd floor and first floor front window

  • Opening Reception: First Friday, March 1, 2013, 5-8PM, Open to the public

MECA Alum Creates iOS Game

Posted: 2013-02-13

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Joseph Rosshirt just released his first iOS game for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The all-ages interactive game is now available for download in the App store.

Rosshirt graduated from MECA's Illustration program in 2011.