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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.

STORM CANCELLATION ALERT

Posted: 2013-02-08

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Due to predicted storm conditions, MECA will be closed Friday & Saturday, February 8 & 9.

 

Spring 2013 Lecture Series Announced

Posted: 2013-02-08

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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.

Seating is limited. Call 207.699.5010 for more information. Supported in part by the Gene R. Cohen Charitable Foundation, the Isabel K. Pease Trust, and friends of the College through the Osher Chair Naming Program.

2.13 // WEDNESDAY 12:00 - 1:20pm

ANNA VON MERTENS | Artist Talk

Anna Von Mertens superimposes layers of meaning and themes into her quilts, which resemble color field paintings or sculptures.  Using a computer to design her richly complex work, she painstakingly hand dyes her material and uses a stitching pattern that can incorporate as many as 100,000 stitches in one piece.  She was the recipient of a 2010 United States Artists Simon Fellowship and a 2007 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award and currently lives in Peterborough, NH.

Sponsored by Metalsmithing & Jewelry
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2.15 // FRIDAY 6:30 - 8:00pm

DEREK JACKSON
| I Want Sex

Derek creates narrative portraiture that is rooted in performance, blurring the line between documentary and fantasy. His technical role is often that of a mediator, with photography being the initial point of contact in a process that may include painting, drawing, installation, video, and live performance.

Sponsored by Public Engagement
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2.21 // THURSDAY 12:30 - 1:30pm

BEN SEVERNS MFA '13 | Our Kind Will Be the First to Blaze a Trail Into a New Life

Ben Severns’ sculptures, installations, performances, photographs, videos, and sound sculptures are meant to mark the divide between what is and what could be as he strives to build a more perfect world. He was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, earned his BFA at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and is an MFA student at MECA.  He has worked with galleries in Minnesota and Maine, as well as with the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the Walker Art Center's Open Field project.

Sponsored by MFA Program
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2.28 // THURSDAY 12:30 - 1:30pm

ADAM DEGRANDIS '05 | The Art of Play

MECA alum Adam deGrandis has worked at game development studios across the country and has been involved with the production of award-winning games for PC, Mac, web, mobile, and console platforms. He currently lives in Portland, Maine, where he teaches at MECA and works a freelance game artist, catering to the growing community of small, independent game developers. In 2012 he acted as principal artist on the eagerly awaited co-op heist game, “Monaco,” which is set to be released this spring.

www.adamdegrandis.com and www.monacoismine.com

Sponsored by New Media
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3.7 // THURSDAY 10:30 - 11:50am

TONI JO COPPA MFA '13 | On the In-Between

Toni Jo Coppa is a MFA student at MECA who is primarily a painter, in love with the figure and psychological scenarios.  She received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was awarded a Zorach scholarship to attend a residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She has exhibited her work at the Knoedler Gallery in New York City, and has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Puffin Foundation.

Sponsored by MFA Program
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3.19 // TUESDAY 10:30 - 11:50am

CHIE FUEKI (Artist in Residence) | Artist Talk

In her intricate and colorful works, Chie Fueki interweaves her exposure to diverse customs with an outsider’s fascination toward American popular culture. Divining a subject archetypically American, Fueki explores the ceremonial, ritualistic, and seasonal occurrence of team sports. The superhuman status of players, the tribe mentality of spectators, the spiritual and mythological connotation of animal mascots, and the symbolic use of color and numbers are all made palpable within a disciplined structure that is itself reminiscent of the game. She is represented by Mary Boone Gallery in New York City.

Sponsored by the Painting Department
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3.20 // WEDNESDAY 12:00 - 1:20pm

EMILY ZILBER | Curator's Talk

Emily Zilber joined the  Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in the fall of 2010 as the first Ronald L. and Anita C. Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts. She is responsible for the MFA’s vibrant program of contemporary decorative arts, including guiding acquisitions and developing a presence for craft and design throughout the museum. She also oversees the Daphne and Peter Farago Gallery, a dedicated space for modern and contemporary craft, design, and decorative arts, which opened in September 2011.  Her current projects include the exhibition New Blue-and-White, which focuses on contemporary interpretations of ceramic history

Sponsored by Metalsmithing & Jewelry
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3.21 // THURSDAY 12:30 - 1:30pm

AARON PATRICK DECKER '12 | Constellation: A Group or Cluster of Related Things

Recent Windgate Fellowship award recipient and MECA graduate Aaron Decker discusses the research he conducted on groups of jewelry artists, gallerists and curators within Portugal and Estonia.  Inquiring into the origin and the cultural identity of the work from each respective country, Aaron conducted and catalogued interviews that are being published by Art Jewelry Forum, a nonprofit contemporary jewelry organization.   His work is based around a variety of questions, including, “ Is art identified as ‘art’ everywhere one goes? What happens when the ink on paper bleeds across cultural lines, and these intricacies which once separated us, begin to break down into new formations?”

Aaronpatrickdecker.com and aaronpatrickdecker.wordpress.com

Sponsored by Artists at Work
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3.28 // THURSDAY 12:30 - 1:30pm

SYLVIE ROSENTHAL | Minor Architecture and the Lower Astronomy

Sylvie Rosenthal started building at age six, making circuses, catapults, rockets, and robots at the Eli Whitney Museum, where she was introduced to the work of inventors and artists such as Alexander Calder, Leonardo da Vinci, and A.C.  Gilbert. Her formal study of traditional European woodworking at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s School for American Crafts (BFA ’03) tempered these explorations and instilled a dedication to craftsmanship. Over the last ten years, she has gained recognition for her intricate and detail-oriented furniture, sculpture, contraptions and art objects that are infused with humor and steeped in the impossible. She is pursuing a Masters Degree in Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a former Windgate Fellowship recipient..

Sponsored by Woodworking & Furniture Design
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4.4 // THURSDAY 12:30 - 1:30pm

NINA SCHWANSE | Artist Talk

Nina Schwanse’s video and live works frame performance as a comic, mimetic, melancholy, hideous, and deeply unreliable form of communication. Her invocation of generic D-list celebrities, notorious cultural figures such as Amy Fisher, confused anchorwomen, morbidly obsessed football fans, and swamp people “refresh the typically didactic terrain of mediated female objectification with verbal and visual wit,” writes critic Kevin McGarry.  She was the 2009 recipient of a full fellowship at the University of New Orleans MFA program, and is currently a member of Good Children Gallery, an artist-run collective. She lives and works in New Orleans with her cat.

ninaschwanse.com
goodchildrengallery.com
blog.art21.org/2010/03/08/profile-nina-schwanse-artist-new-orleans

Sponsored by Visiting Artist Committee

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4.6 // SATURDAY 8:00 - 9:30pm

JOHN FIREMAN | An Evening with John Fireman

John was born and raised in New York City. He earned his BFA in Film Studies from Yale University, after which he worked as a story editor and producer at New Line Cinema. John's primary focus is feature-length experimental documentary films, though he also works with video, video/sound installation, photography, electroacoustic music composition, and performance. His work was included in Perfoma 2011, and has been presented at the Abrons Art Center and the Museum of Art and Design, both in New York City. Holland Cotter, art critic for the New York Times, called John's documentary work “very funny.”  In the fall, John will show an interactive video work at FIAF (French Institute Alliance Française - NYC) as part of the "Crossing the Line" series.  

Sponsored by MFA Program
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4.18 // THURSDAY 12:30 - 1:30pm

PILAR NADAL MFA '13 | Up Until Now

Pilar Nadal currently lives and prints in Portland, Maine as she pursues her MFA at MECA.  She combines all the skills gained in her past careers as an art teacher, ice-cream truck driver, and sign-maker into a super powered art maker, especially through Tired Press, the portable printmaking project she takes out into the community. Primarily a printmaker, Pilar is also interested in education and public engagement.

Sponsored by MFA Program

 

Geary's Announces the Winner of their Summer Ale Contest

Posted: 2013-02-07

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Local brewery, D.L. Geary Brewing Company, announced today that Kaitlin Callender is the winner of the Maine College of Art / Geary Brewing Summer Ale contest for 2013! Kaitlin is a junior studying graphic design at MECA. Geary's stated: "We loved her use of light and color against the waterfront. Congrats Kaitlin!"

Second Place (tie): 
Maria Antuna
Hugh McCormack


Third Place
Ren Albon

Honorable Mentions
Trisha Cobb 
Dan Heutz
Cori Kippin

Check out Geary's blog here, and see all the submissions here.

MECA Alumni Adriana Warner Curates 'The Other Side of Shade'

Posted: 2013-01-28

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Other Side of Shade
On View Through February 16, 2013
opening reception Friday, February 1, 5-8PM
first floor lobby gallery
Maine College of Art
522 Congress Street, Portland, ME

PORTLAND, ME --  MECA alumni Adriana Warner curates The Other Side of Shade, a collection of works that interpret and reflect the issues of race, oppression and power. Using a range of visual strategies from subtle to controversial , the artists in the exhibition bring the challenging and often uncomfortable issue of race in America to the surface. The Other Side of Shade will use the format of the exhibition to bring people together to discuss these complex issues with the goal of creating awareness that leads to positive action. The exhibition is part of a larger project and community partnership between Maine College of Art and the NAACP Portland, MLK Youth Fellows. Students, faculty and staff from both organizations will collaborate on curriculum and visual projects that respond to the ideas in the exhibition. Artist and exhibition organizer Adriana Warner and participating artist Edwige Charlot will give a gallery talk on Tuesday, February 12 at 12 noon, and artist Derek Jackson will give a public lecture on Friday, February 15 at 630PM, Osher Hall at MECA.

This exhibition is presented by the Public Engagement Program  at Maine College of Art (MECA) , and the NAACP Portland Branch with generous funding from the Edward H. Daveis Benevolent Fund, Maine Community Foundation.

For more information, please contact Adriana Warner at adriana.d.warner@gmail.com  or Elizabeth Jabar, Assistant Dean and Director of Public Engagement at ejabar@meca.edu.

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The mission of Maine College of Art (MECA) dates back to 1882 and is rooted in delivering a transformative learning experience that prepares students to thrive in the areas of artistic excellence, creative entrepreneurship, and civic engagement within an intimate and demanding educational environment.

NAACP Portland Branch >> Learn more

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MECA Fashion Show: Call for Wearable Art

Posted: 2013-01-25

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Maine College of Art is hosting
Maine: 4 Seasons in a Day

A fashion show and sale to support Maine College of Art

on Saturday April 20, 2013.
 
MECA alumni, students, faculty and staff are invited to submit proposals for wearable art to be included in the show.  We are seeking apparel, jewelry, accessories, and wearable art that will make a strong visual impact on the runway.

In 2011 Maine philanthropist and Burt’s Bees founder Roxanne Quimby donated $400,000 to support a new fashion and textile design program at Maine College of Art. Roxanne has had a long-standing interest in the field, and over the years has collected an outstanding array of vintage and couture dresses. To further support MECA, selected dresses from her collection will be included in the fashion show and made available for purchase.

The sale will take place in the ICA at MECA over the course of two days and culminate in a dynamic closing celebration and runway show featuring presentations of vintage fashions and MECA student and alumni wearable art.

To apply:
Email 3-5 images of your work with a proposal no more than one page in length to ehutton@meca.edu.  Submissions should include either images of the actual work or a combination of sketches of the proposed work and previously completed works. Submissions will be juried by members of the Advancement office.  Deadline to apply is 5:00pm on Friday, February 15, 2013.

Selected artists may opt to have their work available for sale. All sales will include a 50% commission made to Maine College of Art. Artists may model their own creations, or a model will be available for the runway display. Artists are responsible for delivery and pick-up of their work.

For more information contact Erin Hutton at ehutton@meca.edu or 207.699.5025.
 
Image: Skirt and lace scarf by Anne Emlein. Photograph by Jesse Burke

Posted: 2013-01-17

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During 2012, Eda Cufer, an Adjunct Assistant Professor, Art History, has been involved in a major exhibition at the Tate Modern in London. Neue Slowenische Kunst (1984-1992):A Historical Perspective showcased the work (painting, performance and music) of the Slovenian Collective that Assistant Professor Cufer participated in NSK or "New Slovenian"Art was a unique aesthetic and political collective emerging in the 1980's. At the Spring (2012) Symposium Assistant Professor Cufer gave a talk , "You Name It! Over-identification, Temporary Hegemonic Zone, Stiob and contributed a major essay to the exhibition's catalogue.

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