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Art Trumps Capitalism at MECA
MECA students donated their art to friday's pop-up-shop. Buyers traded volunteer time for the work created.
Listen to MPBN feature: MECA Students 'Sell' Art in Exchange for Community
Using community service as currency was the concept behind the Yankee Swap Pop Up Shop on Free Street during last friday's Art Walk. The one-night-only shop sold handmade goods and art created by MECA students, purchased in exchange for volunteer time.
Next ProDev Series hosted on December 12 in Osher Hall: Tax Essentials
The next workshop in the Professional Development Series is Tax Essentials. This series of workshops on business basics for artists is presented by Creative Portland, Maine College of Art, and Maine Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts with generous funding by the Quimby Family Foundation.
A panel of three professional presenters will bring practical information to artists and small businesses about how taxes work and how to get them done efficiently and smartly. Topics will include recordkeeping, setting up books, sales tax, deductions, hobby loss rule, expense tracking and more.
Caren-Marie Michel, Artist and MECA Alum
Tom Gangewer, partner at Local Economy
Justin Coffin from at Macdonald Page & Co LLC
The workshop takes place at 6pm in Osher Hall at Maine College of Art. Admission is free for current students, alumni, faculty, and staff. The fee for all others is $10.
Register online using Brown Paper Tickets
Two Future Mother Events at the ICA
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 • firstname.lastname@example.org • 1.800.699.1509
Saturday DEC. 8th 7PM ***ALHAN MIDDLE EASTERN ENSEMBLE***
ICA Gallery @ MECA
Maine College of Art • 522 Congress Street • Portland, Maine 04101 • email@example.com • 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 @ firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.800.699.1509
Maine College of Art • 522 Congress Street • Portland, Maine 04101 ••
Outstanding MECA Alumni
Metalsmithing & Jewelry
Eric Hongisto ‘97 Guggenheim winner, professor at University of San Francisco
William Mills ‘80, Gepetto Studios, NY makes soft sculpture puppets, props for films, Letterman
Connie Hayes ‘80 Painter
Julianna Swaney ‘05, entrepreneur/artist www.ohmycavalier.com
Brian Wilk ’95 Hasbro Inc. Design Director, Pawtucket, RI
Caroline Lathan-Stiefel MFA '01 http://www.carolinelathanstiefel.net
Aaron Stephan MFA '02, studio artist: public art aarontstephan.com
Nancy Nesvet MFA '04 curator, studio artist
Catherine D'Ignazio MFA '05 studio artist http://www.ikatun.com/kanarinka
Randy Regier MFA '07, studio artist randyregier.com
Geary's Brewing Company Hosts Design Competition
Each year, the D.L. Geary Brewing Company hosts a competition on campus for the design of the packaging for the Geary's Summer Ale. All undergraduate students are allowed to submit a design. The winning design is then featured on the labels of one million bottles of beer, as well as on the six-pack and 12-pack boxes. The student with the winning design is awarded $5,000. This year, there were more than 60 entries to the contest. The winner is selected in January and works with Geary on bringing the concept to production for a launch in late spring. See all the entries.
For more information, please contact Jessica Tomlinson, Director of Artists at Work.
2012 BFA Awards Announced
Best in show
THE WORLD OVER: MECA Faculty Exhibition on View at the ICA through December 22
THE WORLD OVER: MECA Faculty Exhibition on view at the ICA through December 22
The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art (ICA at MECA) in Portland will present the exhibition The World Over through December 22, 2012.
Featured artists include Jeffrey Clancy (Metalsmithing & Jewelry), Elizabeth Jabar (Printmaking) and Colleen Kinsella (Printmaking), Adam Manley (Woodworking & Furniture Design), and Gail Spaien (Painting). All are current faculty members of the BFA program at Maine College of Art. The World Over is the sixth in MECA’ s series of juried thematic faculty exhibitions. This exhibition was juried by Amie Scally, Deputy Director/Curator of White Columns, New York.
Jeffrey Clancy is a visual artist, designer and educator whose studio practice is informed by historical and traditional craft practices and theory. Clancy is represented by Gallerie Elisa Plateau, Brussels, Belgium, has been awarded The Society of Arts and Crafts Artist Award, Boston, MA. Recent exhibitions include Vestige, a solo exhibition at Gallery 37-A, Portland, ME; Art Brussels, 2010; Generously Odd: Craft Now, Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY; Re-make / Re-model, National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, TN; Exterior / Ulterior National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, TN; “Exhibition in Print 2010, Neo-Palatial: A Curatorial Imaginarium,” Guest Curator Garth Clark, Metalsmith Magazine.
Elizabeth Jabar is a print based artist and her hybrid works on paper explore ideas of ethnicity and heritage. In her printed assemblages and artists books she displays a highly personal visual language, incorporating cultural motifs from folk art, religious traditions and textiles. Her works have been shown at galleries and museums nationally and internationally, including Victoria Arts Connection, Victoria, BC, Canada, National Gallery of Art, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Pyramid Atlantic, Rhode Island School of Design, Montserrat College, Colby College Museum of Art, The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, The Center for Maine Contemporary Art, University of New England, La Jolla Fiber Arts, La Jolla California, New York and The Center for Book Arts, New York, New York. Her work was recently published in 50/ 50 A Survey of Contemporary Printmaking.
Colleen Kinsella’s primary focus is split between printmaking and music. Her work has been published on over twenty-five album covers. She and her partner, who are known for their one-of-a-kind art and music production, began the group Big Blood and started Dontrustheruin Records out of their home. Her work was selected for this year’s Biennial at the Portland Museum of Art and was featured on the catalogue cover. She has shown at the International Print Center in New York; Dean Johnson Galley, Indianapolis, IN; Seattle’s Wall of Sound, Columbia College, Chicago, IL; and the Southern Graphics Council, Chicago, IL.
Gail Spaien has been granted numerous awards and fellowships including the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Artists Advancement Grant, the Maine Arts Commission Good Idea Grant and Artist Visibility Grant, the Djerassi Foundation Resident Artists Program in Woodside, CA, Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, NY and, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Gail's exhibitions include the DeCordova Museum of Contemporary Art, in Lincoln, MA, Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport, ME, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, in California, Crocker Art Museum, in Sacramento, CA, the Portland Museum of Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Portland, Maine, and the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine. She is represented by Aucocisco Gallery in Portland, Maine, Miller Block Gallery in Boston, MA and the William Scott Gallery in Provincetown, MA.
For more information on the exhibitions and artists, visit our website: http://www.meca.edu/meca-life/ica
And, please remember that the ICA is always free!
Open Window Series 3 #1,2012
Acrylic on linen
55 x 60 inches
MECA Announces Fall Lecture Series
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 email@example.com are encouraged, as seating is limited. Call 207.699.5010 for more information.
Art for the
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.
A Day With 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.
Printmaking, Book Arts, and Sculpture
Materials and Process
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.
The Inspiration of Edward Gorey & The High Skies Adventure of Blue Jay the Pirate
MECA Announces Lecture with Anthony Smyrski at the ICA
Anthony Smyrski is a founder of Smyrski Creative and co-founder of hte experimental media project MEGAWORDS. Anthony gave a talk about finding his passion, starting his own design firm and offered practical advice to students about starting a creative business or freelance practice.
First year students at MECA engage community with mural project
This striking new mural recently appeared as a result of a community partnership and MECA's Public Engagement efforts at the corner of Preble Street and Cumberland Avenue, a block off of Monument Square.
Two of MECA’s FY-In sections have teamed up with Wright Ryan to create a temporary public installation on the exterior of the new Preble St Teen Center. Paul Gebhardt and Adam Manley’s classes collaborated to create a 48 foot Mural to be mounted on the side of the building at the corner of Preble and Cumberland Streets. Students worked together to come up with a mural spoke to both the residents of the center and the general population of Portland. After a group brainstorming session, the students were divided into groups of two, each of which was assigned a letter, as well as a language commonly spoken in Portland to act as a visual prompt for the painting of their letter. The mural is divided into 4’ x 4’ squares, each containing one letter, and the individual artworks that developed around each of these letters is based on the students’ extensive research into the visual language of the assigned cultures.
The building is being renovated to become the Preble Street Resource Center's new Joe Kreisler Teen Shelter. But the mural is actually a collaboration between Wright-Ryan Construction and this year's freshman class at the Maine College of Art.
Wright-Ryan superintendent Rob Barrett was a driving force behind the initiative. He said, "The building renovations required his crew to remove the first-floor facade and erect a temporary plywood shed. Instead of having a blank wall, it seemed like a perfect canvas for a community art project, so I contacted a couple of instructors at MECA. Members of the freshman class then teamed up in pairs to paint the mural's individual panels, each of which honors a different nationality from the diverse immigrant community at the nearby Portland High School."
"It was a way to get incoming freshmen introduced to Portland, and introduced to the Preble Street Resource Center, with a community-based arts project," explains Barrett.
Chair of MECA Illustration Department Releases New Book
SCOTT NASH RELEASES NEW BOOK:
Portland Based Author/Illustrator and Chair of MECA’s Illustration Department Tops 2012 Best Children’s Books List
Portland, Maine ~ Illustrator, author, designer, and nationally-known media mind 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 Listand at The Society of Illustration’s Original Art Show.
Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey comes to Portland
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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
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.