Each year, the D.L. Geary Brewing Company sponsors a contest for the undergraduate students at Maine College of Art to design the label and packaging for the Summer Ale. The winner receives $5000 and their artwork on nearly 1 million bottles of beer. This year’s winner is Annie Mora, a Graphic Design junior from South Londonderry, Vermont.
“When thinking of a design for the Summer Ale I wanted to illustrate the energy of the ocean. The inspiration for the splash came from watercolor paintings that I do in my sketchbook. The colors in the packaging represent warm summer days in Maine,” says Mora.
Art Honors Recognizes Donald Sussman and Earle Shettleworth, Jr.
Maine College of Art will hold the 16th annual Art Honors gala celebration in the Porteous Building to recognize leaders in Maine’s creative sector on Tuesday, May 8, 2012.
This year, the College presents the Award for Leadership in Art Philanthropy to S. Donald Sussman and the Award for Leadership in Community Service in the Arts and Education to Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr.
About the Honorees The Award for Leadership in Art Philanthropy goes to S. Donald Sussman for his deep and far reaching support of cultural programs and institutions within Maine and nationally. The honor allows the College to pay tribute to Sussman’s personal belief that the arts play an important role in our civil society and acknowledges his encouragement of emerging and living artists.
The Award for Leadership in Community Service in the Arts and Education recognizes Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. for his deep and long-term commitment to Maine’s cultural heritage. Shettleworth’s dedication and attention to the preservation of our State’s architecture—firmitas, utilitas, venustas—encompasses the same values embedded in MECA’s curriculum, where students consider the ideas of durability, utility and beauty within their work.
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 David Driskell, Bernarda Shahn, Beverly Hallam, Will Barnet, Neil Welliver, Alex Katz, Robert Indiana, Alison Hildreth, Angela Adams and Pandora Lacasse, among others.
Metalsmithing & Jewelry Student Wins $15,000 Windgate Award
Metalsmithing and Jewelry student Aaron Decker, was one of ten seniors in the country to be awarded a Windgate Fellowship of $15,000 from the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design. The fellowship is meant to provide critical support to enhance a student's career. This will allow him to travel to the Czech Republic to be one of seven participants in the international Garnet Symposium held each summer in Turnov. He will then be traveling to Portugal to work with the Association of Contemporary Portuguese Jewelers. This organization supports contemporary studio jewelry through workshops and exhibitions.
Another MECA student, Tanner Price, also won the award this year.
Woodworking & Furniture Design senior Tanner Price was one of ten seniors in the country to be awarded a Windgate Fellowship of $15,000 from the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design. The fellowship is meant to provide critical support to enhance a student's career. With the support, Tanner will travel to Zurich, Valencia, and Tokyo to experience the works and studios of Santiago Calatrava and Tezuka Architects. He will document his travel to show architecture's effects on diverse societies that will inform a body of work representing the language of architecture.
Another MECA student, Aaron Decker, also received the award this year.
Woodworking & Furniture Design Students Participate in Craft Boston
Woodworking & Furniture Design students are showcasing their work at CraftBoston March 23-25. Craftboston is New England's premiere exhibition and sale of contemporary art, craft and design. The event is held each spring at Seaport World Trade Center in Boston and features work by leading artists in the field. Participating students include Hannah Merchant, Kate Lizotte, Abby Mechanic, Matt Gardiner, Tanner Price, Tina McLuckie and alum Steve Anderson '11. Students prepare the exhibit and install it and staff it for the event.
Image credit: Abby Mechanic's work at CraftBoston
Roxanne Quimby Donates $400,000 to MECA
Maine College of Art has received a gift of $400,000 from Roxanne Quimby to combine the Quimby Colony within the college’s curriculum and programs. The Quimby Colony was created in 2009 by Burt’s Bees founder Roxanne Quimby for the purpose of bringing gifted artists to Maine and contributing to their growth and success. For the past two years the Colony has focused on residencies for artists specializing in fashion and textiles.
The gift will support artists in residence, new faculty, student recruitment, equipment and resources to develop curriculum in the areas of fashion and textiles. “I am delighted to make this gift,” Quimby commented, “Maine College of Art, as a leader in contemporary higher education in the arts in Maine is uniquely positioned to carry on the work of the Quimby Colony.” Quimby, who is an art school graduate, believes that MECA leadership will create a strong base for an emerging fashion industry in Maine. Her gift is intended to encourage vitality in downtown Portland that will help build a growing interest in fashion and design across Maine.
Maine College of Art is Northern New England’s leading arts education institution and largest employer of visual artists in Maine. The opportunity to develop curriculum and special programming about fashion and textiles will complement the college’s strong Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Art Education, and Continuing Studies programs. Course offerings and workshops in fashion and design will become a strong component of MECA’s Artists at Work program aimed at providing students and alumni with professional development support for entrepreneurial careers.
Don Tuski, president of MECA notes that, “Maine has attracted artists and entrepreneurs related to textiles, fashion, and fiber for nearly 200 years. With this gift, the College enriches the educational choices for students to have successful careers, grows Portland and Maine’s economy through creative and artistic enterprise, and attracts more artists and creative individuals to the state. We believe that this gift will attract new majors, have great appeal to current students majoring in related areas, and in addition attract many members of the general public to take advantage of MECA courses. This will establish a new vitality for MECA and for downtown Portland.”
The Quimby Colony is one of three charitable organizations that Roxanne Quimby has created to benefit people in Maine.
MECA Students Design New Portland Pirates Logo
When it came time for the Portland Pirates to create a new logo to celebrate their 20th anniversary, the hockey team approached Maine College of Art. Portland Pirates Managing Owner/CEO Brian Petrovek said, "I could go to Boston or New York or I could go to the world class institution located right across the street."
Students in Samantha Haedrich’s graphic design class, Design Workshop, spent the fall semester collaborating on the identity assignment. The group of nine juniors and seniors conducted research, presented ideas and participated in critiques with the Pirates organization. The chosen anniversary logo integrates the Salty Pete mascot and his iconic pirate flag, a fan favorite.
The logo, which commemorates the 20th anniversary of the inception of the Portland Pirates franchise in 1993, will be included in all aspects of operation, including Pirates merchandise, and on a special alternate jersey to be worn for select games during the 2012-13 season.
"We are thrilled to partner with MECA students, faculty, and staff over the last few months to design this emblem," said Petrovek. "We are very pleased with the work of Samantha Haedrich and her graphic design students on the logo. We feel it accentuates the true spirit of the Pirates relationship with the great hockey fans of Portland over the last 20 years. We thank the students for all of their hard work in creating a truly fitting symbol to celebrate a franchise milestone."
The logo was unveiled during a press conference in the Karu Media Collective at the College on February 27.
Cat Mazza is a new media artist whose work explores the relationships between craft, digital technology and labor. She will give a free visiting artist lecture at 12:30 in Osher Hall on February 28. She has shown her work in galleries and museums internationally including the Jönköpings läns Museum, (Jönköpings, Sweden), the Museum of Arts and Design (New York City), the Triennale de Milano (Milan, Italy), Garanti Gallery (Istanbul, Turkey), The Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, Oregon) and new media festivals Futuresonic (Manchester, England), FILE (São Paulo, Brazil), Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria), and the Influencers (Barcelona, Spain). Mazza has received support from Creative Capital (2008 grantee in Film/Video), Rockefeller Media Arts (New Media fellow 2007), the Craft Research Fund (2009) and MacDowell Colony (2009).
She received her MFA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2005), her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University (1999) and has been an Assistant Professor of Art at UMass since 2007.
Students Participate in Collaborative Printmaking Project
A new exhibition of prints at Rose Contemporary in Portland will highlight works selected from the flat files of the Peregrine Press and Zea Mays Printmaking studios, and introduce the Maine College of Art Flat File Project featuring work by printmaking students. Flat files are where unframed prints are stored in large file drawers for viewing by collectors, other artists, and those interested in printmaking. Additional work by the participating artists will be available for sale and public viewing in a Flat File at the gallery for the duration of the exhibit.
The exhibition runs from March 1 to March 31 with an opening reception on Friday, March 2 from 5pm to 8pm.
In the weeks prior to the exhibition printmaking students from Maine College of Art (MECA) will work with artists from the Peregrine Press to learn about the history and importance of the Press, view members’ work and connect with the art community beyond the college. The collaborative nature of the project provides the MECA students with a valuable model for professional practice as part of MECA's newly launched Public Engagement minor.
There will be a free public lecture by Liz Chalfin, printmaker and founder of Zea Mays, at Maine College of Art on Saturday, March 3 at 6:30pm. The lecture “Growing a Sustainable Printmaking Community”, will be given at the Osher Lecture Hall at MECA. The lecture is funded by the Kate Mahoney Memorial Fund of the Peregrine Press.
Image credit: Christine Beneman, Book of Flowers #32, monotype (Peregrine Press)
MECA Students to Exhibit in Detroit
Eight Maine College of Art students will display their work at Studio Couture in Detroit in a show titled “Mile 916: Painting and Photography from the Maine College of Art.” Studio Couture is a multi-purpose arts incubator with a gallery, design studio, and community arts space. Co-founder Blake Almstead is a 2007 graduate of Maine College of Art.
The exhibition, juried by Daniel Fuller, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, includes the work of painters and photography majors Graham Almstead, Harlan Crichton, Susan Kanaga, Angela Rosensweig, Megan Reinhold, Reesa Wood, Gabriella Sturchio and Zak Taillon.
The show is on view March 2 through March 25 with an opening reception on March 3rd from 6pm to 10pm. Maine College of Art Photography faculty members Justin Kirchoff and Peter Shellenberger will join the students on a road trip from Maine to Michigan to assist in the installation and celebration of the student exhibition. Several painting students will travel directly from their New York field trip to Detroit to attend the opening.
"The show at Studio Couture Detroit is exactly the kind of professional development Maine College of Art students need to help them navigate their careers after they graduate. To have the opportunity of being selected by a respected curator and traveling almost a thousand miles to exhibit outside of New England is sure to have a lasting impact on their educational experience," said Justin Kirchoff, Chair of the Photography department at Maine College of Art.
"As an alum of Maine College of Art I couldn't be more excited to bring Portland Maine to Detroit Michigan. Detroit's art scene has been rapidly growing and leading the nation in so many exciting ways. We can't wait to be able to provide this opportunity to the students of Maine College of Art, an institution that shaped/guided me to where I am today," says Studio Couture co-founder Blake Almstead.
Studio Couture, founded in 2011, is brings together educators, professionals, businesses, and students to promote innovation and design thinking in entrepreneurship. Founders Blake Almstead and Peter Beaugardare both instructors at Lawrence Technological University. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday from noon to 6pm.
Image credit: Photograph by Gabriella Sturchio '12
MECA Announces 2012 Belvedere Winners
Maine College of Art awarded eight grants, totaling $7106 from the Belvedere Fund for Professional Development in the Field of Crafts. MECA graduates from the last ten years who are working in the field of crafts are eligible to apply for funding up to $1500. We are pleased to offer this grant in honor of Deborah Pulliam of Castine, Maine, established in 2008. This fund is stewarded by the Maine Community Foundation. The 2012 winners are:
Alex Asplund ’11 Medium: Woodworking Purchase woodworking hand tools in order to broaden the spectrum of his work. $610.
Addison de Lisle ’11 Medium: Steel/metals Purchase a coal forge for the purpose of learning traditional forge-welding and a swage block to facilitate more efficient production of marketable goods. $1,255.
Jordan Gehman ’06 Medium: Woodworking Funding for travel to the Furniture Society conference at MECA, and for studio equipment development. $750.
Seth Gould ’09 Medium: Metalsmithing Funding to develop the hammers he makes into a higher caliber of tool. He will make ten hammers and send them to ten working metalsmiths with the requirement that he receives feedback about how they function. $1000.
Erika Naigle ’11 Medium: Ceramics Funding towards the purchase of a clay mixer/pugmill to further her professional studio. $1,500.
Daria Norvlaan ’05 Medium: Clothing designer Supplement capital needed for the production of her spring/summer 2012 clothing line. $590.
Molly Vogel ’09 Medium: Jewelry Purchase enameling equipment that will aid in the creation of a new body of work. This work will become her post-baccalaureate portfolio that she will use to apply to the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. $801.
Sarah Wilson ’07 Medium: ceramics To assist with the cost of travel to an artist residency in Jingdezhen, China for professional research and development. $600.
On February 3 at 5pm, the college will officially dedicate the Karu Media Collective and to thank the Karu family for their generosity. Located on the third floor of the Porteous Building, the Karu Media Collective provides studio space for students majoring in Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, and New Media. All are invited to attend the dedication, hear remarks from faculty, staff, and students and tour the spaces.
Portland INSIDE/OUT Exhibition and Screening
This fall, MECA partnered with TedxDirigo to respond to artist JR’s TED Prize wish “to turn the world inside-out using art." Students in the Public Art Studio Class interviewed Portland residents about what they want their community to be. The temporary public art project featured voices and portraits shared on the streets of Portland, on the web, and on the radio.
During the First Friday Art Walk on February 3, the college will host an exhibition, film screening, and celebration of the project from 5pm to 9pm on the second floor of the Porteous Building. Join us in celebrating our partnerships and project process, listen to our collective voices and pick up a copy of your photo at this multi-media installation. The documentary film, by No Umbrella Media, will be screened at 7 and 8pm.
Metalsmithing & Jewelry Faculty Jeffrey Clancy Exhibition and Book Launch in Brussels
Metalsmithing & Jewelry faculty member Jeffrey Clancy is exhibiting his work at Elsa Platteau & Cie Gallery in Brussels from February 2 through March 2. An opening reception is scheduled for February 1 which includes a book launch for Clancy's "Making a Bowl by Raising and Crimping." This limited edition book includes texts written by Annie Larmon and Lauren Fensterstock, the Academic Program Director of the Masters of Fine Arts program at MECA. Clancy was also selected by the Smithsonian American Art Museum for the upcoming exhibition "40 under 40: Craft Futures" opening this summer at the Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC.
Photography Faculty Collaborate for Exhibition
Maine College of Art Photography faculty member Peter Shellenberger and artist-in-residence Caleb Charland are collaborating on a body of work to be exhibited at the Addison Woolley Gallery in Portland. Both artists incorporate unconventional materials and processes in their imagery. The exhibition, curated by Bruce Brown, opens with a reception on February 2 and continues through February 26. Shellenberger and Charland will discuss their process at an artist lecture on February 12 at 2 pm.
Maine College of Art is the largest employer of visual artists in Maine. In addition to the 150 faculty members and instructors, many of the staff are also artists. "From the Inside" is the annual exhibition of work by MECA staff, on view in the June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA from January 24 through February 5 with an opening reception on January 26th from 5-8pm.
This year's show features the work of Megan Lloyd, Steven Emmons, Stacy Howe, Colleen Kinsella, Kelly McConnell, Jane Dalton, Diane Wren, Grace Hopkins-Lisle, Cat Bates, Sandy Macleod, Maggie Muth, Phil Stevens, Annie Wadleigh, and Dietlind Vander Schaaf, representing the following departments: Admissions, Printmaking, Art Education, the Joanne Waxman Library, Metalsmithing & Jewelry, the Business Office, Sculpture, Painting, and Advancement.
Image credit: Stacy Howe
MECA Painters: 10 Years Later
Each year, MECA invites alumni who graduated ten years ago with a degree in painting, to participate in an exhibition at the June Fitzpatrick Gallery. This is the 10th anniversary of this exhibition. This year's participants are 2002 graduates Gina Adams, Hannah Barnes, Tim Clorius, Morgan Maurer, Jason Prescott, Phillip Tuttrow, and Michelle Weinstein. The gallery hours are noon to 5pm, Tuesday through Saturday. An opening reception is scheduled for 5pm on January 6 and a closing reception will be held at 3pm on January 21.
Image credit: Gina Adams
MFA Priority Deadline: February 15
The priority deadline for applications to the Maine College of Art Master in Fine Arts program is February 15.
Drawn by its rugged beauty and reputation for fierce individualism, artists have long favored Maine as a place of retreat. For centuries, Maine has hosted enclaves of innovation. Artists well-versed in current discourse, engaged in global politics, and committed to pushing the boundaries of aesthetics, ethics and individual practice repeatedly choose this place to gather and work. Won’t you join us?
Maine College of Art’s Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts takes a structural cue from its setting. We understand the importance of place, but also recognize that notions of place are indexical, as they are constantly re-framed by the shifting boundaries of individual experience. With this in mind, we believe that our unique residency structure presents an ideal format for a 21st century arts education. Students benefit from an intensive Maine residency in summer with the freedom and independence of working from any home location in fall and spring. Our responsive curriculum emphasizes student-directed research geared to empower the voice of the individual, while our global network of faculty, advisors, visiting artists and alumni provides a strong community of support.
Low Residency Students can live anywhere while working towards their degree. Fall and spring semesters, experienced from any home location, support flexibility and independence. Summer and winter residencies in Maine provide the intensity of group interaction and feedback. This structure promotes the development of a sustainable lifelong practice.
Non-Resident Studio Advisors During fall and spring trimesters, each student is carefully paired with a studio advisor for their home location. Advisors meet one-on-one with students in their personal studios. With over a decade of experience, the program has established an extensive network of studio advisors from across North America and abroad and can support students living in any location. While the majority of our instructors are practicing studio artists, we are committed to exploring other disciplinary perspectives through faculty whose research areas lie outside the arts.
Visiting Artists An international roster of visiting artists, curators and critics join the program throughout the summer, each for a week at a time. Visiting artists deliver a public lecture, conduct one-on-one studio visits with every student, participate in group critiques and take part in an interview or classroom activity.
Faculty Member Elizabeth Jabar Exhibits in Waterville
Printmaking faculty member Elizabeth Jabar presents "Kindred" an exhibition of her work at Common Street Gallery in Waterville through December 28. In “Kindred” Jabar poignantly captures diverse narratives and interprets what it means to be in kinship with our cultural ancestors.
Jabar is a Waterville native and returns to her roots to mount an exhibition of prints, paper cuts, and artist books that reflect on the ideas of kinship, ancestry and cultural heritage. Working from a narrative framework, She uses a lexicon of abstracted and representational forms that come from a diversity of sources including, nature, folk art traditions, textiles, and the human figure. Her densely-layered, vividly-colored works are made using a combination of print techniques—woodcut, silkscreen, and lithography, as well as the use of dyes, wax, and thread. Her works also expand the conventions of the print medium, and utilize nontraditional formats including cut paper, book objects, and unframed wall compositions.
Jabar's unique approach to both form and format creates a multi-sensory experience for the viewer. She explains that her work conjures multi-layered narratives that lead us away from the ordinary into a contemplative space full of color, potent symbols, and a unique visual language that is not easily categorized. These formal and material strategies underscore what Jabar states is her goal of “reflecting upon the richness and complexities of cultural identity.” Her work is in various collections throughout the United States and Canada, and she has won several grants and awards and residencies.