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Posted: 2011-06-07

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"Vivian Beer is fearless. That's really the best way to describe her. The 33-year-old designer/maker takes steel and cuts it. Bends it. Shapes, welds, grinds, and sands it. She transforms it - by hand and machine - from rigid raw material into impossibly curvy furniture and sculpture. And she does all of this, more or less, alone."

Read the full profile of sculpture alum Vivian Beer '00 in American Craft Magazine.

Beer's work was commissioned by the Portland Public Art Committee and is featured along the Back Cove Boulevard.

Alina Gallo MFA '08 Selected for Monhegan Residency

Posted: 2011-06-06

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Alina Gallo MFA ‘08 of Portland was named a 2011 Monhegan Island artist in residence by the Monhegan Artists’ Residency Corporation.

Gallo received a BFA from Naropa University and an MFA from Maine College of Art. She was a featured artist in the 2008 Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) Biennial and will be part of “Drawing from the Collection” at the L.C. Bates Museum this summer. In her work, she employs symbols “to relate to and deconstruct the history of Persian, Indian and Christian miniature painting.” On Monhegan she hopes to integrate elements of the island landscape into her work. 

Gallo is keeping a blog during her time on the island.

Image:  Alina Gallo, Visitation, homemade egg tempera on panel, 2011

MECA at the Maine Mall

Posted: 2011-06-03

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In partnership with the Maine Crafts Association, Maine College of Art will maintain a retail presence at the Maine Mall in South Portland now until Labor Day, September 5, 2011. The kiosk features the work of MECA alumni working in a variety of disciplines, from printmaking, ceramics, jewelry and wood. Creative Common is located in the mall's Center Court near Starbucks Coffee and GAP. 

MECA Alumni Vendors: 
Olan Boardman
Andy Cook
Mark Marchesi
Ekka Naigle
Shannon Rankin
Michelle Roberts
Patty Sandberg
Lisa Weiss
Brent Williams


MECA Demonstration Dates:
June 18 - Joe Rosshirt, 12pm-4pm, Illustrations
July 2 - Shawn Brewer, 5pm-9pm, Printmaking
July 16 - Ekka Naigle, 5pm-9pm, Ceramics
July 30 - Elise Bothel, 12pm-4pm, Felting
July 30 - Dietlind Vander Schaaf, 5pm-9pm, Collage
August 27 - Steven Anderson, 5pm-9pm, Woodworking

Posted: 2011-06-01

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Painting alum Ahmed Alsoudani '05 is one of six selected artists included in the Iraq Pavilion of the 54th Venice Biennale. It is the first time in 35 years that the country is represented in the international exhibit. Alsoudani was also profiled this month in the New York Times and Art in America.

Pictured: Ahmed returned to MECA in the fall as a visiting artist and met with students in the painting department.

 

About the Iraq Pavilion
Article in New York Times magazine
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Alum Wins Saul Bell Award

Posted: 2011-06-01

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Metalsmithing & Jewelry alum Janice Grzyb '81 won the 2011 Saul Bell Award in the silver category. This fanciful sterling silver ring was completely hand-fabricated by the artist then sandblasted to give it a sparkling finish. The bird perches atop the ring with folded wings and two ruby-set eyes. The Saul Bell Design Award competition has both inspired and challenged jewelry designers around the globe for the past decade, and now in its tenth year, it continues to recognize artists whose work challenges traditional perceptions of jewelry design.

MECA Awards Scholarships to Congressional Art Awardees

Posted: 2011-06-01

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This year, the Maine College of Art awarded the winner and first runner up from each congressional district with its “Excellence Award for the Congressional Arts Competition.” This award provides each winner an $8,000 scholarship and each of the first runners up with a $6,000 scholarship to the Maine College of Art for each year they attend the school and remain in academic good standing. If the winning student is not a senior in high school and unable to immediately use the scholarship, the Maine College of Art will defer it and honor it for the student’s use after graduation from high school.

The Maine Congressional Art Competition is co-hosted by the Maine Arts Commission and the offices of Representatives Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree.

Maine’s winners, chosen by jurors selected by the Maine Arts Commission, have their work displayed in the halls of the U.S. Capitol for one year. Both winning students, along with a parent, will be provided tickets courtesy of Southwest Airlines to participate in an opening ceremony in Washington, D.C., in June. Finalists and runners up, their families, and art teachers are also invited to a reception at the Blaine House in Augusta where the selected students are recognized for their work by Maine’s Governor and members of Congress. Jeremy Vroom of Bangor and Whitney Wei of Farmingdale are the winners of the 2011 Congressional Arts Competition.

Image: Hallowell by Whitney Wei.