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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 hosted in Osher Hall (Second Floor of 522 Congress) and 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.

Click here for complete listing of MECA's Fall 2014 Visiting Artist Lecture Series.

Spring 2013 Lecture Series

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 Jackson 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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3.7 // THURSDAY 12:30 - 1:30pm

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

Toni Jo Coppa i
s 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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3.20 // WEDNESDAY 12:00 - 1:20pm

EMILY ZILBER | Curator's Talk

Emily Zilber j
oined 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 Fireman
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

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4.19 // FRIDAY 6:30pm

SUE LENNOX | "It is time for our magnificent selves to shine." - Sue Lennox

Sue Lennox is co-founder and co-CEO of Australia’s OzGREEN and a member of the Centre for Social Impact Advisory Council. She has 30 years of experience innovating environmental education and community building in urban, regional, remote, and indigenous communities in Australia, India, Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and Pakistan. In 2007, Sue was named as one of Sydney’s Top 100 Most Influential People by the Sydney Magazine.
 
The workshop will expand upon the issues discussed in the lecture and will offer participants the opportunity to reflect upon their own gifts and potential actions around the issues of climate change. She will be doing a one day version of the Leading with the Heart Workshop described in this flyer: click here
 
Note: The workshop will be from 9am to 5pm on Sunday April 21st and will be free for MECA students faculty and staff and offered to community member  by donation. There will be a potluck style lunch so participants are asked to bring a dish to share. I'll be the contact person for this event.


 

Fall 2012 Lecture Series

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alexander rose      10.25
Alexander Rose
Creative Director at the Long Now Foundation 

Art for the 
Next 10,000 Years
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Osher Hall
Sponsored by FY-In, Foundation
and Public Engagement 

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.
longnow.org

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Scott Berzofsky        10.30
Scott Berzofsky
Artist

A Day With The Public Engagement Department
In the ICA
Sponsored by the Visiting Artist Committee and 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.
Scott Berzofsky 

baltimoredevelopmentco-op.org

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November 

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Erin Sweeny     11.01
Erin Sweeney
Professional Artist and Curator

Printmaking, Book Arts, and Sculpture
12:30p, - 1:30pm
Osher Hall
Sponsored by the Printmaking Department 

Erin Sweeney is an artist living and working in New Hampshire, having completed her MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she was awarded the Elizabeth C. Roberts Prize for Graduate Book Arts. She holds a BFA in sculpture from the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. Her current work combines fibers, text, and the book form. She is interested in all forms of building, be it conceptual or physical. Her current work revolves around the concepts and processes of building community and storytelling. Making handmade objects, manipulating space, and utilizing printmaking processes in non-traditional ways are all a part of Sweeney’s vocabulary.
erinsweeney.net 

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leanna morris      11.08

Leanna Morris
MFA Candidate

Materials and Process
12:00p, - 2:00pm
Osher Hall
Sponsored by the MFA Department 

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.
leeannamorris.com

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Scott Nash    11.28

Scott Nash
Illustration Department Chair

The Inspiration of Edward Gorey & The High Skies Adventure of Blue Jay the Pirate
6:00p, - 7:00pm
Osher Hall
Sponsored by the Illustration Department 

Nationally-known Illustrator, author, designer, media-mind, and Edward Gorey enthusiast, 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 List and at The Society of Illustration’s Original Art Show. Scott will also discuss the works of Edward Gorey and his exhibit, Elegant Enigmas on view at the Portland Public Library through December 29. 

 

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10.11.12
Salley Mavor
Children's Book Illustrator
weefolkstudio.com

 

10.11.12
Mark Jamra  
Professor of Graphic Design
typeculture.com

 

9.12.12
Jamie Gili  
Abstract 
Art All Around 
Jaime Gili
Maine Center for Creativity 

 

6.21.12
Michael Kimmelman 
“From New York to Europe and Back Again”


6.25.12
Beth Lipman

 

Radcliffe Bailey
Monday, July 2

 

Amze Emmons
Monday, July 9

 

Stanya Kahn
Monday, July 16

 

Francis Cape
Monday July 23

 

Denise Markonish 
Monday July 30

 

Anne Wilson
Monday, August 6

 

Visiting Artist Lecture: Robin Mandel
April 12, 10:30am, Sculpture Department

  

Faculty Lecture: Stephen Schiffman
April 12th, 12:30
“Can you really teach entrepreneurship?”

 

Faculty Lecture: Claude Caswell
April 19, 12:30-2:00pm

Faculty Lecture: Adam Manley
April 26, 12:30 in Osher Hall 
 

Michael Kimmelman
Thursday, June 21
“From New York to Europe and Back Again”

 

Beth Lipman
Monday, June 25

 

Radcliffe Bailey
Monday, July 2

 

Amze Emmons
Monday, July 9

 

Stanya Kahn
Monday, July 16

 

Francis Cape
Monday July 23

 

Denise Markonish 
Monday July 30

 

Anne Wilson
Monday, August 6

 


Cat Mazza
February 28
www.microrevolt.org

 

Gan Xu
December 1

 
Sarah Pierce
December 3

 

Sam Messer
November 17



MECA welcomes visiting artist Alicia Eggert on October 27 at 2pm for a free public lecture. Eggert is an artist working primarily in sculpture, installation and time-based media. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from Drexel University in Philadelphia, studied Scandinavian architecture and design in Denmark, and worked at an architectural firm in New York for several years before pursuing a career in art. She received an MFA in Sculpture/Dimensional Studies from Alfred University in 2009. Since then, her work has been shown at the Portland Museum of Art in Maine, the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, the Burchfield-Penney Art Center in Buffalo, and at institutions in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Seattle, Portland (Maine and Oregon), and elsewhere. She currently resides in Maine, and is an Assistant Professor in the Visual Arts Department at Bowdoin College. 

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Phil Goldberg will give a talk about his new book, just out from Doubleday, "American Veda: From Emerson and The Beatles to Yoga and Meditation, How Indian Spirituality Changed the West". This will be a fun talk about Goldberg's look into the popular history of how Hinduism has influenced American culture, in the past and right now. The talk will be followed by a book signing. This event is co-sponsored by the Academic Studies Department at MECA, The Chaplaincy Institute of Maine, Sadhana Meditation Center, and Longfellow Books. The talk will be held in Osher Hall on March 28 at 7pm. Admission is free.

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Artist Sara Singh will screen her documentary "The Sky Below" in Osher Hall on April 7 at 3:30pm. The film is a contemporary exploration of the creation of Pakistan and the 1947 Partition of the Indian Subcontinent. weaving together 5000 years of culture, while investigating the lingering after-effects of this six-decade old political divide, most tragically witnessed by Kashmir. With her life in the hands of strangers and sometimes gunmen, Singh traveled from the desert of Kutch to the snowy mountains of Kashmir; and from the seaside city of Karachi to the spare but volatile terrain of the Khyber Pass.

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Visiting Artist Ellen Driscoll will give a free pubic lecture on March 11 at 6pm in the ICA at MECA. Driscoll's sculptures, drawings, and installations explore resource consumption and material lineage. Her latest multi-part, multi-year project, FASTFORWARDFOSSIL highlights the relationship between water and oil consumption and was displayed at the Smack Mellon Gallery in Brooklyn, NY and Frederike Taylor Gallery, New York, NY. Driscoll's previous work includes installations such as “The Loophole of Retreat” (Whitney Museum at Phillip Morris), and “Passionate Attitudes” (Threadwaxing Space, New York), public art projects such as “As Above, So Below” for Grand Central Terminal, a suite of 20 mosaic and glass works for the tunnels at 45th, 47th and 48th streets, “Catching the Drift”, a women’s restroom for the Smith College Museum of Art, and “Aqueous Humour”, a kinetic sculpture for the South Boston Maritime Park. Driscoll has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Anonymous Was a Woman, the LEF Foundation, and Radcliffe’s Bunting Institute. Ellen Driscoll is currently the head of the sculpture department at Rhode Island School of Design.

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The Tree Man

Dao Chau Hai and Nguyen Ngoc Lam

There will be two artists-in-residence from Hanoi, Vietnam at Maine College of Art from September 16 through October 14. Dao Chau Hai and Nguyen Ngoc Lam will work together to create a large scale site-specific installation made of natural materials in MECA’s Green Space on the corner of Casco and Shepley Streets. Dao and Lam will participate in critiques at MECA and have students work with them on their installation. They gave a public lecture on Thursday, September 26 from 12-1 in Osher Hall.

MECA alumnus David Thomas '68 started the Indochina Arts Partnership 25 years ago as a cultural exchange program between the US and the countries of Southeast Asia, with a primary focus on Vietnam. In the late 90s he facilitated a sister school relationship between Maine College of Art and the University of Fine Arts in Vietnam. Both Dao Chau Hai and Nguyen Ngoc Lam are alums of the Fine Arts University. We look forward to revisiting the sister school program through this exchange project.

Dao Chau Hai currently lives and works in Hanoi. He holds degrees from the Vietnam Fine Arts College and Moscow State Institute of Arts, and worked as a Professor of the sculpture department at the Vietnam Fine Arts University. He has exhibited his work at the Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts, the Singapore Art Museum, and received the Award of Sculpture from the Taylor Cultural Arts Foundation. http://daochauhai.blogspot.com
Nguyen Ngoc Lam was born in the Hung Yen province of Vietnam and lives and works in Hanoi. He graduated from the Hanoi College of Fine-Arts in the Sculpture Department. He has exhibited his work at the Viet Art Center, Vietnam Fine Arts Museum, the Constante Cambiamento Festival in Florence, Italy, the French Embassy in Hanoi, and has an upcoming exhibition scheduled at the National Art Gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

This project is sponsored by the Indochina Arts Partnership and Artists at Work.

For more information email Jill Dalton at alums@meca.edu.