April 2017 Exhibitions & Events

Save the Date: May 4

Featured work by Jackiellen Bonney '17 on model Meg Hahn. Photo by Kyle Dubay '18.

MECA&Dmorphosis Fashion Runway Show
Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Runway Fashion Show premiers the collections of majors in our Textile and Fashion Design Program and raises critical support for MECA&D’s Student Scholarship Fund. It will take place in the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) on Thursday, May 4 at 7:30pm. Doors open at 7. Tickets are required. Tickets are $100.

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Large open jar, Stoneware, Kaolin slip, Laterite slip, Wood Ash. Atmospheric fired with gas, 2017, 31 x 18 x 18

Evolving Perceptions
Explorations in Clay: Adrian King '12

Artists at Work Exhibition Space
April 7—April 19, 2017

Evolving Perceptions is a showing of functional and sculptural wares that are exploring a conversation between surface, form and the ever changing perspective of functional objects. Adrian King recently worked as an apprentice to a production potter in North Carolina by the name of Mark Hewitt. There he learned to produce functional pottery at a high standard keeping with pottery traditions tied to english slipware and southern folk pottery. Since his time working in North Carolina, he has been developing a body of work that speaks of the relationship of his interests in atmospheric firing with gas and wood, and the skills and techniques he learned as an apprentice. He hopes to be able to capture the beauty of the materials used through simple yet activating surfaces that speak true to the process of the craft.

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Renee Stout, Baby's First Gun, 1998

Institute of Contemporary Art, First Floor, Porteous
March 16 – April 14
Exhibition Reception: Friday, April 7, 5:00–8:00pm

UNLOADED is a multimedia group show that explores historical and social issues surrounding the availability, use, and impact of guns in our culture. Learn more.

ICA Gallery hours: Wed–Sun, 11:00am–5:00pm, Thurs, 11:00am–7:00pm, Friday, 11:00am–5:00pm, (FFAW until 8:00pm)


 River's Edge, 30 x 30", acrylic on canvas, 2017

Julie Freund '81, River's Edge, 30 x 30", acrylic on canvas, 2017

Julie Freund '81: New Work
Charles Thomas Gallery, Second Floor, Porteous
On view through April 12
Monday–Friday, 9:00am–5:00pm

Freund's paintings are "love letters to the Maine coast," specifically familiar bodies of water near where she lives. They speak to the passage of time, the ebb and flow of the tides, seasonal shifts and the light that changes each day. Freund is especially drawn to the dynamic tension created where the land meets the sea. This new body of work captures her intense passion for color relationships, both bold and subtle. As she notes, "the colors of the water shift a thousand times during a painting session due to the light, tide, and my ability to perceive them."

Selected Works — Woodworking & Furniture Design
Congress Street Front Window, Porteous
522 Congress Street, Portland, Maine
On view through April 21

A showcase of work by students in the Woodworking & Furniture Design Program

Can You Use a Coin to Make a Moon?

Zand Head Gallery, First Floor, Porteous
April 7–April 13

The relationship between artists living at The Cedars Retirement Community and socially engaged artists from Public Engagement at MECA&D, is a collaboration between generations centered on the theme of sharing history, making, and ideas central to human connection. Using printmaking as a medium, open-ended projects led to conversations that became as much a part of the art as the objects that were created.


First Friday Art Walk

Refugee Kids: One Small School Takes On the World
Friday, April 7 at 7:00pm in Osher Hall, Second Floor, Porteous

Hosted by the MECA&D Diversity Committee, this event is free and open to the MECA&D community and general public. Part of First Friday Art Walk activities.

Refugee Kids is a short documentary that follows students at a New York City summer program for children seeking asylum from the world's most volatile conflicts. The film presents an intimate, emotionally gripping account of the students' stories of escaping war and conflict and resettling in America, chronicling their triumphs and setbacks as their lives unfold over the course of one formative summer. Refugee Kids humanizes complex geopolitics and depict the challenges and urgency of immigration to American in an increasingly dangerous and interconnected world.

Reza Jalali and Ekhlas Ahmed will lead a discussion about the film immediately following the 46-minute film.

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Ellanor Milkowski Dahlgren '17

Seeds of Resilience
Ellanor Milkowski Dahlgren's
MECA&D Public Engagement Capstone event
Thomas Knight Park
Earth Day, April 22, 5:00-8​​:00pm

Speakers from Resilient Portland, Portland Trails and other institutions promoting sustainability within the city. They will be speaking on topics of positive energy, food, waste, liveable cities and sea change.

Ella is partnering with Resilient Portland who is making a map of the groups within the city who are working toward a more sustainable and resilient community. The event will be celebrating the release of this map and highlighting a number of the groups listed!

The lineup for music and performers will be: Myles Bullen, Visitor10, Thomas Aeroson, and more to be announced soon! There will possibly be fire-spinning by local artists, food, and a post event, geo-cache/scavenger hunt for the fairies! Bring a dance partner, a random person you met on the street, your friends and family, or just your self!

Posters (shown in the event picture above) will be on sale and printed live by Ella Milk and Anna Welch on First Friday, April 7th, 2017 from 5:00-8:00pm in front of Maine College of Art & Design.

This is a free event done for the sake of our planet and all creatures and ecosystems local and worldwide, as well as in the spirit of Ella's art and thesis project. All proceeds will be paid to our musicians and performers who help make this gathering possible!


Peter Dore '17

2017 BFA Thesis Exhibition Opening
Porteous Building, Floors 1-3
Friday, May 5, 5:00–8:00pm

The 2017 Thesis Exhibition Opening will be held in conjunction with the First Friday Artwalk. This year's exhibition features work by over 100 graduating students in our BFA program. Light fare and interactive art on Floors 1, 2 and 3 of the Porteous Building. Free and open to the public.