2013 Maine College of Art & Design Faculty Exhibition

November 7—December 22, 2013
Sascha Braunig, Samantha Haedrich, Hilary Irons, Peter Simensky

The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art & Design (ICA at MECA&D) in Portland will present the exhibition 2013 Maine College of Art & Design Faculty Exhibition from November 7 - December 22, 2013. An artist reception will be held on Thursday, November 7, from 5pm to 7 pm. ICA entrance, events and lectures are free and open to the public.

Featured artists include Sascha Braunig (Painting), Hilary Irons (Foundation), Samantha Haedrich (Graphic Design), Peter Simensky (MFA). All are current faculty members at Maine College of Art & Design.

Sascha Braunig is interested in wallowing in the history of the artist/muse relationship in her current paintings, or, in the case of this show, paintings on sculpture. She has shown her work in solo exhibitions at Foxy Production, NY, and has recently participated in group shows at Algus Greenspon, NY; Ludlow 38, NY; Loyal Gallery, Malmo, Sweden; and Etablissement D’en Face and Rodolphe Janssen Gallery, both in Brussels. In 2013 her work was featured in a three-person show at the Baltimore Museum of Art. She holds a BFA from the Cooper Union and an MFA from Yale.

Hilary Irons is a painter living and working in Portland, Maine. She studied painting at the Parsons School of Design (BFA 2002) and Yale School of Art (MFA 2008), and has attended residencies at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the American Academy in Rome, and MacDowell. She is the recipient of a Leon Levy Grant and an Al Held Prize.

Samantha Haedrich runs an independent design practice in Portland and works on books, branding, and information graphics. Recent projects include the design of Bringing the World Into Culture for the University Press Antwerp and the graphic identity and website for Wild Alpine, a mountain guiding service in Alaska's Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Samantha is also an ongoing contributor to the design of Fitwits, a collaborative research project of Carnegie Mellon University and UPMC Saint Margaret Family Health Centers, which addresses childhood obesity. Samantha holds an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale School of Art and a BFA in Communication Design from Carnegie Mellon University.

Peter Simensky is a New York-based artist whose work spans numerous media including sculpture and installation, photography, performance, print, and textiles. Peter’s work has been featured in a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, as well as in solo projects with the Swiss Institute of Contemporary Art, New York, Project Row Houses, Houston. He has participated in numerous group shows in US and International museums, institutions and galleries including Sculpture Center, Palais de Tokyo, the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Socrates Sculpture Park, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, Andrew Kreps Gallery, and Museum 52. He received his BA at the University of California, Berkeley in Art History and Studio Art in 1999 and his MFA at Hunter College in 2003.