MAT Candidates AY 2021-2022

Paige Cherrington, MAT '22

Paige moved to the Portland area from Philadelphia where she lived for about 4 years and worked as an Exhibitions Manager and Teaching Artist at a non-profit arts organization. She graduated from the University of Vermont in 2017 where she majored in Studio Art and Global Studies and minored in Spanish. In the studio, she is primarily a printmaker and ceramicist, but loves to explore new mediums. When Paige is not working on her art, you can find her on an adventure exploring New England with her boyfriend and their rescue dog Maizie or cozying up with good food and a book. Paige is passionate about community arts and is excited to engage her future students in the arts beyond their classroom walls.

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Jackie Christie, MAT '22

Hello! My name is Jackie Christie. I was born and raised in Southern Maine, and just graduated from the Maine College of Art and Design with a Bachelor's degree in Photography. I like to dedicate my free time to my practice. While I graduated with a concentration in Photography, I would consider myself a multidisciplinary artist who dabbles in all mediums. Additionally, I enjoy reading, writing, and spending time outside.

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Lily Dunbar, MAT '22

My name is Lily! I grew up in rural Vermont on a dairy farm with an art teacher for a mother. I got my undergrad degree from Northern Vermont University with a major in Biology and a minor in Visual Arts. Some of my hobbies include climbing, swimming, boating, playing board games, and making art.

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Tori Hamilton, MAT '22

Victoria Hamilton is from Horseheads, New York but recently moved to Portland, ME! She holds a B.S in Elementary Education and Art from Methodist University in North Carolina. Her love of art started at a very young age and she continuously found herself in the art classroom. Victoria loves trying and tinkering with all kinds of media such as oil paint, pastels, ink, acrylic paint, clay, etc. Her studio practice consists mostly of abstract oil paintings and oil pastel illustrations. She also loves the simplicity of ink and line work. Victoria believes that every child deserves the opportunity to explore all areas of art and art making, and that the arts play a huge role in learning and development for all ages. Victoria’s other interests include yoga, reading, being outside, and spending time with loved ones.

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Kaleigh Jones, MAT '22

Hi, my name is Kaleigh. I grew up in Montana but most recently moved from Portland, OR. I received my BFA with a focus in metalsmithing from Montana State University. In school, I was also drawn towards ceramics and printmaking. Apart from art, I like to cook, find nature, and people-watch.

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Bethany Levesque, MAT '22

Bethany grew up in rural Maine and spent the last six years living, attending school, and working in Hartford, Connecticut. Bethany received her BFA from Hartford Art School in illustration and printmaking with an additional focus in art history. She is now pursuing a masters degree and teaching certification at Maine College of Art and Design. As an educator Bethany hopes to foster and encourage an interest and love of art and making in each student. As an artist she is interested in exploring ideas of sense of self and place, as well as change and how change affects those concepts. When she isn’t teaching or making art, Bethany enjoys playing board games, searching for sea glass, baking, and spending time with her adorable cat Tisane.

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Sadie Loeber, MAT '22

Hi, my name is Sadie Loeber. I am most recently from Scotland as I was seeking my undergraduate degree, but my family has lived in Maine for the past 5 years. I have an undergraduate degree in Comparative and English Literature but I maintained my artistic practice in my own time. My comfort zone is painting, but I enjoy working in as many mediums as I can get my hands on and will often use my free time to develop new artistic skills. Outside of my studies I enjoy exploring outdoors and I work at the Black Elephant Hostel in town.

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Ellie Mason, MAT '22

Eleanor Mason recently graduated with a BFA in Photo/Video/Film from Montserrat College of Art in Beverly Massachusetts. She is now pursuing her Art Education Licensure and a Masters of Art in Teaching in Portland Maine. Eleanor has taken a variety of courses; painting, drawing, bookbinding, wearables, and illustration, all of which have expanded her artistic experience and influenced her photographic process. When she is not making art (which is rare) Eleanor enjoys hiking, baking, and antiquing.

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Megan McConagha, MAT '22

My name is Megan McConagha. I moved to the Portland area about 12 years ago. I’ve been working as a graphic designer for almost two decades and have owned my own business for the past seven years. I moved here from New York City where I studied graphic arts at Pratt Institute and designed for Vogue and ShermansTravel Media. Prior to my design career, I earned an MS in Journalism at Northwestern University and worked as a reporter in North Dakota and Washington, DC. I love many art forms in addition to graphic design including ceramics, gardening, needlepoint and cooking — and have recently discovered felting and sewing.

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Luke Szymanski, MAT '22

My Name is Luke Lewand Szymanski. I have been living and painting in Portland since 2017. Previously I was living on the Island Martha’s Vineyard. In 2012 I received my BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a focus in Painting and Art History. My art practice is primarily oil, acrylic and watercolor painting, as well as photography, poetry and music. Beyond making art I am an avid surfer, skateboarder and adventurer. I also enjoy cooking, gardening and spending time with my friends and family.

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