MAT Candidates AY 2016-2017

Adrian Baker
Adrian graduated from Colorado College in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art. Her studio concentrations included Painting, Printmaking, Drawing, and collage. During college, she spent a summer studying Tibetan Buddhist art in Nepal, and from this experience developed a strong interest in the meditative arts. Adrian joined AmeriCorps in 2015 at the East End Community School, teaching art and assisting in a first-grade classroom. It was here that she came up with the idea to apply to MECA’s MAT program, bringing her passion for art into a professional practice.

Emily Callaghan
Emily Callaghan moved to Portland, ME to attend Maine College of Art and received her BFA in 2016 with a focus on sculpture. Emily enjoys working with a variety of mediums but finds the most joy in working with textiles to create soft sculptures. Her work challenges the notions of femininity and masculinity and looks at gender and sexuality in relation to self-identity and cultural identity. Emily currently lives in Brunswick, ME and she plans on teaching students at the high school level after receiving her MAT. Her studio practice directly influences her teaching philosophy. Emily looks forward to learning more about how she can be a successful teacher that can help develop creative thinking, exploration, and non-judgmental reflections and critiques.

Emily Rupe
Emily Rupe is from Lancaster, Pennsylvania and received her BA from Lycoming College in 2016. Her concentrations were in photography, commercial design, and printmaking. Her primary focus is on alternative photography. She also enjoys working in other media, especially sculpture and time-based media. She hopes to teach early art education after receiving her MAT.

Gergana Rupchina
Gergana Rupchina has been creating art starting at an early age in Bulgaria. She holds her BFA degree in Graphic Design from the Maine College of Art and is currently enrolled in the Masters of Art in Teaching program there. She is a graphic designer, jewelry and pattern designer, as well as a mixed media artist, showing her work locally. As a teacher she hopes to share her broad art experiences, as well as her love for the visual world.

Matthew Braun
Matthew Braun received a BFA from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, with a major in studio arts emphasizing in painting and printmaking. Matthew has spent a lot of time traveling throughout Asia. In 2014 he lived in Bhaktapur, Nepal where he taught art at an elementary school. These experiences have greatly influenced him as a person as well as his artwork.

Liz Long
Liz Long is an illustrator living and working in Portland, Maine. She believes in creating work that can be shared with many people and likes to convey her ideas through the use of narrative imagery. Her work is playful and brings up ideas of connection with people, nature and imagined landscapes. Liz attended Philadelphia’s High School for the Creative and Performing Arts where she developed her initial interest in illustration. From there, she moved to Portland, Maine, graduating with a BFA in Illustration from the MECA in 2014. After working on many local freelance projects for the last two years, she was accepted into the Burren School of Art’s residency program, spending three months abroad immersing herself in various projects pertaining to storytelling and painting.

Ninh Truong
Ninh Truong received a Bachelor of Science, Studio Arts from Southern Connecticut State University. His concentration was ceramics, drawing, and illustration. He has experience leading K-12 students in an intensive summer program. Ninh is an MAT K-12 Art Ed candidate at Maine College of Art. He plans to teach at the high school level in his home state of Connecticut upon graduation. Born in Vietnam, Ninh speaks Vietnamese, Chinese, and English.

Ashley Lila King
Ashley Lila King was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She received her BFA in Painting at the San Francisco Art Institute. During her studies there, she tutored for three years at Garfield Elementary, a Cantonese bilingual school. While pursuing her degree, Lila also studied abroad at Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy where she volunteered at Gaetana Agnesi, an Italian primary school, teaching English. Upon graduation, she returned to Portland, Oregon where she worked at several educational programs, preschools and primary schools including Manos Unidas Montessori.

Luke Hadley
Luke Hadley received his BFA from Montserrat College of Art during which time he spent a semester studying in Ireland. Luke graduated with a degree in The Interdisciplinary Arts. Luke’s focus is on found object sculpture, performance art, digital photography and narrative video. After receiving his BFA degree, Luke spent six weeks using his video and photography skills in Uganda. While Luke does not limit himself to one specific medium, his range in materials reflects his passion for the divergent possibilities in the visual arts.

Isabella Echavez
Isabella Echavez is a fine artist and educator who resides in Portland, Maine. She received her BFA from Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA. Her love of teaching art sprouted from her work teaching art to disabled adults and volunteering for arts nonprofits. Isabella is skilled in a wide array of fine art media, but focuses primarily on contemporary painting practices. Her love for unconventional painting methods often comes out in her work as an educator. Isabella focuses on working with individual needs and interests, and she strives to create an open, fun and welcoming learning environment.

Hannah West
Hannah West was born and raised in central Maine. She moved to Brooklyn, NY to study Communication Design with a focus in Illustration at Pratt Institute. Hannah studied abroad in Venice, Italy in 2012 where she assisted in an intaglio class. Since graduating from Pratt in 2013, Hannah has worked as a freelance illustrator and an early childhood teacher. She now resides in Buxton, ME where she has a small homestead. Her art is predominantly inspired by nature, and she uses drawing, watercolor, woodworking and natural dye methods in her work.

Ouda Baxter
Ouda Baxter has lived all over the world, including Madagascar, Armenia, and Uganda. She completed her BA at Bowdoin College with a Major in Visual Arts, focusing on Sculpture and Installation. After an Artist Residency on Kent Island in the Bay of Fundy, she spent a year as an artist’s assistant in San Francisco. She has experience with Montessori and is most inspired by Reggio Emilia. Ouda wants to design projects for her students that lead to engaged, hands-on, experiential and collaborative art making.