MECA’s Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art Program’s 2016 Visiting Artist Summer Lecture Series brings a national and international roster of visiting artists, curators, and scholars to Portland, Maine. MFA visiting artists deliver public lectures, attend critiques, and conduct studio visits with graduate candidates during their week-long visits.

All lectures in this series are hosted in Osher Hall and are open to the public at no charge. Seating is limited. Call 207.699.5010 for more information.

Summer 2016 Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Seth Goldenberg MFA '05, Founder of The Epic Decade

Thursday, June 23, 5:30pm

Seth Goldenberg is the Founder & CEO of The Epic Decade, a design think tank group propelled by the essential question “How will we Live, Learn, Work, Play, and Sustain ourselves in the 21st century?” The studio works with clients, sponsors, and partners to convene thought leaders, develop intellectual property, forge stakeholder and business partnership collaborations, and launch complex demonstration projects that represent breakthrough business and cultural models.

Artist site.

Image: Seth Goldenberg MFA ’05. Photo courtesy of Epic Decade.

Hrag Vartanian, Editor-in-Chief of Hyperallergic

Monday, June 27, 5:30pm

Hrag Vartanian is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Hyperallergic, the winning art blogazine based in Brooklyn, NY. His art criticism explores the evolving status of art, its audience, and its transmission and reception. His words and images have appeared in countless publications, and he has been invited as a guest commentator on Al Jazeera, CBC, ABC, WNYC, KCRW, and other national and international media outlets.

Artist site.

Image: Hrag Vartanian. Photo by Veken Gueyikian.

Huma Bhabha, Sculptor

Tuesday, July 5, 5:30pm

Huma Bhabha is known for her engagement with the human figure and her use of found materials. Often tending towards the grotesque, Bhabha’s sculptural works and photo-based drawings feature bodies that appear dissected and dismembered, but one can likewise view them as monuments to human life reclaimed from the detritus of a post-apocalyptic landscape.

Artist site.

Image: Huma Bhabha, Unnatural Histories, installation view, 2012. Courtesy of MoMA PS1.

Lori Nix, Photographer

Monday, July 11, 5:30pm

Lori Nix was born in the late 1960’s and raised in the American Midwest. Her early exposure to the destructive powers of Mother Nature and Hollywood dystopian stories fueled her young imagination. For the last 20+ years she has constructed small scale dioramas and photographed them.

Artist site.

Image: Lori Nix, Fountain, from the series The City, C-print, 2008

Keith Edmier, Sculptor

Monday, July 18, 5:30pm

Keith Edmier has evolved his artistic process into one that intertwines his own personal narrative with historical personalities, architectural simulations, and botanical wonders. He has directly collaborated with many iconic figures such Farrah Fawcett, Evel Knievel, and Frank Veteran (the doctor that attended to John Lennon the night he was shot), among others.

Artist site.

Image: Keith Edmier, Victoria Regia (first Night Bloom), 1998, Polyester resin, silicon rubber, acrylic, polyurethane, pollen, steel, 285 x 325 x 338 cm, Collection Akzo Nobel Art Foundation

Ann Hirsch, Performance Artist

Monday, July 25, 5:30pm

Ann Hirsch is a video and performance artist who examines the influence technology on popular culture and gender. Her immersive research has included becoming a YouTube camwhore with over two million video views and an appearance as a contestant on Frank the Entertainer…In a Basement Affair on Vh1.

Artist site.

Image: Frank the Entertainer…In a Basement Affair on Vh1

Jim Shaw, Artist

Monday, August 1, 5:30pm

Since the 1970s, Jim Shaw has created a vast body of work spanning diverse media and reference points. Shaw’s work mines the essentials of American cultural detritus, from comic books, pulp novels, and album covers, to vintage advertisements, movie posters, and noise rock. Originating from these sources, the work often features recurring characters including himself, his friends, fictional superheroes, politicians, and film stars.

Combining text and the painted figure with objects and drawings from his unconscious, Shaw’s works consistently illustrate purposely bad puns, while twisting politics, religion, and belief into one long dream sequence.

Artist site.

Image: Jim Shaw, Judgement, 2015, acrylic on muslin, 240 x 386 inches, Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/Tokyo


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