BFA Spring Visiting Artist Lecture Series

MECA’s Visiting Artist & Guest Lecturer Series invites professional artists, educators, curators, thought leaders, and creative entrepreneurs to present on topics of interest and importance to the MECA community.

All lectures in this series are hosted in Osher Hall and are open to the public at no charge. Seating is limited. Supported in part by the Gene R. Cohen Charitable Foundation, the Isabel K. Pease Trust, and friends of the College through the Osher Chair Naming Program. Call 207.699.5010 for more information. View all our upcoming Artist Lectures on our Events page.

Download the 2017 Spring Lecture Poster here

Dyani White Hawk
Thursday, February 2, 12:00pm

Dyani White Hawk, Untitled (blue and gold) acrylic, oil, vintage beads, thread on canvas 2016

Dyani White Hawk, Untitled (blue and gold), acrylic, oil, vintage beads, thread on canvas, 2016

As a woman of Lakota and European ancestry, White Hawk was raised among Native American communities within urban landscapes. Her work reflects these cross-cultural experiences through the combination of modern abstract painting and traditional Lakota art forms. Some works are executed strictly in paint; others incorporate beads, porcupine quills, ledger paper, brass sequins and other materials representing a Lakota aesthetic. White Hawk strives to create honest, inclusive compositions that acknowledge all parts of her history, Native and non-Native, urban and reservation, grassroots and academia. These works are intended to increase exposure and inclusion of Native American contributions and thought within contemporary arts. The complexity of visual and conceptual references encourage conversations which in turn acknowledge the diversity of Native experiences, break down misconceptions, generalizations, and reinforce the importance of a Native voice within contemporary arts.


Abelardo Morell
Thursday, March 2, 12:00pm

Abelardo Morell, Tent Camera Image, Walden Pond, 2016

Abelardo Morell, Tent Camera Image, Walden Pond, 2016

Abelardo Morell was born in Havana, Cuba in 1948. He immigrated to the United States with his parents in 1962. Morell received his undergraduate degree in 1977 from Bowdoin College and an MFA from The Yale University School of Art in 1981. In 1997 he received an honorary degree from Bowdoin College.

His publications include a photographic illustration of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1998) by Dutton Children’s Books, A Camera in a Room(1995) by Smithsonian Press, A Book of Books (2002) and Camera Obscura (2004) by Bulfinch Press and Abelardo Morell (2005), published by Phaidon Press. Recent publications include a limited edition book by The Museum of Modern Art in New York of his Cliché Verre images with a text by Oliver Sacks.


Ian Lynam Design
Thursday, April 6, 12:00pm

Ian Lynam
Ian Lynam Design is a multidisciplinary creative studio specializing in unique solutions for international clients. The studio has been based in Tokyo since 2005. Ian Lynam Design is a Tokyo design studio operating at the intersection of graphic design, design education and design research. We specialize in identity, cultural research and typography. We make stuff for forward-thinking humans.

Ian Lynam speaks internationally on a range of topics from Japanese typography to cultural concepts revolving around design. Presentations tend to wind and weave through aesthetic trends and analysis, graphic design history, design criticism, and political economy.


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2016 MFA Visiting Artist Summer Lecture Series

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. View all artists, biographies, and dates of lectures.

  • Seth Goldenberg MFA ’05, Founder of The Epic Decade
  • Hrag Vartanian, Editor-in-Chief of Hyperallergic
  • Huma Bhabha, Sculptor
  • Lori Nix, Photographer
  • Keith Edmier, Sculptor
  • Ann Hirsch, Performance Artist
  • Jim Shaw, Artist

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