BFA 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, second floor of Porteous, 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.

Upcoming Lectures: Fall 2019

Kevin Snipes, Numbskull #1, 2015

Artist Lecture: Kevin Snipes
Thursday, October 31, 12–1:15pm
MECA, Osher Hall, Second floor
Limited seating

Kevin Snipes is an American artist born in Philadelphia and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He received a B.F.A. in ceramics and drawing from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1994 and concluded graduate studies at the University of Florida in 2003. Snipes has been awarded numerous awards and artist residencies. He currently resides in Macon, Georgia, where he is the visiting artist at Wesleyan College.

Snipes’ artwork explores concepts of otherness. Snipes employs techniques of narrative drawing and hand-constructed porcelain to craft objects that cross the boundary between sculpture and painting. His works are a combination of atypical pottery forms, quirky figurative drawings and contemporary vernacular language. His pieces are influenced by traditional and nontraditional art forms including street art, architecture, contemporary painting, art history and even children’s toys and drawings. His work has an underlying sophistication based in existentialist thought, creating a dynamic body of work that is both culturally transcendent and personally identifiable. Through his use of multi-faceted narratives he challenges the viewer to consider the concept of otherness in confrontation with the self. Continue reading.

Hosted by Ceramics Department.
Funded by the Windgate Foundation.

Artist Lecture: Matt Soar
Thursday, October 31, 6–7pm
MECA, Osher Hall, Second floor
Limited seating

Matt Soar is an intermedia artist, filmmaker and design writer. His creative practice ranges from cameraless animation on film to the remediation of two 1970s airport information displays; from photomontage and stained glass to interactive media installations and nonlinear documentaries. Soar is the co-founder and director of the Montréal Signs Project and has been a regular participant in DesignInquiry.

Soar will take part in the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at MECA’s exhibition DesignInquiry: Futurespective. On view from October 4–December 14, 2019.

Young Joon Kwak, ATTACK SUSTAIN RELEASE DECAY, Performance collaboration, 2015. Click to view larger.

Artist Lecture: Young Joon Kwak 
Monday, November 11, 2019; 6–7pm
MECA, Osher Hall, Second floor
Limited seating

Young Joon Kwak is a LA-based multi-disciplinary artist working primarily through sculpture, performance, video, and collaboration. Kwak’s work aims to transform our perception of bodies by reimagining their form, functionality, and materiality—from static and bound to pre-inscribed power structures, to an expanded sense of bodies and their environs as mutable and open-ended.

Kwak is the founder of Mutant Salon, a roving beauty salon/platform for experimental performance collaborations with their community of queer, trans, femme, POC artists and performers. Kwak is the lead performer in the electronic-dance-noise band Xina Xurner. Continue reading.

Artist Lecture: Bethany Johns
Thursday, December 5, 6–7pm
MECA, Osher Hall, Second floor

Limited seating

Bethany Johns specializes in print and publication design for museums, arts institutions, publishers, and individual artists. Their practice surrounds issues of the archive and chronicling recurring and evolving relationships with people, places, and cultural issues.

Johns will take part in the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at MECA’s exhibition DesignInquiry: Futurespective. On view from October 4–December 14, 2019.

Past Lectures: Fall 2019

Artist Lecture: Rodney Sayers
Wednesday, October 2, 6–7pm
MECA, Osher Hall, Second floor
Limited seating

Klewetua, Rodney Sayers, is a Hupacasath artist from Ahswinis, Port Alberni, British Columbia, and is a descendant of the Nuu Chah Nulth peoples.

Sayers’s practice examines the role of traditional artwork in a contemporary world. He believes that for an art form to remain vibrant, it must evolve and adapt, but remain true to its origins.

Sayers will take part in the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at MECA’s exhibition DesignInquiry: Futurespective. On view from October 4 – December 14, 2019. Learn more.

Photographer: Little Fang

Artist-in-Residence: Machine Dazzle
Tuesday, September 17, 6–7pm
MECA, Osher Hall, Second floor

Costume Designer for Taylor Mac
Limited seating

Taylor Mac maintains we are “a nation of makers” and that one of his favorite makers is costume designer Machine Dazzle. Machine, whose parents met and married in Pembroke, Maine, will be in residence at Maine College of Art from September 15th – 19th 2019. The residency includes an exhibition of costumes designed for Taylor’s performances, on display in the Bob Crewe Gallery Windows. Select students from the departments of Textiles and Fashion Design will apprentice with Machine during this residency, co-creating something tangibly extraordinary.

During this residency, Machine will also deliver a public lecture, so don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a master the intricate ins and outs of over-the-top costume design!

This residency is a collaboration with Portland Ovations and is made possible by the Crewe Foundation.

Artist Lecture: Bettina Dittlmann
Thursday, October 10, 6–7pm
MECA, Osher Hall, Second floor
Limited seating

Bettina Dittlmann lives and works in her native Germany. After completing an apprenticeship in jewelry in Neugablonz, she joined the prestigious Kunstakademie in Munich, where she studied under Hermann Jünger until 1989. She then came to America for to complete a master’s degree at SUNY New Paltz, New York, before returning to the Kunstakademie, this time under the direction of Otto Künzli, to graduate in 1993. Having moved his studio a few times between the United States and Europe, it is now based in Breitenbach, in western Germany, since 2008.

The new pieces she offers are made with calamine, the iron oxide chips that are on the surface of the metal after the forge. Coupling this material with neodymium magnets, she uses the laws of physics to determine the orientation and disposition of each component of her jewelry. With the power of magnetic fields, Dittlmann represents metaphorically the social and political turbulence in which we evolve, being forced to forces that seem invisible and uncontrollable. Arranged concentrically by the force of the magnet, like flowers, the pins of Bettina Dittlmann recall both the tumult, the change and the ephemerality of life.

Funded by the Windgate Foundation.