MECA Recipients of the 2018 Joseph Fiore Painting Prize - Maine College of Art

The winners of the 2018 Joseph Fiore Painting Prize are MECA students Elijah Dion ’19, Audrey Robidoux ’19, and alum Emma Whitaker ’17. Each will be awarded $1,000.

The Joseph A. Fiore Painting Prize is an instrument of encouragement and support for artists during their early creative years of development. Painters must be an art/fine arts undergraduate or recent graduate (1 year) from a Maine institution, or if attending New England institutions, must demonstrate a Maine connection. This year’s juror was Susan Danley.

The winners will each have a piece on view to accompany a comprehensive Fiore exhibition at The Gallery at Rolling Acres, at the Joseph A Fiore Art Center in Jefferson. The exhibition opens June 30th.

Joseph A. Fiore (1925–2008) was an influential painter and teacher. His experience as a student and later teacher (1946–1954) at the historic Black Mountain College, a progressive experimental college based on arts in North Carolina, was a time of influence, experimentation, and creative growth. Joseph Fiore’s diverse educational experience at Black Mountain was a major influence on his painting career.

Painting by Elijah Dion ’19

Painting by Emma Whitaker ’17 (cropped in header)