Portland, Maine – The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art & Design (ICA at MECA&D) is pleased to announce VRAGE developed and designed by University of Southern Maine (USM) student Justin O’Malley ’19 and Maine College of Art & Design (MECA&D) student Tyler Ryan ’17.

The Virtual Reality Art Gallery Experience, or VRAGE, features the work of 14 student artists from Maine College of Art & Design and explores the parallel progression of the worlds of technology and fine art, utilizing virtual reality to add context to the typical gallery experience and to showcase art in creative, immersive ways.

Without the restrictions of real-world environments, VRAGE transcends the idea of what an art gallery is supposed to be. Rather than the gallery existing as a separate entity from the art, VRAGE collectively acts as a piece of art in itself. Through game development and 3D modeling techniques, we have the opportunity to tailor individual galleries to represent the vision of the artists in ways that a traditional gallery room could not accomplish. The optimization of space also plays a key role; VRAGE will contain multiple individual gallery rooms within the confines of an eight foot by eight foot play space. Instagram: @vr_age, Facebook: PseudodoxCollective

Participants include: Developer and Artist: Justin O’Malley ’19 USM; Musician: Bryan Waring ’17 USM, Jordan Dube ’17 USM; Artists: Sarah Belhumeur ’18 MECA&D, Tyler Ryan ’17 MECA&D, Kincaid Pearson ’19 MECA&D, Nicole Mastroviti ’18 MECA&D, Vincent Riley '19 MECA&D, Mollie Ennis ’17 MECA&D, Chelsee Capone ’19 MECA&D, Andrew Jackson '19 MECA&D, Shealyn Quinn ’19, MECA&D, Olivia Dwyer ’18 MECA&D, MaKenna Pope ’17 MECA&D, Nate Buck ’17 MECA&D and Mike Lonchar ’19 MECA&D.

This exhibition was produced and co-sponsored in partnership with the University of Southern Maine's Ci2 Lab and the ICA at MECA&D.

Creative Intelligence + Innovation + Collaboration = Ci2
The mission of the Ci2 Lab is to develop individual and group creativity in an open concept experiential learning environment. Participants develop creative problem solving, critical thinking and marketable skills that foster innovation and community engagement. usm.maine.edu/ci2.

For more information or to request an interview, please contact Erin Hutton, Director of Exhibitions and Special Projects, Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art & Design (ICA), 207.699.5025 or ehutton@meca.edu.