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May 7, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Maine College of Art & Design celebrates the graduation of students from its BFA, MFA, and MAT Programs on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 10:00am at the State Theatre in Portland, Maine.

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The faculty speaker will be Chris Stiegler, Visiting Assistant Professor, MFA in Studio Art and Academic Studies.

The MFA Speaker will be Tessa O'Brien MFA ’16; the MAT speaker will be Andrea Reising MAT ’16; and the BFA speaker will be Coral Howe BFA ’16.

Ruby Lerner will deliver the Commencement address and receive an Honorary Degree.

Ruby Lerner is founding executive director and president of Creative Capital, an organization that supports innovative artists across the country with funding, counsel and skills-building workshops. Previously, Lerner was executive director of the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers and publisher of The Independent Film & Video Monthly, among other leadership positions. Lerner is a frequent speaker on innovation in the arts and serves on advisory boards for the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Ackland Art Museum, the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts, the McColl Center for Art + Innovation, and Light Industry, among others.

The College will also confer Honorary Degrees on David Shaw and C. David Thomas ’68.

David Shaw’s career has encompassed entrepreneurial business leadership, public service, strategy consulting, and investment management. Shaw founded IDEXX Laboratories in 1983 and served as its CEO until 2002. He has subsequently been a director and/or founding investor of more than a dozen public and private companies in healthcare, energy, technology, and e-commerce.

C. David Thomas ’68 has long plied his craft as an artist, educator, and humanist. Thomas founded the Indochina Arts Partnership, which conducts cultural exchange programs between the United States and the countries of Southeast Asia. He has taught at Emmanuel College and Massachusetts College of Art, has been the recipient of numerous accolades and awards, and has had art included in more than 25 one-person shows and hundreds of group exhibitions.


May 7, 2016
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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State Theatre
609 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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