PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds, as you explain your idea or story. This night celebrates MECA with special presentations from our community.
Our Emcee for tonight is Raffi der Simonian, MECA’s Marketing & Communications Director. All videography by Kyle Dubay ’18.
James Sylvester (Printmaking ’18)
The Process of Play
James Sylvester is a visual artist born and raised in Milford, Connecticut. He grew up pushing himself creatively through drawing, skateboarding, and music and studying varying forms of personal expression seen in the drawings of Vincent Van Gogh and heard in the songs of Neil young and Leonard Cohen. Seeking a stronger artistic community, he moved to Portland, Maine to study fine arts at MECA, where he fell in love with printmaking processes that allowed him to manipulate and produce his drawings in ways he was not previously capable.
Art Becomes You
As a creator and teacher, Erin loves sharing the joy of movement through Nia and inspiring others to connect with their bodies, one another, and their creativity in new ways. She believes when we tap into our innate creativity, energy shifts, life is lighter and possibilities flow.
Eva Rose Goetz
Angels, Animals and Robots
Rose Goetz’s early years were spent with her family: Mom Dad, brothers and sister and dog Tippy, traveling along flat dusty Texas roads and visiting cotton gins. Her love of art was fostered in the back seat of an old un-air-conditioned station wagon. The family spent winter vacations along Texas border towns near Mexico. Eva crossed into Mexico and her senses were charmed. Goetz’s work is born from these early travels into Latin America. Her love of South America, the people, the language, the food, and color–stems from these early beginnings. Today, Eva lives with her own family in Maine; balancing her time between art making, PachaWorks (a shamanic energy practice), and motherhood. Her daughters are now almost grown. She still travels. Peru calls her often, and South America still inspires her.
Goetz received a BFA from University of Texas in Austin, and a MS in Education from Bank Street College in New York where she was also active in the East Village Art Movement. Goetz has exhibited throughout the United States for many years.
Tabitha Barnard (Photography ’16)
Cult of Womanhood
Tabitha Barnard was born in Freedom, New Hampshire, in 1994. She is a photographer who grew up in rural Maine with three sisters. Growing up in a very Christian female-dominated family has had a huge influence on her work. She works primarily in digital and analog color photography, exploring themes of femininity and religion. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art from Maine College of Art in the Spring of 2016 and currently works as the media technician at the Maine College of Art.
Lewis Rossignol (Illustration ’17)
Discarded: A Visual Journal
Lewis Rossignol is a freelance illustrator located in South Portland, Maine. He graduated with a BFA in Illustration from Maine College of Art. He has worked with clients including Dispatch Magazine, Current Affairs Magazine, ICA @ MECA, Defender Razors, Geary Brewing, and JDM Pedals.
Hannah Merchant (Woodworking & Furniture Design ’13)
Strengthening Within for a Resilient Future
Hannah Merchant earned a BFA in Woodworking and Furniture Design, a minor in Public Engagement from the Maine College of Art in 2013. She assisted Future Farmers during the WORK OUT: Sustainable Engagements with Landscape exhibit at the deCordova Sculpture Park. She designed and built the Grow Cart, a tricycle powered mobile farmstand for Portland nonprofit, Cultivating Community. Her current project, motivated by motherhood, sustainability, and connecting to our food, is homesteading and starting Dugnad Farm in Northport, Maine.
Gergana Rupchina (Graphic Design ’98, MAT ’17)
My Multifaceted Human Experience
Gergana Rupchina has been creating art starting at an early age in her native country of Bulgaria. Her love for art eventually lead her to the Maine College of Art where she earned a BFA in Graphic Design. After working as a graphic designer and a self employed artist, she decided to embark on a new carrier as an art teacher. Gergana went back to the Maine College of Art to graduate from their Master of Arts in Teaching program. Throughout my creative life experiences, she has designed jewelry, created pattern designs, as well as a mixed media art.
Mark Marchesi (Photography ’99)
Now You See Me… The Changing Cityscape of Portland
Mark Marchesi was born in 1977 in a suburb of NYC. He earned a BFA in photography from Maine College of Art in 1999. Mark’s photographs have been exhibited widely throughout the US. Notable shows include Port of Portland: A Ship Shaped History at Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Maine, Slack Water at Space Gallery in Portland, ME, and most recently Evangeline: A Modern Tale of Acadia at PhoPa Gallery in Portland. Mark has received three Maine Arts Commission grants to support photographic efforts, his images have been published in two photography books about Maine, and he recently published a monograph. Mark currently resides in the Portland area with his wife and two young daughters.
Joanne Arnold (Painting ’79)
In 1979, Joanne Arnold graduated from Maine College of Art with a BFA in Painting, with honors.
Regaining her visual self became a priority for Joanne 10 years ago after all of her children were off to college. One practice she began and continues now is to photograph at first light/dawn every day, year round, without exception. She wanted to learn the lessons of showing up; of putting herself on the spot; to work with what was available right in front of her and recalibrate the discipline of seeing; to be faced over and over again with a not-knowing that would rekindle a spirit of invention and challenge her assumptions.
In 2013 Joanne was ordained as an Interfaith Chaplain after two years of study and internships. The listening skills cultivated in chaplaincy deepened her ability to witness and extended her empathy and compassion. She found that the camera became a part of chaplaincy; a sacred witnessing; a visual listening; an opportunity to discover something about the people she shared this world with. Joanne found that the camera offered her a way to be with people that she cannot otherwise experience without the camera; it becomes an extension of care and connection. Joanne discovered it was not a way to stay on the periphery, but a tool that allowed her to enter the field with the subject, in a place of grace, where they are affected by one another.
Coral Howe (Illustration ’16)
Reiki—The Power of Nothing
I have a rare form of tinnitus where all I hear is screaming. I graduated from MECA in 2016. I tried to run away as fast as possible, but I tripped and scuffed my knee. I’ve been here ever since.
2015 MECA PechaKucha
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