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Vivian Beer ’00 Wins Ellen DeGeneres’ Design Challenge

Vivian Beer '00 was announced the Winner of Ellen DeGeneres' Design Challenge on last night's finale. Vivian won a $100,000 cash prize from Wayfair.com and her work will be featured in HGTV Magazine. . . .

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Spadone Home

Miles Spadone ’13, who earned a degree in Ceramics at MECA, has joined up with his sister Molly to create Spadone Home, a new line of home goods they are in the process of bringing to the . . .

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Expanding Histories

Visitors to Joshua Reiman’s website are greeted by the enigmatic film still of a man in a suit and bow tie climbing up from the Seine river in Paris with a snorkel mask perched on the top of his . . .

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Bayside Bowl Murals

When Bayside Bowl expanded their bowling facilities, owner and former president of the Maine State Senate, Justin Alfond connected with Maine College of Art. Said Alfond, "Bayside Bowl's expansion . . .

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Catherine Quattrociocchi ’17 in Juried National Exhibition

Catherine Quattrociocchi '17 (Metalsmithing & Jewelry) was accepted into the juried exhibition Any Portmanteau in a Storm, a showcase in the blending of techniques, materials, and ideas to . . .

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Sophie Cangelosi ’16 Chosen for American Illustration’s Best Images of 2016

We are thrilled to announce that Sophie Cangelosi '16 had three images chosen to appear on American Illustration's exclusive and juried online collection, Best Images of 2016. Over 10,000 entries . . .

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Artist-in-Residence at Bigelow Lab

Printmaking alum Carter Shappy Printmaking '15 is the Artist-in-Residence at Bigelow Lab. After graduation, Carter wanted to expand his practice to incorporate a science component; MECA connected . . .

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Walking As Aesthetic Practice

Assistant Professor in MFA Julie Poitras Santos' site-specific visual practice takes many forms, including installations, video, performances and public projects. Much of her recent work uses walking . . .

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Human Figure as Vehicle

Describe a body of work that you are currently working on. I am currently exploring the contrasts between my Bosnian upbringing and how moving to America created an intense shift in my personal . . .

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Great Guns: Christy Georg’s Epic Spectacle

Christy Georg, a Visiting Assistant Professor in MECA’s Sculpture Program, is driven by her imaginative curiosity, which is reflected in both her life and in her art. She has worked as a deckhand . . .

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Artistic Excellence

Inspired from Old Found Photographs

Inspired from Old Found Photographs

Describe a body of work that you are currently working on. My work currently focuses on storytelling through referencing the past. Most of my characters are inspired from old found photographs of people . . .

Take Risks + Explore Options

Take Risks + Explore Options

Describe a body of work that you are currently working on. A recent focus of mine is working on background and setting design. I find it easy for me to design figures, so I am challenging myself with making . . .

Direct + Meaningful Connections

Direct + Meaningful Connections

Inspired by the historic tradition of allegorical painting, my work depicts figures in ambiguous situations as a way of exploring the strange, nebulous rules of human behavior. I intend my paintings to be both . . .

My Path to Freelance Illustrator

My Path to Freelance Illustrator

My path to becoming a freelance illustrator began when I made the decision to transfer from a liberal arts school in Massachusetts to an art school next to my hometown. I knew that I wanted to be self-employed . . .

Great Guns: Christy Georg’s Epic Spectacle

Great Guns: Christy Georg’s Epic Spectacle

Christy Georg, a Visiting Assistant Professor in MECA’s Sculpture Program, is driven by her imaginative curiosity, which is reflected in both her life and in her art. She has worked as a deckhand aboard . . .

Life After MECA

Life After MECA

Sean Wilkinson ’01 (Graphic Design) is the co-founder of the Portland design studio Might & Main, which was founded on Sean's principles of collaboration, hard work, and rigorous attention to . . .

Future Mothers

Future Mothers

Two faculty members, Elizabeth Jabar, Assistant Dean, Director of Public Engagement & Program Chair of Printmaking, and Colleen Kinsella, Printmaking Instructor & Printmaking Studio Technician, . . .

Doug Vollmer Awarded NMEA’s 2017 Outstanding Teacher Award

Doug Vollmer Awarded NMEA’s 2017 Outstanding Teacher Award

Portland, ME– Maine College of Art and The National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) are proud to announce that Doug Vollmer, former Assistant Professor in Academic Studies at MECA, is the recipient of . . .

Walking As Aesthetic Practice

Walking As Aesthetic Practice

Assistant Professor in MFA Julie Poitras Santos' site-specific visual practice takes many forms, including installations, video, performances and public projects. Much of her recent work uses walking as a . . .

Be Here Now

Be Here Now

Describe a body of work that you are currently working on: Post graduation, I am finding balance between personal, conceptual research and commissioned work. I’m currently designing and building a table for . . .

Best Female Narrator Audie Award

Best Female Narrator Audie Award

Tavia Gilbert Salt ’01 Receives Best Female Narrator Audie Award Tavia Gilbert, who attended the Salt Institute of Documentary Studies in 2001, received a 2017 Best Female Narrator Audie Award for her . . .

Salt Alum News Story Goes Viral

Salt Alum News Story Goes Viral

A news story recently written by Alex Acquisto Salt ’11 recounted the heroic actions of jogger Rachel Borch during her terrifying encounter with a rabid raccoon, which she managed to drown in a puddle and . . .

Sophie Cangelosi ’16 Chosen for American Illustration’s Best Images of 2016

Sophie Cangelosi ’16 Chosen for American Illustration’s Best Images of 2016

We are thrilled to announce that Sophie Cangelosi '16 had three images chosen to appear on American Illustration's exclusive and juried online collection, Best Images of 2016. Over 10,000 entries were . . .

Bayside Bowl Murals

Bayside Bowl Murals

When Bayside Bowl expanded their bowling facilities, owner and former president of the Maine State Senate, Justin Alfond connected with Maine College of Art. Said Alfond, "Bayside Bowl's expansion needed local . . .

Spadone Home

Spadone Home

Miles Spadone ’13, who earned a degree in Ceramics at MECA, has joined up with his sister Molly to create Spadone Home, a new line of home goods they are in the process of bringing to the marketplace in . . .

Dan Gillotte ’93: The Many Values of Art School

Dan Gillotte ’93: The Many Values of Art School

Dan Gillotte ’93 is “chief executive grocer," as he likes to call himself, of the Wheatsville Food Co-op, a grocery business with sales of $35 million in 2016. He also continues to paint and plays the . . .

Two Create: A Collaborative Project

Two Create: A Collaborative Project

Writers, artists, and friends Heidi Sistare and Kelly Shetron value creative partnerships so highly they started their own project that explores how collaborative relationships impact creative work. “The . . .

Two Friends, One Van, and a Search for the Truth

Two Friends, One Van, and a Search for the Truth

Trent Turns 40 and Buys a Van: Behind the Scenes with Joel Tsui ’16 *Note: Joel is exhibiting his work from this experience in Jesus, Take the Wheel: A Photo Exhibition of the Inscrutable United States . . .

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