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Art as Activism

While most graduates prefer teaching jobs in PK-12 schools, Matt Braun had a different idea. He chose to move to Mumbai, India to begin his career at Ascend International School, an interactive . . .

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The Art of Music: Seeing Sound at MECA

The fusion of music and art at MECA is a match made in heaven, or at least in Newark, New Jersey, where Bob Crewe grew up. The path from Newark to Portland, Maine, may seem unlikely, but serendipity . . .

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My Ten Year Walk with Sam

Margaret Lawrence ’93 is a painter represented by Greenhut Galleries in Portland, Maine. A former MECA Trustee, she is co-founder of Yarmouth Arts. Her son Sam began working with glass over 10 . . .

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Art Education: I Saw Potential

Most students graduate from MECA’s Master of Arts in Teaching Program and seek traditional employment as elementary or high school art teachers. Leonetta "Lia" Petriccione MAT ’15 had other . . .

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Intern Profile: Elizabeth Dee Gallery, NYC

By being involved in the gallery’s administrative aspects, I was able to not only work but witness, as well, how the multiple functions of a gallery come together. This included the gallery’s . . .

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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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MAT Alumnae Working Side by Side

As the Master of Arts in Teaching program enters its sixth year, recent graduates have begun their careers working side by side with seasoned alumni. Fern Tavalin, Department Chair, posed several . . .

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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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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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Out and About

My experience during the 2017 MFA research trip to San Francisco and Los Angeles was a fruitful one. Along with the established itinerary, packed with visits to art institutions and scenic locations . . .

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Artistic Excellence

I Let My Curiosity Lead Me

I Let My Curiosity Lead Me

How did you learn about Salt? A photographer friend in Portland took me to the final show of the 2006 fall semester, when the photography was still black and white film! I had been shooting some weddings and . . .

MECA Students Embrace Real-World Projects

MECA Students Embrace Real-World Projects

What happens to history when stories are lost? And what is the artist’s role in saving and sharing stories? Students in Documentary Storytelling, a class taught by MECA Adjunct Instructor of Foundation Matt . . .

Critique in the K-12 Classroom

Critique in the K-12 Classroom

Think about it. When was the last time you and a friend discussed a really good book or movie and asked each other the names of the three major characters? In a forgetful moment, perhaps, but not as part of . . .

Focus on the ICA

Focus on the ICA

Erin Hutton ’98 is the Director of Exhibitions and Special Projects at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at MECA. In this interview, she reflects on the rich legacy of the ICA and her vision going . . .

Highlight on the Arts in Portland

Highlight on the Arts in Portland

Maine College of Art shares deep roots with the Portland Museum of Art. In 1882, the Portland Society of Art was founded, which encompassed both the art school and the museum. Not until 1982 did the Portland . . .

The Next Level: SALT

The Next Level: SALT

Wheels click in staccato rhythms and rubber stoppers shriek against the slick wooden floor of the track. Strapped head to toe in protective pads and helmets, 10 women on rollerskates jockey for position, . . .

Out and About

Out and About

My experience during the 2017 MFA research trip to San Francisco and Los Angeles was a fruitful one. Along with the established itinerary, packed with visits to art institutions and scenic locations relevant . . .

Lifelong Learning: CS

Lifelong Learning: CS

My work is a hybrid of art, craft, and traditional handiwork. I embroider on paper, using stitches for drawing and mark-making. I print letterpress and other relief processes on fabric and paper, using . . .

Life After MECA

Life After MECA

Tessa Greene O’Brien MFA ’16 and her husband, Will Sears, both painters, had a long-standing dream to fill the city of Portland with colorful, graphic works of art in public spaces. Immersed in the worlds . . .

MAT Teacher Candidates Boost Local Learning

MAT Teacher Candidates Boost Local Learning

Maine College of Art’s ten-month Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program prepares artists to become effective art educators who learn to translate their unique qualities into creative teaching practices. . . .

MECA Faculty Work Garners Attention at the PMA Biennial

MECA Faculty Work Garners Attention at the PMA Biennial

The following is sourced from an article in the Portland Press Herald, written by Bob Keyes. The artwork of Daniel Minter, Assistant Instructor of Illustration at MECA, is a study of memory and the . . .

Trash Talks in Sculpture Exhibit at Speedwell Projects

Trash Talks in Sculpture Exhibit at Speedwell Projects

The following excerpt is sourced from an article published in the Portland Press Herald, by Bob Keyes Adriene Herman, an interdisciplinary Maine artist and MECA Professor of the MFA in Studio Art and . . .

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship Awards

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship Awards

Sharon Shapiro MFA '19 was one of 27 Virginia art students and professional artists out of 771 applicants to receive a 2018-2019 fellowship and one of six graduate students to receive an award. The program was . . .

Girls, Uninterrupted

Girls, Uninterrupted

Kat Miller, a junior in MECA's Photography Program, has been working on a series entitled On the Cusp of Womanhood. Her work is featured in Girls, Interrupted, a three-day, all-female exhibition in London . . .

MAT Alumnae Working Side by Side

MAT Alumnae Working Side by Side

As the Master of Arts in Teaching program enters its sixth year, recent graduates have begun their careers working side by side with seasoned alumni. Fern Tavalin, Department Chair, posed several questions to . . .

Art Education: I Saw Potential

Art Education: I Saw Potential

Most students graduate from MECA’s Master of Arts in Teaching Program and seek traditional employment as elementary or high school art teachers. Leonetta "Lia" Petriccione MAT ’15 had other ventures in . . .

If You Want Creative Solutions, Start with Creative Partnerships

If You Want Creative Solutions, Start with Creative Partnerships

Elizabeth A. Jabar wrote “If You Want Creative Solutions, Start with Creative Partnerships” for Maine Audubon's Habitat Winter 2018 issue. Read the entirety of her article here via PDF. Elizabeth . . .

Art as Activism

Art as Activism

While most graduates prefer teaching jobs in PK-12 schools, Matt Braun had a different idea. He chose to move to Mumbai, India to begin his career at Ascend International School, an interactive laboratory for . . .

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