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Amya Bhalla, Salt ’22 sneaks art into the world

Amya Bhalla, Salt ’22 Sneaks Art Into The World “I love sneaking my art into the world when no one is looking,” Amya Bhalla, Salt ’22 explains on a website highlighting various pursuits . . .

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Amelia Garretson-Persans MFA ’16, Ashley Page ’20, and Lin Snow ’20 in DESCENT

DESCENT, featuring work from a group of Maine College of Art & Design alumni, opens at Mayo Street Arts during the Oct. 7 First Friday Art . . .

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Emily Kwong, Salt ’13, covers today’s headlines through the lens of science

Salt Institute of Documentary Studies Emily Kwong, Salt ’13, covers today's headlines through the lens of science Emily Kwong, Salt ’13 . . .

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MFA candidates take over the Venice Biennale 

If you have been keeping up with @mecaart on Instagram this week, you will have spotted a few new voices taking over our feed. During a weeklong excursion to . . .

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Liz Burdick ’22 named first Summer Illustration Fellow at The Nature Conservancy in Maine

We are thrilled to share that Liz Burdick '22, a recent graduate from our BFA Illustration major, was named the first Summer Illustration Fellow at The . . .

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Peter Wallis ’06 presents Sacred / Mundane in Santa Monica

Peter explains his new solo exhibition as “[A] big moment in my art career featuring a lot of inspiration from Maine and Portland in the work.” The . . .

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Sandra Lapage MFA ’21 becomes a 2022-23 Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant recipient

Congratulations to Sandra Lapage MFA ’21 on being named a 2022-23 Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant recipient! Lapage lives and works in São . . .

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Prof. Jim Flahaven takes students into the halls for some tape graffiti

On Tuesday, November 15, BFA students in Prof. Jim Flahaven’s Two-Dimensional Design course spent some time away from the elaborate and complex class exercises . . .

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Spotlight on Pace House

First settled by Native Americans known as Etchemins (skicin in Passamaquoddy) about 5,000 years ago, the town of Stonington is the gateway to the . . .

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Emotional Value Auctions featured on NPR’s KCUR 89.3

During the Charlotte Street 25th Anniversary Block Party in Kansas City last weekend, Professor and Coordinator of Public Engagement Adriane Herman held her . . .

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MECA&D Faculty Work Garners Attention at the PMA Biennial

MECA&D 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&D, 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&D Professor of the MFA in Studio Art and . . .

MECA&D Artists in 2018 Portland Museum of Art Biennial

MECA&D Artists in 2018 Portland Museum of Art Biennial

In October 2017, the Portland Museum of Art announced their participating artists for the 2018 Biennial exhibition. The Biennial will be open January 26 to May 30, 2018. This 10th Biennial is intended to . . .

Expanding Histories

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 head. The . . .

The Art of Music: Seeing Sound at MECA&D

The Art of Music: Seeing Sound at MECA&D

The fusion of music and art at MECA&D 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 . . .

Anne Emlein + Rose Allard ’14 Win 2016 CAP Apprenticeship

Anne Emlein + Rose Allard ’14 Win 2016 CAP Apprenticeship

Former Faculty Anne Emlein and Faculty Rose Allard '14 were chosen as a Master / Apprentice pair in the 2016 Craft Apprentice Program, implemented by Maine Crafts Association and Maine Arts Commission. The . . .

Time, Energy, and Attention

Time, Energy, and Attention

What differentiates MECA&D from your own college and grad school experience? MECA&D’s intimate scale facilitates symbiotic flow between faculty and students. Of course, significant connections evolve at all . . .

Her Chosen Spot

Her Chosen Spot

Canandaigua is the Seneca word for “the chosen spot.” Pilar Nadal left Canandaigua, her hometown in Upstate New York, for her chosen spot: MECA&D. During her first visit, she was immediately drawn to both . . .

Provocative Work

Provocative Work

After receiving her BFA in Jewelry and Silversmithing in 1982 from the Portland School of Art (now Maine College of Art & Design), Professor Portelance traveled the country, ultimately settling in Seattle, . . .

“Wake Up Alice!” Exhibition

“Wake Up Alice!” Exhibition

This exhibition of contemporary illustration celebrated the 150th Anniversary of the publication of Alice's Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, as well as marked the 10th anniversary of the Illustration . . .

On The Ground

On The Ground

ON HER ART Textiles and fashion are an immediate, everyday form of expression and something everyone everywhere has participated in since time immemorial, on an individual level, and collectively. Whether . . .

Contradictory Nature

Contradictory Nature

ON HIS ART I love the contradictory nature of painting. It is a language that constantly undermines itself. In my opinion, painting is not a discipline suited for finding solutions, but it is unbelievably . . .

An Incongruent Blend

An Incongruent Blend

Through his art, Professor of Photography Justin Kirchoff explores his personal curiosity of the built landscape, personal identity and beauty of the photographic print.  His current work explores the . . .

Form and Function

Form and Function

In an interview by local designer Angela Adams, conducted for her blog, Associate Professor of Woodworking & Furniture Design Matt Hutton describes himself as “absolutely a woodworker. I enjoy the . . .

Recent Achievements

Recent Achievements

Honour Mack, Professor of Painting, during her most recent sabbatical, was able to focus exclusively on her painting practice and exhibiting her work. Her work was recently included in the group exhibition Sea . . .

Huston Smith: Wisdomkeeper

Huston Smith: Wisdomkeeper

Dana Sawyer, Professor of Academic Studies, has been nominated for a National Grawemeyer Award in the category of religion for his most recent book, Huston Smith: Wisdomkeeper. As a result of this very . . .

Artists Have So Much to Offer the World

Artists Have So Much to Offer the World

What drives your need for/belief in service and public engagement? I am most interested in that intersection between a creative action and a social need. I am curious about how art can bring awareness, . . .

Facing Difficulty

Facing Difficulty

What differentiates MECA&D from your own college and grad school experience? My doctoral degree is from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. It’s a much bigger school than MECA&D. At the time I studied . . .

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