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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 › Faculty

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 . . .

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 . . .

MECA Artists in 2018 Portland Museum of Art Biennial

MECA 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 . . .

Bluestocking Film Series

Bluestocking Film Series

Kate Kaminski, Adjunct Instructor of Academic Studies, is founder and artistic director of the Bluestocking Film Series, recognized by Down East Magazine’s editors in their Best of Maine Culture section. The . . .

The Art of Music: Seeing Sound at MECA

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 works in . . .

Anne Emlein + Rose Allard ’14 Win 2016 CAP Apprenticeship

Anne Emlein + Rose Allard ’14 Win 2016 CAP Apprenticeship

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

Curator

Curator

Steve Halpert, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Academic Studies, has been curating exhibitions at the University of New England gallery on the Portland campus for many years. The most recent include two . . .

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. 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), Professor Portelance traveled the country, ultimately settling in Seattle, Washington, . . .

Produce, Direct, and Edit

Produce, Direct, and Edit

Gary Robinov is a filmmaker based in Portland, Maine. After graduating from the Maine College of Art in 2004 with a self-designed focus in documentary film, he co-founded White Dog Arts with 2 fellow MECA . . .

“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 . . .

Engage and Respond

Engage and Respond

ON THE PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM From my very first Public Engagement course I witnessed my students experience deep learning when they were given the opportunity to apply their creative imagination and . . .

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 . . .

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