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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 . . .

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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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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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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 . . .

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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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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 . . .

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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 . . .

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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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Testing One’s Own Imagination

I’ve loved to make art as long as I came remember.  Mostly drawing.  I came to MECA after graduating high school, and growing up with fantastically creative friends who helped me to exercise my . . .

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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 . . .

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Artistic Excellence › Graphic Design

Piling Up the Rules: An Inquiry

Piling Up the Rules: An Inquiry

PechaKucha 20x20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images. Margo Halverson has taught at MECA for over . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

Student Perspective: Graphic Design

Student Perspective: Graphic Design

Student Perspective: Justin Carey (Graphic Design '16) from Maine College of Art. View more of Justin's work in his portfolio . . .

Nko Calculatrice Mobile App

Nko Calculatrice Mobile App

JamraPatel has just published a calculator app for Google’s Android mobile device platform. The app, which uses the numerals of the N’ko-script typeface that Mark Jamra, Professor of Graphic Design at . . .

Beyond Borders: Art and Activism

Beyond Borders: Art and Activism

Aaron Staples ’08, who grew up in Maine and earned his BFA from MECA in Graphic Design, worked with Greenpeace to create art for their “Not Just Tuna” campaign that demonstrates the environmental . . .

The Portland Designer

The Portland Designer

It is no surprise that LK Weiss titled her business identity “The Portland Designer.” The co‐founder of Bowline Company, which manufactures handmade unisex bow ties, she is also an illustrator, freelance . . .

Pushing Yourself Conceptually

Pushing Yourself Conceptually

Describe a body of work that you are currently working on. I just finished up a packaging/identity project. We had the decision to choose between Geary's Summer Ale, loose leaf tea, or marijuana. I ultimately . . .

How Phoreus Cherokee Helped a Nation

How Phoreus Cherokee Helped a Nation

In 2014, inspired by a conference presentation he saw about the Cherokee Nation’s efforts to integrate the Cherokee language into current technologies, Professor of Graphic Design Mark Jamra created the . . .

MECA Makes Its Mark

MECA Makes Its Mark

MECA is excited to announce the launch of a new visual identity designed to convey the College’s rich history and dynamic future. Our new mark reflects the institution’s strongest assets: an . . .

Recent Achievements

Recent Achievements

Margo Halverson, Professor of Graphic Design, gave a lecture titled “MECA’s Graphic Design Legacy in Portland” at the University of New England Art Gallery, was a guest critic for graphic design thesis . . .

Move Beyond Concepts

Move Beyond Concepts

Describe your body of work in a few sentences. I work as an independent designer under the name PATH, my studio is based in Portland. In general, my work takes the form of publications, posters, websites, and . . .

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