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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 › Illustration

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

Lewis Rossignol Featured in Dispatch Magazine

Lewis Rossignol Featured in Dispatch Magazine

Lewis Rossignol '17 was contracted by Dispatch Magazine to produce illustrations for featured stories ("Do You Believe the Swipe?" and "Are You a Brand?") in the latest two issues. [caption . . .

Intimate and Mysterious Connections

Intimate and Mysterious Connections

Describe a body of work that you have made. I recently had my first solo show, Keepsakes, at Vestibule 594 in Portland. I painted a series of illustrative acrylic paintings on wood panels and created a mural . . .

“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 . . .

My Own Creative Story

My Own Creative Story

Describe a body of work that you are currently working on. I’ve experienced a lot of social anxiety for most of my life, so I respond more to body language and evidence of subconscious intentions rather . . .

Grant Awardee: Katie Ackley ’15

Grant Awardee: Katie Ackley ’15

Illustration major Katie Ackley ’15 knew where she wanted to intern. She was a big fan of the designs of Eliza Jane Curtis and wanted to learn more about Curtis’s business, Morris & Essex. In her proposal, . . .

Island Illustrator

Island Illustrator

MECA Adjunct Assistant Professor of Illustration Jamie Hogan has taught at MECA for over a decade. She also works as a professional illustrator, creating colorful pastel, charcoal and collage images for . . .

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