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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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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 . . .

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 . . .

The Bold Vision

The Bold Vision

Article originally published in The Cedars Magazine. Local Art Students and Seniors at The Cedars Fore a Connection Through Art "Where can I be an aging artist?" "Where can I be true to myself" Kelly . . .

Art & Audubon: Collaboration in Conservation

Art & Audubon: Collaboration in Conservation

The Public Engagement student exhibition Art & Audubon: Collaboration in Conservation opens on Friday, October 27, 5–7pm at the Gisland Farm in Falmouth. The exhibition features work from the classes . . .

Future Mothers

Future Mothers

Two former faculty members, Elizabeth Jabar, Assistant Dean, Director of Public Engagement & Program Chair of Printmaking, and Colleen Kinsella, Printmaking Instructor & Printmaking Studio Technician, . . .

Maine Heart and Soul Award

Maine Heart and Soul Award

Public Engagement Fellow Sarah Milkowski-Dahlgren '17 has been selected to receive the Maine Campus Compact Student Heart and Soul Award at their 15th annual awards ceremony, hosted at the Hall of Flags at the . . .

Different Contexts

Different Contexts

In 2015, Sara Inacio was awarded a Professional Development and Entrepreneurship Grant, which helps BFA, MFA, and MAT students to advance their studio and professional skills by accessing opportunities and . . .

Environment Matters

Environment Matters

Chloe Beaven ’15 and Caitlin Ervin ’16 were selected as Public Engagement Fellows in 2014‐2015, supported by a grant from the Ladd Foundation. They received a financial scholarship and academic credit to . . .

The Common Language of Art

The Common Language of Art

Thanks to her husband’s career, Maggie Muth has traveled far and wide.  After residing in Shanghai, they recently lived in Moldova, the poorest country in Europe, sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine, . . .

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, . . .

Socially Engaged

Socially Engaged

Chloe transferred to MECA for the Public Engagement minor after studying Anthropology and Visual Arts at the University of British Columbia. During her time at MECA she has utilized her public engagement minor . . .

Art for Social Change

Art for Social Change

The "Grow Cart" was created by Hannah Merchant '13, who majored in Woodworking and Furniture Design with a Minor in Public Engagement. This mobile farm stand was designed in partnership with . . .

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