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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 › Sculpture

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 . . .

Be Here Now

Be Here Now

Describe a body of work that you are currently working on: Post graduation, I am finding balance between personal, conceptual research and commissioned work. I’m currently designing and building a table for . . .

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 . . .

Vivian Beer ’00 Wins Ellen DeGeneres’ Design Challenge

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. The . . .

Faculty Reviewed on Hyperallergic

Faculty Reviewed on Hyperallergic

Assistant Professor of the MFA in Studio Art and Sculpture, Joshua Reiman, has a review of his show Glass Houses in HyperAllergic. "Glass Houses is a thought-provoking and meditative show that draws in the . . .

Sophisticated Daydreaming

Sophisticated Daydreaming

MECA Sculpture major Vivian Beer is a New Hampshire furniture designer and maker who describes herself as “tiptoeing through contemporary design, craft and sculptural aesthetics, sampling from each one.” . . .

Inspired By My Own Frustration

Inspired By My Own Frustration

Describe a body of work that you are currently working on. The body of work that I’m working on currently is focused on addressing issues of sexuality and objectification. Previously, I was making a body . . .

There is No Final Answer

There is No Final Answer

Upon graduation, John Nelson started his own business, Nelson Metal Fabrication. He works full-time creating custom metalwork and architectural elements as well as fabricating signs. Collaborating with . . .

Teach What You Love

Teach What You Love

After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture, Elise Bothel furthered her education, also at MECA, by becoming certified to teach art through MECA's Post-Baccalaureate Certification program (which . . .

A Burning Desire to Create

A Burning Desire to Create

Associate Professor of Sculpture and Digital Media at MECA, Ling‐Wen Tsai’s career began with a degree in nursing from Chung‐Shan Medical College in Taiwan, where she spent her first 25 years. Art was . . .

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