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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 › Textile & Fashion Design

Anne Emlein + Rose Allard ’14 Win 2016 CAP Apprenticeship

Anne Emlein + Rose Allard ’14 Win 2016 CAP Apprenticeship

Former 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 . . .

Confident in My Ability

Confident in My Ability

Describe a body of work that you are currently working on. My current body of work is inspired by a pair of vintage Jell-O molds that were gifted to me over the summer. Like the Jell-O mold, I want these . . .

Speak Conceptually

Speak Conceptually

Describe a body of work that you are currently working on. Currently, my work reflects themes of transformation as it relates to personal growth or natural experiences. In my machine knitting class I recently . . .

Colorful Costumes

Colorful Costumes

The colorful costumes seen in the Portland Symphony Orchestra and The Portland Ballet's performance of "An Alice Symphony" by Del Tredici were designed by Textile & Fashion Design students and faculty. . . .

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 . . .

Transformative Fashion

Transformative Fashion

Inspiration for designer Kelsey Haley comes from travel.  “Whether it be the people I meet, the architecture, weather, culture, or religion, all of these components play a role in the making of my textiles . . .

Sharing a Love for Textile

Sharing a Love for Textile

Rose Allard bears the distinction of being the first person to graduate from MECA with a BFA in Textile & Fashion Design. Her thesis collection, Finnwear:  Sisu Coats, was inspired by her Finnish . . .

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