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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 › Woodworking & Furniture Design

Shortlist Award — American Craft Council

Shortlist Award — American Craft Council

Congratulations to Ted Lott ’06 (Woodworking & Furniture Design)! Ted is featured in the October/November issue of American Craft magazine. He is one of this year’s recipients of the Shortlist Artist . . .

Berlin Internship

Berlin Internship

This past summer, MECA Woodworking & Furniture Design student Rebekka Federle was able to expand both her world view and her business skills through an internship with Discover Prints in Berlin, Germany. . . .

Craft vs. Fine Art is No Contest

Craft vs. Fine Art is No Contest

Peter Dore grew up in Westbrook, Maine.  A stint at a college in Syracuse didn’t feel right and he began travelling back and forth between Lake Tahoe, where he helped operate snow‐making equipment in the . . .

Form and Function

Form and Function

In an interview by local designer Angela Adams, conducted for her blog, Associate Professor of Woodworking & Furniture Design Matt Hutton describes himself as “absolutely a woodworker. I enjoy the . . .

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 . . .

Artists for Hire

Artists for Hire

When The Press Hotel opened in downtown Portland, Maine, they approached MECA to purchase artwork and commission custom projects. One commission involved hiring four Woodworking & Furniture . . .

A Tale of Two Luthiers

A Tale of Two Luthiers

Joel Eckhaus is a luthier and former Assistant Professor of Woodworking & Furniture at MECA. Joel began building instruments in 1973 and is the founder of Earnest Instruments in South Portland. He studied . . .

Craft in the Modern World

Craft in the Modern World

Ted’s sculptures combine craft and woodworking skills with an historical approach to create a signature body of work that is chimerical yet consistent.  A found chair, for example, may embrace a small house . . .

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