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Capitalizing on Creativity: Thinking Wrong, Doing Right

Posted: 2013-10-18

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Monday, November 18th, 2013 from 5:30pm-7:30pm
Portland Public Library Rines Auditorium

Join us for an interesting and informative evening of “Wrong Thinking” and learn how to unlock the ingenuity in yourself and your employees.

Creative solutions are not found by thinking in the same old ways that created the problem. John Bielenberg founded Project M on the premise of “Thinking Wrong” as a means of making the world a better place through design. “Thinking Wrong” is all about challenging our own orthodoxies or learned behaviors that inhibit true innovation and creative exploration. It is about generating a lot of possibilities before doing the much more analytical process of selection and execution. What John Bielenberg does best is help companies and their people find the courage and the sense of humor to consider whole new, wrong ways of bringing their stories, ideas, and innovations out into the world.

One of their projects, Alabamboo is a growing movement dedicated to strengthening the economic and social fabric of the rural south through re-imagining local agricultural enterprise. By introducing bamboo as a regional agricultural product, Alabamboo fosters job creation, localizes production, and sustains clean air and water in the region.

John Bielenberg is Executive Producer, Design, for Future. In February 2013, John was awarded the AIGA Medal, the design organization's highest honor. With the award, AIGA recognized him as a "designer, entrepreneur and imaginative advocate for a better world," specifically citing his "innovative investigations into the practice and understanding of design and leadership in the 'design for good' movement." In addition to this recent honor, John has won more than 250 design awards in his career, and became an AIGA Fellow in 2008. 

>>More information on the Alabamboo project

 

Pricing: $35 or become a member of MCC for $35 and the first Creative Toolbox is free! $15 for MCC Members, Students with valid ID

Space is limited! Contact intern@mainecenterforcreativity.org to register today or call Jean at 207-730-0694

Public Engagement Receives EPA Grant

Posted: 2013-10-17

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The Public Engagement program received a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to embed issues of environmental stewardship and climate change into the curriculum. Faculty members Samantha Haedrich, Charles Melcher, Paul Gebhardt and Elizabeth Jabar are launching creative projects in their classrooms and in the community, working with community partners Environment Maine and Portland Trails. The EPA focused work also includes several co-curricular events and initiatives: film screenings, launching the student group MECA SOAP (Students Organized Against Pollution),  energy saving and waste reduction efforts on campus, and the Take the Pledge green commitment. In addition, MFA alum and eco artist Tim Gaudreau will be a visiting artist in the spring semester working with  the Public Engagement students.  

Summer and Fall Internship Placements

Posted: 2013-10-17

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Students are encouraged to conduct an internship during their time at MECA to help inform their studio practice. These academic experiences span 15 weeks and require 135 hours of focused, supervised learning in exchange for three academic credits. Below are internship sites for Summer 2013 and Fall 2013:


Betsy Lewis at her Brooklyn Metal Works Internship

Aucocisco Galleries, Portland, ME
Belmont Day School, Belmont, MA
Brooklyn Metalworks, Brooklyn, NY
Catalyst for Peace, Portland, ME
Douglas Thayer Designs, Westhampton, MA
Dutille's Jewelry, Lebanon, NH
Franny Peabody Center, Portland, ME
Janice Grzyb, New York City, NY
Kris Johnsen, Portland, ME
Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
Might + Main, Portland, ME
New England Sculpture Services, Chelsea, MA
Out for Justice, Portland, ME
PERCH Studio, Portland, ME
Pickwick Independent Press, Portland, ME
Pizzuti Studios, Lowell, MA
Rollin Leonard, Portland, ME
Sandy Macleod, Portland, ME
Sarah Bouchard, Portland, ME
Studio 24b, Portland, ME
The Art Department, Portland, ME
University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME
Uwe Berger Antique Prints, Berlin, Germany
VIA, Portland, ME 

For more information about internships, see Artists at Work.

Library to Host Book Sale

Posted: 2013-10-16

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The Joanne Waxman Library is hosting a huge book sale during the annual MECA Holiday Sale and December 1st First Friday Art Walk on Friday, December 6 from 5 to 9pm and on Saturday, December 7 from 10:00am to 5pm.

Over 2,000 books are available, priced between 50 cents and $10+. Titles include brand new and used books from recent donations, as well as former Joanne Waxman Library books. All proceeds go to purchase new books for the Library in support of the academic programs at Maine College of Art.

Noted Visiting Artist to Present Lecture on the Interface Between Printmaking and Painting

Posted: 2013-10-16

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Between Ink and Paper: Printmaking with Catherine Kernan
Osher Hall, Maine College of Art
Friday, October 25, 7-8pm
Free 

Catherine Kernan, nationally acclaimed artist, will present a lecture about the interface between printmaking and painting on Friday, October 25, 2013, 7:00-8:00 p.m. in Osher Hall at Maine College of Art, Congress Street, Portland. The event is open to the public free of charge and is presented in partnership with the Printmaking Department of Maine College of Art.

Catherine Kernan is a painter, teacher, printmaker, the co-founder and partner of Mixit Print Studio in Somerville, MA, and the director of Maud Morgan Arts, an arts center in Cambridge, MA. She says, “Working at the interface between printmaking and painting, I use large scale woodblocks in unorthodox ways as a transfer tool to build images layer by layer in a painterly process of controlled accident. No longer a purist, I exploit any available tool or means to transfer color and form to surface. Interruption and interference with the ‘perfect transfer’ are integral to the process.”

The Kate Mahoney Memorial Fund was established in 2003 in memory of a founding member of Peregrine Press. The Fund is designed to encourage printmakers in southern Maine and to promote public understanding of the art of printmaking. Peregrine Press, founded in 1991 as a non-profit, fine arts printmaking cooperative in Portland, Maine, is the only such cooperative in Maine, and among a few of its kind in the nation. Currently there are 30 active members who work in a variety of printmaking techniques such as collograph, woodcut, monotype, etching, photo-etching, lithography, and other mixed media processes. The shared studio, which is available to members 24/7 is operated and maintained on a cooperative basis with an elective board that runs the organization. The full membership meets several times a year to organize events and workshops. Peregrine Press is working towards being as toxic free a studio as possible.

Sponsored by The Peregrine Press and is made possible by the Kate Mahoney Memorial Fund
For further information, contact: Larinda Meade (207) 756-8560 larindam@maine.rr.com meander-2-catherine-kernan.jpegor Dorothy Schwartz (671-4787) dorothyroseschwartz@gmail.com

Upcoming Exhibition to feature the work of MECA Alum Deborah A. Bates

Posted: 2013-10-15

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Deborah Bates, Persis, acrylic and charcoal on panel, 40" x 30", 2002.


FROM THE GROUND: ARCHITECTURE OF A FAMILY features paintings by Deborah A. Bates '83 (1938-2013).  The exhibition will be on view in the Charles C. Thomas Gallery on the second floor of the Porteous building from October 17, 2013 through February 20, 2014.  

An opening reception will be held on Friday, November 15, 2013 from 4-6pm.  

Bates has incorporated various techniques in her work, including collage, drawing, and painting, in order to highlight the relationship between the structural geometry of architecture and the geometric shapes that represent shared DNA.  Finding particular inspiration in the fact that a maternal line of women bestowed upon her family four generations of continuity, Bates grounded her art in personal experience and delved into her consciousness to process the experience of her homecoming.  In so doing, Bates acknowledged the constancy of women and argued that their silent contributions not go unnoticed. 

Posted: 2013-10-11

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MECA is collaborating with SPACE Gallery to bring a new Illustration film series to SPACE Gallery. The series begins with a film about illustrator Tomi Ungerer, known for his "witty", "weird" and "subversive" illustrations of movie posters, children's books, and anti-Vietnam War material. 

The Portland Press Herald featured the screening and the documentary in a recent article. In it, MECA's Scott Nash said, "“I see him as one of the most important illustrators of our time. He’s really a fascinating figure – with one foot in kids’ literature and one in erotica. Coming from the European background, he had no trouble moving from one to another. He was a product of the dark age of illustration in the 60s, along with people like Shel Silverstein and Maurice Sendak who were rogues not just trained in children’s literature. His work wasn’t cloying or cutesy at all – there’s some real subversiveness in it.”

Next Tuesday, SPACE Gallery will be screening “Far Out Isn’t Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story” at 7:30pm.

For more about the film and the series, check out Portland Press Herald's article here.

MECA'S JAMIE HOGAN'S CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATIONS NAMED IN "100 GREAT CHILDREN'S BOOKS"

Posted: 2013-10-10

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The New York Public Library has announced the "100 Great Children’s Books | 100 Years" featuring "inspiring tales that have thrilled generations of children and their parents." Among those, "Rickshaw Girl"- illustrated by MECA's Jamie Hogan and written by Mitali Perkins has been honored. Maine has been the home to classic and contemporary children's book creators, including "Charlotte's Web" by E.B. White, "Make Way for Ducklings" by Robert McCloskey, and "The Giver: by Lois Lowry. Jamie Hogan is a professor in MECA's Illustration Department. 

"To see my name on the list of children's book authors and illustrators I grew up with and stories that my daughter was raised on, put me over the moon," said Jamie Hogan, "What astounding company."

The "100 Great Children’s Books | 100 Years" list was chosen by children’s librarians at The New York Public Library and published on the occasion of The New York Public Library’s acclaimed exhibition "The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter."

Find more information & the complete list by clicking here. 

Posted: 2013-10-09

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Maine College of Art was recently featured in "Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers." The book, published in its fourth edition and is aimed at college-bound creative students and provides the information and and tools necessary to pick the right arts program.

College Coach and Author Elaina Loveland scrutinized art programs from across the country and ultimately selected more than 250 art, drama, dance, music and creative writing programs in arts conservatories, liberal arts colleges and universities to recommend to potential students. MECA is among those selected.

The book is available for purchase at:

Amazon.com
Barnes and Noble
Borders

For more about the book, click here. 

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