New for 2013, MECA is now offering a major in Textile and Fashion Design. The program is focused on imparting a deep understanding of the designing and making of textiles, extensive study of the field of apparel, and, ultimately, an exploration of fashion as the contemporary response.
Textile and Fashion Design students at MECA are engaged in the process of designing collections, building portfolios, and preparing for the future through internships, sponsored studios, and guided entrepreneurship. Students receive specialized instruction from top industry professionals while developing a robust studio and design practice supported by historical and cultural references as well as thorough research and experimentation.
This new major is made possible thanks to the generous support of Maine-based philanthropist, Roxanne Quimby.
According to Program Chair and Professor, Anne Emlein, here is what a prospective student might find at MECA:
At MECA, I believe we are all very “on the ground”. The student who chooses MECA will be included in a community of people—faculty, staff and fellow students who are all artists at heart. We are all very involved in the processes that make up what we do. The prospective student will find a spirit of intimacy and involvement at MECA that permeates every aspect of the college and the teaching of Art.
Student Affairs would like to congratulate the recipients of the first annual Student Affairs Leadership Awards.
The Leadership Awards were created by Student Affairs as a way of thanking, appreciating and acknowledging some of our students, student clubs and organizations and faculty and staff for their outstanding contributions to the MECA community over the course of the 2012-2013 academic year. Nominations for all the awards were collected from the MECA community.
Please join us in congratulating the 2012-2013 recipients:
* Outstanding Student Group or Organization: MECA C.A.R.E. (Celebrating all Realms of Ethnicity)
*Outstanding Event or Program of the Year: Rob Doane for The Peninsula School
*Outstanding Faculty or Staff Involvement: Jeff Waites for his commitment to the Free Radicals Futbol Club
*Outstanding Contribution to Diversity: MECA H.O.P.E. (Helping Our People to Equality)
*Outstanding Student Employee: Andi Croak
*Outstanding Student Leader: Chloe Beaven
* Outstanding Contribution to Community Service: Carlin Soos
The Portland Museum of Art (PMA) has announced that on September 7, 2013, the museum will present Ahmed Alsoudani: Redacted, the first major museum exhibition of the work of American-Iraqi artist and Maine College of Art graduate Ahmed Alsoudani (BFA, 2005). The exhibition will feature nearly 20 of the artist’s tumultuous and innovative paintings, which reflect on the horrors of war with a unique artistic voice. Ahmed Alsoudani: Redacted will be on view through December 8, 2013, in the PMA’s Third Floor Gallery for Contemporary Art.
“Challenging the viewer with nuanced art historical arguments and blatantly difficult, abject, and grotesque imagery, Alsoudani does what few artists can do: he successfully translates the complexity of contemporary politics into meaningful painting,” said PMA Director Mark H.C. Bessire.
Through his personal experience as a child and adolescent in war-torn Iraq, Alsoudani developed a keen sensitivity to the effects of war, violence, terror, and political unrest on a global scale. His paintings reflect his experiences as well as the mediated nature of war in our time. “I’m not just commenting on Iraq but on an experience that becomes universal,” Ahmed Alsoudani said, referring to Untitled, 2007, a loose, nearly abstract rendering of the moment the infamous statue of Saddam Hussein fell in Baghdad in 2002. His splintered compositions, and the overwhelming and sometimes harrowing scenes represented in a bright, near-primary palette, address the uneasy balance in our culture between scenes of disaster and objects of beauty.
Maine's Only Women's Film Event to be held at MECA
Bluestocking Film Series Osher Hall, Maine College of Art 522 Congress Street, Portland, ME www.bluestockingfilms.com
Screening: May 18, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $9/general | $6/student FREE Women in Film Symposium: May 19, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.
BLUESTOCKING FILM SERIES BRINGS 2 DAYS OF WOMEN IN FILM
The Bluestocking Film Series has found a new venue at Osher Hall at Maine College of Art, Maine’s only women’s film event is expanding to two days, celebrating the accomplishments of women in film with an international roster of provocative, award-winning short films on Sat., May 18 and a free-to-the-public symposium on Sun., May 19 titled “Why We Need The Bechdel Test Now.”
The Bluestocking will once again showcase woman-directed short films from the US and around the globe. “This is our biggest, boldest screening yet,” Kaminski says, “with stories that run the gamut from the darkest of dark comedies to thoughtful dramas and more.” There will also be a raffle fundraiser with fun prizes.
"To go alongside such a strong roster of films, it seems the right time to bring about some public discussion of the importance and value of gender equality not just behind the camera but to what’s on-screen as well.” Which is why Kaminski organized “Why We Need the Bechdel Test Now,” the May 19 symposium the day after the Bluestocking screening event. Helping to lead that conversation will be Andi Zeisler, co-founder of Bitch, a magazine devoted to an “engaged, thoughtful feminist response to mainstream media and popular culture” (bitchmagazine.org) and Kyna Morgan, founder of Her Film Project, a “global project to support women filmmakers and build audiences for their films” (herfilmproject.com/).
Use of the Bechdel Test can be a catalyst for shifts in how women’s on-screen characters are perceived by viewers and filmmakers alike. “The more this idea percolates into the public consciousness, the more likely it is that real change will be seen on the screen,” Kaminski says. “It’s become clear that television is now the primary medium where well-rounded, flawed, and complex women characters flourish –– we want to see the same thing happen on the big screen.”
The Bluestocking films will screen in Osher Hall at Maine College of Art at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 18. Tickets are $9/general and $6/student and are on sale via Brown Paper Tickets - brownpapertickets.com/event/371184 - or at the door the evening of the screening. Some of the featured filmmakers will also be on-hand for a post-screening Q&A. The symposium will take place in Osher Hall on Sunday, May 19 at 4:00 p.m. and is free to the public.
Thos. Moser Freeport Showroom to exhibit art by Maine College of Art Alumni
R. Eastman,Solace in Blue,oil on canvas over panel
An art exhibition featuring Maine College of Art alumni will be on display at Thos. Moser’s Freeport Showroom, with an opening artists’ reception on May 8 from 6 – 8 p.m. and will run through July 8, 2013.
The show will feature 18 Maine College of Art alumni, spanning more than 30 years of graduating classes. The exhibiting artists include Beatrice Abbott, Leon Anderson, Kate Beck,Felice Boucher, Louise Bourne, Ashley Curry, Cynthia Davis, Lisa Dombek, Rachael Eastman, Joshua Ferry, Julie Freund, Peyton Higgison, Anne Ireland, Jenny Moore, Scott Moore, Francine Schrock, Bridget Spaeth and Noa Warren.
The show offers an eclectic mix of art, including oil paintings on canvas and linen, watercolor paintings, framed works on paper, mixed media, work in plaster, wood sculpture and photography. The artists’ work will be hung interspersed with one another, which invites side-by-side comparison of art by varied graduating classes.
The Thos. Moser Showroom is located at 149 Main St., Freeport, and is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call 865-4519 or visit www.thosmoser.com.
Fundraising Dinner Hosted on April 14 to Support Chef Michael Crowley
WHO: The entire MECA community, Michael Crowley's firefighting and faith communities.
WHAT: Italian Dinner Fundraiser for MECA Cafe' employee and Saco Volunteer Firefighter Michael Crowley ("Chef Michael")
$20 per person
$50 for a family of 3 or more
$10-$20 for students (sliding scale )
There will also be a raffle of donated MECA student, staff and faculty artwork.
Donations may also be sent directly to "Michael Crowley Cancer" Fund at Saco Valley Credit Union
WHY:MECA Cafe' employee and Saco Volunteer Fire Fighter Michael Crowley ("Chef Michael") has recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Michael is currently undergoing chemo and radiation therapy and is unable to work. Please join the MECA community in our efforts to raise funds for Michael and his family during this difficult time.
WHEN: Sunday, April 14 from 4pm-6pm
WHERE:Cafe' at Maine College of Art 522 Congress Street, Portland Maine
MECA Social Media Summit
MECA will be making some big changes online! We’re striving to streamline, organize and expand our social media presence. But before we make these changes, we want to hear from YOU. We want to tailor our online presence to best serve our students, faculty, and broader community.
WHO: The entire MECA community
WHAT: Opening up dialogue about MECA’s social media presence WHERE:Osher Hall WHY:To discuss and determine the most effective, productive, and engaging ways that MECA can use social media. To identify specific faculty roles and create an information workflow and posting protocol. WHEN: Wednesday, April 17 at noon