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MECA Alum's Style and Product Photography Feature Real World Models

Posted: 2013-08-28

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LK Weiss ('11) is a photographer and designer whose work challenges mainstream conceptions of beauty. She owns multiple businesses, including branding and design company The Portland Designer. But it was Weiss' Jack Tar 207 that recently caught th attention of the international site, the Huffington Post. Her work often represents people from Maine's Queer community, and it is her bravery and acceptance of non-traditional beauty that coach and writer Mary Gorham Malia emphasizes in the article. 

"The people that show up in Jack Tar 207 shoots aren't strictly queer, they do shoot straight folk too, but LK notes they are intentionally leveraging the stunning style of the queer community in the Portland area. With a mission to use non-traditional models they are attracting a wide variety of clients who love what they create and the visual voice it creates for their products and brands," Malia wrote.

Check out the article here. 

 

Maine College of Art & The Portland Public Library Present The Art of Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons

Posted: 2013-08-10

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King Max illustration for a fan, c. 1970s ©Maurice Sendak

Maine College of Art and The Portland Public Library will present the special exhibition Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons. The exhibition features 50 works by the legendary author and illustrator, accompanied by 50 statements from celebrities, authors, and noted personalities on the influence of Sendak’s work, all in celebration the 50th anniversary of his universally revered book, Where the Wild Things Are.

The exhibition includes 50 original works from Where the Wild Things Are in a variety of mediums including sketches, illustrations, and works on paper, and showcases highlights from Sendak’s career and the diverse art forms in which he was renowned. Many of the works are from private collections and friends of the artist, offering a survey of his range as an artist and author.

From children’s literature, animated films, and textbooks to Broadway and opera, Sendak garnered worldwide acclaim for his genius and insight. Among the contributing commentators to the exhibition are playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner, comedian Stephan Colbert, artist Robert Crumb, director Spike Jonze, President Barack Obama, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, actor/director Tom Hanks, and author Lemony Snicket.

 

MECA Alum Cultivates Community through Art

Posted: 2013-07-30

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Hannah Merchant, working on the Cultivating Community mobile farm stand, to be launched in August.

 

Hannah Merchant, a Portland resident and 2013 graduate of the Maine College of Art (MECA), developed artistic projects to support Cultivating Community’s mission over the four years of her undergraduate career as she pursued MECA’s new minor in public engagement, as well as a major in woodworking and furniture design. Cultivating Community is a Portland-based nonprofit that works to end hunger, promote sustainability and empower community members. 

Merchant worked in some of our farming spaces while also taking pictures of young people in the organization's youth leadership programs. She found that “growing and making food with the youth, eating it, and documenting the act with photography was a powerful experience that really stayed with me.” As a result, Hannah created Cultivating Community’s summer 2012 Recipe Book, and is developing a new, expanded version for 2013. 

For her Public Engagement capstone, she designed the Mobile Farm Stand that is revving up our food access work starting in summer 2013, providing a tricycle-powered, movable venue for the distribution and sale of locally-sourced, organically grown produce to people who need it. The mobile farm stand will be launched this summer.

For more about Hannah's work, click here.

For more about Cultivating Community, click here

Professor Matt Hutton to show work in upcoming exhibit

Posted: 2013-07-18

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"Silhouette", 2013 Maple
Photo: Jay York

Professor Matt Hutton's fine-art furniture work has been selected to be part of the upcoming show, "Fearless Furniture," the first juried exhibition of its kind at the Indiana State Museum Fine Arts.

Matt Hutton is an Associate Professor in woodworking at MECA, and studied woodworking and furniture design at the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana. His work is among the thirty benches, tables, chairs, clocks and more will be featured in this expansive range of designs by 21 juried and three invited artists.

The Indiana State Museum is located in White River State Park in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. It is Indiana’s museum for science, art and culture. The show is open to the public, with an opening on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 at the Indiana State Museum.

For more about Matt Huttons art, click here.

For more about the Indiana State Museum, click here

Five Alumni Selected to show work

Posted: 2013-07-09

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Five MECA alumni will show their work at the Shaw Jewelry gallery in Northeast Harbor, Maine; located near Acadia National Park. The five working artists from Maine College of Art will demonstrate Maine's artistic legacy in a variety of compelling styles and techniques.

The featured artists are:
Connie Hayes
Margaret Lawrence
Mark Marchesi
Holly Ready
Justin Richel

The show will run from August 15- September 11, with an opening reception on August 15 from 5-7pm.

SHAW JEWELRY
126 Main Street
Northeast Harbor, Maine
207.276.5000
Open daily until 6:30pm

 

 

 

ASHERAH CINNAMON, MECA ALUM, TO SHOW WORK AT THE MAINE JEWISH MUSEUM

Posted: 2013-07-01

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Artist Asherah Cinnamon, (BFA '08) exhibits new work at the Maine Jewish Museum. Nancy Davidson curated Cinnamon’s new show entitled Celebration, Tradition and Change. This exhibition will run from Friday July 5th, 2013 to Thursday August 29th, 2013. The opening reception with the artist will be held at the Maine Jewish Museum at 267 Congress Street in Portland, ME on Tuesday July 9th 5-8pm.

Asherah Cinnamon is an international award winning, contemporary sculptor, installation/ performance artist, and creative educator. Her work explores avenues of healing, both personal and planetary. Asherah's parents were survivors of the Nazi Holocaust. Their ability to take great joy in life and to overcome that experience was an inspiration for her. Graduate of the Maine College of Art (BFA), Boston University (MSW), Cambridge University (Graduate Diploma), and the University of Wisconsin (BA), she has made her home in Maine for over 30 years.

Cinnamon’s creative practice explores the power of human interaction as a means to build community, seek justice (tzedek), and heal the world (tikkun olam). Celebration, Tradition and Change is an exhibition deeply rooted in Jewish Feminism. Cinnamon is inspired by almost six thousand years of cultural philosophy and ritual. The sculptures and works in this exhibition are references to concepts and objects used in these traditions. Each piece holds meaning, memory, and ethical solutions beyond any single culture or religion. Ritual, whether celebratory or mournful, helps us connect to each other across differences.

Celebration, Tradition and Change is on display from July 5th to August 29th at the Maine Jewish Museum at Etz Chaim Synagogue Monday- Friday 10am-7pm or by appointment. For more information, contact Curator Nancy Davidson at TootzDavidson@yahoo.com or (207) 239 4774.

MECA Family Weekend

Posted: 2013-06-27

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MECA parents, families, friends and Alumni are invited to join us on campus for MECA Family Weekend October 11-13, 2013.

Registration and schedule information will be posted in the early fall.

Please contact Anna Schwartz, Director of Student Engagement, with any questions:207.699.5034 or aschwartz@meca.edu

 

Sarah Mohammadi wins AIGA Bone Show Award

Posted: 2013-06-26

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Recent graduate Sarah Mohammadi has won an AIGA Bone Show Award for her cookbook Turkmen Damegh. The bi-annual show celebrates the best of New England design. Sarah designed the book as an independent study after visiting her family in Iran. The exhibit is on view at Boston University's 808 Gallery until July 20.

 

Sarah Mohammadi graduated this spring with a degree in Graphic Design. Originally from Iran, she lives in Maine.
For more about Sarah:
http://sarahmohammadi.com/

The AIGA is a professional association for design. 
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Two MECA alums awarded Emerging Artist Grants

Posted: 2013-06-24

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Two MECA alums won Emerging Artist Grants from the Saint Botolph Club Foundation in Boston this year! Edwige Charlot '10 and Pilar Nadal MFA '13 were both awarded grants from the Boston-based organization that recognizes and supports New England based artists. 
 
Charlot is an artist printmaker. Born and raised in France and of Haitian heritage, her work has been shown in Maine, Connecticut, and New York. 
 
Nadal is a recent MFA graduate who works in multiple mediums. She is originally from upstate New York.
 
 
 
 

MECA Illustration Professor Introduces 'The Detached Muse Project'

Posted: 2013-06-24

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Boston Based Galatea Fine Arts Presents the Work of MECA Illustration Professor Rob Sullivan

July 5 - 28, 2013

(muse): a woman, or a force personiļ¬ed as a woman, who is the source of inspiration for
a creative artist.

MECA Illustration professors' paintings reframe the subject at hand as a metaphorical transfiguration away from
their representation. This moves beyond mere surface, as he engage with painting’s
history and technical narrativity, bridging it conceptually across a contemporary
vernacular. The Detached Muse suite of paintings represents that fusion.

The mythology of the Muses began in the Hellenistic era as nine goddesses who
embodied fields of artistic endeavor. In the 19th Century, they were referred to as forms
of inspiration, often with creators speaking of their own personal “artistic muse.” This
figure was regularly personified by the artist’s female model, and the one-to-one
interaction between artist and model was a relationship recorded in paint over the course
of history.

The Detached Muse Project represents Sullivan's efforts to reify the muse in painting while
subverting it away from modern expectation.

Reception: Friday, July 5, 6-8 PM

460B Harrison Ave, #B-6
Boston, MA
617 542 1500
www.galateafineart.com

For more information, please contact rsullivan@meca.edu.

Molly Vogel BFA '09 selected for the Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show

Posted: 2013-06-24

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Molly Vogel BFA '09 was selected for the emerging artist category this year at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show. 

The 37th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show includes 195 premiere artists from the United States, selected from more than 1,000 applicants. All work is for sale.

Molly Vogel is a jewelry designer living in Connecticut, whose work has been shown in Maine, New York, Connecticut, Maryland, and Kentucky. 

For more:
http://www.mollyvogel.com/
http://pmacraftshow.org/artist/emerging-artists/2013/molly-vogel-jewelry