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From the Inside Staff Exhibition Announced

Posted: 2012-12-19

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Opens Thursday, January 24, 2013 and runs through Friday, February 15, 2013. 

From The Inside is the annual Maine College of Art staff show at the June Fitzpatrick Gallery on Congress Street.  This exhibition showcases the work of 11 artists who work behind the scenes at the College.  Featuring artists Angela Warren MFA ‘11, Stacy Howe MFA ‘10, Daniel Gardner, Rachel Katz MFA ‘00, Annie Wadleigh, Dietlind Vander Schaaf, Phil Stevens ‘91, Katie Uffelman ‘10, Jill Dalton ‘99, Jon Rudnicki, Megan Lloyd, and Shannon Cote, this show represents artists working in the Admissions Department, the Office of Residential Life, the MFA program, the Business Office, Alumni Relations, Artists at Work, and the Office of Advancement.

Rachel Katz, float(low), paper collage, 7.5" x 12", 2012; Jay York image credit

Marketing Basics for Artists: January - April 2013

Posted: 2012-12-17

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Marketing Basics for Artists – January – April 2013

Workshops takes place on the second Wednesday of every month at 6pm in Osher Hall at Maine College of Art. Admission is free for current students, alumni, faculty, and staff. The fee for all others is $10.

Additional information

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February 13 | Professional Documentation + Image Management

Getting professional photos of your work, naming and sizing standards, organizing your digital assets. Presenters to be announced.

Register now

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March 13 | Websites + Blogging

Choosing the right online portfolio platform for your needs, content basics, domain names, generating traffic and hit reports. Presenters to be announced.

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April 10 | Social Media + Email Marketing

Evaluating which tools are right for you and linking them all together. Making the most of your contacts. Presenters to be announced.

Register now


MECA Wins Winter Window Walk Competition

Posted: 2012-12-09

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MECA earned top honors at the 2012 Window Walk competition sponsored by Portland's Downtown District.
 
Under the guidance of MECA Graphic Design professor, Samantha Haedrich, MECA Graphic Design students collaborated with organizers of the annual Holiday Sale to produce the visual identity for this year's event.  An important aspect to this assignment included dressing MECA's large window facing Congress Street in anticipation of the holidays.
 
Watch the video below to see the behind the scenes of the creation of this year's holiday window.

Art Trumps Capitalism at MECA

Posted: 2012-12-07

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MECA students donated their art to friday's pop-up-shop. Buyers traded volunteer time for the work created.
Watch the video here on WMTW News 8 and read article from Maine Today reporter Shannon Bryan

Listen to MPBN feature:  MECA Students 'Sell' Art in Exchange for Community

Using community service as currency was the concept behind the Yankee Swap Pop Up Shop on Free Street during last friday's Art Walk. The one-night-only shop sold handmade goods and art created by MECA students, purchased in exchange for volunteer time.

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Next ProDev Series hosted on December 12 in Osher Hall: Tax Essentials

Posted: 2012-12-06

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The next workshop in the Professional Development Series is Tax Essentials. This series of workshops on business basics for artists is presented by Creative Portland, Maine College of Art, and Maine Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts with generous funding by the Quimby Family Foundation.

A panel of three professional presenters will bring practical information to artists and small businesses about how taxes work and how to get them done efficiently and smartly. Topics will include recordkeeping, setting up books, sales tax, deductions, hobby loss rule, expense tracking and more.

Presenters include:

Caren-Marie Michel, Artist and MECA Alum

Tom Gangewer, partner at Local Economy

Justin Coffin from at Macdonald Page & Co LLC

The workshop takes place at 6pm in Osher Hall at Maine College of Art. Admission is free for current students, alumni, faculty, and staff. The fee for all others is $10.

Register online using Brown Paper Tickets

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Two Future Mother Events at the ICA

Posted: 2012-12-05

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Thursday DEC. 6th, 12:30pm Artist Talk with Elizabeth Jabar & Colleen Kinsella at the ICA @ MECA

Faculty Lecture Series:

Elizabeth Jabar & Colleen Kinsella – Thursday, December 6, 12:30 -1:30pm

Jeffrey Clancy – Tuesday, December 11, 2-3pm

Adam Manley – Thursday, December 13, 1-2pm

 
Maine College of Art • 522 Congress Street • Portland, Maine 04101 • info@meca.edu • 1.800.699.1509
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Saturday DEC. 8th 7PM    ***ALHAN MIDDLE EASTERN ENSEMBLE***
ICA Gallery @ MECA
Maine College of Art • 522 Congress Street • Portland, Maine 04101 • info@meca.edu • 1.800.699.1509

 
On Dec. 8th at 7PM, the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art will host Middle Eastern Ensemble ALHAN, created and driven by Arabic singer Madeline Hanna and Tom Kovacevic formerly of Cerberus Shoal and Tarpigh. Alhan will perform a concert of Turkish and Arabic music featuring violin, oud, darbuka and nay.The members of Alhan have studied with master teachers from Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and Egypt,  bringing varied musical backgrounds to their interpretation of Middle Eastern Music. They offer a truly rare opportunity to experience the rich and beautiful traditions of the Middle East.  
 
ALHAN Middle Eastern Ensemble will perform on Saturday evening at 7pm 
to celebrate the completion  of  FUTURE MOTHERS, Tent/ Text/ Totem a collaborative installation by Elizabeth Jabar & Colleen Kinsella. 
The Institute of Contemporary Art Gallery at Maine College of Art will host ALHAN as part of  The World Over , 2012 MECA Faculty Exhibition. 
 
Future Mothers, Tent /Text /Totem  is a book in the form of a tent.  Made entirely of hand-dyed, hand-printed cloth, the tent  is a contemplative space within a space. Printed fragments were sewn into an impermanent dwelling based on nomadic Bedouin tent forms. 
Kinsella & Jabar tell a story using an index of images. The exterior walls read as a lexicon, giving keys to the sprawling murals of creation, destruction and rebirth that cover the interior walls of the tent. The texts and totems serve to mark and further inform the narrative. 
This project was made possible with the assistance of the ICA, Maine College of Art BFA Students & Alumni, Stitch Gatherings  & Z fabrics. 
 
Elizabeth Jabar's background is rooted in Waterville's Lebanese community. Cultural symbols and references to the Middle East are spread throughout her alarmingly beautiful work. Her books and works on paper are part of NY Center for Book Arts 2013 Symposium on Books.
She is Assistant Dean, Chair of Printmaking & Public Engagement at MECA.
 
Colleen Kinsella's interest in temporary nomadic structures like Beduoin tents, stems from her experience with various musical groups like Cerberus Shoal, Fire on Fire and Big Blood. She has toured and exhibited throughout the US and Europe since 1999 with her printmaking, installations,and performances. Her work was featured in the 2011 PMA Biennial and she is an Instructor at MECA
This work was created in the last 6months but culminates over 11 years of working alongside each other in MECA's Printmaking Department for over 10 years.TO SEE MORE images of the tent in-progress go to: 
 

All ICA Events at MECA are FREE and open to the public.
Future Mothers will be selling beautiful hand printed posters and ephemera to support the event.
Future Mothers, Tent /Text /Totem is part of  The World Over, 2012 Juried Faculty Exhibition at Maine College of ART.
Please contact ICA Director Daniel Fuller for more details @  dfuller@meca.edu or 1.800.699.1509
Maine College of Art • 522 Congress Street • Portland, Maine 04101 ••

Outstanding Alumni

Posted: 2012-12-04

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Outstanding MECA Alumni

 

BFA

Ceramics
James Zilian ‘99 Designer, Simon Pearce, Quechee, VT jameszilian@yahoo.com

Kari Radash, ceramic artist kariradasch.com

Graphic Design
Karen Siatras ’91 Graphic Designer, Smithsonian American Museum of Art, Washington D.C.

Micheal Desouza ’05 and Justin Velgos ‘05 Make iphone apps for their own company taptapas.com

David Hutchins ’87 Animator, Walt Disney Feature Animation, Los Angeles, CA

Blake Almstead ‘07 Creative Director, Compuware

Metalsmithing & Jewelry
Stefanie Briggs 81 - successful studio artist, metalsmith, entrepreneur

Addison Delisle ‘11, metalsmith, apprentice to master blacksmith Doug Wilson

Sculpture
Ryan Greene ’02 Historic Preservationist for Bernacki & Associates
bernackiconservation.com, and conservationsolutions.com

Laurie Lundquist ’84 Sculpture; Eco Artist, large scale environmental interventions involving plants and water, lives in Arizona, public artist & co-founder, Deep Creek School, AZ

Vivian Beer '02, Public art, studio artist, former resident artist at Penland, recent Craft magazine profile

Painting
Ahmed Alsoudani’ 05 Painter, Venice Biennale, Saachi collection

Eric Hongisto ‘97 Guggenheim winner, professor at University of San Francisco

William Mills ‘80, Gepetto Studios, NY makes soft sculpture puppets, props for films, Letterman

Connie Hayes ‘80 Painter

Printmaking
Caitlin Riordan,‘06 Master Printer, Wingate Studios, NH

Julianna Swaney ‘05, entrepreneur/artist www.ohmycavalier.com

Brian Wilk ’95 Hasbro Inc. Design Director, Pawtucket, RI

Photography
Carrie Zeisse ‘92 United Way, Executive Vice-President for Operations, MBA from MIT's Sloane School of Management

 

MFA

Caroline Lathan-Stiefel MFA '01 http://www.carolinelathanstiefel.net

Aaron Stephan MFA '02, studio artist: public art aarontstephan.com

Nancy Nesvet MFA '04 curator, studio artist

Catherine D'Ignazio MFA '05 studio artist  http://www.ikatun.com/kanarinka

Randy Regier MFA '07, studio artist randyregier.com

 

 

Geary's Brewing Company Hosts Design Competition

Posted: 2012-12-01

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Each year, the D.L. Geary Brewing Company hosts a competition on campus for the design of the packaging for the Geary's Summer Ale. All undergraduate students are allowed to submit a design. The winning design is then featured on the labels of one million bottles of beer, as well as on the six-pack and 12-pack boxes. The student with the winning design is awarded $5,000. This year, there were more than 60 entries to the contest. The winner is selected in January and works with Geary on bringing the concept to production for a launch in late spring. See all the entries.
 
For more information, please contact Jessica Tomlinson, Director of Artists at Work.

MECA Student Wins Royal Majesty Drag Competition

Posted: 2012-11-27

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Jake Michaud, Junior Woodworking & Furniture Design major and Public Engagement minor, came in first place 13th Annual University of Southern Maine Royal Majesty Drag Competition and Show on Friday, November 16th, 2012. In his first drag performance ever, Jake transformed into diva "Betweenya Thighs" and electrified the audience by lip-syncing and dancing her heart out to Beyonce's "Move Your Body.  Betweenya received a standing ovation from the 700+ crowd housed in the Holiday Inn By the Bay's Grand Ballroom. 

The event is held annually and is open to any student competitor attending an accredited college or university in Maine. Betweenya is MECA's second champion in the history of the event. Jelly Jacobs(Aaron Decker '12, Metalsmithing & Jewelry Alumni) won top honor in 2010.

As part of winning duties, Betweenya performed again at the 14th annual event on November 22nd, 2013 at the Holiday Inn by the Bay. This year's event raised $4,000 for USM's Center for Sexualities and Gender Diversity.


2012 BFA Awards Announced

Posted: 2012-11-17

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Best  in show
Victoria Statsenko, Junior, Painting
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Harley Flaws
David Twiss, Junior, Printmaking
Joshua Yurges, Freshman, Woodworking and Furniture Design
Forest Gagne, Junior, Woodworking and Furniture Design
Jacob Michaud, Junior, Woodworking and Furniture Design
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Baxter Furbish
Rangeley Morton, Junior, Woodworking and Furniture Design
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Artist-to-Artist
Kyle Dimare, Senior, Sculpture
Abby Mechanic, Senior, Woodworking and Furniture Design
Stephen Fisk, Senior, Sculpture
Clare Finin, Senior, Metalsmithing and Jewelry
Miles Spadone, Senior, Ceramics
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Honorable Mention
Chun-Hua Chang, Junior, New Media
Daelyn Bell, Senior, Illustration
Emmeline Solomon, Senior, Printmaking
Hannah Rosengren, Senior, Illustration
Isaac Atkins, Junior, Painting
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Maine Type Lab, First Friday Vote Button Booth

Posted: 2012-11-12

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Maine Type Lab, First Friday Vote Button Booth
Provoke the Vote

Maine Type Lab members designed a series of buttons for October First Friday at Maine College of Art as part of the “Provoke the Vote” event. The buttons were handed out to the public and passersby were encouraged to customize their buttons with their political beliefs. Students created over 50+ designs and distributed nearly 500 buttons to the public, for free.

Maine Type Lab received support from Public Engagement, who purchased the button supplies and invited us to participate.

Participants: Cassondra Amicone, Kaitlin Callender, Trisha Cobb, Klarizza Cruz, Molly Feole, Sarah Mohammadi, Annie Mora, Rangeley Morton, Sheyenne Rivers

 

 

Professional Development Workshop: Pricing and Valuing Your Artwork

Posted: 2012-11-09

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The next workshop in the Professional Development Series is Pricing and Valuing Your Artwork.  This series of workshops on business basics for artists is presented by Creative Portland, Maine College of Art, and Maine Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts with generous funding by the Quimby Family Foundation.
 
Presenters include:
Andres Verzosa, owner of Aucocisco Galleries
Annette Elowitch, owner of Baridoff Galleries Fine Art Auctions
Meagan Mattingly, Arts in Education Associate for the Maine Art Commission
Kyle Bryant, Artist, Owner of The KB Company
 
The workshop takes place at 6pm, November 14 in Osher Hall at Maine College of Art. Admission is free for current students, alumni, faculty, and staff. The fee for all others is $10.
 

THE WORLD OVER: MECA Faculty Exhibition on View at the ICA through December 22

Posted: 2012-11-07

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THE WORLD OVER:  MECA Faculty Exhibition on view at the ICA through December 22


Jeffrey Clancy • Elizabeth Jabar • Colleen Kinsella • Adam Manley • Gail Spaien

The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art (ICA at MECA) in Portland will present the exhibition The World Over through December 22, 2012.

Featured artists include Jeffrey Clancy (Metalsmithing & Jewelry), Elizabeth Jabar (Printmaking) and Colleen Kinsella (Printmaking), Adam Manley (Woodworking & Furniture Design), and Gail Spaien (Painting). All are current faculty members of the BFA program at Maine College of Art. The World Over is the sixth in MECA’ s series of juried thematic faculty exhibitions. This exhibition was juried by Amie Scally, Deputy Director/Curator of White Columns, New York.

Jeffrey Clancy is a visual artist, designer and educator whose studio practice is informed by historical and traditional craft practices and theory. Clancy is represented by Gallerie Elisa Plateau, Brussels, Belgium, has been awarded The Society of Arts and Crafts Artist Award, Boston, MA. Recent exhibitions include Vestige, a solo exhibition at Gallery 37-A, Portland, ME; Art Brussels, 2010; Generously Odd: Craft Now, Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY; Re-make / Re-model, National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, TN; Exterior / Ulterior National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, TN; “Exhibition in Print 2010, Neo-Palatial: A Curatorial Imaginarium,” Guest Curator Garth Clark, Metalsmith Magazine.
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Elizabeth Jabar is a print based artist and her hybrid works on paper explore ideas of ethnicity and heritage. In her printed assemblages and artists books she displays a highly personal visual language, incorporating cultural motifs from folk art, religious traditions and textiles. Her works have been shown at galleries and museums nationally and internationally, including Victoria Arts Connection, Victoria, BC, Canada, National Gallery of Art, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Pyramid Atlantic, Rhode Island School of Design,  Montserrat College, Colby College Museum of Art, The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, The Center for Maine Contemporary Art, University of New England, La Jolla Fiber Arts, La Jolla California, New York and The Center for Book Arts, New York, New York. Her work was recently published in 50/ 50 A Survey of Contemporary Printmaking.
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Colleen Kinsella’s primary focus is split between printmaking and music. Her work has been published on over twenty-five album covers. She and her partner, who are known for their one-of-a-kind art and music production, began the group Big Blood and started Dontrustheruin Records out of their home.  Her work was selected for this year’s Biennial at the Portland Museum of Art and was featured on the catalogue cover. She has shown at the International Print Center in New York; Dean Johnson Galley, Indianapolis, IN; Seattle’s Wall of Sound, Columbia College, Chicago, IL; and the Southern Graphics Council, Chicago, IL. 

Adam Manley earned his BA in International relations and Political science from the State University of New York at New Paltz, with a studio art minor focused on furniture making and design. During this time, Adam worked assisting local furniture makers and sculptors, and maintained his own commission and exhibition based studio practice. He recently finished his MFA in Furniture and Wood at San Diego State University, focusing primarily on large scale sculptural works. Adam has also studied and assistant taught at the Haystack Mountain School of Craft in Deere Isle Maine. His work has recently been exhibited widely in the San Diego CA area, including exhibitions at the San Diego Museum of Art, The Oceanside Museum of Art, Art Produce, and the SDSU Downtown Gallery. Adam has also exhibited work in Texas, New York, and Boston.  
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Gail Spaien has been granted numerous awards and fellowships including the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Artists Advancement Grant, the Maine Arts Commission Good Idea Grant and Artist Visibility Grant, the Djerassi Foundation Resident Artists Program in Woodside, CA, Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, NY and, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.  Gail's exhibitions include the DeCordova Museum of Contemporary Art, in Lincoln, MA, Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport, ME, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, in California, Crocker Art Museum, in Sacramento, CA,  the Portland Museum of Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Portland, Maine, and the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine. She is represented by Aucocisco Gallery in Portland, Maine, Miller Block Gallery in Boston, MA and the William Scott Gallery in Provincetown, MA. 
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For more information on the exhibitions and artists, visit our website: http://www.meca.edu/meca-life/ica 

 

And, please remember that the ICA is always free!

Gail Spaien 

Open Window Series 3 #1,2012
Acrylic on linen
55 x 60 inches


MECA Announces Fall Lecture Series

Posted: 2012-10-15

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MECA’s Visiting Artist and Guest Lecturer Series invites professional artists, educators, curators, thought leaders, and creative entrepreneurs to present on topics of interest and importance to the MECA community. All lectures in this series are open to the public at no charge. RSVPs to events@meca.edu are encouraged, as seating is limited. Call 207.699.5010 for more information.

 

alexander rose      10.25
Alexander Rose
Creative Director at the Long Now Foundation 

Art for the 
Next 10,000 Years
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Osher Hall
Sponsored by FY-In, Foundation
and Public Engagement 

As the director of Long Now, Alexander has facilitated projects such as the 10,000 Year Clock, The Rosetta Project, Long Bets, Seminars About Long Term Thinking, Long Server and countless others. Alexander shares several design patents on the 10,000 Year Clock with Danny Hillis, the first prototype of which is in the Science Museum of London. His experience also includes serving as an artist in residence at Silicon Graphics Inc., a project manager for Shamrock Communications, and a founding partner of Inertia Labs. Alexander has attended the Art Center College of Design and graduated with a bachelor of arts honors degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Industrial Design in 1995.
longnow.org

 

 

Scott Berzofsky        10.30
Scott Berzofsky
Artist

A Day With The Public Engagement Department
In the ICA
Sponsored by the Visiting Artist Committee and the Public Engagement Department

Scott Berzofsky is a recent SMACT graduate from the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology. His work explores the relation between art, ecology and urban spatial politics. Before coming to MIT, Scott lived and worked in Baltimore, where he co-organized several artistic and activist initiatives including campbaltimore, Participation Park, The City from Below and STEW. His writing has appeared in Third Text, Critical Planning and The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest.
Scott Berzofsky

baltimoredevelopmentco-op.org

 

 

Erin Sweeny     11.01
Erin Sweeney
Professional Artist and Curator

Printmaking, Book Arts, and Sculpture
12:30p, - 1:30pm
Osher Hall
Sponsored by the Printmaking Department 

Erin Sweeney is an artist living and working in New Hampshire, having completed her MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she was awarded the Elizabeth C. Roberts Prize for Graduate Book Arts. She holds a BFA in sculpture from the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. Her current work combines fibers, text, and the book form. She is interested in all forms of building, be it conceptual or physical. Her current work revolves around the concepts and processes of building community and storytelling. Making handmade objects, manipulating space, and utilizing printmaking processes in non-traditional ways are all a part of Sweeney’s vocabulary.
erinsweeney.net 

 

 

leanna morris      11.08

Leanna Morris
MFA Candidate

Materials and Process
12:00p, - 2:00pm
Osher Hall
Sponsored by the MFA Department 

Leeanna Morris is currently in her first year of the MECA MFA program. She earned a BFA in Studio Art concentrating in photography and a minor in Art History from Southern Methodist University (SMU). After graduating Leeanna was a Studio Resident in ceramics at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. In her work, she is currently exploring ideas of installation and limitation through materials and process. She works in a variety of mediums, ranging from photography, ceramics, fibers, and drawing.
leeannamorris.com

 

Scott Nash    11.28

Scott Nash
Illustration Department Chair

The Inspiration of Edward Gorey & The High Skies Adventure of Blue Jay the Pirate
6:00p, - 7:00pm
Osher Hall
Sponsored by the Illustration Department 

Nationally-known Illustrator, author, designer, media-mind, and Edward Gorey enthusiast, Scott Nash’s latest release, The High Skies Adventure of Blue Jay the Pirate has already garnered recognition of note on ABA’s (American Booksellers Association) Best Children’s books of 2012 List and at The Society of Illustration’s Original Art Show. Scott will also discuss the works of Edward Gorey and his exhibit, Elegant Enigmas on view at the Portland Public Library through December 29. 

 

Art Education Open House: January 29, 2013

Posted: 2012-10-15

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The Art Education post-baccalaureate program will hold an open house and lecture on January 29 from 5-9pm for prospective students. The evening begins at 5pm with an information session about the 10-month program which prepares students for K-12 certification nationwide.

More about the Art Education program

 

MECA Announces Lecture with Anthony Smyrski at the ICA

Posted: 2012-10-10

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Anthony Smyrski is a founder of Smyrski Creative and co-founder of hte experimental media project  MEGAWORDS. Anthony gave a talk about finding his passion, starting his own design firm and offered practical advice to students about starting a creative business or freelance practice.

 

smyrskicreative.com

megawordsmagazine.com

Anthony Smyrski is a creative director, artist, and cultural producer. He works in both the cultural and commercial spheres with clients and artists around the world. As his practice develops, he engages projects of increasing complexity involving print, web, installation, video, sound and other components. He travels constantly, studying culture, urban environments, and global patterns of human interaction. Findings and insights from his travels are woven throughout his work.

MEGAWORDS Workshop with Anthony Smyrski

Posted: 2012-10-07

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Maine Type Lab members participated in a Sunday workshop with MEGAWORDS’ co-creator Anthony Smyrski. Students learned how to create an assemble a zine using lo-fi, hands-on methods. Everyone contributed a spread and walked away with a copy of the zine. The zine is also on display at MECA ICA.

Participants: Cassondra Amicone, Klarizza Cruz, Molly Feole, Annie Mora, Rangeley Morton, Sheyenne Rivers