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MECA to Host Furniture Society Conference

Posted: 2012-05-23

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From June 14-16, Maine College of Art will host the Furniture Society conference:Design, Community & the Sublime. The conference includes a dynamic range of intensives, lectures, demonstrations, presentations, and exhibitions. The unforgiving coastline of Maine gave birth to communities of skilled shipbuilders, uniquely rugged and determined. The Shakers, in a tradition of simplicity and functionality, contributed to the style, in fact, the very grain of the state and the last of these communities in the country still calls Maine home. There are deeply held values in these life and work choices, those of the Shakers, the boat builders, and all those who coax wood: a fierce independence that is predicated on the strength of community and tradition. The Furniture Society’s 2012 conference, Design, Community, and the Sublime, will celebrate these traditions and intersections of craft, community, and design in a setting of natural beauty and contemporary culture. 

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Image: Steven Anderson '11.

Furniture Society Conference Exhibitions

Posted: 2012-05-23

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Maine College of Art is hosting the Furniture Society Conference: Design, Community, and the Sublime from June 14-16. In addition to a dynamic range of intensives, lectures, demonstrations, and presentations, there will also be several exhibitions on view locally. Each gallery will hold an opening reception on First Friday Art Walk, June 1 at 5pm.

New Works: Matt Hutton, Jamie Johnston and Adam John Manley
June 1 - June 23
June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA
522 Congress Street

New Works represents the most recent creative output of three local artists working in and around the world of woodworking and furniture. Bound by history and medium, Matt Hutton, Jamie Johnston, and Adam John Manley explore ideas of place, materiality, function, and time through divergent means. This exhibition highlights the three as a group while investigating the unique approach of each through three respective new bodies of work.


Where are You Going, Where Have You Been?
June 1- June 30
Lewis Gallery at Portland Public Library
5 Monument Square

The Furniture Society and Maine College of Art present an exhibition of collaborative works: Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? is an exploration of work in all mediums by pairs and/or groups of artists at different points in their career, ranging from emerging to established artists through collaborative projects.

Participants By groups:
William Huston and Saer Huston
Peter Handler and Karen Singer
Hayami Arakawa and Vivian Beer
Karen Ernst and Sue Amendolara
Aaron Miley and Steven Sander
Charles Radtke and Sarah Perkins
Jordan Gehman and Mali Mrozinski
Amelia Toelke and Arielle Toelke
Seth Keller and Michelle Janssens-Keller
Laura Johnson Drake and Duan Haiyan
Owain Harris and Robert Dworkin
Matthew Hebert and Donald Fortescue
Brian Chan, Ken Stone and Hayami Arakawa
William Doub, Anne Long, Susan Pratt-Smith and Jeff Jelenfy

 
Then & Now: Alumni and Student Work from Maine College of Art
June 1-June 29
Rose Contemporary
492 Congress Street

Then and Now is a juried exhibition of work by alumni and current students of MECA who are investigating furniture in all mediums or working sculpturally with wood. This exhibition will be held at Rose Contemporary in Portland, Maine in conjunction with the 2012 Furniture Society Conference, hosted by Maine College of Art. The exhibition was juried by Chair of Woodworking & Furniture Design Matt Hutton, Visiting Assistant Professor of Woodworking & Furniture Design Adam Manley, and Owner of Rose Contemporary Virginia Sassman Rose and was coordinated by Tina McLuckie ’12.

The selected artists are Steven Anderson ’11, Vivian Beer ’00, Sarah Bouchard ’11, Nicole Farrand ’11, Forest Gagne ’14, Jordan Gehman ’06, Ted Lott ’05, Tina McLuckie ’12, Abby Mechanic ’13, Hannah Merchant ’13, Oliver Percival ’10, and Tanner Price ’12.

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Image: Ted Lott '05

 

2012 Artist Residencies Announced

Posted: 2012-05-22

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Each spring, Maine College of Art reviews applications for two summer residency programs made available through the College. One is offered at the Stephen Pace House in Stonington, Maine and the other at the Jenny Family Compound in Nova Scotia.

The Stonington residencies were granted to MECA faculty member Mark Jamra, staffer Dietlind Vander Schaaf as well as alums Larissa Mellor ’04 ,Rachael Eastman ’94, and Nik Bsullak ’99. The Baie St Marie Artist and Family Residency at the Jenny Family Compound was awarded to Mark Marchesi ’99, Richard Metz MFA’00, Thomas Cummins MFA’05, and Crystal Heiden ’06, ,Conan Masterson and Christine Negus.

Image: Mark Marchesi '99                                                    

Painting Student Achievements

Posted: 2012-05-22

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Kathyrn Dodson, a 2012 painting graduate was selected to show at Gallery Dufour in Belfast. The exhibit featured the work of 25 contemporary Maine figure painters and photographers. Dodson won first prize in the category of non-photography

MFA graduate Shirah Neumann '12 will attend the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

Painting major Angela Rosensweig was selected to receive a residency at the Yale Summer School of Art.

Painting major Lydia Anderson is interning at Christy's auction house for the summer.

Painting major Reesa Wood '12 was accepted to the RISD MFA painting program.

Image: Reesa Wood '12

MECA Students Attend Watershed Summer Program

Posted: 2012-05-22

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Five MECA Ceramics majors have been selected to attend the upcoming pre-session experience at The Watershed Center for the Center Arts from May 27- June 8.  Lindsey Demuth, Anne Saffron, Vicki Koronkiewicz, Adrian King and Dena Giroux will participate in the pre-session experience, a two-week opportunity to live and create artwork in the studios of Watershed in exchange for preparing the center for the summer program.  Watershed is an internationally known ceramic art center located in Newcastle, ME.  The Ceramics majors recently completed a field trip to the Watershed Center this spring.

Image: Adrian King

 

BFA Open House: First Friday, June 1

Posted: 2012-05-18

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Please join us for our June 1 Open House  to learn more about the four-year undergraduate program at Maine College of Art. This is an opportunity to learn more about MECA and experience Portland's vibrant art scene during the First Friday Art Walk.

At the Open House, you can speak directly with MECA's faculty about the BFA program, learn more about the studio majors and Artists at Work, tour our facilities, schedule a portfolio review, and discuss scholarship opportunities. The thesis work of the 2012 graduates will be on view throughout the Porteous Building.
 
Program schedule:

2:30 - 3:00 Registration and refreshments
3:00 - 4:00 Information session with the president, dean, faculty, and staff
4:00 - 5:30 Tours of MECA's facilities and residence halls

You may also request to meet with an Admissions representative for a portfolio review or to discuss transfer options. We will be scheduling individual appointments throughout the day.

At 5:30 you are encouraged to take part in Portland's First Friday Art Walk. Over 7,000 people come out for this festive monthly occasion to see artwork at the 60 participating venues including galleries, museums, open studios and restaurants. 

This event takes place in downtown Portland, recently named one of America's "Best Cities for Hipsters" by Travel + Leisure, and "The San Francisco of the East" by Chicago Tribune. 

Please RSVP here if you would like to join us.

Image: Ray Ewing photograph from 2012 Thesis Exhibition

2012 BFA Thesis Show on View

Posted: 2012-05-08

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The thesis exhibition work of the 2012 graduates of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program is on view in the Porteous Building from May 4 through May 25. The exhibit spans the first, second, and third floor of the Porteous building and includes the June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA. Titled "Culiminate," the exhibition is bracketed to group artists by theme. The five catergories are: The Constructed Landscape, Other Worlds, Lifestyle & Perception, Process & Product, and The Human Condition. John Huckins '12, Tina MclLuckie '12 , Adriana Warner '12 served as student curators. More than 60 students are included in the show. Viewing hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 11am-5pm and Thursday until 7pm. An online gallery accompanies the show.

Photo by Ray Ewing '12.

Metalsmithing & Jewelry Student Achievements

Posted: 2012-05-04

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Metalsmithing & Jewelry students continue to pursue professional opportunities and gain recognition while enrolled in school.  Matthias Rand will have a six-page spread of his work published in the January issue of Salacious magazine. John Huckins had work included in and attended Craft Forms 2011, a national juried exhibition held at the Wayne Art Center in Pennsylvania. Craft Forms is an international juried exhibition dedicated to enhancing the public’s awareness of fine contemporary craft while providing a venue for established and emerging artists alike to share their creative endeavors. Jurors selected 126 pieces from 900 entries. His work was also selected for Crafts National 2012 and will be exhibited at the Mulvane Art Museum this summer.  Emily Rogstad is a finalist in the NICHE Student Award exhibition in Philadelphia. The awards recognize excellence and innovation in American and Canadian fine craft. Shelby Goldsmith and Aaron Decker had work accepted to Beyond Borders: the 11th International Juried Enamel Exhibition sponsored by the Northern California Enamel Guild.  The show will be held at the Richmond Art Center in California in the fall of 2012. Dan Marcuccio and John Huckins were accepted into Forged, a national juried exhibition that explores the concept and process of forged and wrought metals.  This show will be held at the Target Gallery of the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia in the spring of 2012.
 
Image: Emily Rogstad

Isabel Kelley '13 to Intern at International Sculpture Symposium

Posted: 2012-04-16

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MECA sculpture major Isabel Kelley ‘13 has received the internship at Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium for the summer of 2012. This year’s symposium will be held at The University of Maine. Isabel will work as an assistant to an international group of stone sculptors and have responsibilities in tool making and maintenance, assisting with pneumatic power tools and carving, as well as learning how to lift and move large scale granite with slings, hydraulics and cranes. Each symposia lasts 6 weeks, from late July to early September. Visitors can watch the sculptures in progress. Artists from around the world are selected through a juried process to participate. The sculptures are then placed at public sites in Maine communities. 

Rob Doane '13 Receives Cape Cod Modern House Residency

Posted: 2012-04-16

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Sculpture major Rob Doane '13, has received the Cape Cod Modern House Residency. The residency is a week-long stay for artists and scholars whose work relates to the story of the modern movement, the mid-20-century creative convergence on Outer Cape Cod or the Cape’s particular landscape. Rob's work begins with the contemporary found object. While he has minimal and modernist preferences in his work, the results are edgy, occasionally mocking, and filled with perceptual richness. Sound, odor, embedded video and intense color are used to create contemporary content.  Rob will have a chance to focus on his own work during the residency and this gift of time should provide an exciting opportunity to develop new work and new ideas in advance of his senior year at Maine College of Art.

Public Engagement Minor Shawn Brewer '12 to Exhibit in Library

Posted: 2012-04-16

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Shawn Brewer, a senior in Printmaking, will be the first student to graduate from MECA with a minor in Public Engagement, which was added this year. For his capstone project, he worked with the local organization The Art Department, an innovative experiencial community support program that teaches art to adults with intellectual uniqueness.Shawn spent a month with participants to create a series of artist's books engaging the topic of local community. These books serve as a catalyst for a series of large, hand-printed maps that were altered with drawing. An exhibition of the books and prints “Mapping ME/Maine” will be on view April 19 – May 1 in the Joanne Waxman Library at MECA, with a reception at 1pm on April 19.

To qualify for a minor in public engagement, Shawn completed an internship at Space Gallery, an alternative arts venue in Portland. He also launched “Fast Food Prints,” a mobile art event that engages the public in the printmaking on demand. Customers get to choose imagery and compositional elements to create an original piece of art on site. Shawn has brought Fast Food Prints to the First Friday Art Walk, the Maine Mall, and the Kahbang Arts Festival. This summer, it travels to Freeport and the Furniture Society Conference. Also this summer, Shawnwas selected as a summer intern at Wingate Studios, a professional Intaglio printshop in New Hampshire.

Portland School of Art Alumni Tea

Posted: 2012-04-16

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Portland School of Art graduates from the 1950s, 60s, 70s, and 80s are invited back to campus on Saturday, April 21 to participate in a photo identification project. The College will have photographs from the archive on view and alumni can help identify classmates from these eras. Tea and scones will be served. The gathering takes place on Saturday, April 21 in the Joanne Waxman Library. For more information, contact Dietlind Vander Schaaf via email or phone 207.699.5012.

Commencement 2012

Posted: 2012-04-12

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Maine College of Art will hold Commencement at the State Theatre at 10am Saturday, May 12. The commencement speaker is Helen Molesworth, the chief curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. The ceremony marks the graduation of students in the Bachelor of Fine Art program, the Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts program, and the Post-Baccalaureate in Art Education program. Seating is open and tickets are not required.

Pictured: Graduating class of 2011