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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

Arts Journal Highlights MECA Students, Alumni, and Faculty

Posted: 2012-04-05

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Words & Images, a journal produced by The University of Southern Maine, was designed by Maine College of Art student Adriana Warner '12. In addition to original writing, the annual arts journal features the work of MECA alums Beatrice Abbott '11 and Nicole Duennebier '05, students Robert Bennett  '14, Ray Ewing '12, John Huckins '12, Devon Johnson '13, Tina McLuckie '12, Abby Mechanic '13, Hannah Rosengren '13, and  Gabriella Sturchio '12,  as well as faculty member Gail Spaien.

There will be a book release on April 19 from 7pm-9pm at Mayo Street Arts.

Image credit: Beatrice Abbott '11

Merit Award Winners Announced

Posted: 2012-04-04

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Each year, Maine College of Art holds the Merit Competition for students who will be majoring in the 2012-2013 academic year. Winners are awarded scholarship prizes. 

Honorable Mention

Lydia Andersen ’13, Painting
Chun-Hua Chang, ’14 Undeclared
Daniel Heutz ’13, Graphic Design
Hannah Merchant ’13, Woodworking & Furniture Design
Emmeline Solomon ’13, Printmaking

Maine Fund
Two Awards of $500 each

Rangeley Morton ’14, Graphic Design
Robert Bennett ’14, Sculpture

Charles E. Culpepper Scholarship
Three awards of $600 each
Founded in 1989 for assistance to gifted students, these awards were given through the Charles E. Culpepper Foundation, an organization that merged with the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in 1999.

Kristin Fitzpatrick ’13, Printmaking
Emily Rogstad ’13, Metalsmithing & Jewelry
Shadell Segree ’14, Undeclared

Edward M. and Carole J. Friedman
Two Awards of $1,200 each
Established in 2002, the Edward M. and Carole J. Friedman Merit Scholarship are given to outstanding artists through the annual Merit Competition. Ed, an alumnus of Maine College of Art, and Carole are pleased to be able to recognize a student each year that makes us all proud to be part of this College.

Isaac Atkins ’14, Sculpture
Kathryn Dodson ’13, Painting

Beatrice Bouton Barrett Endowed Memorial Scholarship
4 awards of $2,400 each
The Beatrice Bouton Barrett Endowed Memorial Scholarship awards were established 1988 to assist deserving students who are seeking an education in art at the Maine College of Art.Mrs. Barrett lived in Georgetown, Maine.  She was an art teacher and active watercolorist throughout her life – until her death at age 83.  She often spoke of how hard it was for art students to stay in school and how pleased she was that there was a first-rate art college in Maine.  She was a 1926 graduate of the Maryland Institute for the Promotion of the Mechanic Arts and Costume Design.

Shelby Goldsmith ’13, ,Metalsmithing & Jewelry              
Victoria Statsenko ’14,  Sculpture
Abby Mechanic ’13, Woodworking & Furniture Design
Miles Spadone ’13, Ceramics