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Portland INSIDE/OUT Exhibition and Screening

Posted: 2012-01-25

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This fall, MECA partnered with TedxDirigo to respond to artist JR’s TED Prize wish “to turn the world inside-out using art." Students in the Public Art Studio Class interviewed Portland residents about what they want their community to be. The temporary public art project featured voices and portraits shared on the streets of Portland, on the web, and on the radio.

During the First Friday Art Walk on February 3, the college will host an exhibition, film screening, and celebration of the project from 5pm to 9pm on the second floor of the Porteous Building. Join us in celebrating our partnerships and project process, listen to our collective voices and pick up a copy of your photo at this multi-media installation. The documentary film, by No Umbrella Media, will be screened at 7 and 8pm.

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MECA in the News

Posted: 2012-01-24

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ICA at MECA to host Rocco Landesman of National Endowment for the Arts
Maine Sunday Telegram, June 2012

Review of Furniture Society Conference Exhibitions
Maine Sunday Telegram, June 2012

Review of MFA Thesis Exhibition
Portland Phoenix, May 2012

Review of MFA Thesis Exhibition
Maine Sunday Telegram, May 2012

MECA Students Design New Pirates Logo
Bangor Daily News, February 2012

MECA Students Design New Pirates Logo
WGME TV, February 2012 

Art Education Students Partner with Library and Telling Room
Falmouth Forecaster, January 2011

Public Art Class turns Portland Inside/Out
Portland Daily Sun, February 2012

Photography Faculty Collaborate for Exhibition

Maine Sunday Telegram, January 2012

Review: Michael Bell-Smith at ICA at MECA
Art New England, January 2012

Review: Faculty Show in ICA at MECA
Maine Sunday Telegram, December 2011

The Art World's New Darlings, Ahmed Alsoudani '05
New York Times, June 2011

Ahmed Alsoudani '05 Profile
Art in America, Summer 201

Caleb Charland Profile
Wall Street Journal, June 2011

Profile: Vivian Beer '00
American Craft Magazine

President Don Tuski on the Removal of the Mural in Augusta

MECA Offers $12,000 Scholarships to Local Grads
Maine Sunday Telegram, January 30, 2011

Review of the ICA at MECA Exhibition "Fracturing the Burning Glass"
Maine Sunday Telegram, January 30, 2011

Metalsmithing & Jewelry Faculty Jeffrey Clancy Exhibition and Book Launch in Brussels

Posted: 2012-01-24

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Metalsmithing & Jewelry faculty member Jeffrey Clancy is exhibiting his work at Elsa Platteau & Cie Gallery in Brussels from February 2 through March 2. An opening reception is scheduled for February 1 which includes a book launch for Clancy's "Making a Bowl by Raising and Crimping." This limited edition book includes texts written by Annie Larmon and Lauren Fensterstock, the Academic Program Director of the Masters of Fine Arts program at MECA. Clancy was also selected by the Smithsonian American Art Museum for the upcoming exhibition "40 under 40: Craft Futures" opening this summer at the Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC.

Photography Faculty Collaborate for Exhibition

Posted: 2012-01-24

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Maine College of Art Photography faculty member Peter Shellenberger and artist-in-residence Caleb Charland are collaborating on a body of work to be exhibited at the Addison Woolley Gallery in Portland. Both artists incorporate unconventional materials and processes in their imagery. The exhibition, curated by Bruce Brown, opens with a reception on February 2 and continues through February 26. Shellenberger and Charland will discuss their process at an artist lecture on February 12 at 2 pm.

Image: Peter Shellenberger

Press Herald article

From the Inside: Staff Exhibition

Posted: 2012-01-24

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Maine College of Art is the largest employer of visual artists in Maine. In addition to the 150 faculty members and instructors, many of the staff are also artists. "From the Inside" is the annual exhibition of work by MECA staff, on view in the June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA from January 24 through February 5 with an opening reception on January 26th from 5-8pm. 

This year's show features the work of Megan Lloyd, Steven Emmons, Stacy Howe, Colleen Kinsella, Kelly McConnell, Jane Dalton, Diane Wren, Grace Hopkins-Lisle, Cat Bates, Sandy Macleod, Maggie Muth, Phil Stevens, Annie Wadleigh, and Dietlind Vander Schaaf, representing the following departments: Admissions, Printmaking, Art Education, the Joanne Waxman Library, Metalsmithing & Jewelry, the Business Office, Sculpture, Painting, and Advancement.

Image credit: Stacy Howe

MECA Painters: 10 Years Later

Posted: 2012-01-05

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Each year, MECA invites alumni who graduated ten years ago with a degree in painting, to participate in an exhibition at the June Fitzpatrick Gallery. This is the 10th anniversary of this exhibition. This year's participants are 2002 graduates Gina Adams, Hannah Barnes, Tim Clorius, Morgan Maurer, Jason Prescott, Phillip Tuttrow, and Michelle Weinstein. The gallery hours are noon to 5pm, Tuesday through Saturday. An opening reception is scheduled for 5pm on January 6 and a closing reception will be held at 3pm on January 21.

Image credit: Gina Adams

MFA Priority Deadline: February 15

Posted: 2012-01-03

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The priority deadline for applications to the Maine College of Art Master in Fine Arts program is February 15.

Drawn by its rugged beauty and reputation for fierce individualism, artists have long favored Maine as a place of retreat. For centuries, Maine has hosted enclaves of innovation. Artists well-versed in current discourse, engaged in global politics, and committed to pushing the boundaries of aesthetics, ethics and individual practice repeatedly choose this place to gather and work. Won’t you join us?

Maine College of Art’s Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts takes a structural cue from its setting. We understand the importance of place, but also recognize that notions of place are indexical, as they are constantly re-framed by the shifting boundaries of individual experience.  With this in mind, we believe that our unique residency structure presents an ideal format for a 21st century arts education. Students benefit from an intensive Maine residency in summer with the freedom and independence of working from any home location in fall and spring. Our responsive curriculum emphasizes student-directed research geared to empower the voice of the individual, while our global network of faculty, advisors, visiting artists and alumni provides a strong community of support.

Low Residency
Students can live anywhere while working towards their degree. Fall and spring semesters, experienced from any home location, support flexibility and independence. Summer and winter residencies in Maine provide the intensity of group interaction and feedback. This structure promotes the development of a sustainable lifelong practice.

Non-Resident Studio Advisors
During fall and spring trimesters, each student is carefully paired with a studio advisor for their home location.  Advisors meet one-on-one with students in their personal studios.  With over a decade of experience, the program has established an extensive network of studio advisors from across North America and abroad and can support students living in any location. While the majority of our instructors are practicing studio artists, we are committed to exploring other disciplinary perspectives through faculty whose research areas lie outside the arts.

Visiting Artists
An international roster of visiting artists, curators and critics join the program throughout the summer, each for a week at a time. Visiting artists deliver a public lecture, conduct one-on-one studio visits with every student, participate in group critiques and take part in an interview or classroom activity.

More about the program
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Marissa Lare MFA '11,  “Siren Song, “digital photograph, 2011.




Faculty Member Elizabeth Jabar Exhibits in Waterville

Posted: 2011-12-12

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Printmaking faculty member Elizabeth Jabar presents "Kindred" an exhibition of her work at Common Street Gallery in Waterville through December 28. In “Kindred” Jabar poignantly captures diverse narratives and interprets what it means to be in kinship with our cultural ancestors.

Jabar is a Waterville native and returns to her roots to mount an exhibition of prints, paper cuts, and artist books that reflect on the ideas of kinship, ancestry and cultural heritage. Working from a narrative framework, She uses a lexicon of abstracted and representational forms that come from a diversity of sources including, nature, folk art traditions, textiles, and the human figure. Her densely-layered, vividly-colored works are made using a combination of print techniques—woodcut, silkscreen, and lithography, as well as the use of dyes, wax, and thread. Her works also expand the conventions of the print medium, and utilize nontraditional formats including cut paper, book objects, and unframed wall compositions.

Jabar's unique approach to both form and format creates a multi-sensory experience for the viewer. She explains that her work conjures multi-layered narratives that lead us away from the ordinary into a contemplative space full of color, potent symbols, and a unique visual language that is not easily categorized. These formal and material strategies underscore what Jabar states is her goal of “reflecting upon the richness and complexities of cultural identity.” Her work is in various collections throughout the United States and Canada, and she has won several grants and awards and residencies.

Maine Sunday Telegram review

Faculty Lecture: Matt Hutton

Posted: 2011-12-05

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Matt Hutton, program chair of the Woodworking & Furniture Design program at MECA, will give a lecture at 3pm on December 7 in the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art. Hutton's work is included in the current exhibition, "A Perpetual Present" on view through December 23.

Hutton earned his BFA in Woodworking and Furniture Design at the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana and an MFA from San Diego State University. Matt has also studied woodworking in England and Japan.

 Recently, Matt has taught at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Anderson Ranch Arts Center and lectured at Rochester Institute of Technology, the Herron School of Art and Takumi Juku in Japan. Matt was also recently awarded the Artist Award from the Society of Arts & Crafts and the Searchlight Award from the American Craft Council.

To learn more about Matt’s work, please visit: www.studio24b.com
Read a review of the ICA at MECA exhibition: Maine Sunday Telegram