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MECA Students to Exhibit in Detroit

Posted: 2012-02-17

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Eight Maine College of Art students will display their work at Studio Couture in Detroit in a show titled “Mile 916: Painting and Photography from the Maine College of Art.” Studio Couture is a multi-purpose arts incubator with a gallery, design studio, and community arts space. Co-founder Blake Almstead is a 2007 graduate of Maine College of Art.

The exhibition, juried by Daniel Fuller, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, includes the work of painters and photography majors Graham Almstead, Harlan Crichton, Susan Kanaga, Angela Rosensweig, Megan Reinhold, Reesa Wood, Gabriella Sturchio  and Zak Taillon.

The show is on view March 2 through March 25 with an opening reception on March 3rd from 6pm to 10pm.  Maine College of Art Photography faculty members Justin Kirchoff and Peter Shellenberger will join the students on a road trip from Maine to Michigan to assist in the installation and celebration of the student exhibition. Several painting students will travel directly from their New York field trip to Detroit to attend the opening.

"The show at Studio Couture Detroit is exactly the kind of professional development Maine College of Art students need to help them navigate their careers after they graduate. To have the opportunity of being selected by a respected curator and traveling almost a thousand miles to exhibit outside of New England is sure to have a lasting impact on their educational experience," said Justin Kirchoff, Chair of the Photography department at Maine College of Art.

"As an alum of Maine College of Art I couldn't be more excited to bring Portland Maine to Detroit Michigan. Detroit's art scene has been rapidly growing and leading the nation in so many exciting ways. We can't wait to be able to provide this opportunity to the students of Maine College of Art, an institution that shaped/guided me to where I am today," says Studio Couture co-founder Blake Almstead.

Studio Couture, founded in 2011, is brings together educators, professionals, businesses, and students to promote innovation and design thinking in entrepreneurship. Founders Blake Almstead and Peter Beaugardare both instructors at Lawrence Technological University.  Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday from noon to 6pm.

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Image credit: Photograph by Gabriella Sturchio '12

MECA Announces 2012 Belvedere Winners

Posted: 2012-02-01

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Maine College of Art awarded eight grants, totaling $7106 from the Belvedere Fund for Professional Development in the Field of Crafts. MECA graduates from the last ten years who are working in the field of crafts are eligible to apply for funding up to $1500. We are pleased to offer this grant in honor of Deborah Pulliam of Castine, Maine, established in 2008. This fund is stewarded by the Maine Community Foundation. The 2012 winners are:

Alex Asplund ’11
Medium: Woodworking
Purchase woodworking hand tools in order to broaden the spectrum of his work. $610.

Addison de Lisle ’11
Medium: Steel/metals
Purchase a coal forge for the purpose of learning traditional forge-welding and a swage block to facilitate more efficient production of marketable goods. $1,255.

Jordan Gehman ’06
Medium: Woodworking
Funding for travel to the Furniture Society conference at MECA, and for studio equipment development. $750.

Seth Gould ’09
Medium: Metalsmithing
Funding to develop the hammers he makes into a higher caliber of tool.  He will make ten hammers and send them to ten working metalsmiths with the requirement that he receives feedback about how they function. $1000.

Erika Naigle ’11
Medium: Ceramics
Funding towards the purchase of a clay mixer/pugmill to further her professional studio. $1,500.

Daria Norvlaan ’05
Medium: Clothing designer
Supplement capital needed for the production of her spring/summer 2012 clothing line. $590.

Molly Vogel ’09
Medium: Jewelry
Purchase enameling equipment that will aid in the creation of a new body of work.  This work will become her post-baccalaureate portfolio that she will use to apply to the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. $801.

Sarah Wilson ’07
Medium: ceramics
To assist with the cost of travel to an artist residency in Jingdezhen, China for professional research and development. $600.

 2012 Belvedere Award Winners gallery

Image: Sarah Wilson '07

Dedication for Karu Media Collective

Posted: 2012-02-01

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On February 3 at 5pm, the college will officially dedicate the Karu Media Collective and to thank the Karu family for their generosity. Located on the third floor of the Porteous Building, the Karu Media Collective provides studio space for students majoring in Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, and New Media. All are invited to attend the dedication, hear remarks from faculty, staff, and students and tour the spaces.

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