Each summer, MECA invites visiting artists, curators, and scholars to participate in MFA curriculum. In addition to critiques and studio visits with students, Visiting Artists deliver a lecture that is free and open to the public. Lectures are held in Osher Hall and begin at 6:30pm.
Michael Kimmelman Thursday, June 21 “From New York to Europe and Back Again”
Michael Kimmelman’s talk is an intimate and story-filled reflection on his path from The New York Times’s Chief Art Critic, trawling the world’s museums and galleries to Foreign Correspondent (based in Berlin), reinventing cultural reporting from Marseille to Gaza to Berlin and Istanbul, all of which prepared the way for his current post as Architecture Critic, writing about issues facing us at a time when society and cities are rapidly changing.
Beth Lipman Monday, June 25
Beth Lipman lives and works in Sheboygan Falls, WI. She has exhibited her work widely and received numerous awards including a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship, and a Ruth Chenven Foundation Grant. Lipman has exhibited her work internationally at such institutions as the ICA at MECA, the RISD Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Radcliffe Bailey Monday, July 2
Radcliffe Bailey creates his mixed media paintings by piecing together ancestral photographs, collected objects, and painted words and maps. Born in 1968 in New Jersey, Bailey now lives and works in Atlanta. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Atlanta College of Art in 1991. His work is permanently installed in the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and in numerous permanent collections including The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The High Museum of Art, and The Art Institute of Chicago.
Amze Emmons Monday, July 9
Amze Emmons is one of co-founders of Printersting.org. He is an artist, illustrator, curator, living and working in Philadelphia, PA. He has a BFA degree from Ohio Wesleyan University as well as MA and MFA degrees from the University of Iowa. Currently, he teaches art at Muhlenberg College in Allentown. Emmons and his partners at Printeresting are organizing a zine and small press exposition at Space Gallery from July 20 - August 23 featuring work from 60 talented artists, designers, and publishers from around the world.
Stanya Kahn Monday, July 16
California-based Stanya Kahn is an interdisciplinary media artist. Working primarily in video, with a practice that includes performance, writing, and photography, Kahn's work inhabits a space between fiction and document, and stems from an extensive background in live performance. Kahn has worked in a collaborative team with artist Harry Dodge, and her work has shown in numerous venues nationally and internationally, including the Whitney Biennial, the California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, and The Museum of Modern Art.
Francis Cape Monday July 23
Francis Cape was trained as a woodcarver before receiving his MFA from Goldsmiths College, University of London. He has exhibited his work extensively in the US, including shows at the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art. Cape is represented by Murray Guyin New York City. He lives and works in Narrowsburg, NY.
Denise Markonish Monday July 30
Denise Markonish is the curator at MASS MoCA where she has curated the exhibitions of Nari Ward, Petah Coyne and Inigo Manglano-Ovalle. Markonish also co-edited with Susan Cross the book Sol LeWitt: 100 Views. Previous to her work at MASS MoCA, Markonish was the curator at Artspace in New Haven, CT.
Anne Wilson Monday, August 6
Anne Wilson is a Chicago-based visual artist who creates sculpture, drawings, performances and video animations that explore themes of time, loss, private and social rituals. Wilson is the recipient of grants from the Driehaus Foundation, Artadia, the Tiffany Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Wilson's work is represented by Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago and Paul Kotula Projects, Detroit. She is a Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Generous support for this lecture series is provided by the Quimby Family Foundation.
Artists in Context, Maine Arts Commission, and Maine College of Art present a preview screening of the first episode of "Art 21 Season Six: Change." The first hour of Season 6 features artists who bear witness, through their work, to transformation—cultural, material, and aesthetic—and actively engage communities as collaborators and subjects. The artists profiled are Ai Weiwei, El Anatsui, and Catherine Opie.
The film will show in Osher Hall at MECA at 5pm on April 26. Following the screening, a discussion on the art of change will be moderated by Chris Thompson, Associate Professor of Art History at the Maine College of Art.
The event is free and open to the public.
Pastel Painting Demo by Wade Zahares
The Pastel Painters of Maine, headed by alum Caren-Marie Michel '78, presents a talk and presentation by Wade Zahares on April 10 from noon to 2pm in Osher Hall at Maine College of Art. The public is invited to this free event.
Strong lines. Bold colors. Dazzling perspectives. All three distinguish Wade Zahares’ larger-than-life pastel paintings. Both a fine artist and a children’s book illustrator, Wade has always loved to draw. Wade works exclusively in pastel; he is drawn to the intimacy of the chalk and the ease with which he can blend colors.The magic happens in his studio, a converted shed in Lyman, Maine, just a few miles from the Kennebunk farm on which he grew up.
Since graduating from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, Wade has been a full-time, professional artist. He has done a number of corporate commissions for Boston Duck Tours, Bank of America, McDonald’s, HBO, Cinemax, and Family Circle and Sesame Street magazines among others. Wade’s very first children’s book, Window Music, was chosen as one of the top 10 illustrated books of 1998 by the New York Times. Since then, Wade has illustrated five additional picture books. He enjoys sharing his creative process, challenges and all, when he speaks and conducts workshops at galleries and schools.
Annie Mora Wins $5000 Geary's Contest
Each year, the D.L. Geary Brewing Company sponsors a contest for the undergraduate students at Maine College of Art to design the label and packaging for the Summer Ale. The winner receives $5000 and their artwork on nearly 1 million bottles of beer. This year’s winner is Annie Mora, a Graphic Design junior from South Londonderry, Vermont.
“When thinking of a design for the Summer Ale I wanted to illustrate the energy of the ocean. The inspiration for the splash came from watercolor paintings that I do in my sketchbook. The colors in the packaging represent warm summer days in Maine,” says Mora.
Art Honors Recognizes Donald Sussman and Earle Shettleworth, Jr.
Maine College of Art will hold the 16th annual Art Honors gala celebration in the Porteous Building to recognize leaders in Maine’s creative sector on Tuesday, May 8, 2012.
This year, the College presents the Award for Leadership in Art Philanthropy to S. Donald Sussman and the Award for Leadership in Community Service in the Arts and Education to Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr.
About the Honorees The Award for Leadership in Art Philanthropy goes to S. Donald Sussman for his deep and far reaching support of cultural programs and institutions within Maine and nationally. The honor allows the College to pay tribute to Sussman’s personal belief that the arts play an important role in our civil society and acknowledges his encouragement of emerging and living artists.
The Award for Leadership in Community Service in the Arts and Education recognizes Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. for his deep and long-term commitment to Maine’s cultural heritage. Shettleworth’s dedication and attention to the preservation of our State’s architecture—firmitas, utilitas, venustas—encompasses the same values embedded in MECA’s curriculum, where students consider the ideas of durability, utility and beauty within their work.
Art Honors recognizes artists, philanthropists and art educators with significant ties to Maine who offer MECA’s students, as well as the public, powerful examples of lives in the arts. Past honorees have included David Driskell, Bernarda Shahn, Beverly Hallam, Will Barnet, Neil Welliver, Alex Katz, Robert Indiana, Alison Hildreth, Angela Adams and Pandora Lacasse, among others.
Metalsmithing & Jewelry Student Wins $15,000 Windgate Award
Metalsmithing and Jewelry student Aaron Decker, was one of ten seniors in the country to be awarded a Windgate Fellowship of $15,000 from the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design. The fellowship is meant to provide critical support to enhance a student's career. This will allow him to travel to the Czech Republic to be one of seven participants in the international Garnet Symposium held each summer in Turnov. He will then be traveling to Portugal to work with the Association of Contemporary Portuguese Jewelers. This organization supports contemporary studio jewelry through workshops and exhibitions.
Another MECA student, Tanner Price, also won the award this year.
Woodworking & Furniture Design senior Tanner Price was one of ten seniors in the country to be awarded a Windgate Fellowship of $15,000 from the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design. The fellowship is meant to provide critical support to enhance a student's career. With the support, Tanner will travel to Zurich, Valencia, and Tokyo to experience the works and studios of Santiago Calatrava and Tezuka Architects. He will document his travel to show architecture's effects on diverse societies that will inform a body of work representing the language of architecture.
Another MECA student, Aaron Decker, also received the award this year.
Woodworking & Furniture Design Students Participate in Craft Boston
Woodworking & Furniture Design students are showcasing their work at CraftBoston March 23-25. Craftboston is New England's premiere exhibition and sale of contemporary art, craft and design. The event is held each spring at Seaport World Trade Center in Boston and features work by leading artists in the field. Participating students include Hannah Merchant, Kate Lizotte, Abby Mechanic, Matt Gardiner, Tanner Price, Tina McLuckie and alum Steve Anderson '11. Students prepare the exhibit and install it and staff it for the event.
Image credit: Abby Mechanic's work at CraftBoston
Roxanne Quimby Donates $400,000 to MECA
Maine College of Art has received a gift of $400,000 from Roxanne Quimby to combine the Quimby Colony within the college’s curriculum and programs. The Quimby Colony was created in 2009 by Burt’s Bees founder Roxanne Quimby for the purpose of bringing gifted artists to Maine and contributing to their growth and success. For the past two years the Colony has focused on residencies for artists specializing in fashion and textiles.
The gift will support artists in residence, new faculty, student recruitment, equipment and resources to develop curriculum in the areas of fashion and textiles. “I am delighted to make this gift,” Quimby commented, “Maine College of Art, as a leader in contemporary higher education in the arts in Maine is uniquely positioned to carry on the work of the Quimby Colony.” Quimby, who is an art school graduate, believes that MECA leadership will create a strong base for an emerging fashion industry in Maine. Her gift is intended to encourage vitality in downtown Portland that will help build a growing interest in fashion and design across Maine.
Maine College of Art is Northern New England’s leading arts education institution and largest employer of visual artists in Maine. The opportunity to develop curriculum and special programming about fashion and textiles will complement the college’s strong Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Art Education, and Continuing Studies programs. Course offerings and workshops in fashion and design will become a strong component of MECA’s Artists at Work program aimed at providing students and alumni with professional development support for entrepreneurial careers.
Don Tuski, president of MECA notes that, “Maine has attracted artists and entrepreneurs related to textiles, fashion, and fiber for nearly 200 years. With this gift, the College enriches the educational choices for students to have successful careers, grows Portland and Maine’s economy through creative and artistic enterprise, and attracts more artists and creative individuals to the state. We believe that this gift will attract new majors, have great appeal to current students majoring in related areas, and in addition attract many members of the general public to take advantage of MECA courses. This will establish a new vitality for MECA and for downtown Portland.”
The Quimby Colony is one of three charitable organizations that Roxanne Quimby has created to benefit people in Maine.
MECA Students Design New Portland Pirates Logo
When it came time for the Portland Pirates to create a new logo to celebrate their 20th anniversary, the hockey team approached Maine College of Art. Portland Pirates Managing Owner/CEO Brian Petrovek said, "I could go to Boston or New York or I could go to the world class institution located right across the street."
Students in Samantha Haedrich’s graphic design class, Design Workshop, spent the fall semester collaborating on the identity assignment. The group of nine juniors and seniors conducted research, presented ideas and participated in critiques with the Pirates organization. The chosen anniversary logo integrates the Salty Pete mascot and his iconic pirate flag, a fan favorite.
The logo, which commemorates the 20th anniversary of the inception of the Portland Pirates franchise in 1993, will be included in all aspects of operation, including Pirates merchandise, and on a special alternate jersey to be worn for select games during the 2012-13 season.
"We are thrilled to partner with MECA students, faculty, and staff over the last few months to design this emblem," said Petrovek. "We are very pleased with the work of Samantha Haedrich and her graphic design students on the logo. We feel it accentuates the true spirit of the Pirates relationship with the great hockey fans of Portland over the last 20 years. We thank the students for all of their hard work in creating a truly fitting symbol to celebrate a franchise milestone."
The logo was unveiled during a press conference in the Karu Media Collective at the College on February 27.
Cat Mazza is a new media artist whose work explores the relationships between craft, digital technology and labor. She will give a free visiting artist lecture at 12:30 in Osher Hall on February 28. She has shown her work in galleries and museums internationally including the Jönköpings läns Museum, (Jönköpings, Sweden), the Museum of Arts and Design (New York City), the Triennale de Milano (Milan, Italy), Garanti Gallery (Istanbul, Turkey), The Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, Oregon) and new media festivals Futuresonic (Manchester, England), FILE (São Paulo, Brazil), Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria), and the Influencers (Barcelona, Spain). Mazza has received support from Creative Capital (2008 grantee in Film/Video), Rockefeller Media Arts (New Media fellow 2007), the Craft Research Fund (2009) and MacDowell Colony (2009).
She received her MFA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2005), her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University (1999) and has been an Assistant Professor of Art at UMass since 2007.
Students Participate in Collaborative Printmaking Project
A new exhibition of prints at Rose Contemporary in Portland will highlight works selected from the flat files of the Peregrine Press and Zea Mays Printmaking studios, and introduce the Maine College of Art Flat File Project featuring work by printmaking students. Flat files are where unframed prints are stored in large file drawers for viewing by collectors, other artists, and those interested in printmaking. Additional work by the participating artists will be available for sale and public viewing in a Flat File at the gallery for the duration of the exhibit.
The exhibition runs from March 1 to March 31 with an opening reception on Friday, March 2 from 5pm to 8pm.
In the weeks prior to the exhibition printmaking students from Maine College of Art (MECA) will work with artists from the Peregrine Press to learn about the history and importance of the Press, view members’ work and connect with the art community beyond the college. The collaborative nature of the project provides the MECA students with a valuable model for professional practice as part of MECA's newly launched Public Engagement minor.
There will be a free public lecture by Liz Chalfin, printmaker and founder of Zea Mays, at Maine College of Art on Saturday, March 3 at 6:30pm. The lecture “Growing a Sustainable Printmaking Community”, will be given at the Osher Lecture Hall at MECA. The lecture is funded by the Kate Mahoney Memorial Fund of the Peregrine Press.
Image credit: Christine Beneman, Book of Flowers #32, monotype (Peregrine Press)
MECA Students to Exhibit in Detroit
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.