Richard Blanco Releases New Memoir: The Prince of Ios Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood
2014 MECA COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER, RICHARD BLANCO, RELEASES NEW BOOK
Announcing the release of Richard Blanco’s The Prince of los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood, a poignant, hilarious, and inspiring memoir from the first Latino and openly gay inaugural poet. A vivid account of Blanco's coming of age as the child of Cuban immigrants and his effort to contend with his burgeoning artistic and sexual identities. This book evokes the complexities and glories—and humor—of navigating his two imaginary worlds: the Cuba of the 1950s that his family longed for and his own idealized America.
Jon Rubin is an interdisciplinary artist who creates interventions into public life that re-imagine individual, group and institutional behavior. His projects include starting a radio station that only plays the sound of an extinct bird in an abandoned neighborhood, running a barter-based nomadic art school, operating a restaurant that produces a live video talk show with its customers, and co-directing another show that serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict. He is currently developing a collaborative sitcom that will be shot simultaneously in Los Angeles and Tehran.
David Trubridge is a furniture designer based in Havelock North, New Zealand. Trubridge graduated from Newcastle University in Northern England in 1972 with a degree in Naval Architecture. For the next ten years he lived and worked in rural Northumberland, teaching himself furniture-making while working part-time as a forester on a private estate. He went on to develop his own designs, which were exhibited around Britain. Many commissions followed, most notably from the Victoria and Albert Museum, St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, and the Shipley Galler, Newcastle.
Sheila Pepe, Cross-disciplinary + Installation Artist
Osher Hall, 522 Congress St
October 23 at 12:15pm
Sheila Pepe is an artist and educator living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She is a prominent figure as a lesbian, cross-disciplinary artist whose work employs conceptualism, surrealism, and craft to address feminist and class issues.
Illustration Program Chair and Assistant Professor Scott Nash recently designed the new PMA Family Guide for the Portland Museum of Art.
Here's a little more info on the guide:
"The new PMA Family Guide, which will be available at the Visitor Experience Desk, allows children and parents to see the museum in a new way. Developed by the PMA's Learning and Interpretation department in conjunction with Portland's Nashbox Design and Illustration, the PMA Family Guide encourages kids to lead their families through the galleries, interact with the work on display, and experience the museum as an adventure. Collector cards and an accompanying map send families hunting for iconic works of the PMA collection, and help children develop critical thinking, art appreciation, and communication skills-in addition to being nifty keepsakes and a whole lot of fun."
World renowned illustrator/artist Henrik Drescher and Wu Wing Yee visit MECA
Portland, ME - Illustration MECA is pleased to announce that renowned illustrator/artist Henrik Drescher and Wu Wing Yee will be visiting Maine College of Art this October. Henrik Drescher will be giving a lecture at the Portland Public Library on October 6th to which all of the MECA community is invited. Henrik will also be conducting a three day workshop with our illustration majors - a once in a life time opportunity! Henrik is visiting the states to promote the work of his new book China Days.
Wu Wing Yee will likely be presenting her work as well.
Throughout the years, Henrik Drescher has been working on note books, found, aged papers and objects. His approach is casual and spontaneous. He is sensitive to and inspired by all things around his life. These note books have functioned as pool of ideas that have spilled into his assignments, artist books as well as drawings, paintings and mixed-media work.
Born in Copenhagen (1955), Henrik Drescher and his family immigrated to the United States in 1967. He studied briefly for one semester at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (1974) and began working in illustration around Boston. A world traveler, Henrik traveled throughout the United States, Mexico, and Europe, lived in Bali and New Zealand before moving to Dali, Yunnan province (close to Tibet and Laos) which is now his home-base with partner Wu Wing Yee. Henrik is currently artist-in-residence at the Danish Design School in Copenhagen.
Wu Wing Yee's work reflects a life of travel and exploration. She works in sculptures, painting, drawing, mix-media and installation. Her Chinese background has provided her inexhaustible nutrients to create contemporary artwork musing on a culture that is 4000 years old.
Wu Wing Yee was born in Hong Kong and educated in Hong Kong as well as the United States. Returning to Hong Kong from the United States in 1996, she engaged in full-time creative work, founding her own workshop as well as teaching ceramic sculpture in museums and art centers. Her sculptures are in the collections of various museums and private collections worldwide. Working as a full time artist, she divides her time between Hong Kong, China and North America.
Artist and Writer Joshua David Bergey to Visit MECA
Portland, Me - Pulp Fictions, the incredibly creative, and surprisingly affordable magazines of the early 20th century, captured the hearts of America's "Greatest Generation". Boasting millions of readers, these subscriptions catapulted authors like Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, and Dashiell Hammett to fame. However, Pulp Fiction would be nothing if not for its visionary artists and the eye-popping images they produced.
Partnering with Portland Public Library, MECA is pleased to announce a lecture with visiting artist, Joshua David Bergey, in conjunction with The Pulps!—a major exhibition of rare and original pulp fiction paintings. An authority in Pulp Fiction whose paternal grandfather was the renowned pulp artist, Earle K. Bergey, Joshua will be speaking on the visionary art that graced the covers of these iconic publications. On Friday, November 14, 7 p.m., Joshua will be coming to MECA to talk about the exhibit, his prolific grandfather, and his own journey tracking down the true story behind American Pulp Fiction.
Joshua David Bergey is an artist and author currently completing a major new book of non-fiction that reveals the life and art of his mysterious grandfather. Joshua's style of storytelling is unique and refined, drawing from his own experiences in theater and performance. A former Dean of MECA, Joshua graduated from Oberlin College and continued studies in southern France as well as in Portland, at Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Joshua teaches and lectures in the field of 20th Century American illustration art and visual storytelling.
Restoration of Mierle Laderman Ukeles Flow Thru Out sculpture began yesterday, Monday, September 15. The sculpture is located on the street level of Congress Street. Adjacent to the main entry doors, between the MECA entrance and the ICA. A large wooden box will be covering the sculpture and two entry doors for one week.
1997 FLOW THRU OUT, permanent public artwork, Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine, installed November 1997, commissioned by Portland Percent for Art Program. Installation in the main entry of the Porteous Building. Winning proposal in national competition, awarded 1994.
John Nelson '12 - Steel Metalwork (stairs and floor plate)
Cat Bates '09- Small Metalwork (arrowheads)
Nicole Farrand '11 - Wood (restoration box)
Sarah Trudel '17- Student, Small Metalwork (arrowheads)
Jonathan Novak '15 - Graphic Design and Signage
Ocean Frontiers Film Screening
Next Thursday at 6 pm MECA will be hosting a film screening of Ocean FronteirsII followed buy a panel discussion with participants from the Island Institute and Environmental Artist Dorothy Palanza. This is a film about climate change and how it impacts our changing ocean and and environment.
Portland, Maine, 9/7/14~ Maine College of Art presents its second annual art sale in support of MECA’s scholarship fund and participating artists. Collect: MECA’s Fall Art Sale 2014 is a three-day salon-style extravaganza of art and is a great opportunity to discover emerging artists, view new work by established artists, and build or add to an art collection. The art sale features a unique, diverse and unexpected array of original work in a variety of genres with a range of sizes, prices and media, including furniture, sculpture, jewelry, paintings, prints, photography, textiles, drawings, and more.
Art improves our quality of life and makes communities better. Collect: MECA’s Fall Art Sale 2014 provides an opportunity for both experienced and novice art buyers to invest in original art that will enhance their lives while providing working artists with a sustainable future. Collect: MECA’s Fall Art Sale 2014 features artists with ties to the MECA community, including MECA staff, faculty, alumni and students.
Collect: MECA’s Fall Art Sale 2014 features over 200 participating artists, including Angela Adams, Cat Bates ’09, Paul Bonneau, Stephani Briggs ’81, Katelyn Drake ’15, Rachael Eastman ’94, Erin McGee Ferrell, Connie Hayes ’80, Honour Mack, Caren-Marie Michel ’78, Vanessa Nesvig, Holly Ready ’94, Abbeth Russell ’12, Michael Vermette ’80, Shoshanna White, and many more. Please visit our website for a full list at www.meca.edu/artsale.
Invitational Preview, 6-9pm, Wednesday, October 8
Artists Reception, 6-8pm, Friday, October 10
Open to the Public 10am-8pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Artwork Images Available Upon Request
Contact: Annie Wadleigh, Assistant Director of Development
Maine College of Art
522 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101
Residence Hall Move In Info 2014
New First Year + Transfer Residential Students
On Friday, August 29 all new students living on-campus should report directly to their residence hall according to the following schedule:
Miles Standish Floors 1, 2, & 5: 8am -10am Miles Standish Floors 3 & 4: 10am -noon
Oak Street Floors 2 & 5: 8am - 10am Oak Street Floors 3 & 4: 10am - noon
Shepley Apartments: 8am - Noon
They will then be given a time-slot to check in separately at Porteous to finalize outstanding items, get their ID, + more.
Returning Residential Students
On Sunday, August 31 all returning residential students should report directly to their assigned residence hall between 9am-2pm.
Returning residential students may finalize their outstanding registration, billing, get their ID and library bar code on Tuesday, September 2. If in a morning class, they are welcome to attend class and finalize registration later in the day.
A Sense of Oneness: The Life and Art of Bernard Langlais
A Sense of Oneness: The Life and Art of Bernard Langlais
Thursday, September 18, 2014, Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium
FREE and open to the public
5:00 p.m. Sponsor Tables
6:00 p.m. Lecture
Lecture by Hannah W. Blunt, Langlais Curator for Special Projects, Colby College Museum of Art
Portland Public Art Committee is pleased to commemorate the acquisition of several works by Maine artist Bernard Langlais including sculptures, wood reliefs, abstract works, and bird houses gifted to the City of Portland from the Kohler Foundation.
Artist Bernard Langlais said of his native Maine, “I feel a sense of oneness with the state.” While he forged his early career in Europe and New York City, successfully exhibiting paintings and abstract reliefs, his rustic sensibilities and desire to work on a larger scale brought him back to Maine in the late 1960s. In the last eleven years of his life, he created a lively art environment on his property in Cushing, comprising more than 100 outdoor pieces. In her lecture, Blunt will trace the remarkable evolution of Langlais’s work and career, detailing the artist’s search for deep connections to his environment, and his passionate reconciliation of art and place.
The lecture is being presented by Hannah W. Blunt, Langlais Curator for Special Projects at the Colby College Museum of Art. Ms. Blunt holds an M.A. in Art History from Boston University and a B.A. from Davidson College, and previously served as a research assistant at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Harvard Art Museums. She is currently preparing for a retrospective exhibition, opening July 19, 2014, of the artist Bernard Langlais, whose Maine-coast home she occupied from 2010-12. Blunt has overseen several recent exhibitions at Colby, including The Lunder Collection: A Gift of Art to Colby College, American Weathervanes from a Distinguished Maine Collection, Masterpieces of American Folk Art, and Bernard Langlais: Abstractions and Reliefs. She has contributed to a number of publications, including The Lunder Collection: A Gift of Art to Colby College, Art at Colby, Folk Art in Maine: Uncommon Treasures, and American Paintings at Harvard.
Contact: Lin Lisberger, Chairperson PPAC and Julia Kirby, Vice-Chairperson, PPAC
PROJECT _ On View at the ICA Starting August 21
Coming August 21st the ICA will introduce a new show titled Project_. Ana Miljacki and Lee Moreau founded the design and research firm Project_ in 1998. Through the production of buildings, exhibitions, writing and the instigation of discourse, Project_ strives to critically engage and re-imagine the contemporary world. In navigating architecture’s entanglement within a complex set of cultural, material and economic circumstances, Project_ relies on research to frame a particular problem and determine the most effective role for design.
Opening Reception on August 21, 2014 from 5:00-7:00pm
Maine College of Art Co-Sponsors Pulp Fiction Exhibit with Portland Public Library
For Immediate Release:
Maine College of Art Co-Sponsors
Pulp Fiction Exhibit with Portland Public Library
Portland, ME ~ Maine College of Art proudly announces that it will be co-sponsoring a new Pulp Fiction exhibit this October with the Portland Public Library. The exhibit, titled The Pulps, opens on Friday, October 3 2014, and runs through December 26 on display in the Portland Public Library’s Main Library. The Pulps features the world’s largest collection of Pulp Cover Art and gives a detailed look into these once misunderstood, controversial works of art. The exhibition is free of charge to the general public.
The Pulps feature will feature works such as Tarzan, The Shadow, Secret Agent X, The Mysterious Wu-Fang, The Spider, Doc Savage, The Scorpion, The Whisperer, The Black Mask, and The Lone Ranger.
WordCamp is an informal, community-organized event that is put together by WordPress users. These events happen all over the world and bring together anyone from casual users to core developers to connect and share ideas. If you're unfamiliar with WordPress, it's been described as "a free and open source blogging tool and a content management system." In other words, it's the system in which a lot of blogs and websites are built with (more than 22%, in fact).
Maine College of Art has the privilege to host the first WordCamp Maine! Coming up August 15-17, MECA will host a series of speakers and workshops for the event. Don't miss it!
Here are a few highlights:
Friday: Intro courses for beginners/refresher
Saturday: Main event/talks
Sunday: Contributors' Day
Geared toward developers who wish to contribute to the WordPress Core Project
Will be held at Casco Bay Tech Hub
A partial list of companies represented by speakers at our WordCamp:
Automattic (makers of WordPress)
Bangor Daily News
Portland Press Herald
Keynote by John Eckman, CEO of 10up
10up recently redesigned the Press Herald site
They have a number of large national/international clients, including Bates, TechCrunch, and Google
Speakers and team members from Automattic will staff support sessions for WordPress users at the Happiness Bar
Tickets are just $30 for all events, including an after party cruise on Casco Bay
Illustration Professor Scott Nash Publishes Political Cartoon
Illustration Professor and Department Chair Scott Nash published his first political cartoon for the non-profit liberal advocacy organization Common Cause. For this particular piece, which can be seen above, Nash worked with Common Cause Vice President for Policy and Litigation, Arn Pearson. The original post (found here) is accompanied with the description "It's time for a political system that supports voter's speech, not just big donor's speech."
"Living in Maine, I am continually inspired by the abundance of shapes, colors and light along the beautiful ever changing beaches and marshes of the seacoast and rural areas," MECA alum Colleen Forde tells the SeacoastOnline. "The natural beauty available here is one of the primary reasons I have made this place my home."
It was this love of Maine and its scenery that lead her to the Maine College of Art in 1994 and eventually to the creation of her latest exhibit "The Color of Light," a collection that explores the Maine beaches, marshes, and rural areas. This show is on view at the gallery space at The Clown through Aug. 11.
Maine College of Art Scholarship Fund to receive $10,000 from the Down East Magazine 60th Anniversary Art of Giving Gala
Maine College of Art Scholarship Fund to receive $10,000 from the Down East Magazine 60th Anniversary Art of Giving Gala on behalf of MECA alumnus and Emerging Artist contest winner Renée Bouchard
Original artwork by MECA alumnus Renée Bouchard to be part of a raffle raising funds August 14
PORTLAND, MAINE – Renée Bouchard was selected as the winner of Down East’s MECA Emerging Artist Contest. On her behalf the Maine College of Art Scholarship Fund will receive a minimum of $10,000 raised by Down East Magazine at the Art of Giving Gala on Thursday, August 14 from 5:30-9 p.m. at the Portland Company, 58 Fore Street, Portland.
Part of Down East’s 60th anniversary, MECA alumnus Renée Bouchard has created a work of art to be portrayed on an inside cover of the August anniversary issue. In addition, on behalf of MECA alumnus Renée Bouchard, the Maine College of Art Scholarship Fund will receive proceeds from the Art of Giving Gala.
Tickets to the gala are $100 per person and include the opportunity to leave the event with one of six original pieces created by six different Maine artists: Angela Adams, Eric Hopkins, Alex Katz, Barbara Ernst Prey and William Wegman, in addition to MECA alum Renée Bouchard, in commemoration of Down East’s 60th anniversary. A limited number of tickets are available online through downeast.com/artofgiving or artofgiving.brownpapertickets.com.
“We are honored to have been selected for this generous gift on behalf of MECA alumnus Renée Bouchard. The funds will be used to support the next generation of artists.”
Kathleen Fleury, editor in chief of Down East, talked about the Art of Giving Gala, “We are grateful to have six celebrated Maine artists honor the magazine’s 60th anniversary in this way. It’s an even greater thrill to know that each artist has connected even further with Maine’s community by identifying charitable partners that resonate with them individually. This is one of the things that makes Maine an incredible place to live and work.”
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Renée Bouchard lives and works in Bennington, Vermont. She graduated from the Maine College of Art in 1999 and attended the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Phoebe Flory Watercolor School prior to that. Bouchard has received awards and honors from the Vermont Arts Council, the Vermont Studio Center, Cooper Union, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the Montana Artist Refuge and from the Kate Millet Art Colony for Women. McDaris Fine Art in Hudson, New York, and Moberg Gallery in Des Moines and Chicago currently represent her work. Her work was selected to be included in the Art of Giving by Down East editor in chief Kathleen Fleury, MECA, and artist Eric Hopkins.
For more information about Down East Magazine’s 60th Anniversary and Gala, visit downeast.com/artofgiving.
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Free Film Screenings at the ICA
TypeCulture LLC Announces Release of Phoreus™ Cherokee
TypeCulture LLC Announces Release of Phoreus™ Cherokee
Portland, Maine ~ TypeCulture LLC announces the release of Phoreus™ Cherokee, a typeface family designed by Associate Graphic Design Professor Mark Jamra to be used for setting texts in the Cherokee language. The eight-font family features the Cherokee syllabary in upright and italic styles in four weights which are available as digital fonts for work in print media. Specially produced versions to be used in websites and mobile devices are currently in development.
Phoreus™ Cherokee was produced primarily for use in the Cherokee language with the occasional insertion of words and phrases in the Latin script. Its design was prompted by an appeal from the Cherokee Nation for more Cherokee typefaces, since new digital types were required to build the resources they needed to preserve the Cherokee language and culture. Phoreus’ distinct and uncomplicated forms are particularly suited to very young readers – a primary target demographic in language preservation. There is also a "small cap" version of each glyph, so that bilingual documents set in Cherokee and English attain a similar "color" and feel.
The design of Phoreus™ Cherokee followed extensive research into the Cherokee writing system and guidance provided by the Language Technology Office of the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. The fonts contain the 85 glyphs of the mono-case Cherokee syllabary along with a companion Latin alphabetic complement of uppercase, lowercase, figures, punctuation and commonly used symbols.
Phoreus™ Cherokee is one of only two extensive multi-weight Cherokee type families in existence. It is also unique in containing the first true cursive italic types ever designed for the Cherokee syllabary. This ground-breaking development was made possible through research of handwritten manuscripts from over 180 years, and the encouragement and feedback from the Language Technology Office.
The name Phoreus is the ancient Greek word for bearer or carrier and refers to type (and the Cherokee syllabary) as a vehicle of language and visual culture.
The designer of Phoreus™ Cherokee is Mark Jamra, the founder of TypeCulture LLC in Portland, Maine. He has designed type for over 30 years and is an associate professor of graphic design at Maine College of Art. Mark has taught graphic design, lettering, typography and letterform design at colleges and workshops in the U.S. and Germany. His lettering and typefaces have been in numerous exhibitions and have received recognition from the Type Directors Club and the Association Typographique Internationale.
For more information, please contact TypeCulture at email@example.com.
A proof specimen of Phoreus Cherokee can be downloaded here:
MECA Alumni Exhibition at The Gallery at Somes Sound
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | June 27, 2014
MECA Alumni Exhibition at The Gallery at Somes Sound
Eight MECA graduates to exhibit on MDI
Portland, Maine - Tyra Hansen, owner of The Gallery at Somes Sound announces an exhibition of eight MECA graduates on view July 6 - 19, 2014 as part the gallery’s summer calendar. Located in Somesville, Maine, The Gallery at Somes Sound's primary focus is to celebrate America's long standing tradition in the art of fine furniture making, painting and sculpture. It continues to be the finest Furniture and Art Gallery along the Coast of Maine.
The featured artists in the MECA exhibition are: Diane Fitch BFA '79, Anne Garland BFA '93, Connie Hayes BFA '80, Margaret Lawrence BFA '93, Grace Nelson BFA '82, Jude Valentine BFA '78, Mary Vaughan MFA '00 and Michael Vermette BFA '80.
The opening reception is Sunday, July 6 from 4:30 - 7:00PM and several of the artists will attend.
The Gallery will donate a portion of sales from the MECA work to the College’s scholarship fund.
Located in the heart of the Portland Arts District, MECA offers a BFA degree in 11 studio majors, an MFA in Studio Arts, an MAT, and continuing studies for youths and adults. The Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA and the Joanne Waxman Library are free and open to the public. For more information, visit meca.edu or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Raffi Der Simonian
Director of Mktg & Comm
Maine College of Art
522 Congress Street, Portland, Maine 04101
207.699.5010 | email@example.com
Maine College of Art and The Bob Crewe Foundation Sign MOU And Begin Planning Curriculum for New Music Program
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | June 24, 2014
Maine College of Art and The Bob Crewe Foundation Sign MOU
And Begin Planning Curriculum for New Music Program
Portland, Maine ~ Last Wednesday, June 18, Maine College of Art worked alongside The Bob Crewe Foundation and local thought leaders to sculpt a curriculum for the new area of study that will explore the intersection between music and art, which will be implemented later, in the 2015 acedemic year. During the meeting, the participants discussed what the new program would look like. An official signing of a MOU with President Don Tuski and Dan Crewe followed the meeting.
Those in attendance were Dan Crewe (President/Chairman of the Bob Crewe Foundation and Independent Music Professional), Don Tuski (President, MECA), Ian Anderson (Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, MECA), Spencer Albee (Musician, Singer and Songwriter), Adam Ayan (Master Engineer, Gateway Recording; Adjunct Faculty at USM’s School of Music), Bob Ludwig (Mastering engineer/Owner, Gateway Recording), and many more.
The new program is possible due to a generous gift given to the college by The Bob Crewe Foundation in April. The curriculum will explore a wide range of topics and subject matter relating to the interplay between music and art. A sampling of courses for the new minor include History of Contemporary Music, Applied Theory Through Composition, Music Business and Management, Ethnomusicology, and experimental courses like Sound and Color.
Dean Anderson believes that MECA may be one of the first art colleges to explicitly engage in combining the study of contemporary art and design with music; he says, “MECA is uniquely positioned to develop this area because of our size, history and willingness to experiment. This is an exciting period of growth and innovation here at the college.”