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Visiting Artist Joshua David Bergey to speak about Pulp Fiction Artwork

Posted: 2014-10-23

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MECA Illustration is pleased to announce a lecture with visiting artist, Joshua David Bergey, in conjunction with Portland Public Library's The Pulps!—a major exhibition of rare and original pulp fiction paintings. An authority in Pulp Fiction whose 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.

Read Joshua's Full Bio

Visit Joshua's website 

For more information, email rdersimonian@meca.edu  or call 800.699.1509.

Chloe Beaven and Caitlin Ervin Public Engagement Fellows for 2014-2015

Posted: 2014-10-23

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Senior Chloe Beaven and junior Caitlin Ervin are the Public Engagement Fellows for 2014-2015. Sophomore Hannah Howard is the Project Assistant. They will receive a financial scholarship and academic credit to design and lead projects and initiatives that focus on building relationships between campus and community. The fellowship is supported with a grant from the Helen and George Ladd Foundation.

Chloe Beaven, a senior in the New Media program, will be partnering with MECA, Seeds of Peace, and the Waynflete School in order to increase understanding and support of diversity (especially issues involving race), elevate and further contemplative dialog, and broaden student civic responsibility at MECA. Her projects will include implementing the Big Think Series, monthly dialogs hosted by an artist or academic within the field of socially engaged art or social justice; revitalizing the MECA C.A.R.E diversity group; inviting high school students to work on the Other Side of Shade workshops with the Seeds of Peace students, and develop an annual student exhibit focusing on issues of race; establishing the VIP Vote, an annual early Vote Day at MECA; and increasing programming around MLK day and the attendance at the MLK Breakfast.

Caitlin Ervin, a junior in the Sculpture program, will be partnering with Environment Maine and the MECA Trash Talkers group to focus on environmental projects and sustainability within MECA and the Portland community. Her projects will include assisting with community partner logistics and taking on leadership for Envisioning a Sustainable Society with Professor Dana Sawyer; partnering with and assisting with group projects in Paul Gebhardt's FY-IN class; and co-leading and coordinating environmental programs in MECA's residence halls.

Hannah Howard, an undeclared Sophomore, is also partnering with Environment Maine to work on environmental projects and sustainability within MECA and the Portland community. She will be assisting with all of Caitlin Ervin's projects, in addition to continuing her role as a Resident Assistant in MECA's residence halls.

The Public Engagement program has several community partners, including: Portland Trails, The Island Institute, Bicycle Coalition of Maine, Environment Maine, Camp Susan Curtis, Portland Brick, Avesta Housing, King Middle School, and Seeds of Peace. There are also three Senior Capstone Project Partners, including Planned Parenthood, Waynflete School's Racial Awareness student group, and Portland Brick. Jon Rubin will also be a visiting artist for Public Engagement.

New Student Exhibits on View in Artists at Work

Posted: 2014-10-23

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Now on view in Artists at Work through October 27, 2014. 

SYL: Universe Transformed
Instructor: Rachel Katz
 
This course explores ideas of the universe and science looking specifically at how we as artists understand, track, define and explain the world around us. As a class we will look at the work of scientists past and present. We will explore the ways that artists use scientific data collection and transform it into their own work.
Students will work in small groups to create their own data collection processes based throughout the Porteous building.
 
The work produced will serve as the foundation for personal projects that explore an artist’s perspective on living in this universe.
 
SYL: The Body in Context
Instructor: Ling-Wen Tsai
 
This is a multi/inter-disciplinary introduction and exploration of the body in context. Students choose their own specific topics that relate to the human condition in contemporary life. The content can be personal, social, and cultural. Work may take the form of, but are not limited to: drawing, painting, photography, collage, sculpture, installation, fashion, performance, video and sound. Our goal is to understand the complexity of who we are as individuals and as a collective, and to give voice to our insight through diverse representations of the body.  

MECA Alum Hannah Rosengren Designs for Greenpeace

Posted: 2014-10-22

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MECA graduate Hannah Rosengren recently worked with the environmental organization Greenpeace to promote their campaign about the Tongass National Forest. Rosengren created an important informational poster which highlighted the diverse ecosystem of the forest with an emphasis on the Alexander Archipelago Wolf. Greenpeace has recently petitioned to protect this species under the Endangered Species Act, and this poster will be mailed out to their numerous supporters.

>> Learn more about the artist

MECA ANNOUNCES CAMPUS DEVELOPMENTS, GROWTH AND IMPROVEMENTS

Posted: 2014-10-13

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FALL 2014 Academic Year Starts off with Largest Incoming Class on Record, Higher Academic Standards and New Programming

Portland, Maine ~ Maine College of Art (MECA) is proud to announce its newest developments for the 2014-2015 academic year. With the largest incoming class the institution has ever seen, recent accreditation of the MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching), and new programming, MECA is determined and well-poised to provide students with more opportunities as one of the leading art schools in New England.

The National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and the State of Maine have recently accredited MECA for it’s ten-month MAT program, which focuses on helping participants meet requirements for Maine’s teacher certification, while also providing the critical and creative engagement expected on a graduate level. Teacher candidates in this program work in various community settings, from urban to rural, formal to informal, and learn to think outside of the box, to improve not only their knowledge, but their students’ learning as well. Museums, summer school programs, and non-profit organizations collaborate with the MAT program to expand candidates experiences. Spring semester student teaching internships prepare candidates to become confident art educators, with both reflective practices, and a lifetime of professional learning.

Thanks to the generous gift and collaboration with the Bob Crewe Foundation, MECA students will soon be able enjoy and explore the intersection between music and art. The new program, which will be implemented during the 2015 academic year, was discussed in April, and an MOU was signed between Dan Crewe and President Don Tuski in June. This program will cover a wide range of topics, all relating back to the relationships between music and art. Some courses for the new program include History of Contemporary Music, Applied Theory Through Composition, Music Business and Management, Ethnomusicology, and more 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.”

MECA is also pleased to announce it’s new Writing Minor, now available for students to develop exceptional communication and deep reading skills. The objective of this Minor is for students to further enrich their artistic journey, culminating in a final personal writing project, intended for publication.

MECA recognizes the growing need for creative problem solvers in an ever-changing, global world, which is why MECA is stepping up to meet that need with more students, better facilities, and increased programs, all available to students so that they can pursue opportunities that go beyond what is simply taught in class. The Maine College of Art is intent on staying true to it’s mission: Educating Artists for Life.

For more information or to schedule an interview with President Donald Tuski, Ph.D., please contact Raffi Der Simonian at 207.699.5010 or rdersimonian@meca.edu.  

Located in the heart of Portland Maine’s fine arts district, MECA offers a BFA degree in 11 studio majors, an MFA in Studio Arts, an MAT, and continuing studies courses for youths and adults.  The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at MECA and the Joanne Waxman library are free and open to the public.  For more information, please visit www.meca.edu.

 

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Founder of Matter Factory, Andy Brayman Visits MECA

Posted: 2014-10-10

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Portland, ME - The Maine College of Art proudly announces it's upcoming lecture with talented artist and founder of Matter Factory, Andy Brayman. On Thursday, October 16, at 12:15 p.m. in Osher Hall, Andy Brayman will be coming to MECA to discuss his experiences with art, ceramics, and Matter Factory.

Andy Brayman holds a BA in sociology and a BFA in ceramics from the University of Kansas (1996) and an MFA in ceramics from Alfred University (1998). His work is a combination of traditional craft, industrial processes, physical computing and contemporary art strategies. At their best, his pots demonstrate an object’s potential to be both beautiful and cerebral.

In 2005, Andy founded The Matter Factory in Kansas City; part artist studio, part laboratory, and part factory. In addition to producing objects of his design, the company contains a collaborative element. Guest designers and artists are invited to develop objects for production, which might otherwise have trouble finding an eager manufacturer.

Andy Brayman's Matter Factory

For more information, email rdersimonian@meca.edu or call 800.699.1509. 

Richard Blanco Releases New Memoir: The Prince of Ios Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood

Posted: 2014-10-02

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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.

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Visiting Artist Lectures in October

Posted: 2014-10-01

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Jon Rubin, Interdisciplinary Artist

Osher Hall, 522 Congress St.
October 9 at 12:15pm
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, Woodworking + Furniture Design
Osher Hall, 522 Congress St.
October 10, 6:30pm
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.

Scott Nash designs PMA family guide

Posted: 2014-10-01

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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

Posted: 2014-09-18

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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.
 
Here are links to their websites and a short bio:
 
 
 

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.

For more info, please contact:

rdersimonian@meca.edu

 

Artist and Writer Joshua David Bergey to Visit MECA

Posted: 2014-09-18

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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.

Read Joshua's Full Bio

Visit Joshua's website 

For more information, email rdersimonian@meca.edu  or call 800.699.1509.

 

Restoration Underway

Posted: 2014-09-16

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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.
 
Restoration Team:
Erin Hutton '98 - Project Leader (project lead)
Phillip Tuttrow '02- Project Assistant (project co-lead / painting)
Doug Doering - Facilities management
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

Posted: 2014-09-10

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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.

>>For more info

Collect: Maine College of Art Fall Art Sale 2014

Posted: 2014-09-10

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  
September 7, 2014
 
Collect:  Maine College of Art Fall Art Sale 2014
 
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.
 
October 8-11
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
awadleigh@meca.edu
207-699-5015

PROJECT _ On View at the ICA Starting August 21

Posted: 2014-08-12

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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

>>More info on the show

>>More info on Project_

Maine College of Art and The Bob Crewe Foundation Sign MOU And Begin Planning Curriculum for New Music Program

Posted: 2014-06-25

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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.”

 

CONTACT: Raffi Der Simonian

Director of Marketing & Communications

rdersimonian@meca.edu | 207.756.0916

 

MECA Announces MAT Accreditation

Posted: 2014-05-21

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MECA Announces MAT Accreditation 


 

Portland, ME ~ Maine College of Art (MECA) is pleased to announce the recent accreditation of a ten-month MAT program, approved by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and the State of Maine. The MAT is designed so that participants meet Maine’s requirements for initial teacher certification while providing the critical and creative engagement expected at the graduate level.

From the first day of class, teacher candidates interact with children and youth in schools and in community settings. Museums, summer school programs and non-profit organizations collaborate with MECA and the MAT program to provide a rich learning environment for art content specific and arts-integrated explorations. Candidates work in a variety of settings, urban and rural, formal and informal. Student teaching internships in the spring semester prepare candidates to begin their careers as confident art educators.

Through collaborative inquiry and action research, teacher candidates learn to try new ideas and collect the evidence needed to improve their teaching and their students’ learning. This process establishes a vehicle for reflective practice and a lifetime of professional learning.

A few spaces are still available for the upcoming 2014-2015 cohort. Candidates are selected on the basis of a strong art portfolio and the academic potential to complete a master’s program. For more information please visit http://www.meca.edu, or contact the Admissions Office.

Contact: Raffi Der Simonian

Director of Marketing

rdersimonian@meca.edu

207.699.5010