How to get from A to B is anoutdoor video project by MECA photography senior Regan Chase. The video will be projected onto a large canopy-structure. This is part one of a two part meditation on the human body's innate connection to it's material surroundings. Adopting the car as an extension of the human body, Chase transforms night time traffic on the interstate highway system into an urban stargazing experience.
The projection will run from 8 pm to 10 pm April 17th through the 20th at the MECA Green Space, at the intersection of Casco Street and Cumberland Avenue in Portland, Maine. As the event is hosted by Maine College of Art, part two of the installation will be in the MECA thesis show and open to the public on Friday May 2nd. Viewers are invited to come when they like, and stay for as long as they wish.
***Weather pending - for updates visit the Facebook event page listed above
MFA '10 Alum Ryan Conrad Hosts Book Signing at MECA
MFA '10 alum Ryan Conrad is publishing his 4th book this spring titled "Against Equality: Queer Revolution, Not Mere Inclusion." Conrad will return to MECA on Sunday, May 4th to host a signing for this book in the Artists at Work space. "Against Equality" is collection of essays that "that stand in stark contrast to an ever-growing LGBT mainstream working towards assimilation, and, arguably, cultural erasure. Never ones to shy away from a fight, the authors included in this timely collection address the trifecta of political rifts within the LGBT community: marriage, the military, and prisons. "
The First Annual Maine College of Art Spring Music Festival
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
The First Annual Maine College of Art Spring Music Festival
Friday, April 18, 2014
5:30 Doors, Show starts at 6:00 PM
In the ICA @ MECA
Portland, ME - Over the years, the Maine College of Art (MECA) has not only produced renowned visual artists, but also many talented musicians. Current senior BFA student Savanna Pettengill, (also visual artist of the AV project Waco Sparkler,) started thinking about this last fall. She had a dream: to bring as many of these musicians together as possible for a night of performances somewhere in the Porteous building, not only for her fellow students, but also for the public. She wanted to showcase the varied creativity the art college produces. In the end, 7 acts affiliated with the school were curated into one evening to put on a show in the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA). These acts each have members that are alumni, current students, or members staff . While there are countless more music acts affiliated with the school, (Metal Sideburns, Phantom Buffalo, The Reverie Machine, Big Blood, Theodore Treehouse, Brzowski and more,) the idea was to showcase acts that seek to activate multiple senses for their audience. Some of the performance groups do this through not only music, but also video projections, light manipulation, set design, dance, and even the inclusion of audience participation. The show will take place starting at 6 PM. Each act will have a half hour, and will take part in transforming the empty gallery of the ICA for their performance.
The lineup is as follows:
B. Thighs and Friends (High heeled gentleman sings/dances to contemporary pop classics)
Illustration Majors Chris Vales and Miles Cook Published in CATBUG Ebooks
MECA Illustration majors Chris Vales and Miles Cook's work was recently published in the brand new CATBUG ebooks made by Frederator Studios. Catbug is an illustrated series based off of the American animated web series Bravest Warriors, which follows four teenage heroes-for-hire around the universe as they save adorable aliens.
You can purchase one (or several) of these books here! They're only $2.99!!
Artists at Work Partners With AIGA Maine for Second Annual Portfolio Day
On March 28, Maine College of Art once again partnered with AIGA Maine to host their second annual Portfolio Day. More than 80 creative professionals and students gathered for the afternoon in MECA's new Artist at Work space. The event included junior and senior students from MECA, SMCC and USM representing graphic design, photography, illustration, new media and sculpture.
This year's reviewers included creative directors from LL Bean, Portland Museum of Art, Angela Adams, Islandport Press, Fitzgerald Photo, VIA and Big Room Studios. Portfolio Day provides an amazing opportunity for students and seasoned professionals to connect and to learn from one another, said AIGA Maine President Arielle Walrath. It celebrates both the present and the future of the creative professions in Maine.
During an open review session students were able to sit down with several professionals. Graphic Design major Jonathan Novak, who also participated last year, values the experience. "Portland has a remarkable design community. To be able to enter into that as a student is great."
Portfolio Day builds on the MECA's growing Artist at Work program, which connects students to internships, jobs, commissions, professional development opportunities, and residencies. Jessica Tomlinson, Director of Artists at Work, said Portfolio Day, MECA is fortunate to have such a supportive design community. Not only are creative professionals providing feedback at Portfolio Day, they continue to offer internships and jobs to our students and graduates."
Woodworking and Furniture Design Senior Rangeley Morton Exhibits Work in National Exhibition DigiFabulous
Senior Woodworking and Furniture Design major Rangeley Morton is exhibiting his work in "Digifabulous", a national juried exhibition at the Regis Art Center in Minnesota. Morton was selected through a jury process and will be exhibiting with artists that include students, professionals and faculty.
Digifabulous 2014 is the first in a series of annually reoccurring shows. The aim of Digifabulous is to bring individuals together both digitally and in the real, so as to make a meaningful contribution to the field of digital fabrication.
The Regis Center for Art will present a nationally juried exhibition, Digifabulous 2014, in the Quarter Gallery from March 25 - April 5, 2014. Anthony R. Kling B.S. Graphic Design 12' University of Minnesota, will jury the exhibition. The exhibition will focus on works that are either wholly or partially digitally fabricated or were constructed via the assistance of digital fabrication. Works should relate to the fields of Fine Art and Design or anywhere in-between. Submissions from artists and designers, both professional and student, along with private and public firms are encouraged as it is our goal to showcase all of the unique and innovative ways the field of digital fabrication is being explored.
*above piece by Morton, "Pin Lamp", 2014, Maple & Plastic
President of the Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts Delivers lecture on ‘Traditional Chinese Decorative Art & Design’ at MECA on 4.15
Traditional Chinese Decorative Art & Design
Professor Guo Xianlu, President of the Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts will be delivering a public lecture on ‘Traditional Chinese Decorative Art & Design’ at Maine College of Art on April 15th. It is part of an incoming delegation from the Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts (XAFA) in China who are visiting Portland this spring. The delegation marks the developing relationships that MECA is forging with several leading art academies in Greater China.
The President’s Delegation from Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts will arrive in Portland on April 14th and includes Professor Guo Xianlu, President; Mr. Wu Shunong, Director of International Cooperation & Exchanges Office; Professor Shi Cun, Director of the Post-Graduate Office; and Ms. Chen Tianqui, International Relations and Contracts. They will stay until April 16th, and will spend the time touring the college, meeting students and faculty, and discussing the exchange program launched between the two colleges.
This is one of three institutional relationships that MECA has formed with China in the past year. The relationship began in the spring of 2013 when MECA President Don Tuski traveled with Suzanne Fox, President of Fox Intercultural Consulting and Professor Gan Xu of MECA to Xi’an to visit the college’s campus and meet the faculty. Located in Western China, Xi’an is one of the most historically rich regions in China, famed for its Terracotta Warriors and its location on the edge of the Silk Road.
In Mandarin, with simultaneous English translation.