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Woodworking and Furniture Design Senior Rangeley Morton Exhibits Work in National Exhibition DigiFabulous

Posted: 2014-04-08

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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.

 

>>More on Digifabulous 

 

*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

Posted: 2014-04-08

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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. 

More info: www.meca.edu/meca-life/student-affairs/student-exchange#tab-china

 

Location: 
Osher Hall, Maine College of Art
Date: 
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 12:15 to 13:30

WWFD Seniors Forest Gagne & Rangeley Morton's Work Accepted into the Furniture Society Conference

Posted: 2014-04-08

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MECA Woodworking and Furniture Design seniors Rangeley Morton and Forest Gange have been selected for the exhibition "Faculty Selects" that will show during the Furniture Society Conference in Port Townsend, WA this summer. Faculty from colleges submit the student work and then it is juried. The selections include written evaluations and will often be published in their annual publication, "Furniture Studio."

This is a student exhibition, that will exist online and onsite during this summer's conference. The 16 artists were selected by Amy Devers. Amy is a furniture designer, artist, maker-builder-carpenter-fabricator, lifestyle expert and television personality.

MECA hosted the Furniture Society conference previously, in 2012. They are an organization that provides many opportunities to students such as exhibiting, publication and connections to makers and places.

>>For more on the Furniture Society Conference

Brittany Marcoux '10 Places Third in Yankee Magazine’s Annual Reader Photo Contest

Posted: 2014-04-03

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DUBLIN, N.H. (April 3, 2014) — Brittany Marcoux of Swansea, Massachusetts, placed third in Yankee Magazine’s “My New England” reader photo contest. Winning photographs are featured in Yankee’s March/April 2014 issue, on newsstands now, starting on page 62 and online at YankeeMagazine.com/more. 

Marcoux received her BFA in photography from the Maine College of Art in 2010. She’s a monthly contributor to the American Guide project, photographing the people and places of New England. She will be starting her MFA in Photography at Massachusetts College of Art and Design this upcoming fall. To see more of her work, visit: http://brittanymarcoux.virb.com/

“This past Thanksgiving, I was visiting with my in-laws. After we filled up on turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, etc., we decided to go out for a walk. I remember passing this house, with the sunlight hitting it just right, peacefully placed on the lake, and thinking ‘what a perfect place to call home!’ ”

“When we asked for entries to our second annual reader photo contest, the theme ‘My New England’ resonated with our region’s photographers. The landscape and people of New England have been at the heart of Yankee since our first issue nearly 80 years ago, and the feeling for both became evident as we looked through well over 1,000 submissions,” says Mel Allen, editor of Yankee Magazine. “This year our art director, Lori Pedrick, and photo editor, Heather Marcus, enlisted the eyes and sensibilities of three well-known New England photographers—Dana Smith, Jesse Burke, and Sara Gray—to help with the judging. Lori and Heather weighed each judge’s comments carefully, and then made the final choices.”

[Image available upon request.]

Title: The Perfect Home 

Location: Charlton, MA

Judge’s comments: “The lens flare and framing makes me feel as though it’s my view. I love the color, feel, and mood of the image!”

The 2014 “My New England” readers’ photo contest winners include:

  • 1st Place: Tim Bartlett, Medford, MA
  • 2nd Place: Michelle McGrady, Middletown, NY
  • 3rd Place: Brittany Marcoux, Swansea, MA
  • 4th Place: Robert Dansereau, Cumberland, RI
  • Honorable Mention: Iliana Romanul, Somerville, MA
  • Honorable Mention: Paul Girello, Braintree, MA
  • Honorable Mention: Anne M. Hurlbut, Marion, MA
  • Honorable Mention: Lisa Lettieri, Rehoboth, MA

Yankee Magazine’s March/April issue celebrates the season with a special Spring Home & Garden Guide. This section includes the first-ever Home & Garden Awards, which name the best public gardens, nurseries, ornaments, and more. Other articles cover topics such as how to grow a four-season garden and the hardiest roses that can survive New England’s climate. Travel is a cure for spring fever, and visiting Nantucket’s Daffodil Festival, and ten additional flower shows, is the perfect remedy to quell winter blues. Plus, tempt your tastebuds with articles about soup for a crowd, cheeseburger heaven, and sweet New England cornbread. 

For more information about Yankee Magazine’s March/April issue, visit: YankeeMagazine.com. To submit an entry for the 2014 “My New England” reader photo contest, visit: http://www.yankeemagazine.com/article/contests/new-england-contest 

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 About us: Yankee Magazine was founded in 1935 and is based in Dublin, New Hampshire. It is the only magazine devoted to New England through its coverage of travel, home, food, and feature stories. With a total circulation of 330,000 and a total audience of 1.9 million readers, it is published by Yankee Publishing Incorporated (YPI), a family-owned, independent magazine publisher. YPI also owns the nation’s oldest continuously produced periodical, The Old Farmer’s Almanac, and McLean Communications. More information about Yankee: New England’s Magazine is available at: YankeeMagazine.com/press

 

Media Contact: Heather Atwell, heathera@yankeepub.com or 603-563-8111 x180

 

Barridoff Galleries Hosts Fine Art Auction at MECA

Posted: 2014-04-02

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UPCOMING BARRIDOFF GALLERIES FINE ART AUCTION AT MECA

To be held Wednesday, April 30 a the Institute of Contemporary Art, Maine College of Art, 522 Congress Street, Portland, ME

 

Barridoff Galleries will hold its semi-annual auction, featuring works from Maine artists, as well as works from all over the world. Previews for this sale are Tuesday, April 29 from 6-8pm, and on the day of the sale from 10am - 5pm. The sale begins at 6pm and is open to the public.


This Spring sale offers works from Albert Bierstadt, Willard Metcalf, William Zorach, Alfred Chadbourn, Marsden Hartley, Stephne Etnier and many more.

To view a full catalog, visit www.barridoff.com.

Click here for PDF info


For more info, please contact:

Barridoff Galleries
Robert & Annette Elowitch
50 Market Street
South Portland, ME  04106
fineart@barridoff.com
207.772.5011

MECA Offers New Courses in Culinary Arts

Posted: 2014-03-28

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New Community Programming Offers Foodies of All Backgrounds, Interests, and Skill Levels an Opportunity to Learn from the Best

Portland, ME ~ The Maine College of Art has recently announced the addition of culinary arts programming via the Continuing Studies Department. In recent years Portland and the state of Maine have become national leaders in the food scene. “Portland attracts foodies from all over the world. We are in the midst of a culinary boom and live in a city that values great food and drink. As an institution dedicated to educating artists for life, incorporating culinary arts into the curriculum is a natural next-step for the MECA,” says college president Don Tuski, Ph.D.

To help orchestrate this new realm of programming, MECA has engaged the expertise of Culinary Consultant and former Executive Vice President of The International Culinary Center (formerly The French Culinary Institute), Christopher Papagni, Ph.D. According to Papagni, “Some of the best of Portland's culinary scene has been selected for this first round of MECA classes. Keeping up with new food trends and the rapid growth of artisan talent in Maine, will insure dynamic programming for a long time to come.”

This summer MECA will offer courses on various aspects of the culinary arts industry such as pastry baking, food writing, microbrewing, cheese education and farm to table dishes and culture. The programs range from one-day workshops to six-week courses. Here is a preview of culinary arts programming offered at MECA for the first time ever this Summer:

Pastry Perfection
Tara Smith from Standard Bakery will share her mastery with students over the course of three classes. Students will learn techniques, tips, and tricks to bake a selection of irresistible baked goods to serve from dawn to dusk. >> Learn More

Farm to Fork Workshop
From the Portland-local restaurant Vinland, owner and chef David Levi will teach students about the quality, healthfulness, and ecological stewardship of buying and cooking local food. Students will use summer produce from Greater Portland’s organic farms, seafood, foraged foods, and pasture-raised meats and dairy products to prepare beautiful and delicious meals using solely local ingredients. >> Learn More

All About Cheese
Sarah Wiederkehr from Winter Hill Farm will explore the history, complexity, and diversity of cheese with students over the course of a three-hour workshop. Students will learn about the different styles of cheese, optimal pairings, and how to determine quality and best techniques for storage.  >> Learn More

The Art + Craft of Food Writing
Susan Axelrod of MaineToday.com will mentor students on how to join in on Maine’s culinary conversation by exploring food writing and blogging. Students will learn how to write restaurant critiques, food feature pieces, and how to submit work to publications. >> Learn more

Microbrewing
From Bunker Brewing Co., Chresten Sorensen will help students learn the ins and outs of brewing their own beer. Sorensen will focus on the four elements of brewing (water, yeast, malt, and hops), brewing practices on a commercial vs. home-brewing scale, and the historical emergence of small independent craft-brewers around the world. >> Learn More

For more information on MECA’s new culinary programming, please contact Director of Continuing Studies, Courtney Cook at 207.699.5061, ccook@meca.edu, or visit: meca.edu/cs



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MECA Announces SUMMER OF ART Essay Competition for Youth (9-12) & Teens (13-17)

Posted: 2014-03-25

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MECA Wants to Know: What Would a Summer of Making Art Mean to You? How Do You Feel This Experience Would Benefit Your Creative Growth?


Portland, Maine – For the first time ever, MECA will be hosting an essay competition for two lucky students -- one youth (age 9-12) and one teen (age 13-17) to receive a free summer art pass. Students of all skill levels and backgrounds are encouraged to participate to win a summer of free art education from the Maine College of Art. Painting, graphic design, photography and more—MECA offers a comprehensive range of summer arts programming.
 

ESSAY QUESTION:
What would a summer making art at MECA mean to you? How do you feel this experience would benefit your creative growth? 
Feel free to talk about any art you've made, would like to make, or any art that inspires you in your answer.

CATEGORIES: 
YOUTH Category: Ages 9 - 12
TEEN Category: Ages 13-17

DEADLINE: 
April 25

ELIGIBILITY & RULES
All contestants must adhere to the age requirements of each category. Contestants must compose an original essay with limited guidance from others. The essay must be 250-500 words.

HOW TO ENTER:
Once you've completed your essay, fill out our Online form (www.meca.edu/essaycontest -- see 'Apply Now' tab). Submitting the form requires parent authorization. So before you send in your essay, be sure to explain what the competition is all about and make sure that your parents are in full support!

JUDGING: 
Each entry will be judged based on originality, clarity of thought and motivation, and expressiveness in writing. Winners will be contacted by phone during the first week in May '14.

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For more information please contact:  Raffi Der Simonian | 207.699.5010 | rdersimonian@meca.edu

L.L. Bean Uses Anne Ireland Painting for Summer Catalogue Cover

Posted: 2014-03-25

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One of Anne Ireland's (MECA alum 94') paintings will be used on the cover of L.L. Bean's Catalogue for this upcoming summer season. This will be Ireland's second cover for the Maine brand—the last being in 2011. L.L. Bean publishes a Maine artist four times a year, each season. Ireland currently has an exhibit in Charles C. Thomas Gallery at MECA. 

For more on the artist

MECA Associate Ceramics Professor Lucy Breslin Awarded Residency in Denmark

Posted: 2014-03-20

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Congratulations to associate ceramics professor Lucy Breslin for being recently awarded a residency at the highly respected and well-known international Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center located in Denmark. Breslin will spend the month of July this summer working a series of pieces that will honor the Danish poet, Inger Christensen.

For more on the residency program 

For more on Breslin 



MECA's Art Education Program Presents a Lecture with Amy Cousins

Posted: 2014-03-20

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Amy Cousins is coming to MECA on March 26 to present her Assessment Lecture, From Overwhelmed to in Control: Connecting the Dots of Assessment. Amy is connected to the Art Ed Program, MAEA, and Maine's Assessment Initiative. She is also a part of the initiative and a presenter on "Power Standards," a pared down way of assessing using the learning standard.

Amy's lecture starts at 4:10pm in Osher Hall. 

MECA's Art Education Program Presents a Lecture with Amy Cousins

Posted: 2014-03-20

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Amy Cousins is coming to MECA on March 26 to present her Assessment Lecture, From Overwhelmed to in Control: Connecting the Dots of Assessment. Amy is connected to the Art Ed Program, MAEA, and Maine's Assessment Initiative. She is also a part of the initiative and a presenter on "Power Standards," a pared down way of assessing using the learning standard.

Amy's lecture starts at 4:10pm in Osher Hall.

MECA Alum Miles Spadone named "Emerging Artist" by Ceramics Monthly

Posted: 2014-03-19

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Congratulations to MECA alum Miles Spadone on recently being awarded "Emerging Artist" by the publication Ceramics Monthly. Spadone's work will be featured in the May issue. The publication recognizes ceramic artists both domestically and internationally who have been working with clay professionally for under ten years. Spadone was also recently accepted into a two year traveling show with the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh.

For more on Spadone 

For more on Ceramics Monthly 

MECA Photography Alum Brett Walker Awarded Residency at Chalk Hill

Posted: 2014-03-18

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Congratulations to Brett Walker 06' on his recent Chalk Hill Artist Residency located in the San Francisco's wine country. One to two artists are chosen each year for the residency and spend 4-8 weeks on the Residency's ranch in a three-bedroom 1920's farmhouse. Although this post is being created after Walker already completed his residency, MECA would still like to wish him congratulations.


>>For more on Chalk Hill

>>For more on Brett Walker


**photo above from Walker's series on the Bay Area Vintage Baseball League

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