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MECA Celebrates Chinese New Year with Insights Into Year of the Horse

Posted: 2014-01-30

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Fox Intercultural Consulting & Maine College of Art Present:

 

The Year of the Horse

With Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith

 

Thursday, February 13, 12.00pm-1.30pm

ICA, Maine College of Art

Free and Open to All

Portland, Maine ~  To celebrate the dawning of Chinese New Year and the launch of MECA’s Year in China, we are welcoming two distinguished figures from the Chinese-American cultural scene. Joanna C.  Lee and Ken Smith, authors of the Pocket Chinese Almanac series, will be offering audiences insights into the Year of the Horse.

The traditional Chinese almanac, also known as the Tong Sing or Huang Li, is a centuries-old repository of cultural information from household tips to general medical remedies. But it's the almanac's predictions of which days are auspicious or ominous for a wide range of activities that has made the annual publication a mainstay in Chinese homes. For five years now, Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith have translated and decoded the almanac's predictions.

About The Speakers:

Joanna C. Lee is the founder of Museworks, a consultancy for performing artists eager to explore links between Asia and the West. Her clients include the San Francisco Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, the Leonard Bernstein estate, San Francisco Opera, Carnegie Hall, Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Boston Symphony Orchestra. She has also devised publicity, translation or educational outreach projects for the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Institution, Holland Festival, Sydney Festival, Hong Kong International Film Festival, Shanghai Grand Theatre, Asia Society, Taiwan Contemporary Legend Theater, Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Hong Kong New Vision Arts Festival, Sotheby’s HK, Beijing Music Festival, Habitat for Humanity, National Geographic, architecture historian Victoria Newhouse and the New York Asian Film Festival.

Journalist and author Ken Smith has traveled widely, covering music on five continents for a wide range of publications including the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street JournalTravel & Leisure, Opera News and Time Out New York. He currently divides his time between New York, where he writes for Gramophone magazine, and Hong Kong, where he is the Asian performing arts critic for the Financial Times of London. A featured columnist for China’s Opera magazine, he also covers Western opera in China for the London-based magazines Opera and Opera Now.  He had an active role in the Chinese music research for author Amy Tan and composer Stewart Wallace in their opera The Bonesetter’s Daughter based on Tan’s novel, an odyssey he chronicled in his 2008 book Fate! Luck! Chance!. He is also a cultural advisor to David Henry Hwang’s bilingual Broadway comedy Chinglish and the Bruce Lee musical Kung Fu at New York’s Signature Theatre.

In addition to the annual publication of the Pocket Chinese Almanac, they are also authors of The Pocket Confucius, The Pocket Tao, and The Pocket Te. Read more: http://asktongsing.com

Event info: http://foxintercultural.net/node/102 or email info@foxintercultural.net



Fox Intercultural Consulting promotes intercultural understanding between the United States and China through a diverse range of educational and cultural programs. Headquartered in the pristine setting of Portland, Maine, with teams in Shanghai, Chongqing and Hong Kong, we build bridges between the people of these two vast countries: www.foxintercultural.net       



Maine College of Art delivers a demanding and enlivening education in visual art and design within an intimate learning community. We teach each student how to transform aspirations and values into a creative practice that serves as the foundation for a lifelong pursuit of personal and professional goals. Founded in 1882 and located in the heart of Downtown Portland's thriving Arts District, MECA offers BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) in 11 studio majors, MFA (Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art), and MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) degrees. Pre-College and Continuing Studies programming are available for adults and youths. The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at MECA, Joanne Waxman Library, and Visiting Artist and Guest Lecture Series are free and open to the public.



With thanks to our sponsors:

The Chinese & American Friendship Association of Maine provides forums and outreach to promote awareness of and appreciation for Chinese culture. cafammaine.org


Creative Portland was founded by Portland City Council in 2008 to grow and support the local creative economy. Major programs include LiveWork Portland, 2 Degrees Portland, and the First Friday Art Walk, among others    
The Westin Portland Harborview
features an ideal location in the heart of the Arts District in downtown Portland. Step outside and discover Maine College of Art, the Portland Museum of Art, Childrens’ Museum of Art, State Theatre and Cumberland County Civic Center. The Westin Portland Harborview is offering a Chinese New Year rates associated with this event! To find out more, visit www.westinportlandharborview.com or call 207-775-5411.

The Sweet Art Pop-Up Shop

Posted: 2014-01-30

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This valentine's day season, ten illustration students at Maine College of Art are offering a creative alternative for buying that special card for your loved one. Together they have created a Valentines pop-up shop called Sweet Art filled with original cards, posters and love-themed art illustrated art.  

The Sweet Art Pop-Up Shop will be open from the First Friday of February (the 7th) for specific days and hours through Valentines Day.

MECA Graphic Design Alum Adriana Warner Offered Residency and Fellowship

Posted: 2014-01-28

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MECA alum Adriana Warner(Graphic Design, 2012) has just been offered a residency and fellowship with Design Studio for Social Intervention and Community Labor United, which is a Boston-based program that targets socially engaged artists. Only three artists are chosen each year to participate in the interdisciplinary program that builds creative partnerships between artists and member-led community groups in the greater Boston area. The three artists chosen work together to design and create a public projects that addresses specific challenges and aspirations of their group's community base.


For more information on the program

 

Photography Professor Bryan Graf Hosts Show at ICA

Posted: 2014-01-23

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MECA photography professor Bryan Graff opens a new show tonight at the ICA. The show titled "Moving Across the Interior" will be featured at the ICA from now through April 6.

For more info on the show

MECA Announces New Student Resource: PHOTOBOOTH

Posted: 2014-01-22

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What is PHOTOBOOTH you ask?

PHOTOBOOTH is a new campus-wide resource for documenting student work, events, and aspects of MECA’s educational experience. Aligned with the philosophy ofArtists at Work, PHOTOBOOTH promotes the importance of professional documentation.

The mission of PHOTOBOOTH is to:

  • Provide MECA students with quality digital assets to help build portfolios and market themselves as a professional artist

  • Educate the MECA community on the importance of professional documentation

  • Support the core purpose of Artists at Work


How does it work?

STEP 1.) Reserve Time on the PB Calendar

STEP 2.) Submit Online Form to Schedule PB Session (see below)

STEP 3.) Get Your Work Shot Professionally in the Lighting Studio

STEP 4.) Use digital images of your artwork to build your portfolio, promote yourself as a professional artists, and advance your career!

Where is it located?

PB is located in the Photo Lighting Studio (3rd floor adjacent to Photo Lab)


How can I get more information?

For questions or more information, please contact:

Gabriella Sturchio ‘12
PhotoTech & PHOTOBOOTH Manager
gsturchio@meca.edu

View Photobooth Calendar

Illustration Alumn Hannah Rosengren's Print Goes Viral

Posted: 2014-01-21

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An illustration by MECA 2013 grad Hannah Rosengren has gained a lot of attention online over the last several months. When Hannah first shared her illustration "Plant These to Help Save Bees" on her Tumblr last November, it didn't get many hits. But when a nonprofit based in Valencia, Spain got a hold of the image, the illustration was shared over 14,000 times in one night. Since then Hannah has received hundreds of emails from around the world regarding the print and her Etsy account has been so overwhelmed with daily purchases that the young artist has trouble keeping up with them. 

"I think people have been so attracted to the image and so inclined to share it because it's something useful and informative" Hannah explains "I wanted to not only make pieces that were aesthetically interesting, but were meaningful to me personally. My growing understanding of colony collapse disorder and an interest in botanical illustration led to "Plant These to Help Save Bees."

Want your own copy of the print? Check out Hannah's Etsy account here

For more on the artist

Visit Hannah Rosengren's website

 

Illustration Professor Rob Sullivan Hosts First Solo Show in NYC

Posted: 2014-01-21

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"A Troubling Calm: The Recent Works of Rob Sullivan" 

 

This Thursday, January 23 (6-9pm), MECA Illustration professor Rob Sullivan opens a new show at the Good Question Gallery in Chelsea, New York. The show titled "A Troubling Calm" will be featured in the main gallery space through February 22, 2014 and is Sullivan's first solo show in the Big Apple.

More info on the show

For more info on the artist: 

Visit Rob Sullivan's website


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A Troubling Calm: The Recent Works of Robert Sullivan

Good Question @ Skylight Gallery

538 West 29th St.

New York NY 10001

 

 

Nicole Holmes '14 Wins Geary's Competition

Posted: 2014-01-17

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Congrats to Graphic Design Senior, Nicole Holmes, for winning the 2014 Geary's packaging competition!

 
 
 
 
In conjunction with the release of the Summer Ale this spring, Artists at Work will host an exhibition of the entries. More details forthcoming.
 
Thanks to all students who participated in the 2014 Geary's Summer Ale packaging competition.
 
 
 

MECA Public Engagement students forge connections with Avesta Housing Community

Posted: 2014-01-10

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Behind each piece of artwork hanging in the community room at Bayside East is a story. There’s the story of the treasures brought home by a young man stationed overseas, or the story of a cultural tradition transplanted in a new community. And there’s the simple story of preserving a community’s history through newspaper clippings.

Looking at the 11 prints on the walls, the stories might not be apparent. But for the residents of the Portland senior community, the artwork represents memories of cherished items collected over the years, as seen through the eyes of local art students.

From September to December, a class of Maine College of Art students spent several hours talking with a group of residents of Bayside East and seeing first-hand the objects that hold special meaning for them. Residents brought odds and ends gathered over the years, like collections of old newspaper clippings, gifts given to them by loved ones, and even colorful traditional African clothing made by hand.

Through stories and questions, the students learned why these objects were so important to their owners. Then, they created original prints using the objects and stories as influence.

The semester-long project wrapped up in December with a potluck party at the property. The students unveiled their art to the residents and talked about their process. Each student made multiple prints so that the residents could also hang one in their apartment.

One of the residents, Bill, had showed students a geisha doll he’s had for over four decades, purchased overseas when he was serving in the Navy. The doll became a source of inspiration for one student, who made a black-and-white print of its likeness that now hangs in the community room kitchen.

“My 45-year-old gal – it’s nice to see her out,” said Bill.

This partnership is just one way Avesta has been exploring community partnerships to help enhance our residents’ sense of home through art. The importance of art goes beyond aesthetics – it’s a vital part of creating a sense of community and making our residents feel at home.

Partnerships with other organizations also strengthen relationships between our residents and members of the larger community, creating connections that can have a lasting impact. The residents visited the students in their studio to see first-hand how printmaking is done. They also got a personalized tour of the college’s facilities on Congress Street, which was especially meaningful for one resident, who used to work in the building back when it was the Porteous department store.

“It’s community development for both, for us and for (Maine College of Art),” said Bill of the project. “What it brings to the room is what we were looking for. This is extremely nice to have.”

Kate, a student, said they were all initially nervous about leaving the classroom and “stepping out of our comfort zone,” but those feelings quickly dissipated as they spent more time with the residents. “We had a really fun time, they were interested people we wouldn’t normally interact with,” she said. “They were fun to talk with – they always had something interesting to say.

“Every time you have students get out somewhere else, it’s beneficial to your art,” she added.

Maine College of Art students pose with a resident of Bayside East dressed up as Santa Claus

Rod, one of the residents, said the opportunity to interact with young people held more meaning for him now that he’s getting older and most of his own children have moved away. “Getting to know them has been really great. They’re obviously a really great bunch of kids,” he said. “I think programs like this are really great — this way, you don’t just house older people and forget about them.”

The connection that developed between the residents and the students was great to see, and I’d like to thank Professor Pilar Nadal and her students for enhancing the lives of our residents through art. And a big thank-you to Bill, Phil, Doug, Rod and the other residents who participated in this project and shared their time, energy and hospitality.

Avesta looks forward to working with the Maine College of Art to repeat the program with another group of residents next fall.

* Thank you to Pilar and her students for providing some of the photos for this blog post.

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