The Nothing Major Show at MECA is an annual student-run exhibition. This show is open to any first or second year student. If you are a non-major, SUBMIT your ART! You can be a junior that is undeclared and still enter. Each student can submit one work or a cohesive series.
This year the show theme is IDENTITY and is titled WHO WE ARE.
Who we are and what motivates us are central questions for all of us. This investigation of self is particularly prevalent in art school, where our own work can be seen and understood and an extension of ourselves. We struggle to find our personal originality and uniqueness that can inform and create our art practice.
Here are some possible questions you could consider when selecting the art to submit: What does identity mean? Who dictates this identity? Who are you, and how does your art reflect that?
And finally, here are some important dates and details to remember:
Art Submissions: February 11 - 14 in the Administrative Center with Erin Hutton, Associate Director of Artist at Work and Special Programs.
Installation: February 15 - 17. Volunteers will help with hanging work.
Show Dates: February 18 - March 7, 2013 on the 2nd floor and first floor front window
Opening Reception: First Friday, March 1, 2013, 5-8PM, Open to the public
MECA Alum Creates iOS Game
Joseph Rosshirt just released his first iOS game for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The all-ages interactive game is now available for download in the App store.
Rosshirt graduated from MECA's Illustration program in 2011.
Spring 2013 Lecture Series Announced
MECA’s Visiting Artist and Guest Lecturer Series invites professional artists, educators, curators, thought leaders, and creative entrepreneurs to present on topics of interest and importance to the MECA community. All lectures in this series are open to the public at no charge.
Seating is limited. Call 207.699.5010 for more information. Supported in part by the Gene R. Cohen Charitable Foundation, the Isabel K. Pease Trust, and friends of the College through the Osher Chair Naming Program.
2.13 // WEDNESDAY 12:00 - 1:20pm
ANNA VON MERTENS | Artist Talk
Anna Von Mertens superimposes layers of meaning and themes into her quilts, which resemble color field paintings or sculptures. Using a computer to design her richly complex work, she painstakingly hand dyes her material and uses a stitching pattern that can incorporate as many as 100,000 stitches in one piece. She was the recipient of a 2010 United States Artists Simon Fellowship and a 2007 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award and currently lives in Peterborough, NH.
Sponsored by Metalsmithing & Jewelry _________________________________________________________________ 2.15 // FRIDAY 6:30 - 8:00pm DEREK JACKSON | I Want Sex
Derek creates narrative portraiture that is rooted in performance, blurring the line between documentary and fantasy. His technical role is often that of a mediator, with photography being the initial point of contact in a process that may include painting, drawing, installation, video, and live performance.
Sponsored by Public Engagement _________________________________________________________________ 2.21 // THURSDAY 12:30 - 1:30pm
BEN SEVERNS MFA '13 | Our Kind Will Be the First to Blaze a Trail Into a New Life
Ben Severns’ sculptures, installations, performances, photographs, videos, and sound sculptures are meant to mark the divide between what is and what could be as he strives to build a more perfect world. He was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, earned his BFA at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and is an MFA student at MECA. He has worked with galleries in Minnesota and Maine, as well as with the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the Walker Art Center's Open Field project.
Sponsored by MFA Program _________________________________________________________________ 2.28 // THURSDAY 12:30 - 1:30pm
ADAM DEGRANDIS '05 | The Art of Play
MECA alum Adam deGrandis has worked at game development studios across the country and has been involved with the production of award-winning games for PC, Mac, web, mobile, and console platforms. He currently lives in Portland, Maine, where he teaches at MECA and works a freelance game artist, catering to the growing community of small, independent game developers. In 2012 he acted as principal artist on the eagerly awaited co-op heist game, “Monaco,” which is set to be released this spring.
Sponsored by New Media _________________________________________________________________ 3.7 // THURSDAY 10:30 - 11:50am
TONI JO COPPA MFA '13 | On the In-Between
Toni Jo Coppa is a MFA student at MECA who is primarily a painter, in love with the figure and psychological scenarios. She received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was awarded a Zorach scholarship to attend a residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She has exhibited her work at the Knoedler Gallery in New York City, and has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Puffin Foundation.
Sponsored by MFA Program _________________________________________________________________ 3.19 // TUESDAY 10:30 - 11:50am
CHIE FUEKI (Artist in Residence) | Artist Talk
In her intricate and colorful works, Chie Fueki interweaves her exposure to diverse customs with an outsider’s fascination toward American popular culture. Divining a subject archetypically American, Fueki explores the ceremonial, ritualistic, and seasonal occurrence of team sports. The superhuman status of players, the tribe mentality of spectators, the spiritual and mythological connotation of animal mascots, and the symbolic use of color and numbers are all made palpable within a disciplined structure that is itself reminiscent of the game. She is represented by Mary Boone Gallery in New York City.
Sponsored by the Painting Department _________________________________________________________________ 3.20 // WEDNESDAY 12:00 - 1:20pm
EMILY ZILBER | Curator's Talk
Emily Zilber joined the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in the fall of 2010 as the first Ronald L. and Anita C. Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts. She is responsible for the MFA’s vibrant program of contemporary decorative arts, including guiding acquisitions and developing a presence for craft and design throughout the museum. She also oversees the Daphne and Peter Farago Gallery, a dedicated space for modern and contemporary craft, design, and decorative arts, which opened in September 2011. Her current projects include the exhibition New Blue-and-White, which focuses on contemporary interpretations of ceramic history
AARON PATRICK DECKER '12 | Constellation: A Group or Cluster of Related Things
Recent Windgate Fellowship award recipient and MECA graduate Aaron Decker discusses the research he conducted on groups of jewelry artists, gallerists and curators within Portugal and Estonia. Inquiring into the origin and the cultural identity of the work from each respective country, Aaron conducted and catalogued interviews that are being published by Art Jewelry Forum, a nonprofit contemporary jewelry organization. His work is based around a variety of questions, including, “ Is art identified as ‘art’ everywhere one goes? What happens when the ink on paper bleeds across cultural lines, and these intricacies which once separated us, begin to break down into new formations?”
Sponsored by Artists at Work _________________________________________________________________ 3.28 // THURSDAY 12:30 - 1:30pm
SYLVIE ROSENTHAL | Minor Architecture and the Lower Astronomy
Sylvie Rosenthal started building at age six, making circuses, catapults, rockets, and robots at the Eli Whitney Museum, where she was introduced to the work of inventors and artists such as Alexander Calder, Leonardo da Vinci, and A.C. Gilbert. Her formal study of traditional European woodworking at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s School for American Crafts (BFA ’03) tempered these explorations and instilled a dedication to craftsmanship. Over the last ten years, she has gained recognition for her intricate and detail-oriented furniture, sculpture, contraptions and art objects that are infused with humor and steeped in the impossible. She is pursuing a Masters Degree in Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a former Windgate Fellowship recipient..
Nina Schwanse’s video and live works frame performance as a comic, mimetic, melancholy, hideous, and deeply unreliable form of communication. Her invocation of generic D-list celebrities, notorious cultural figures such as Amy Fisher, confused anchorwomen, morbidly obsessed football fans, and swamp people “refresh the typically didactic terrain of mediated female objectification with verbal and visual wit,” writes critic Kevin McGarry. She was the 2009 recipient of a full fellowship at the University of New Orleans MFA program, and is currently a member of Good Children Gallery, an artist-run collective. She lives and works in New Orleans with her cat.
John was born and raised in New York City. He earned his BFA in Film Studies from Yale University, after which he worked as a story editor and producer at New Line Cinema. John's primary focus is feature-length experimental documentary films, though he also works with video, video/sound installation, photography, electroacoustic music composition, and performance. His work was included in Perfoma 2011, and has been presented at the Abrons Art Center and the Museum of Art and Design, both in New York City. Holland Cotter, art critic for the New York Times, called John's documentary work “very funny.” In the fall, John will show an interactive video work at FIAF (French Institute Alliance Française - NYC) as part of the "Crossing the Line" series.
Sponsored by MFA Program _________________________________________________________________ 4.18 // THURSDAY 12:30 - 1:30pm
PILAR NADAL MFA '13 | Up Until Now
Pilar Nadal currently lives and prints in Portland, Maine as she pursues her MFA at MECA. She combines all the skills gained in her past careers as an art teacher, ice-cream truck driver, and sign-maker into a super powered art maker, especially through Tired Press, the portable printmaking project she takes out into the community. Primarily a printmaker, Pilar is also interested in education and public engagement.
Sponsored by MFA Program
Geary's Announces the Winner of their Summer Ale Contest
Local brewery, D.L. Geary Brewing Company, announced today that Kaitlin Callender is the winner of the Maine College of Art / Geary Brewing Summer Ale contest for 2013! Kaitlin is a junior studying graphic design at MECA. Geary's stated: "We loved her use of light and color against the waterfront. Congrats Kaitlin!"
Second Place (tie):
Third Place Ren Albon
Honorable Mentions Trisha Cobb Dan Heutz Cori Kippin
Check out Geary's blog here, and see all the submissions here.
MECA Alumni Adriana Warner Curates 'The Other Side of Shade'
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Other Side of Shade On View Through February 16, 2013 opening reception Friday, February 1, 5-8PM first floor lobby gallery Maine College of Art 522 Congress Street, Portland, ME
PORTLAND, ME -- MECA alumni Adriana Warner curates The Other Side of Shade, a collection of works that interpret and reflect the issues of race, oppression and power. Using a range of visual strategies from subtle to controversial , the artists in the exhibition bring the challenging and often uncomfortable issue of race in America to the surface. The Other Side of Shade will use the format of the exhibition to bring people together to discuss these complex issues with the goal of creating awareness that leads to positive action. The exhibition is part of a larger project and community partnership between Maine College of Art and the NAACP Portland, MLK Youth Fellows. Students, faculty and staff from both organizations will collaborate on curriculum and visual projects that respond to the ideas in the exhibition. Artist and exhibition organizer Adriana Warner and participating artist Edwige Charlot will give a gallery talk on Tuesday, February 12 at 12 noon, and artist Derek Jackson will give a public lecture on Friday, February 15 at 630PM, Osher Hall at MECA.
This exhibition is presented by the Public Engagement Program at Maine College of Art (MECA) , and the NAACP Portland Branch with generous funding from the Edward H. Daveis Benevolent Fund, Maine Community Foundation.
# # # The mission of Maine College of Art (MECA) dates back to 1882 and is rooted in delivering a transformative learning experience that prepares students to thrive in the areas of artistic excellence, creative entrepreneurship, and civic engagement within an intimate and demanding educational environment.
Art History Professor, Eda Cufer, Featured at Tate Modern in London
During 2012, Eda Cufer, an Adjunct Assistant Professor, Art History, has been involved in a major exhibition at the Tate Modern in London. Neue Slowenische Kunst (1984-1992):A Historical Perspective showcased the work (painting, performance and music) of the Slovenian Collective that Assistant Professor Cufer participated in NSK or "New Slovenian"Art was a unique aesthetic and political collective emerging in the 1980's. At the Spring (2012) Symposium Assistant Professor Cufer gave a talk , "You Name It! Over-identification, Temporary Hegemonic Zone, Stiob and contributed a major essay to the exhibition's catalogue.
MECA Printmaking Talent Featured at Lewis Gallery in the Portland Public Library Through February 23
The Center for Maine Contemporary Art will again sponsor a winter exhibition at the Lewis Gallery in the Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square. The exhibition, titled Prints: Breaking Boundaries, is curated by CMCA Curator Emeritus Bruce Brown and will run from through February 23rd. It features the work of 35 Maine artists who use new techniques and materials to expand the definition of fine art printmaking, which in the past has traditionally been limited to editions of etchings, engravings, silkscreens, woodcuts, and lithographs printed on archival paper. These traditional processes increasingly are giving way to one-of-a-kind prints on a variety of surfaces. Contemporary prints can include drawing, painting, monotype printing, encaustic, and digital manipulation, as well as multiple layers of collaged, stitched, or folded paper and even added objects for a 3-D or sculptural effect.
The participating artists represent 18 Maine communities, from York to Farmington and Orono, and include Karen Adrienne, Judith Allen-Efstathiou, Debra Arter, Will Barnet, Holly Berry, Shawn Brewer, Martha Briana, Kyle Bryant, Sam Cady, Crystal Cawley, Corliss Chastain, Nancy R. Davison, Kristin Fitzpatrick, Harold Garde, Tanner Gasco-Wiggin, Rebecca Goodale, Susan Groce, Tom Hall, Adrienne Herman, Frances Hodsdon, Elizabeth Jabar, Lin Lisberger, Cindy McGuirl, Daniel Minter, Meg Brown Payson, Damir Porobic, Ellen Roberts, Kris Sader, Delphine Sherin, Jennifer Strode, Andrea Sulzer, David Twiss, Sarah Vosmus, Barbra Whitten, and Henry Wolyniec.
The exhibition runs through February 23rd. Admission is free.
"West End Sunset" oil on canvas, 16"x20" by Michael Marks
From the Inside Staff Exhibition Announced
Opens Thursday, January 24, 2013 and runs through Friday, February 15, 2013.
From The Inside is the annual Maine College of Art staff show at the June Fitzpatrick Gallery on Congress Street. This exhibition showcases the work of 11 artists who work behind the scenes at the College. Featuring artists Angela Warren MFA ‘11, Stacy Howe MFA ‘10, Daniel Gardner, Rachel Katz MFA ‘00, Annie Wadleigh, Dietlind Vander Schaaf, Phil Stevens ‘91, Katie Uffelman ‘10, Jill Dalton ‘99, Jon Rudnicki, Megan Lloyd, and Shannon Cote, this show represents artists working in the Admissions Department, the Office of Residential Life, the MFA program, the Business Office, Alumni Relations, Artists at Work, and the Office of Advancement.
Rachel Katz, float(low), paper collage, 7.5" x 12", 2012; Jay York image credit