The Portland Museum of Art (PMA) has announced that on September 7, 2013, the museum will present Ahmed Alsoudani: Redacted, the first major museum exhibition of the work of American-Iraqi artist and Maine College of Art graduate Ahmed Alsoudani (BFA, 2005). The exhibition will feature nearly 20 of the artist’s tumultuous and innovative paintings, which reflect on the horrors of war with a unique artistic voice. Ahmed Alsoudani: Redacted will be on view through December 8, 2013, in the PMA’s Third Floor Gallery for Contemporary Art.
“Challenging the viewer with nuanced art historical arguments and blatantly difficult, abject, and grotesque imagery, Alsoudani does what few artists can do: he successfully translates the complexity of contemporary politics into meaningful painting,” said PMA Director Mark H.C. Bessire.
Through his personal experience as a child and adolescent in war-torn Iraq, Alsoudani developed a keen sensitivity to the effects of war, violence, terror, and political unrest on a global scale. His paintings reflect his experiences as well as the mediated nature of war in our time. “I’m not just commenting on Iraq but on an experience that becomes universal,” Ahmed Alsoudani said, referring to Untitled, 2007, a loose, nearly abstract rendering of the moment the infamous statue of Saddam Hussein fell in Baghdad in 2002. His splintered compositions, and the overwhelming and sometimes harrowing scenes represented in a bright, near-primary palette, address the uneasy balance in our culture between scenes of disaster and objects of beauty.
Fundraising Dinner Hosted on April 14 to Support Chef Michael Crowley
WHO: The entire MECA community, Michael Crowley's firefighting and faith communities.
WHAT: Italian Dinner Fundraiser for MECA Cafe' employee and Saco Volunteer Firefighter Michael Crowley ("Chef Michael")
$20 per person
$50 for a family of 3 or more
$10-$20 for students (sliding scale )
There will also be a raffle of donated MECA student, staff and faculty artwork.
Donations may also be sent directly to "Michael Crowley Cancer" Fund at Saco Valley Credit Union
WHY:MECA Cafe' employee and Saco Volunteer Fire Fighter Michael Crowley ("Chef Michael") has recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Michael is currently undergoing chemo and radiation therapy and is unable to work. Please join the MECA community in our efforts to raise funds for Michael and his family during this difficult time.
WHEN: Sunday, April 14 from 4pm-6pm
WHERE:Cafe' at Maine College of Art 522 Congress Street, Portland Maine
MECA Student & Faculty Member Honored with Maine Campus Compact Awards
MECA student Chloe Beaven will receive Maine Campus Compact’s 2013 Heart and Soul Award. This award recognizes the accomplishments of six Maine students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership both on campus and within their community.
In addition, MECA faculty member Paul Gebhardt will receive Maine Campus Compact’s 2013 Donald Harward Award for Service Learning Excellence. This award recognizes the accomplishments of faculty members in making public service an integral part of their teaching, in forging strong reciprocal partnerships, and in advocating for service learning.
MECA student Carly Soos was also nominated for the Heart and Soul Award. Students not chosen for this award will be receiving a Maine Campus Compact PILLARS award, which will be sent to your civic engagement office.
The awards will be presented at a ceremony on Tuesday, April 30that the State House Hall of Flags in Augusta. We will share a press release with your public relations office in the week leading up to the ceremony. The ceremony, which includes hors d'oeuvres, will run from 2:30 to 4:00pm. We would be delighted if you would join us.
Sculpture senior Kyle DiMare presents his Public Engagement Capstone project
Designed to Play: An Exploration in Community Communication Through Sculpture
Wednesday, March 27 at 12 noon, Osher Hall
Kyle DiMare, a senior in Sculpture, worked with the local organization Learning Works / Youth Build Alternatives in Portland. Kyle designed and led a series of workshops on the design process and sculptural building. Using a model of co-creation students worked collaboratively on sculptural forms as a platform for building social relationships, and developed critical communication, problem solving and creative skills.
Unique class brings art to community
Printmaking Professor Adriane Herman's titled her Fall 2012 SYL class: "Gathering Influences: Collecting, Collections, Collectors, Collectibles" and challenged her students to consider new aspects and audiences of their art.
The class became a community art project at Bayview Heights affordable senior housing community in Portland. Herman, along with her teaching assistant Pilar Nadal, challenged 11 MECA students and 15 Bayview seniors to discuss the objects we collect and why we collect them.
After prompting conversation with their handmade zines, the students created collagraph prints that were framed and donated to the senior center.
The class was sponsored by MECA's Public Engagement program.
The following students took part in this unique class:
For a compelling and comprehensive article about the project, click here.
MAINE BASED ILLUSTRATOR, DANIEL MINTER, EARNS 2013 CORETTA SCOTT KING ILLUSTRATOR HONOR
Maine College of Art will host a Special Reception on Monday, March 18 at 6pm to Celebrate the Award
Portland, Maine - The prestigious 2013 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor has been awarded to MECA Adjunct Instructor in Illustration Daniel Minter whose illustrations in Ellen’s Broom accompany Kelly Starling Lyons’ words that tell the story of a young girl who learns the new meaning of freedom during the time of the Reconstruction. The Coretta Scott King Award, named for the wife of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., brings attention to one of Maine's most accomplished contemporary artists.
Members of the Media are invited to attend a special reception hosted in honor of this highly acclaimed accolade on Monday, March 18 at 6pm on the 2nd Floor of Maine College of Art's Porteous Building (522 Congress Street). Hosting this reception is Chair of MECA's Illustration Department, author, illustrator, and designer, Scott Nash.
WHO: Media representatives, Literary/Arts/Illustration Community, Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni, Special Guests
WHAT: Exhibit and Opening Reception for Daniel Minter, MECA Illustration Professor and Recipient of the 2013 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor
WHERE: Maine College of Art, 2nd Floor Porteous Building, 522 Congress Street, Portland Maine, 04101
WHY: To celebrate and recognize an honor of distinction earned by Maine-based illustrator, Daniel Minter
WHEN: Monday, March 18, 2013 at 6pm
Professor Jamie Hogan Illustrates New Children's Book
Illustration Professor Jamie Hogan has announced the release of "Here Come the Humpbacks". The book follows a mother whale and her calf along their annual migration from the warm waters of the Caribbean to their feeding grounds off the coast of New England, portraying the ways they sing, breathe, and avoid dangers.
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.
Geary's Brewing Company Hosts Design Competition
Each year, the D.L. Geary Brewing Company hosts a competition on campus for the design of the packaging for the Geary's Summer Ale. All undergraduate students are allowed to submit a design. The winning design is then featured on the labels of one million bottles of beer, as well as on the six-pack and 12-pack boxes. The student with the winning design is awarded $5,000. This year, there were more than 60 entries to the contest. The winner is selected in January and works with Geary on bringing the concept to production for a launch in late spring. See all the entries.