From June 14-16, Maine College of Art will host the Furniture Society conference:Design, Community & the Sublime. The conference includes a dynamic range of intensives, lectures, demonstrations, presentations, and exhibitions. The unforgiving coastline of Maine gave birth to communities of skilled shipbuilders, uniquely rugged and determined. The Shakers, in a tradition of simplicity and functionality, contributed to the style, in fact, the very grain of the state and the last of these communities in the country still calls Maine home. There are deeply held values in these life and work choices, those of the Shakers, the boat builders, and all those who coax wood: a fierce independence that is predicated on the strength of community and tradition. The Furniture Society’s 2012 conference, Design, Community, and the Sublime, will celebrate these traditions and intersections of craft, community, and design in a setting of natural beauty and contemporary culture.
Maine College of Art is hosting the Furniture Society Conference: Design, Community, and the Sublime from June 14-16. In addition to a dynamic range of intensives, lectures, demonstrations, and presentations, there will also be several exhibitions on view locally. Each gallery will hold an opening reception on First Friday Art Walk, June 1 at 5pm.
New Works: Matt Hutton, Jamie Johnston and Adam John Manley June 1 - June 23 June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA 522 Congress Street
New Works represents the most recent creative output of three local artists working in and around the world of woodworking and furniture. Bound by history and medium, Matt Hutton, Jamie Johnston, and Adam John Manley explore ideas of place, materiality, function, and time through divergent means. This exhibition highlights the three as a group while investigating the unique approach of each through three respective new bodies of work.
Where are You Going, Where Have You Been? June 1- June 30 Lewis Gallery at Portland Public Library 5 Monument Square
The Furniture Society and Maine College of Art present an exhibition of collaborative works: Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? is an exploration of work in all mediums by pairs and/or groups of artists at different points in their career, ranging from emerging to established artists through collaborative projects.
Participants By groups: William Huston and Saer Huston Peter Handler and Karen Singer Hayami Arakawa and Vivian Beer Karen Ernst and Sue Amendolara Aaron Miley and Steven Sander Charles Radtke and Sarah Perkins Jordan Gehman and Mali Mrozinski Amelia Toelke and Arielle Toelke Seth Keller and Michelle Janssens-Keller Laura Johnson Drake and Duan Haiyan Owain Harris and Robert Dworkin Matthew Hebert and Donald Fortescue Brian Chan, Ken Stone and Hayami Arakawa William Doub, Anne Long, Susan Pratt-Smith and Jeff Jelenfy
Then & Now: Alumni and Student Work from Maine College of Art June 1-June 29 Rose Contemporary 492 Congress Street
Then and Now is a juried exhibition of work by alumni and current students of MECA who are investigating furniture in all mediums or working sculpturally with wood. This exhibition will be held at Rose Contemporary in Portland, Maine in conjunction with the 2012 Furniture Society Conference, hosted by Maine College of Art. The exhibition was juried by Chair of Woodworking & Furniture Design Matt Hutton, Visiting Assistant Professor of Woodworking & Furniture Design Adam Manley, and Owner of Rose Contemporary Virginia Sassman Rose and was coordinated by Tina McLuckie ’12.
The selected artists are Steven Anderson ’11, Vivian Beer ’00, Sarah Bouchard ’11, Nicole Farrand ’11, Forest Gagne ’14, Jordan Gehman ’06, Ted Lott ’05, Tina McLuckie ’12, Abby Mechanic ’13, Hannah Merchant ’13, Oliver Percival ’10, and Tanner Price ’12.
Woodworking & Furniture Design senior Tanner Price was one of ten seniors in the country to be awarded a Windgate Fellowship of $15,000 from the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design. The fellowship is meant to provide critical support to enhance a student's career. With the support, Tanner will travel to Zurich, Valencia, and Tokyo to experience the works and studios of Santiago Calatrava and Tezuka Architects. He will document his travel to show architecture's effects on diverse societies that will inform a body of work representing the language of architecture.
Another MECA student, Aaron Decker, also received the award this year.
Woodworking & Furniture Design Students Participate in Craft Boston
Woodworking & Furniture Design students are showcasing their work at CraftBoston March 23-25. Craftboston is New England's premiere exhibition and sale of contemporary art, craft and design. The event is held each spring at Seaport World Trade Center in Boston and features work by leading artists in the field. Participating students include Hannah Merchant, Kate Lizotte, Abby Mechanic, Matt Gardiner, Tanner Price, Tina McLuckie and alum Steve Anderson '11. Students prepare the exhibit and install it and staff it for the event.
Image credit: Abby Mechanic's work at CraftBoston
Faculty Lecture: Matt Hutton
Matt Hutton, program chair of the Woodworking & Furniture Design program at MECA, will give a lecture at 3pm on December 7 in the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art. Hutton's work is included in the current exhibition, "A Perpetual Present" on view through December 23.
Hutton earned his BFA in Woodworking and Furniture Design at the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana and an MFA from San Diego State University. Matt has also studied woodworking in England and Japan.
Recently, Matt has taught at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Anderson Ranch Arts Center and lectured at Rochester Institute of Technology, the Herron School of Art and Takumi Juku in Japan. Matt was also recently awarded the Artist Award from the Society of Arts & Crafts and the Searchlight Award from the American Craft Council.
Woodworking & Furniture Design students will work with faculty member Matt Hutton during the month of March to prepare a booth for Craftboston. Presented annually by the Society of Arts and Crafts, this event features 200 contemporary craft artists. Craftboston brings together the finest professional artists working in craft today, emerging artists from leading schools and universities, international artists, book sellers, non-profit craft organizations and educational lectures. The show will take place March 25-27, 2011 at Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center.