MECAmorphosis Celebrates the 2014 BFA and MFA Thesis Exhibitions while Introducing 100 Emerging Artists.
Portland, Maine ~ MECA's Spring Gala, MECAmorphosis, celebrates the 2014 Thesis Exhibitions and introduces 100 emerging artists graduating from Maine College of Art in the BFA, MFA, and MAT programs, as well as raises critical scholarship funds to educate the next generation of artists. Tapas, cash bars, music, and interactive art throughout the College’s historic Porteous Building are highlights of this creatively festive Portland spring event. The evening concludes with the Runway Fashion Show, which premiers the collections of our majors in Textile and Fashion Design.
MECAmorphosis raises critical scholarship funds to educate the next generation of artists as public intellectuals and creative entrepreneurs. MECA’s contribution to the region is unique and not duplicated by any other institution or organization. Forty percent of our students are from Maine and over 60% of our graduates remain in Maine to become important contributors to our communities. A strong scholarship program allows us to attract young, creative people to the state. Below are the details of the event:
MECAmorphosis, Thursday, May 8, 2014
5:30PM-7:30PM = BFA & MFA Thesis Exhibitions and Gala, Floors One, Two and Three
7:30PM-8:30PM = Runway Fashion Show, The Cafe, Floor Two
8:30PM-10:00PM = Runway Fashion Show After Party, The Cafe, Floor Two
MECA ANNOUNCES 2013 ART HONORS RECIPIENTS Portland Museum of Art, Dahlov Ipcar, and Candace Pilk Karu Recognized for Artistic Leadership and Excellence
Portland, Maine - Maine College of Art will hold the 17th annual Art Honors gala celebration to recognize leaders in Maine’s creative sector on Thursday, May 9, 2013.
This year, the College presents the Award for Leadership as a Visual Artist and the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts to Dahlov Ipcar; the Award for Leadership in Art Philanthropy and the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts to Candace Pilk Karu, and the Award for Leadership in the Visual Arts to the Portland Museum of Art.
The awards will be presented at the College’s Porteous Building at 522 Congress Street in downtown Portland. The event begins at 5:30pm and the awards ceremony is scheduled at 6:30pm on May 9. Cocktails and tapas throughout the evening will be accented with live music and the thesis exhibition of graduating students. The Class of 2013 will join the creative black tie party. Support of Art Honors is available at three levels: Patrons at $1,200, Host Committee at $250 and general at $50.
For more information visit meca.edu/arthonors or please call 207-775-5098.
About the Honorees: The Award for Leadership as a Visual Artist and the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts recognizes Dahlov Ipcar’s deep and far reaching influence as a Maine artist with international recognition, and her contributions to the arts and letters for more than seventy years.
The Award for Leadership in Art Philanthropy and the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts to Candace Pilk Karu honors her 21 years of service to the College and pays tribute to her personal belief that the arts play an important role in our civil society by encouraging emerging and living artists.
The Award for Leadership in the Visual Arts to the Portland Museum of Art acknowledges the museum's significant past and future contributions to Portland, Maine, and the nation and celebrates the deep and historic connection between the two institutions since their joint founding in 1882.
Art Honors recognizes artists, philanthropists and art educators with significant ties to Maine who offer MECA’s students, as well as the public, powerful examples of lives in the arts. Past honorees have included Roxanne Quimby, S. Donald Sussman, David Driskell, Bernarda Shahn, Beverly Hallam, Will Barnet, Neil Welliver, Alex Katz, Robert Indiana, Alison Hildreth, Angela Adams and Pandora Lacasse, among others.
Located in the heart of the Portland Arts District, MECA offers a BFA degree in 10 studio majors, an MFA in Studio Arts, a Post-Baccalaureate in Art Education and continuing studies for youths and adults. The Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA and the Joanne Waxman Library are free and open to the public. For more information, see www.meca.edu.