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MECA Alum Miles Spadone named "Emerging Artist" by Ceramics Monthly
Congratulations to MECA alum Miles Spadone on recently being awarded "Emerging Artist" by the publication Ceramics Monthly. Spadone's work will be featured in the May issue. The publication recognizes ceramic artists both domestically and internationally who have been working with clay professionally for under ten years. Spadone was also recently accepted into a two year traveling show with the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh.
Digital Media Professor Gary Robinov and MECA Alum Dean Merrill’s Film Nominated at Lewiston Auburn Film Festival
Adjunct professor and filmmaker Gary Robinov and MECA alum ’03 Dean Merrill’s film “Detour” has been nominated for four awards at the Lewiston Auburn Film Festival. Detour follows the struggles of a recovering addict and stars local talents Brian Chamberlain and Astrea Campbell-Cobb. The film is nominated for Best Short Film, Best Maine Film, Best of Festival and actor Brian Chamberlain in nominated for Best Actor.
Robinov is the co-founder of White Dog Arts Creative Studios and is the only filmmaker to have films nominated in the festival all four years that is has been running.
MECA Alum David Hutchins and Team Wins Oscar
MECA's own David Hutchins was part of the team that worked on Frozen, which won an academy award for best animated feature "Frozen." Hutchins graduated MECA in 1987 and went on to become an animator at Walt Disney Studios in Los Angeles, CA. The film is about two sister princesses and is loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Snow Queen." Frozen won best animated feature against other films such as "Despicable Me 2" and "The Wind Rises."
A Shifted Behavior: a collaborative exploration of our individual actions and the impacts on climate change
A Shifted Behavior is an artistic project that seeks to generate dialog and increase education about climate change through curriculum, community partnerships, social media and exhibitions. Using a variety of print and digital media, the works in the exhibition reveal how our individual actions impact the natural environment, and prompt us to question and shift our habits. Students worked collaboratively on a diverse set of projects that call attention to a range of environmental issues including waste, consumption, food safety and education. The project utilizes the Citizen Circle model and seeks to build peer knowledge and skills, increase engagement and expand the public audience.
This hybrid project is part of a larger Public Engagement initiative to embed issues of climate change and environmental stewardship into the curriculum and co-curricular programming. This initiative is generously supported by an Environmental Education Grant from the EPA. Thank you to our project partners inside the college and our community partners at 350/Maine.
The exhibition will be held at Maine College of Art, Zand Head Gallery, 522 Congress Street, Portland, Maine, from February 28-March 8. Participatory projects and closing reception on first Friday, March 7 from 5-8PM.
Artists in the exhibition: Chloe Beaven, Robert Bennett, Kristina Buckley, Zach Dallaire, Caitlin Ervin, Ashley Hall, Samantha Prada-Putzig, Megan Taitano, Anthony Zambrana
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