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.
Maine College of Art is hosting Maine: 4 Seasons in a Day A fashion show and sale to support Maine College of Art
on Saturday April 20, 2013.
MECA alumni, students, faculty and staff are invited to submit proposals for wearable art to be included in the show. We are seeking apparel, jewelry, accessories, and wearable art that will make a strong visual impact on the runway.
In 2011 Maine philanthropist and Burt’s Bees founder Roxanne Quimby donated $400,000 to support a new fashion and textile design program at Maine College of Art. Roxanne has had a long-standing interest in the field, and over the years has collected an outstanding array of vintage and couture dresses. To further support MECA, selected dresses from her collection will be included in the fashion show and made available for purchase.
The sale will take place in the ICA at MECA over the course of two days and culminate in a dynamic closing celebration and runway show featuring presentations of vintage fashions and MECA student and alumni wearable art.
To apply: Email 3-5 images of your work with a proposal no more than one page in length to email@example.com. Submissions should include either images of the actual work or a combination of sketches of the proposed work and previously completed works. Submissions will be juried by members of the Advancement office. Deadline to apply is 5:00pm on Friday, February 15, 2013.
Selected artists may opt to have their work available for sale. All sales will include a 50% commission made to Maine College of Art. Artists may model their own creations, or a model will be available for the runway display. Artists are responsible for delivery and pick-up of their work.
Image: Skirt and lace scarf by Anne Emlein. Photograph by Jesse Burke
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
Process and Place: MECA 2013 Residency Exhibition
Process & Place: The Maine College of Art 2013 Residency Exhibition
The 2013 Residency Exhibition runs from January 14, 2013 through February 10, 2013 on the second floor of the Porteous Building. On Friday, January 18, there will be an opening reception from 5:30-6:30pm, followed by a panel discussion with five residency recipients from 6:30-8:00pm in Osher Hall. This exhibition is a group show showcasing the work of 18 individual artists all of whom were selected for artist residencies through Maine College of Art during the past three years. Artist residencies took place at the Jenny Family Compound in Baie Saint Marie, Nova Scotia and at the Stephen Pace House in Stonington, Maine, and resulted in work ranging from encaustic paintings to artist books to a wave machine.
Process & Place features the work of artists Rachael Eastman ‘94, Martha Almy ‘95, Richard Abbott ‘78, Mark Marchesi ‘99, Celeste Roberge ‘79, Dietlind Vander Schaaf, Hannah Barnes ‘02, Jessica George MFA ‘09, Larissa Mellor ‘04, Erin Sweeney ‘94, Nik Bsullak ‘99, Crystal Heiden ‘06, Alison Taylor ‘94, Willamain Somma, Conan Masterson, Christine Negus, Adriane Herman, and Richard Metz MFA ’00.
Series One explores the landscape of identity; perception of self, carved from physical and emotional spaces. Though the characters in the work appear to be isolated and alone, they are connected. Each explores their own territory within the same world, challenged by the vulnerability inherent to exposure. The product of the first artistic collaboration between Alison Taylor, Martha Almy, and Willamain Somma, Series One is location specific, produced during an artists’ residency in Baie St. Marie Nova Scotia. The artists have known each other since they were children.
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
Marketing Basics for Artists: January - April 2013
Marketing Basics for Artists – January – April 2013
Workshops takes place on the second Wednesday of every month at 6pm in Osher Hall at Maine College of Art. Admission is free for current students, alumni, faculty, and staff. The fee for all others is $10.
MECA earned top honors at the 2012 Window Walk competition sponsored by Portland's Downtown District.
Under the guidance of MECA Graphic Design professor, Samantha Haedrich, MECA Graphic Design students collaborated with organizers of the annual Holiday Sale to produce the visual identity for this year's event. An important aspect to this assignment included dressing MECA's large window facing Congress Street in anticipation of the holidays.
Watch the video below to see the behind the scenes of the creation of this year's holiday window.
Using community service as currency was the concept behind the Yankee Swap Pop Up Shop on Free Street during last friday's Art Walk. The one-night-only shop sold handmade goods and art created by MECA students, purchased in exchange for volunteer time.
Next ProDev Series hosted on December 12 in Osher Hall: Tax Essentials
The next workshop in the Professional Development Series is Tax Essentials. This series of workshops on business basics for artists is presented by Creative Portland, Maine College of Art, and Maine Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts with generous funding by the Quimby Family Foundation.
A panel of three professional presenters will bring practical information to artists and small businesses about how taxes work and how to get them done efficiently and smartly. Topics will include recordkeeping, setting up books, sales tax, deductions, hobby loss rule, expense tracking and more.
Caren-Marie Michel, Artist and MECA Alum
Tom Gangewer, partner at Local Economy
Justin Coffin from at Macdonald Page & Co LLC
The workshop takes place at 6pm in Osher Hall at Maine College of Art. Admission is free for current students, alumni, faculty, and staff. The fee for all others is $10.
On Dec. 8th at 7PM, the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art will host Middle Eastern Ensemble ALHAN, created and driven by Arabic singer Madeline Hanna and Tom Kovacevic formerly of Cerberus Shoal and Tarpigh. Alhan will perform a concert of Turkish and Arabic music featuring violin, oud, darbuka and nay.The members of Alhan have studied with master teachers from Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and Egypt, bringing varied musical backgrounds to their interpretation of Middle Eastern Music. They offer a truly rare opportunity to experience the rich and beautiful traditions of the Middle East.
ALHAN Middle Eastern Ensemble will perform on Saturday evening at 7pm
to celebrate the completion of FUTURE MOTHERS, Tent/ Text/ Totem a collaborative installation by Elizabeth Jabar & Colleen Kinsella.
The Institute of Contemporary Art Gallery at Maine College of Art will host ALHAN as part of The World Over , 2012 MECA Faculty Exhibition.
Future Mothers, Tent /Text /Totem is a book in the form of a tent. Made entirely of hand-dyed, hand-printed cloth, the tent is a contemplative space within a space. Printed fragments were sewn into an impermanent dwelling based on nomadic Bedouin tent forms.
Kinsella & Jabar tell a story using an index of images. The exterior walls read as a lexicon, giving keys to the sprawling murals of creation, destruction and rebirth that cover the interior walls of the tent. The texts and totems serve to mark and further inform the narrative.
This project was made possible with the assistance of the ICA, Maine College of Art BFA Students & Alumni, Stitch Gatherings & Z fabrics.
Elizabeth Jabar's background is rooted in Waterville's Lebanese community. Cultural symbols and references to the Middle East are spread throughout her alarmingly beautiful work. Her books and works on paper are part of NY Center for Book Arts 2013 Symposium on Books.
She is Assistant Dean, Chair of Printmaking & Public Engagement at MECA.
Colleen Kinsella's interest in temporary nomadic structures like Beduoin tents, stems from her experience with various musical groups like Cerberus Shoal, Fire on Fire and Big Blood. She has toured and exhibited throughout the US and Europe since 1999 with her printmaking, installations,and performances. Her work was featured in the 2011 PMA Biennial and she is an Instructor at MECA
This work was created in the last 6months but culminates over 11 years of working alongside each other in MECA's Printmaking Department for over 10 years.TO SEE MORE images of the tent in-progress go to:
All ICA Events at MECA are FREE and open to the public. Future Mothers will be selling beautiful hand printed posters and ephemera to support the event. Future Mothers, Tent /Text /Totem is part of The World Over, 2012 Juried Faculty Exhibition at Maine College of ART. Please contact ICA Director Daniel Fuller for more details @ firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.800.699.1509 Maine College of Art • 522 Congress Street • Portland, Maine 04101 ••
Outstanding MECA Alumni
Ceramics James Zilian ‘99 Designer, Simon Pearce, Quechee, VT email@example.com
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.
Jake Michaud, Junior Woodworking & Furniture Design major and Public Engagement minor, came in first place 13th Annual University of Southern Maine Royal Majesty Drag Competition and Show on Friday, November 16th, 2012. In his first drag performance ever, Jake transformed into diva "Betweenya Thighs" and electrified the audience by lip-syncing and dancing her heart out to Beyonce's "Move Your Body. Betweenya received a standing ovation from the 700+ crowd housed in the Holiday Inn By the Bay's Grand Ballroom.
The event is held annually and is open to any student competitor attending an accredited college or university in Maine. Betweenya is MECA's second champion in the history of the event. Jelly Jacobs(Aaron Decker '12, Metalsmithing & Jewelry Alumni) won top honor in 2010.
As part of winning duties, Betweenya performed again at the 14th annual event on November 22nd, 2013 at the Holiday Inn by the Bay. This year's event raised $4,000 for USM's Center for Sexualities and Gender Diversity.