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MECA Student Designs John Waters' Holiday Ornament

Posted: 2013-12-20

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For a class assignment, Illustration student Declan McCarthy '14 drew a portrait of filmmaker John Waters. Pleased with the result, he sent it to him not expecting a response. He was surprised when he received a personal phone call from John Waters, asking to purchase the rights to the image for use on a holiday ornament. Waters is known for his holiday cards and ornaments which are a coveted item by those on the receiving end.

New York Times: John Waters Offers Seasons Greetings With a Wink
Cheer Up Brigade: Blog by student Declan McCarthy 

Dana Bell MFA '04 Awarded New York Foundation for the Arts' (NYFA) Fellowship in Choreography

Posted: 2013-12-10

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THE NEW YORK FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS (NYFA)

AWARDS 91 FELLOWSHIPS TOTALING $637,000

THROUGH THE ARTIST FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

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Awards made in literary, performing and

visual arts categories


The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is pleased to announce the recipients of its 28th annual Artist Fellowships Program. A total of $637,000 has been awarded to 91 artists or collaborative teams in the disciplines of Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design, Choreography, Music/Sound, Photography and Playwriting/Screenwriting. In addition to the Fellows, three Finalists, who do not receive a cash award, were named in each of the five categories. The Fellows and Finalists were selected by state-wide peer panels from 2.922 applicants. A complete list of recipients and their counties of residency follows.

The program is open to artists at all stages in their careers and each Fellow or team receives an unrestricted cash grant of $7,000 to use in any way they desire to further their creative work. As Kristoffer Diaz, a Brooklyn-based playwright whose playThe Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity was a Pulitzer finalist in 2010, noted, “It's an unbelievable honor to be selected as a NYFA Fellow. It's never easy to make a living as an artist, especially in New York; NYFA fills a huge need in letting writers write.” His remarks were echoed by Joyce Hwang, an Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design recipient from Buffalo, who said, “I am honored to be selected as a NYFA Fellow this year, and excited that the award will enable me to continue constructing an urban habitat project that I have had to put on hold until now.”

First launched in 1985, NYFA’s Artist Fellowship Program, has provided over $27 million in unrestricted cash grants to artists in 15 disciplines at critical stages in their careers. Awards are made in five disciplines a year on a triennial basis. Past recipients include the winners of five Academy Awards, five Tony Awards, eight Pulitzer Prizes and 17 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowships.

“We are so grateful to the New York State Council on the Arts and our other funders for making it possible for us to administer this award which has such a significant impact on the lives of artists throughout the state,” said NYFA Executive Director Michael L. Royce. “By giving artists the support they need, we all get to enjoy, learn from and be inspired by the fruits of their labors.”

NYFA’s 2013 Artists’ Fellowships are administered by NYFA with leadership support from the New York State Council on the Arts. Additional support is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation and one anonymous donor.

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) was founded in 1971 to empower artists at critical stages in their creative lives. Each year we provide over $1 million in cash grants to individuals and small organizations. Artspire, our fiscal sponsorship program is the largest and most established in the country and helps artists and organizations raise and manage over $3.5 million annually. Our NYFA Learning programs provide thousands of artists with professional development training and our website, NYFA.org, received over 1.5 million unique visitors last year and has information about more than 11,000 opportunities and resources available to artists in all disciplines.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mark Rossier
212-366-6900 x 211
mrossier@nyfa.org

FY-In Students Partner With Creative Trails Art Department on Newspaper Launch

Posted: 2013-12-04

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Celebrate the launch of Sunny All Day News: Issue 3, a newspaper collaboration between MECA FY-In students in the Transporting the Intangible section and the artists from Creative Trails Art Department! The newspaper features student projects and assignments that each artist at both MECA and the Art Department created and assigned to each other. Students have also installed work from their semester long projects in the Art department storefront window and inside the gallery! The artwork will be up all month long, and the free newspaper will be available in the kiosks outside of MeCA and the Art Department December 6th...until they are gone!


First Year Students:

Nyla Wilson
Josh Clark
Jeff Saint-Victor
Parker Anna Smedley
Gunnar Johnson
Jules Gabriel
Willie Nelson
Brendan Glass
Jamie Miller
Aoifa Quinn
Sayre Leonard
Baxter Koziol 

MAINE COLLEGE OF ART HOSTS 2013 HOLIDAY SALE on DECEMBER 6 & 7, 2013

Posted: 2013-11-22

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Annual Holiday Sale Features Affordable Handmade Art and Gifts from MECA Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni

Portland, Maine ~ The 2013 Maine College of Art Holiday Sale will take place on Friday, December 6 from 5pm to 9pm and Saturday, December 7 from 10am to 5pm throughout three floors of Porteous Building. This annual, curated art sale features 64 students, faculty, staff and alumni selling unique and affordable handmade art. In addition to individual vendors, ten department showcases will provide an opportunity to learn more about the various majors at the College and purchase art. Proceeds from the department showcases help students pursue professional development opportunities. Admission is free.

Recognizing the 20-year anniversary of this beloved community event, the College is holding a fundraiser, Celebrate 20, on Thursday, December 5th. This is a limited-ticket event that features a one-night only sale of higher-end priced work by selected Holiday Sale artists. Proceeds from the evening will benefit MECA’s scholarship fund. Tickets are $75 and available at meca.edu/holidaysale or call 207.699.5012.

Through an internship, Graphic Design student Cassie Amicone is building a three-dimensional visual display in the front window that builds on the two-dimensional brand that she created for the event.

Please note that Congress Street will be shut down during the First Friday Art Walk from Brown Street to High Street and shoppers should plan accordingly.

For more information, including a list of all participating vendors, please visit holidaysale.meca.edu.

 

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Photo: Gabriella Sturchio '12
Window Design by Carrie 


PROPEL After Hours Event Hosted at MECA on Dec. 3 in the ICA at 5:30

Posted: 2013-11-21

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PROPEL After Hours with MECA

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 from 5:30 – 7:30pm
Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA

Join PROPEL and the Maine College of Art (MECA) for an after-hours event at MECA’s Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA).

In addition to great conversation, hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar, you’ll have the chance to browse the ICA’s current faculty art installation as well as learn about MECA’s upcoming holiday sale.

This event is free for PROPEL and Chamber members, MECA students and staff and $5 for all other attendees.

Register now!

KING TIDE” COLLABORATION BETWEEN USM AND MECA to FOCUS ON PORTLAND’S ELEVATING SEA LEVELS

Posted: 2013-11-21

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MECA PARTNERS WITH USM TO PRESENT SEA-LEVEL PROJECT INITIATIVE

Listen to interview on WMPG

WHO: USM and MECA faculty and students organize an awareness-building event.

WHAT: 
King tides are the highest tides of the year. The “Envisioning Change”-Pop-Up Shop King Tide event is an artistic and scientific response to a worldwide phenomenon that will greatly affect the future of Portland’s waterfront. This event is being hosted during the only King Tide to occur during daylight hours in 2013, at 11:22 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4. The predicted height is 11.6 feet above sea level.

WHERE:

Part I: Opening remarks at Zero Station Gallery, 222 Anderson St., Portland, Maine, before moving to Cove Street/Marginal Way to witness the highest tide of the year.
Part II: “Envisioning Change” King Tide observation and data collection; Marginal Way and Cove Street area.  
Part III: Pop-Up Shop installation, 94 Commercial St., organized in collaboration with the Portland Society for Architecture and its Rising Tides Symposium program with MECA’s Public Engagement students.

WHY: 
To generate awareness on an important issue that will have a severe impact on the future of Portland’s waterfront.

WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 4;

Media representatives are invited to assemble by 10:25 a.m. at Zero Station.
10:30 a.m.:
  Welcoming remarks by Jan Piribeck, USM Associate Professor of Art ;

10:45 a.m.: Scientific context and ramifications by Edward Gleason, USM astronomer and Southward Planetarium manager;
11 a.m.: “Envisioning Change” observation and data collection begins;
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.:
Move to MECA Pop-up Shop Installation at 94 Commercial St.; comments by Paul Gebhardt, MECA associate professor.

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Opening Reception for Deborah Bates '83 Hosted from 4-6pm on 11.15 at MECA

Posted: 2013-11-14

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FROM THE GROUND: ARCHITECTURE OF A FAMILY features paintings
by Deborah A. Bates '83 (1938-2013)


The exhibition will be on view in the Charles C. Thomas Gallery on the second floor of the Porteous building from October 17, 2013 through February 20, 2014. 

An opening reception will be held on Friday, November 15, 2013 from 4-6pm. 

Bates incorporated various techniques in her work, including collage, drawing, and painting, in order to highlight the relationship between the structural geometry of architecture and the geometric shapes that represent shared DNA.  Finding particular inspiration in the fact that a maternal line of women bestowed upon her family four generations of continuity, Bates grounded her art in personal experience and delved into her consciousness to process the experience of her homecoming.  In so doing, Bates acknowledged the constancy of women and argued that their silent contributions not go unnoticed. 

caption for image: Deborah Bates, Persis, acrylic and charcoal on panel, 40" x 30", 2002.

Graphic Design Students Partner with Casco Bay High

Posted: 2013-10-31

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Graphic design students parntered with Casco Bay High students to redesign the logo for the expeditionary learning school. Graphic Design faculty member Margo Halverson and Illustration faculty member Mary Anne Lloyd guided the students in a four week collaborative process that included brainstorming, research and sketching. The final logo encompasses the core qualities of the high school - progressive, unique, explorative, and adventurous.

MFA Student Wins Travel Grant

Posted: 2013-10-31

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MFA student Kathleen Daniels won the Roderick Dew travel grant. She will visit the El Yunque rainforest located in Puerto Rico, one of the most complex ecosystems on earth. While there, she will observe the relationship between flora and host trees. Her current studio practice focuses on the disturbances in the landscape that affect plant life essential to human survival. Using bamboo armatures covered in paper, Kathleen creates futuristic biological plant forms that are a result of cross-breeding and mutation. The funding is made possible by alum Roderick Dew. Recognizing the importance of travel for artists’ professional development, he awards this grant annually. Roderick graduated with a BFA degree from MECA in 1980 and an MFA degree in 2000.

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