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MECA Alumni Adriana Warner Curates 'The Other Side of Shade'

Posted: 2013-01-28

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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.

For more information, please contact Adriana Warner at adriana.d.warner@gmail.com  or Elizabeth Jabar, Assistant Dean and Director of Public Engagement at ejabar@meca.edu.

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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.

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MECA Fashion Show: Call for Wearable Art

Posted: 2013-01-25

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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 ehutton@meca.edu.  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.

For more information contact Erin Hutton at ehutton@meca.edu or 207.699.5025.
 
Image: Skirt and lace scarf by Anne Emlein. Photograph by Jesse Burke

Posted: 2013-01-17

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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.

Read Eda Cufer Bio

Posted: 2013-01-07

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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. 

FMI, visit www.cmcanow.org

Posted: 2013-01-04

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MECA PAINTERS 10 YEARS LATER
An annual exhibit featuring
Maine College of Art painting majors
a decade after graduation
 
John Capello
Jason Cornell
Michael Marks
Nolan Stewart
Sage Tucker-Ketcham
Stacey Vallerie
 
June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA
522 Congress Street
Portland, Maine

First Friday Artwalk Reception
January 4, 2013, 5:00 – 8:00pm 
 
Gallery Hours:
Tuesday–Saturday  noon-5:00pm

Call 207.699.5018 or email alums@meca.edu for more information.
"West End Sunset" oil on canvas, 16"x20" by Michael Marks

Process and Place: MECA 2013 Residency Exhibition

Posted: 2012-12-19

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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.

For more information, please contact Dietlind Vander Schaaf (dvanderschaaf@meca.edu)

From the Inside Staff Exhibition Announced

Posted: 2012-12-19

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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

Posted: 2012-12-17

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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.

Additional information

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February 13 | Professional Documentation + Image Management

Getting professional photos of your work, naming and sizing standards, organizing your digital assets. Presenters to be announced.

Register now

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March 13 | Websites + Blogging

Choosing the right online portfolio platform for your needs, content basics, domain names, generating traffic and hit reports. Presenters to be announced.

Register now

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April 10 | Social Media + Email Marketing

Evaluating which tools are right for you and linking them all together. Making the most of your contacts. Presenters to be announced.

Register now


MECA Wins Winter Window Walk Competition

Posted: 2012-12-09

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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.

Art Trumps Capitalism at MECA

Posted: 2012-12-07

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MECA students donated their art to friday's pop-up-shop. Buyers traded volunteer time for the work created.
Watch the video here on WMTW News 8 and read article from Maine Today reporter Shannon Bryan

Listen to MPBN feature:  MECA Students 'Sell' Art in Exchange for Community

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.

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Next ProDev Series hosted on December 12 in Osher Hall: Tax Essentials

Posted: 2012-12-06

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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.

Presenters include:

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.

Register online using Brown Paper Tickets

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Two Future Mother Events at the ICA

Posted: 2012-12-05

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Thursday DEC. 6th, 12:30pm Artist Talk with Elizabeth Jabar & Colleen Kinsella at the ICA @ MECA

Faculty Lecture Series:

Elizabeth Jabar & Colleen Kinsella – Thursday, December 6, 12:30 -1:30pm

Jeffrey Clancy – Tuesday, December 11, 2-3pm

Adam Manley – Thursday, December 13, 1-2pm

 
Maine College of Art • 522 Congress Street • Portland, Maine 04101 • info@meca.edu • 1.800.699.1509
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Saturday DEC. 8th 7PM    ***ALHAN MIDDLE EASTERN ENSEMBLE***
ICA Gallery @ MECA
Maine College of Art • 522 Congress Street • Portland, Maine 04101 • info@meca.edu • 1.800.699.1509

 
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 @  dfuller@meca.edu or 1.800.699.1509
Maine College of Art • 522 Congress Street • Portland, Maine 04101 ••

Outstanding Alumni

Posted: 2012-12-04

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Outstanding MECA Alumni

 

BFA

Ceramics
James Zilian ‘99 Designer, Simon Pearce, Quechee, VT jameszilian@yahoo.com

Kari Radash, ceramic artist kariradasch.com

Graphic Design
Karen Siatras ’91 Graphic Designer, Smithsonian American Museum of Art, Washington D.C.

Micheal Desouza ’05 and Justin Velgos ‘05 Make iphone apps for their own company taptapas.com

David Hutchins ’87 Animator, Walt Disney Feature Animation, Los Angeles, CA

Blake Almstead ‘07 Creative Director, Compuware

Metalsmithing & Jewelry
Stefanie Briggs 81 - successful studio artist, metalsmith, entrepreneur

Addison Delisle ‘11, metalsmith, apprentice to master blacksmith Doug Wilson

Sculpture
Ryan Greene ’02 Historic Preservationist for Bernacki & Associates
bernackiconservation.com, and conservationsolutions.com

Laurie Lundquist ’84 Sculpture; Eco Artist, large scale environmental interventions involving plants and water, lives in Arizona, public artist & co-founder, Deep Creek School, AZ

Vivian Beer '02, Public art, studio artist, former resident artist at Penland, recent Craft magazine profile

Painting
Ahmed Alsoudani’ 05 Painter, Venice Biennale, Saachi collection

Eric Hongisto ‘97 Guggenheim winner, professor at University of San Francisco

William Mills ‘80, Gepetto Studios, NY makes soft sculpture puppets, props for films, Letterman

Connie Hayes ‘80 Painter

Printmaking
Caitlin Riordan,‘06 Master Printer, Wingate Studios, NH

Julianna Swaney ‘05, entrepreneur/artist www.ohmycavalier.com

Brian Wilk ’95 Hasbro Inc. Design Director, Pawtucket, RI

Photography
Carrie Zeisse ‘92 United Way, Executive Vice-President for Operations, MBA from MIT's Sloane School of Management

 

MFA

Caroline Lathan-Stiefel MFA '01 http://www.carolinelathanstiefel.net

Aaron Stephan MFA '02, studio artist: public art aarontstephan.com

Nancy Nesvet MFA '04 curator, studio artist

Catherine D'Ignazio MFA '05 studio artist  http://www.ikatun.com/kanarinka

Randy Regier MFA '07, studio artist randyregier.com

 

 

Geary's Brewing Company Hosts Design Competition

Posted: 2012-12-01

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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.
 
For more information, please contact Jessica Tomlinson, Director of Artists at Work.

MECA Student Wins Royal Majesty Drag Competition

Posted: 2012-11-27

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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.


2012 BFA Awards Announced

Posted: 2012-11-17

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Best  in show
Victoria Statsenko, Junior, Painting
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Harley Flaws
David Twiss, Junior, Printmaking
Joshua Yurges, Freshman, Woodworking and Furniture Design
Forest Gagne, Junior, Woodworking and Furniture Design
Jacob Michaud, Junior, Woodworking and Furniture Design
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Baxter Furbish
Rangeley Morton, Junior, Woodworking and Furniture Design
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Artist-to-Artist
Kyle Dimare, Senior, Sculpture
Abby Mechanic, Senior, Woodworking and Furniture Design
Stephen Fisk, Senior, Sculpture
Clare Finin, Senior, Metalsmithing and Jewelry
Miles Spadone, Senior, Ceramics
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Honorable Mention
Chun-Hua Chang, Junior, New Media
Daelyn Bell, Senior, Illustration
Emmeline Solomon, Senior, Printmaking
Hannah Rosengren, Senior, Illustration
Isaac Atkins, Junior, Painting
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Maine Type Lab, First Friday Vote Button Booth

Posted: 2012-11-12

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Maine Type Lab, First Friday Vote Button Booth
Provoke the Vote

Maine Type Lab members designed a series of buttons for October First Friday at Maine College of Art as part of the “Provoke the Vote” event. The buttons were handed out to the public and passersby were encouraged to customize their buttons with their political beliefs. Students created over 50+ designs and distributed nearly 500 buttons to the public, for free.

Maine Type Lab received support from Public Engagement, who purchased the button supplies and invited us to participate.

Participants: Cassondra Amicone, Kaitlin Callender, Trisha Cobb, Klarizza Cruz, Molly Feole, Sarah Mohammadi, Annie Mora, Rangeley Morton, Sheyenne Rivers

 

 

Professional Development Workshop: Pricing and Valuing Your Artwork

Posted: 2012-11-09

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The next workshop in the Professional Development Series is Pricing and Valuing Your Artwork.  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.
 
Presenters include:
Andres Verzosa, owner of Aucocisco Galleries
Annette Elowitch, owner of Baridoff Galleries Fine Art Auctions
Meagan Mattingly, Arts in Education Associate for the Maine Art Commission
Kyle Bryant, Artist, Owner of The KB Company
 
The workshop takes place at 6pm, November 14 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.