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Student Exhibition Compares Printmaking and Mealmaking

Posted: 2011-02-17

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Printmaking students explore the parallels between the practice, preparation, and tradition of the meal to the printmaking process in their exhibition "The Deconstructed Meal." The participating students in this thematic show depict the relationship through a diversity of media, using both the conceptual and satirical. Beyond the context of the meal, the pieces in this show expand the definition of the print. They illustrate inherent and contemporary topics within printmaking as they relate to activities as common as a meal.

The work will be on view on the first floor of Porteous for the month of March with an opening during the First Friday Art Walk on March 4.

Exhibition by Metalsmithing & Jewelry Students

Posted: 2011-02-15

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Currently on view in the Free Street Gallery is work made in "The Table" an elective course offered by Jeffrey Clancy. The work presented explores both the technical and conceptual aspects of tablewares common to contemporary and historical metalsmithing.

Eat Drink and Be Merry, for Tomorrow We Die

February 14- March 11, 2011

Participating students:
Chloe Darke, Aaron Decker, Jerrica Demers, Danielle Gerber, Amalia Guettinger, John Huckins, Daniel Marcucio, Matthias Rand, Natalie Reed, Emily Rogstad, Emily Secoy, Caroline Yuranka

ICA to Screen Videos at Portland Pirates Games

Posted: 2011-02-14

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The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art is collaborating with the Portland Pirates to present a series of video screenings at the Cumberland County Civic Center before the start of hockey games. ICA Director Daniel Fuller curated the series, which features artists from Canada, Sweden, and the United States. The brief artist-made videos, which are all hockey related, will be screened on the JumboTron.

March 1
Portland Pirates vs. Worcester 
Screening: Graeme Patterson's "Ten Point Game, with Darryl Sittler Narrating, 2008"

March 5
Portland Pirates vs. Bridgeport
Screening Jen DeNike's "Air-Hockey, 2003"

March 6
Portland Pirates vs. Springfield
Annika Larsson's "HOCKEY, 2004"

Maine Sunday Telegram article

Image credit: From Annika Larsson's "HOCKEY" courtesy of ANDREHN-SCHIPTJENKO.

MECA Offers $12,000 Scholarships to Local Graduates

Posted: 2011-01-20

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In 2010, Maine College of Art completed its vision to bring all academic and studio facilities under the roof of the Porteous Building. In appreciation of the local community that was instrumental in achieving this goal, MECA has created the Portland Area School Scholarship (PASS) for selected area high schools.

 For any graduate of the selected schools who qualifies for admission to the undergraduate program at Maine College of Art, the College will provide a guaranteed $12,000 scholarship each year for four years or until they complete the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, provided they maintain good academic standing.

 Eighteen years ago, Maine College of Art purchased the Porteous, Mitchell and Braun department store with the ambition to transform it into a vibrant campus for art and design. This past year, MECA completed their consolidation goals, bringing together all academic and studio facilities under one roof, providing students with five floors and 200,000 square feet of contiguous space in the heart of the Arts District.  With MECA as the anchor, the Arts District is filled with galleries, performance spaces, studios and creative businesses. It is a national destination for arts and culture.

 This scholarship is open to any graduate of the selected high schools, regardless of when they graduated or if they are transferring from another institution. There is no limit to the number of graduates who can take advantage of this offer. With an estimated Fall 2011 tuition of $29,000 this brings the initial tuition cost to approximately $17,000. Students who are eligible can also apply for federal and state aid to further reduce their tuition costs.

 “Now, more than ever, students choose a college based on a sense of place,” notes MECA President Don Tuski. “In addition to the rigorous arts education that students receive within our walls, they also have easy access to the vibrant creative community in the Portland area. We are so fortunate for this extended campus. This scholarship is an expression of our appreciation.”

 Selected schools include: Cape Elizabeth High School, Casco Bay High School, Catherine McCauley High School, Cheverus High School, Deering High School, Falmouth High School, Gorham High School, Greater Portland Christian Academy, Greely High School, North Yarmouth Academy, Portland Arts & Technology High School, Portland High School, Scarborough High School, South Portland High School, Waynflete, Westbrook High School, Windham High School, and Yarmouth High School. These schools represent institutions within the Greater Portland area that are recognized by the State of Maine to award high school diplomas. Based on enrollment growth, the aim is to expand the list of selected schools. The first scholarships will be awarded for students entering the BFA program in Fall 2011.

In addition to new students, the scholarship applies to currently enrolled MECA BFA students who are graduates from the selected schools.

To qualify for the PASS, applicants need to submit an application and have a portfolio review with an admissions counselor. Contact the Admissions Office at or by calling 800.699.1509. The next Admissions Open House is scheduled for February 26.

 Members of the public interested in contributing to the PASS fund should contact the Advancement Office at or call 207.775.5098.