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Barridoff Galleries Hosts Fine Art Auction at MECA

Posted: 2014-04-02

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UPCOMING BARRIDOFF GALLERIES FINE ART AUCTION AT MECA

To be held Wednesday, April 30 a the Institute of Contemporary Art, Maine College of Art, 522 Congress Street, Portland, ME

 

Barridoff Galleries will hold its semi-annual auction, featuring works from Maine artists, as well as works from all over the world. Previews for this sale are Tuesday, April 29 from 6-8pm, and on the day of the sale from 10am - 5pm. The sale begins at 6pm and is open to the public.


This Spring sale offers works from Albert Bierstadt, Willard Metcalf, William Zorach, Alfred Chadbourn, Marsden Hartley, Stephne Etnier and many more.

To view a full catalog, visit www.barridoff.com.

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For more info, please contact:

Barridoff Galleries
Robert & Annette Elowitch
50 Market Street
South Portland, ME  04106
fineart@barridoff.com
207.772.5011

MECA Offers New Courses in Culinary Arts

Posted: 2014-03-28

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New Community Programming Offers Foodies of All Backgrounds, Interests, and Skill Levels an Opportunity to Learn from the Best

Portland, ME ~ The Maine College of Art has recently announced the addition of culinary arts programming via the Continuing Studies Department. In recent years Portland and the state of Maine have become national leaders in the food scene. “Portland attracts foodies from all over the world. We are in the midst of a culinary boom and live in a city that values great food and drink. As an institution dedicated to educating artists for life, incorporating culinary arts into the curriculum is a natural next-step for the MECA,” says college president Don Tuski, Ph.D.

To help orchestrate this new realm of programming, MECA has engaged the expertise of Culinary Consultant and former Executive Vice President of The International Culinary Center (formerly The French Culinary Institute), Christopher Papagni, Ph.D. According to Papagni, “Some of the best of Portland's culinary scene has been selected for this first round of MECA classes. Keeping up with new food trends and the rapid growth of artisan talent in Maine, will insure dynamic programming for a long time to come.”

This summer MECA will offer courses on various aspects of the culinary arts industry such as pastry baking, food writing, microbrewing, cheese education and farm to table dishes and culture. The programs range from one-day workshops to six-week courses. Here is a preview of culinary arts programming offered at MECA for the first time ever this Summer:

Pastry Perfection
Tara Smith from Standard Bakery will share her mastery with students over the course of three classes. Students will learn techniques, tips, and tricks to bake a selection of irresistible baked goods to serve from dawn to dusk. >> Learn More

Farm to Fork Workshop
From the Portland-local restaurant Vinland, owner and chef David Levi will teach students about the quality, healthfulness, and ecological stewardship of buying and cooking local food. Students will use summer produce from Greater Portland’s organic farms, seafood, foraged foods, and pasture-raised meats and dairy products to prepare beautiful and delicious meals using solely local ingredients. >> Learn More

All About Cheese
Sarah Wiederkehr from Winter Hill Farm will explore the history, complexity, and diversity of cheese with students over the course of a three-hour workshop. Students will learn about the different styles of cheese, optimal pairings, and how to determine quality and best techniques for storage.  >> Learn More

The Art + Craft of Food Writing
Susan Axelrod of MaineToday.com will mentor students on how to join in on Maine’s culinary conversation by exploring food writing and blogging. Students will learn how to write restaurant critiques, food feature pieces, and how to submit work to publications. >> Learn more

Microbrewing
From Bunker Brewing Co., Chresten Sorensen will help students learn the ins and outs of brewing their own beer. Sorensen will focus on the four elements of brewing (water, yeast, malt, and hops), brewing practices on a commercial vs. home-brewing scale, and the historical emergence of small independent craft-brewers around the world. >> Learn More

For more information on MECA’s new culinary programming, please contact Director of Continuing Studies, Courtney Cook at 207.699.5061, ccook@meca.edu, or visit: meca.edu/cs



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Students Awarded Professional Development Grants

Posted: 2014-03-26

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Painting by Nicholas Norris

Congratulations to the students awarded the Professional Development and Entrepreneurship grant from Artists at Work. Each of the students will receive $500 to advance their studio and professional skills by accessing opportunities and experiences beyond the MECA classroom.

 
Chloe Beaven, BFA (New Media): preparatory coursework for graduate school
 
Forest Gagne, BFA (Woodworking & Furniture Design): for self-promotion and marketing
 
Liz Long, BFA (Illustration): to attend the leading conference for the illustration industry

Rangeley Morton, BFA (Woodworking & Furniture Design): shipping costs to have work included in Minneapolis exhibition
 
Nicholas Norris, BFA (Painting): travel and materials for a European residency
 
Hillary Stucker, BFA (Ceramics): to attend a national conference on conservation in preparation for graduate studies
 
Charley Young, MFA: for framing of prints created during the Arctic Circle residency

MECA Announces SUMMER OF ART Essay Competition for Youth (9-12) & Teens (13-17)

Posted: 2014-03-25

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MECA Wants to Know: What Would a Summer of Making Art Mean to You? How Do You Feel This Experience Would Benefit Your Creative Growth?


Portland, Maine – For the first time ever, MECA will be hosting an essay competition for two lucky students -- one youth (age 9-12) and one teen (age 13-17) to receive a free summer art pass. Students of all skill levels and backgrounds are encouraged to participate to win a summer of free art education from the Maine College of Art. Painting, graphic design, photography and more—MECA offers a comprehensive range of summer arts programming.
 

ESSAY QUESTION:
What would a summer making art at MECA mean to you? How do you feel this experience would benefit your creative growth? 
Feel free to talk about any art you've made, would like to make, or any art that inspires you in your answer.

CATEGORIES: 
YOUTH Category: Ages 9 - 12
TEEN Category: Ages 13-17

DEADLINE: 
April 25

ELIGIBILITY & RULES
All contestants must adhere to the age requirements of each category. Contestants must compose an original essay with limited guidance from others. The essay must be 250-500 words.

HOW TO ENTER:
Once you've completed your essay, fill out our Online form (www.meca.edu/essaycontest -- see 'Apply Now' tab). Submitting the form requires parent authorization. So before you send in your essay, be sure to explain what the competition is all about and make sure that your parents are in full support!

JUDGING: 
Each entry will be judged based on originality, clarity of thought and motivation, and expressiveness in writing. Winners will be contacted by phone during the first week in May '14.

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For more information please contact:  Raffi Der Simonian | 207.699.5010 | rdersimonian@meca.edu

L.L. Bean Uses Anne Ireland Painting for Summer Catalogue Cover

Posted: 2014-03-25

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One of Anne Ireland's (MECA alum 94') paintings will be used on the cover of L.L. Bean's Catalogue for this upcoming summer season. This will be Ireland's second cover for the Maine brand—the last being in 2011. L.L. Bean publishes a Maine artist four times a year, each season. Ireland currently has an exhibit in Charles C. Thomas Gallery at MECA. 

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MECA Associate Ceramics Professor Lucy Breslin Awarded Residency in Denmark

Posted: 2014-03-20

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Congratulations to associate ceramics professor Lucy Breslin for being recently awarded a residency at the highly respected and well-known international Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center located in Denmark. Breslin will spend the month of July this summer working a series of pieces that will honor the Danish poet, Inger Christensen.

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MECA's Art Education Program Presents a Lecture with Amy Cousins

Posted: 2014-03-20

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Amy Cousins is coming to MECA on March 26 to present her Assessment Lecture, From Overwhelmed to in Control: Connecting the Dots of Assessment. Amy is connected to the Art Ed Program, MAEA, and Maine's Assessment Initiative. She is also a part of the initiative and a presenter on "Power Standards," a pared down way of assessing using the learning standard.

Amy's lecture starts at 4:10pm in Osher Hall. 

MECA's Art Education Program Presents a Lecture with Amy Cousins

Posted: 2014-03-20

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Amy Cousins is coming to MECA on March 26 to present her Assessment Lecture, From Overwhelmed to in Control: Connecting the Dots of Assessment. Amy is connected to the Art Ed Program, MAEA, and Maine's Assessment Initiative. She is also a part of the initiative and a presenter on "Power Standards," a pared down way of assessing using the learning standard.

Amy's lecture starts at 4:10pm in Osher Hall.

MECA Alum Miles Spadone named "Emerging Artist" by Ceramics Monthly

Posted: 2014-03-19

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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.

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MECA Photography Alum Brett Walker Awarded Residency at Chalk Hill

Posted: 2014-03-18

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Congratulations to Brett Walker 06' on his recent Chalk Hill Artist Residency located in the San Francisco's wine country. One to two artists are chosen each year for the residency and spend 4-8 weeks on the Residency's ranch in a three-bedroom 1920's farmhouse. Although this post is being created after Walker already completed his residency, MECA would still like to wish him congratulations.


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**photo above from Walker's series on the Bay Area Vintage Baseball League

New Media Professor Gary Robinov and MECA Alum Dean Merrill’s Film Nominated at Lewiston Auburn Film Festival

Posted: 2014-03-06

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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

Posted: 2014-03-05

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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

Posted: 2014-03-04

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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

Follow this project and other Public Engagement initiatives: http://publicengagementmeca.tumblr.com/

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Women's History Month Events at MECA

Posted: 2014-03-04

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The Artist as Mother: Exploring the Balance

Maine College of Art Celebrates Women's History Month by exploring the, sometimes challenging, relationship between motherhood and active studio practice. During the month of March, join us as we screen two films Who Does She Think She Is and Lost In Living, and invite back a panel of MECA alumni to share their personal experience.


Film Screening: Who Does She Think She Is?

Tuesday, March 4, 12pm, Osher Hal

“In a half-changed world, women are often forced to choose: Mothering or working? Your children's wellbeing or your own own? Who Does She Think She Is?, a documentary by Academy Award winning filmmaker Pamela Tanner Boll, features five fierce women who refuse to choose. Through their lives, we explore some of the most problematic intersections of our time: mothering and creativity, partnering and independence, economics and art. Along the way, the film invites us to consider both ancient legacies of women worshipped as cultural muses and more modern times where most people can't even name a handful of female artists. In the end, the diverse women in the film demonstrate that our creativity and our caregiving are not mutually exclusive, but deeply connected. In fact, their co-existence might just be the key to finishing the job.” (Synopsis from www.whodoesshethinksheis.net)

Free & Open to the Public (RSVP required for general public)

RSVP to alums@meca.edu with names of attendees.

 

Film Screening: Lost in Living

Friday, March 21, 6:30pm, Osher Hall

“Behind the domestic curtain of motherhood, where the creative impulse can flourish or languish, are four women determined to make a go of it. Filmed over seven years, Lost In Living, confronts the contradictions inherent in personal ambition and self-sacrifice, female friendship and mental isolation, big projects and dirty dishes. The complex realities of family life unfold in this documentary film about the messy intersection of motherhood and artistic expression.

(synopsis from www.maandpafilms.com)

Free & Open to the Public (RSVP required for general public)

RSVP to alums@meca.edu with names of attendees.

 

The Artist as Mother: Exploring the Balance

Panel Discussion with MECA Mothers

Friday, March 28, 6:30pm Osher Hall

Join us for a discussion with three diverse women artists who have learned to balance their family life with their creative practice. They will share their strategies, insights, challenges, and revelations learned while navigating their lives as artists and mothers.

Free & Open to the Public (RSVP required for general public)

RSVP to alums@meca.edu with names of attendees.

MECAmorphosis Spring Gala Hosted on May 8, 2014

Posted: 2014-02-28

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MECAmorphosis Celebrates the 2014 BFA and MFA Thesis Exhibitions while Introducing 100 Emerging Artists.

Portland, Maine ~ MECA's Spring Gala, MECAmorphosis, celebrates the 2014 Thesis Exhibitions and introduces 100 emerging artists graduating from Maine College of Art in the BFA, MFA, and MAT programs, as well as raises critical scholarship funds to educate the next generation of artists. Tapas, cash bars, music, and interactive art throughout the College’s historic Porteous Building are highlights of this creatively festive Portland spring event.  The evening concludes with the Runway Fashion Show, which premiers the collections of our majors in Textile and Fashion Design.

May 8, 5:30 -10 P.M.Tickets $25-$150 at: mecamorphosis.brownpapertickets.com. 522 Congress St., Portland, or by calling 207.699.5012.

MECAmorphosis raises critical scholarship funds to educate the next generation of artists as public intellectuals and creative entrepreneurs. MECA’s contribution to the region is unique and not duplicated by any other institution or organization.  Forty percent of our students are from Maine and over 60% of our graduates remain in Maine to become important contributors to our communities. A strong scholarship program allows us to attract young, creative people to the state.  Below are the details of the event:

MECAmorphosis, Thursday, May 8, 2014

5:30PM-7:30PM  =  BFA & MFA Thesis Exhibitions and Gala, Floors One, Two and Three

7:30PM-8:30PM  =  Runway Fashion Show, The Cafe, Floor Two

8:30PM-10:00PM  =  Runway Fashion Show After Party, The Cafe, Floor Two

Please visit http://meca.edu/mecamorphosis or call the Development Office (207.699.5012) to purchase tickets or for more info.

 

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MECA Alum Addison deLisle Receives Training Fellowship in France

Posted: 2014-02-26

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MECA alum Addison deLisle (class of 2011) was recently awarded the prestigious training fellowship with the Fondation de Coubertin in France for metal smithing. The fellowships last 11 months (from September to July) and the participants attend workshop sessions, classes, lectures and other cultural activities in the Paris area.

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MECA Faculty Members Awarded Arts Visibility Grant

Posted: 2014-02-18

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For Immediate Release

Contact: Raffi Der Simonian

Director of Marketing

rdersimonian@meca.edu

207.699.5010



MECA Faculty Members Awarded Arts and Visibility Grant for Future Mothers Project

Portland, ME ~ The Maine College of Art proudly announces that two of its faculty members, Elizabeth Jabar and Colleen Kinsella, have been awarded the Arts Visibility Grant from the Maine Arts Commission for their project Future Mothers.

Future Mothers' primary work focuses on creating contemplative space and vehicles for reflection, challenging dialog and community engagement through use of a collective vision/structure /practice that takes the form of prints, installation, books, and interactive performance. Using printmaking as a platform Future Mothers work from a shared lexicon of imagery and construct densely layered objects, structures, and environments for communicating timeless narratives and responding to contemporary social-political events.

Elizabeth Jabar is a print-based artist and associate professor and Colleen Kinsella is an adjunct instructor and printmaking studio technician at MECA.

Youth Program Summer 2014 is here!

Posted: 2014-02-10

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Youth Summer 2014

Dates: June 23 - August 15


Where big ideas become reality.

All camps run Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 3:30pm unless otherwise noted.  Each day consists of two focused art-making times (morning and afternoon).  Supervised lunch takes place in our cafeteria or in our outdoor Green Space on Casco St.  Parents of older students may waive this requirement and allow students to regroup at MECA after one hour.  A one-hour workshop period follows lunch in which campers may choose from a variety of social and art related activities to round out their days.


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Chinese Delegation of Art Educators Visit MECA This Spring

Posted: 2014-02-10

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Chinese Delegation of Art Educators Visit MECA This Spring

March 31, Portland, ME—This spring, Maine College of Art will be welcoming an incoming delegation from the Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts (XAFA) in China. The delegation marks the developing relationships that MECA is forging with several leading art academies in Greater China.

The President’s Delegation from Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts will arrive in Portland on April 14th and includes Professor Guo Xianlu, President; Mr. Wu Shunong, Director of International Cooperation & Exchanges Office; Professor Shi Cun, Director of the Post-Graduate Office; and Ms. Chen Tianqui, International Relations and Contracts. They will stay until April 16th, and will spend the time touring the college, meeting students and faculty, and discussing the exchange program launched between the two colleges. President Guo Xianlu will also deliver a public lecture on April 15th titled, ‘Traditional Chinese Decorative Art & Design.’

This is one of three institutional relationships that MECA has formed with China in the past year. The relationship began in the spring of 2013 when MECA President Don Tuski traveled with Suzanne Fox, President of Fox Intercultural Consulting and Professor Gan Xu of MECA to Xi’an to visit the college’s campus and meet the faculty. Located in Western China, Xi’an is one of the most historically rich regions in China, famed for its Terracotta Warriors and its location on the edge of the Silk Road.

MECA has also formed partnerships with several other art academies in China this past year, including the Academy of Visual Arts (AVA) at Baptist University in Hong Kong. Professor Tricia Flanagan of the AVA traveled to MECA from Hong Kong in March 2014; she spent time with numerous departments, spoke to MECA students who are keen on traveling to Hong Kong—and offered a public lecture on her artistic practice and her running of the innovative Wearables Lab at the AVA in Hong Kong.


More Info on MECA’s Year in China:

In 2014, we are kicking off our long-term partnerships with Chinese art academies and cultural institutions with a calendar of events, talks, and East/West journeys.

China has become a major superpower. In the coming decades, we will start to see significant cultural influences emerging from the country. There are an astonishing number of museums being built in Greater China and the wider Asian region—and the art markets have firmly planted themselves in Beijing and Hong Kong. For MECA to connect with this rapidly growing cultural economy will bring long-term benefits in the future—from student recruitment to institutional connectivity, and a greater awareness among students in the globalized era.

International Partnerships

In the past year, MECA has set up partnerships with three leading art colleges in Greater China. These partnerships offer an excellent way to forge long-term connections with China, place MECA on the map globally, bring artists from China to Maine, and offer students and staff at MECA an opportunity to travel abroad and connect with global art and cultural shifts.

Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts, Xi’An (XAFA)

Following the delegation of Don Tuski, Suzanne Fox and Professor Gan Xu to Xi’An in March of 2013, we are building connections with this respected Chinese art academy. There will be an incoming delegation from XAFA to Maine in April 2014.

Academy of Visual Arts, Baptist University of Hong Kong (AVA)

Hong Kong is emerging as a major arts center in Asia. Don Tuski and Suzanne Fox visited the AVA in Hong Kong in March of 2013 and then welcomed a visit from John Aiken, Chair of the Academy (and former head of the Slade, in London) when he visited Portland in June and signed a student exchange agreement. In March of 2014, we welcomed Tricia Flanagan, who heads the international exchange program for AVA and is a respected artist and educator on fashion design and public art.

China Academy of Art, Hangzhou (CAA)

China Academy of Art is one of the most famous art colleges in China. Based by the serene lakes of Hangzhou, just 40 minutes by bullet train from Shanghai, it is a stunning campus that combines the ancient literati elements of classical Chinese art with cutting-edge innovation. Following Don Tuski and Suzanne Fox’s visit to CAA in 2013, we have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with CAA to open up possibilities for partnership and exchange.

 

Artist Talk with Kelly McConnell at Mayo Street Arts

Posted: 2014-02-04

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KELLY MCCONNELL: THE SPACE IN BETWEEN

 

This Saturday, February 8, Mayo Street Arts hosts an Artist Talk with Maine artist Kelly McConnell from 11am-12pm. The talk will discuss McConnell's latest show "The Space in Between", which opens for the First Friday Art Walk the night before from 5-8pm at Mayo Street Arts. 

McConnell is an Assistant Professor and Director of Outreach in MECA’s Art Education Program (MAT) as well as Art Essentialist for middle school students at Breakwater School. She is frequent collaborator with SPACE Gallery, where she was the Art Director of their longest running children’s educational series “Lunchbox,” and many many other outlets in the Portland artistic community. 

McConnell's talk will discuss her newest work and then will be followed by a Q&A with the artist. 

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