Exhibition Reception: The Last Season on Earth

Maine College of Art & Design 2023 Faculty Triennial

5:00 – 7:00pm

About the Show

The Last Season on Earth: Maine College of Art & Design 2023 Faculty Triennial, juried by Sam Adams, Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Allen Memorial Museum at Oberlin College.

The exhibition presents the work of artists who teach across the College in the Textile & Fashion Design, Photography, Painting, Metalsmithing & Jewelry, Sculpture, MFA, and MAT programs.

"The submissions and selected works for the 2023 MECA&D faculty exhibition balance on a razor’s edge between fantasy and fear, chaos and cosmos. They register a lowkey but constant sense of anxiety about the human impact on the natural world. Can we love the Earth as much as we love ourselves? Can the pursuit of power, technology, and pleasure be ethical and ecologically sustainable?

These works are proposals for the necessity of art in the Anthropocene. Visual signs and images have arguably always oriented people in the world. More specifically, though, a sense of homo faber—of humans as makers—emerges here through the daily practice of art. These processes are acts of interpretation, feeling, energy, and mental health—in short, of art making as an act of survival." - Sam Adams

ARTISTS: Elana Adler, Tabitha Barnard '16, Philip Brou, Tracey Cockrell, Jeane Cohen, Kyle Patnaude, Joshua Reiman, Rachel Somerville, Benjamin Spalding MFA '17, Ling-Wen Tsai


Portland Press Herald: Maine College of Art & Design faculty show ranges from serene to apocalyptic (Feb. 2023)