winter + spring 2014
MECA Artists Make Communities Better Locally and Around the Globe 2
annual report of giving
increased alumni participation sustains meca's mission
Leadership Team Donald Tuski, Ph.D. President Ian Anderson Vice President of Academic Affairs & Dean of the College Beth Elicker Executive Vice President Rebecca Swanson Conrad Vice President for Institutional Advancement photo: Steve farmer photography
David Branson Director of Technology Raffi Der Simonian Director of Marketing & Communications Molly Hunt Executive Assistant Elizabeth Jabar Assistant Dean, Director of Public Engagement & Chair of Printmaking Department Liam Sullivan Director of Admissions
Charley Young MFA ’14, Shroud, image transfer with ink and pencil crayon, 30" x 22," 2012
Jessica Tomlinson Director of Artists at Work
CONTRIBUTORS Annie Wadleigh Assistant Director of Development Jill Dalton ’99 Associate Director of Artists at Work & Director of Alumni Relations Dietlind Vander Schaaf Development Officer Serena Joyce ’15
DESIGN Beth Taylor ’08 Assistant Director of Marketing & Design
PHOTOGRApHY Gabriella Sturchio ’12 Stratton mccrady mfa '15 faith wang mfa '15 Greta Rybus AARon Flacke
ON THE COVER Charley Young MFA ’14 focuses her work on the idea of place and site: "I see my art as a bridge between citizens, environments, and communities." Full story on page 19. 3
Maine College of Art delivers a demanding and enlivening education in visual art and design within an intimate learning community. We teach each student how to transform aspirations and values into a creative practice that serves as the foundation for a lifelong pursuit of personal and professional goals.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES Caron Zand (Chair) Deborah Spring Reed (Vice-Chair) Joan L. Amory Heidi Bement Jane G. Briggs Ronald Buford Daniel Crewe Ben Devine William R. Dill Deborah H. Dluhy
Annette L. Elowitch Ralph L. Harding Judith A. Kane, Ph.D. Erick Lahme Alison Leavitt Paula Crane Lunder Lynda Means, M.D. Margaret Crane Morfit Kenneth M. Nelson Daniel E. O’Leary Jac Ouellette ’02
Claudia C. Pachios Samuel Pierce Daniel Poteet Mary L. Schendel Dorothy Schwartz Cynthia Thompson Andres Verzosa ’92 Katharine Watson Paula Zeitlin
winter + spring 2014 Published twice a year, the goal of this publication is to instill institutional pride by informing and engaging students, alumni, faculty, staff, trustees, and friends of the MECA community about exciting developments on campus and around the world. We encourage you to submit feedback, news, class notes, and story ideas for consideration to email@example.com.
in perpetuity: of endless duration from vice president rebecca Swanson Conrad
photo: gabriella sturchio ’12
Founded in 1882, Maine College of Art has served as an educational leader in fine art and design for 132 years. In this issue of MECA magazine you will read about alumni who are practicing studio artists, educators, designers, entrepreneurs, social activists, and community leaders around the globe, as well as our faculty, whose work is recognized nationally and internationally. Often assisted by MECA’s Artists at Work program, students and alumni secure internships, residencies, fellowships, exhibitions and careers from Maine to Berlin, and from the Arctic Circle to Vietnam. On a very local level, the College shares a special relationship with the City of Portland where our campus is located in the center of the Arts District, surrounded by galleries, arts organizations, and artist studios. The community’s passion for the visual arts helps support our mission to foster an intimate and dynamic learning community for our undergraduate, graduate, and non-degree students. The generations of artists who have benefited from a MECA education inspire and enrich, in perpetuity, the communities where they live and work. This issue is also our Annual Report of Giving, which lists and thanks our donors who made gifts in the last fiscal year. We are deeply
grateful to each donor; for the increasing alumni participation that demonstrates to foundations that those educated at MECA wish to sustain the mission for current students; for the parents whose gifts endorse the quality of their student’s experience; for the granting agencies who value higher education and the arts; and for the friends and leadership of the College who connect MECA’s success to Maine’s success. Moreover, it acknowledges those gifts to the endowment that provide income of endless duration to the College for scholarships, library acquisitions, and special initiatives. MECA’s endowment is just over five million dollars and we seek to increase that significantly in the next five years. Endowment funds provide a source of ongoing annual support, fulfilling MECA’s mission for decades to come. And an endowment creates a lasting legacy for the donor that reflects support of Maine College of Art forever. New endowments created this past fiscal year are noted in the report. I hope that you enjoy this issue. Thank you,
Rebecca Swanson Conrad Vice President for Institutional Advancement
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contents Artists at Work Faculty Achievements Alumni news class notes Alumni Events + Opportunities
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CREATING PEACE THROUGH PARTNERSHIPS
MECAâ€™s Global Footprint Over the years, Maine College of Art has become a vital anchor in the local and regional landscape. In tandem, our global reach has also grown to exciting proportions. Our students, faculty, alumni, and other members of the MECA community have been and continue to be ambassadors and influencers through worldwide travel, residencies, exhibitions, internships, professional development, careers, and more. In turn, the diverse nature of our community brings a wealth of cultural experiences back to Maine. 6
In the following pages you will read about some of the many examples of how MECAâ€™s role as a leader in arts education continues to expand, in Portland, in Maine, in New England, and beyond. To learn more about our incredible range of programs, and the people behind them, please visit meca.edu.
photo: jill dalton ’99
photo: jill dalton ’99 photo: gabriella sturchio ’12
Dao Chau Hai and Nguyen Ngoc Lam The Tree Man installation in MECA’s Green Space
photo: gabriella sturchio ’12
Asherah Cinnamon ’08 chainsaws saplings from her property for use in The Tree Man installation
Creating Peace 01 Through Partnerships
C. David Thomas ’68 Vietnamese sculptors Dao Chau Hai and Nguyen Ngoc Lam came to MECA this fall through the Indochina Arts Partnership (IAP), founded in 1988 by C. David Thomas ’68. The sculptors created an on-site installation called The Tree Man, using locally harvested tree branches to make life-size figurative forms. Asherah Cinnamon ’08 was instrumental in helping the artists gather materials, and MECA Trustee Joan Amory and her husband Dan provided lodging for their month-long stay. Dao and Lam also worked with students and gave a public lecture about their work. The exchange provided powerful insights on the similarities and contrasts between America’s contemporary art style and the more traditional Vietnamese culture, which has only recently embraced more modern art forms. The nonprofit IAP, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, was the first major cultural exchange between the United States and Vietnam since the Vietnam War. David was drafted in 1968 and served in South Vietnam as a combat engineer and artist. He has returned to Vietnam more than 30 times since his service to do research and conduct cultural exchange programs. The IAP invites artists from Vietnam to visit the U.S every year. An artist, writer, and teacher, David is a past recipient of a Fulbright Scholar Grant to Vietnam, and won a Vietnam Art Medal in 2000, the first foreigner to receive the Vietnamese government’s highest art honor. As David approaches his own retirement, he is pleased that the IAP recently received a major multi-year grant that will allow the nonprofit to continue to thrive far into the future. “In the United States, the connotations about Vietnam are still associated with war,” David said. “But Vietnam has changed as much as MECA has since 1968. In 1968, the tallest buildings in Hanoi were five or six stories; now it resembles Manhattan. Businesses have discovered Vietnam, but appreciation of Vietnamese culture has lagged behind. The Vietnamese artists were very excited about coming to work with students here. MECA is a completely different school from when I was here, but I suspect if I dig under the surface, I will find the emphasis is still on solid basic training. Between MECA, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and Rhode Island School of Design, I feel that the best training I got was here at MECA. It was very personal, with six to eight students in a class. With this collaboration, I feel as if I’ve come full circle.” ● by annie wadleigh 8
photo: jill dalton ’99
In the United States, the connotations about Vietnam are still associated with war. But Vietnam has changed as much as MECA has since 1968.
Dao Chau Hai, C. David Thomas ‘68, and Nguyen Ngoc Lam
artists at work
At the end of their first semester in college, all freshmen in the FY-in class gathered for a collective meal and reflected on the question "What did you learn about yourself this semester?" For more reflections, see meca.edu/galleries As part of the public engagement class FY-In, first year students partnered with The Art Department, a non-profit alternative arts organization for artists with intellectual and developmental uniqueness. Together, they published and distributed the Sunny All Day newspaper.
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With our Artists at Work program, we give students the skills, opportunities, and experiences to transform aspirations and values into a creative practice that serves as the foundation for a lifelong pursuit of personal and professional goals. + Public Engagement The Public Engagement Minor is a fouryear curricular pathway that integrates art, real world problems, and community partners into the BFA studio curriculum. The minor is a model for interdisciplinary education with an extraordinary preprofessional program, exposing students to skills for a variety of careers in nonprofit and educational organizations, art institutions, graduate study, and expanded notions of entrepreneurial studio practice.
+ Creative Entrepreneurship The heart of an art education is the studio process to gain knowledge as a maker. In addition, students develop as critical thinkers, risk-takers, and problem-solvers in the world. We connect students to opportunities to apply these skills in their creative careers.
+ Professional Development Through internships, exhibitions, classes and workshops, students begin building their resumes from the day they enter college.
Work With Us
Maine College of Art works with nonprofits, businesses and individuals to develop creative solutions—from addressing social issues and creating change to professional development and commissions. Should you be working with us? Public Engagement Projects: Elizabeth Jabar, Director of Public Engagement firstname.lastname@example.org Internships + Freelance Opportunities: Jessica Tomlinson, Director of Artists at Work email@example.com Alumni Connections: Jill Dalton ’99, Associate Director of Artists at Work and Alumni Relations Director firstname.lastname@example.org Student Projects: Erin Hutton ’98, Associate Director of Artists at Work + Special Projects email@example.com
The Public Engagement program received a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to embed issues of environmental stewardship and climate change into the curriculum. Faculty members Samantha Haedrich, Charles Melcher, Paul Gebhardt ’96, and Elizabeth Jabar are launching creative projects in their classrooms and in the community, working with community partners Environment Maine and Portland Trails. The EPA-focused work also includes several co-curricular events and initiatives: film screenings; launching the student group MECA SOAP (Students Organized Against Pollution); energy-saving and waste reduction efforts on campus; and the Take the Pledge green commitment. In addition, MFA alum and eco artist Tim Gaudreau MFA ’02 will be a visiting artist in the spring semester working with the Public Engagement students. Students in MECA’s innovative first-year seminar course are working with the following community partners on creative projects in Portland during the fall semester: Portland Trails, Cultivating Community, Environment Maine, Cumberland County Civic Center, The Art Department, and The Portland Society of Architecture. There are four Public Engagement minors working on their senior capstone projects this year. They will be leading dynamic projects out in the community, working with the Frannie Peabody Center, and the Maine Charitable Mechanics Association. Faculty member Pilar Nadal MFA ’13 and students in her Second Year Lab class are partnering with Avesta Housing to deliver a series of creative workshops at Avesta's Bayside residence. The workshops focus on sharing stories and making artworks in response to memories, objects, and collections of significance to Avesta residents.
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Creative Entrepreneurship: REAL WORLD EXPERIENCES
New Media students are serving as betatesters for Big Room Studios in Portland. Big Room Studios is a creative technology company that builds real-time, responsive web applications for tablet, mobile, and touch enabled devices. Students will serve as beta-testers to learn more about product development and user interface. Printmaking seniors Ella Sevy ’15 and Brady Price ’15 are currently studying at the Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy. Metalsmithing & Jewelry junior Katelyn Drake will attend in the spring semester.
Patrick Scholz ’15, a Graphic Design major, worked for Avesta Housing, researching and printing historical photos for use in a new housing development in Westbrook, ME. Patrick also worked on a series of images that will be used in the Ferry Beach Nature Center in Scarborough.
Graphic design students partnered 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 ’83 are guiding the students in a four-week collaborative process.
Shirah Neumann MFA ’12, Rangeley Morton ’14, and Seth Gould ’09 participated in the Portland Regional Chamber Community Leadership Awards. Seth fabricated the awards that were given to community leaders, Shirah exhibited her paintings, and Rangeley created the sculptural wall on the stage. Incorporating art was just one effort by the Chamber to recognize artists as business owners. The Chamber will partner with MECA on two exhibitions per year at their office, with a commitment to spend $2,000 annually in sales to build their corporate collection. Illustration majors are collaborating with Frederator Studios to create ebooks based on a character from Bravest Warriors, an animated series. The students developed original narratives and created interpretations of Catbug in their own style. Students Miles Cook ’14 and Chris Vales ’14 were selected to have their work commissioned for production, which will include furthering development of the books, and recording dialogue, and sound effects.
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 '80, MFA ’00. Recognizing the importance of travel for artists’ professional development, he awards this grant annually.
Graphic Design student CecElia Packard ’14 was commissioned to design the exhibition poster for the Maurice Sendak show at the Portland Public Library. The exhibition, Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons, was presented in partnership with MECA. Cecelia Packard is now working as a freelance designer for the library.
photo: stratton mccrady mfa ’15
Rebekka selling prints at the market in Berlin.
Stools made by Elana Sternick ’16 during her internship with Douglas Thayer designs. She also worked on a public art commission of benches for the Statue of Liberty, NY.
Collage made by Rebekka using repurposed prints.
Berlin Internship: Rebekka Federle ’14 Woodworking & Furniture Design
This past summer, MECA Woodworking & Furniture Design student Rebekka Federle was able to expand both her world view and her business skills through an internship with Discover Prints in Berlin, Germany. The company of four employees specializes in the acquisition and sale of antique prints.
Over the course of the internship, Rebekka learned to date and identify the printing methods of rare vintage prints, research them, make repairs, and sell the prints both online and in person at the local market. Additionally, she learned much about the workings of a small business, and learned Photoshop from the company’s graphic designer.
Internships Students are encouraged to conduct an internship during their time at MECA to help inform their studio practice. These academic experiences span 15 weeks and require 135 hours of focused, supervised learning in exchange for three academic credits. Summer 2013 + Fall 2013 Internship Sites *Aucocisco Galleries, Portland, ME Belmont Day School, Belmont, MA Brooklyn Metalworks, Brooklyn, NY Catalyst for Peace, Portland, ME Douglas Thayer Designs, Westhampton, MA Dutille's Jewelry, Lebanon, NH
Rebekka described her time in Berlin as “life changing,” adding that “the job fit me like a glove. I felt completely appreciated as an employee, and respected as a person.” Throughout her internship, she always had something new to learn and try out, and worked hard while genuinely enjoying what she was doing. By the end of the summer, she had learned much about herself, and came to admire her boss, the “jack-of-all-trades” Uwe Berger. “I made some lifelong friends and important connections,” she states. Additionally, she relished the experience of being in a new country, visiting Berlin’s various museums, parks, and bookstores while learning to travel around the city on her own.
Franny Peabody Center, Portland, ME
Uwe was similarly enthusiastic about Rebekka’s time at Discover Prints. “Rebekka helped to make a blog for the company, and worked hard at writing copy and researching the vintage school charts and prints that we sell,” he recalls, adding that she was efficient with both daily tasks and complex projects. He also states that she helped him to consider the needs of American customers versus German ones, and that she gave him several good ideas for future projects. Rebekka notes that he declared her “Employee of the Year” after her second week at the internship.
University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME
The job fit me like a glove. I felt completely appreciated as an employee, and respected as a person.
Now back in America, Rebekka continues to work with Discover Prints remotely, and has been invited back to work for the company as soon as she graduates. ● by Mackenzie Eastman ’17 11
*Janice Grzyb, New York City, NY *Kris Johnsen ’08, Portland, ME Maine College of Art, Portland, ME *Might + Main, Portland, ME New England Sculpture Services, Chelsea, MA Out for Justice, Portland, ME *PERCH Studio, Portland, ME *Pickwick Independent Press, Portland, ME Pizzuti Studios, Lowell, MA Rollin Leonard, Portland, ME Sandy Macleod, Portland, ME *Sarah Bouchard MFA ’11, Portland, ME Studio 24b, Portland, ME The Art Department, Portland, ME Uwe Berger Antique Prints, Berlin, Germany VIA, Portland, ME
For more about internships, visit meca.edu/artistsatwork
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With support from the Quimby Family Foundation, MECA partnered with Creative Portland and Maine Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts to present 12 professional development workshops. Topics included marketing, tax preparation, grant writing, web development, photo documentation, social media, and contracts. Videos and slideshow presentations for each of the sessions are available online at creativeportland.com/pds
Portfolio Day On April 19, Maine College of Art hosted its first ever Portfolio Day in collaboration with The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Maine. The event brought more than 75 students and local creative professionals to the college representing the fields of graphic design, illustration, new media, and photography.
photo: aaron flacke
This fall, Artists at Work delivered a series of professional skills workshops to first and second-year students.
The afternoon offered juniors and seniors from MECA, the University of Southern Maine, and Southern Maine Community College an opportunity to discuss their work and gain critical feedback outside the traditional classroom setting. Students had the chance to meet with several different reviewers.
"How to Present Artwork:" Jenny Dougherty ’05, Associate Director of SPACE Gallery and Porteous Exhibitions Coordinator Jeff Waites MFA ’05
The reviewers represented a diverse range of Maine’s creative community. Participants included Maine Magazine, VIA, IDEXX, Maine Media Workshops, and Angela Adams.
"Documenting Your Work:" Photographer Robert Diamante ’93
The second annual Portfolio Day will be held this spring, to connect creative businesses with students.
Merit Competition: Work by juniors and seniors March 24–April 11
Thesis Exhibition: Graduating seniors May 2–23
"Public Speaking with Clarity and Confidence:" Communications Coach Seth Rigoletti "Developing Your Online Presence:" Artist Edwige Charlot ’10
Dana Hutchins was one of nearly forty design professionals to meet with students during the first ever Portfolio Day presented by MECA and AIGA.
Upcoming Student Exhibitions Nothing Major: Work by freshmen and sophomores February 17–March 7
New Home for Artists at Work New Home
photo: faith wang MFA ’15
Artists at Work has a new home on the first floor of the Porteous Building, in the location formerly occupied by Art Mart, now located across the street. This is a hybrid space for exhibitions, project-based work, and Public Engagement. The Artists at Work staff is housed here as a student and alumni resource center for help with internships, jobs, resume writing, commissions, grants, community partnerships, and professional development. Since opening in November, it has been used as a studio space to plan a 140-foot mural for the Cumberland County Civic Center; a sales venue for alumni artwork; an exhibition space for students; a gathering space for community partners; and a dining room for an end-of-year celebration with all freshmen. On the street front along Congress Street, the Artists at Work Project Window provides an opportunity for site-specific installations. The current focus is on alumni artists, with a new exhibition every six weeks. Project Window on Congress Street Angela Warren, MFA ’11 November 29–January 10 Jenna Crowder ’07 January 20–February 28 Reenie Charriere, MFA ’09 March 7–April 18
photo: raffi der simonian
For an exhibition application, check the Opportunities section at meca.edu/alumni.
Making the mural for the Cumberland Civic Center in the new Artists at Work space. Angela Warren's installation show in the project window. 12
photo: stratton mccrady mfa ’15
photo: stratton mccrady mfa ’15
photo: gabriella sturchio ’12
photo: gabriella sturchio ’12
photo: stratton mccrady mfa ’15
Carter Shappy ’15, Untitled 4, serigraph on Rives BFK, 22" x 30," 2013 Hannah Parrett ’15, Untitled, oil on panel, 20" x 30," 2013 Mitchell Kehe ’14, Cáfeëé, installation view, 2013 Shadell Segree ’14, Identification Number, archival inkjet print, 24" x 16.5," 2013 Tabitha Barnard ’16, Barnard Girls, inkjet print on matte paper, 11" x 14," 2013
BFA Show Award Winners
The only MECA exhibition open to all students, the 2013 BFA Show featured 86 students representing each of MECA's disciplines. With simple parameters—the artwork must have been created as a MECA student within the past 12 months, must include a brief artist's statement and appropriate labeling, and one or more pieces may be exhibited in keeping with the Porteous guidelines—students are invited to show. Participants gain practical professional experience and compete for scholarship awards. The jury is comprised of a MECA faculty or staff member, a local arts professional, and the Dean of the College. Each piece is juried and points given in four categories: craft, concept, presentation, and artist statement. Congratulations to the 2013 BFA Show winners. See the award-winning work: meca.edu/galleries BEST IN SHOW $1,200
Rebekka Federle ’14 2ND PLACE $800
Ren Albon ’14 3RD PLACE $500
Shadell Segree ’14
JUROR'S AWARD $100
BEST WORK BY A SENIOR $200
Shannon Googins ’14 Will Thompson ’14
Timeiqua Nixon ’14
MECA AWARD $100
Hannah Parrett ’15
Carter Shappy ’15
BEST WORK BY A JUNIOR $200
BEST WORK BY A SOPHOMORE $200
Victor Sylva ’16 BEST WORK BY A FRESHMAN $200
Sara Inacio ’17
One hour studio visit with a local artist
Shelby Newsted ’14 Mitchell Kehe ’14 John Dickinson ’14 Ian Goldsborough ’14 BEST ARTIST STATEMENT $100
Miles Cook ’14
STUDENT'S CHOICE AWARD $100
John Dickinson ’14 HONORABLE MENTION $200
$50 Art Mart Gift Certificate
Tabitha Barnard ’16 Stuart Roelke ’15 Miles Cook ’14 Cecil Cates ’15
photo: faith wang MFA ’15
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Hilary Irons, The View from Tank 28 / Dots Sequence, oil, acrylic, and marble dust on wood panel, 18" x 24," 2013
Faculty Achievements Excellence in Action
The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art (ICA at MECA) presented the 2013 MECA Faculty Show from November 7—December 22. Featured artists included Sascha Braunig, Painting, Hilary Irons, Foundation, Samantha Haedrich, Graphic Design, and Peter Simensky, MFA. MECA faculty were featured in 2013 Portland Museum of Art Biennial: Piecework. Artists included Bryan Graf, Photography, and Adriane Herman, Printmaking.
The fine-art furniture work of Matt Hutton, Woodworking & Furniture Design, has been selected to be part of the upcoming show Fearless Furniture, the first juried exhibition of its kind at the Indiana State Museum of Fine Arts. Matt’s work is among the 30 benches, tables, chairs, clocks, and more that will be featured in this expansive range of designs by 21 juried and three invited artists. In addition, Matt completed a public art commission for Maine General Health's Spiritual Center in Augusta, ME. He also exhibited with Cory Robinson in Beyond Vernacular at Gallery 924 of the Arts Council of Indianapolis in Indiana. Kelly McConnell, Art Education, developed and implemented an art curriculum at the American Folk Art Museum in New York City. The new arts curriculum was launched in tandem with Bill Traylor’s exhibition, It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw. Kelly worked in collaboration with Kirsten Cappy of Curious City. The curriculum is available to all at itjeshappened.com. Ling-Wen Tsai, Sculpture, had pieces in Memory, at the Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada and Marks, at the Madelon Powers Art Gallery, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Rob Sullivan, Illustration, recently introduced The Detached Muse Project at the Boston Based Galatea Fine Arts. Rob’s project represents his efforts to reify the muse in painting while subverting it away from modern expectation.
Jamie Hogan's illustrated cover for Rickshaw Girl.
Scott Nash, Illustration, recently released his book The High Skies of Adventure by Blue Jay the Pirate. A reviewer for The Guardian wrote, "The plot is very well thought through, with each chapter finishing at a vital moment! The characters are very amusing with lots of depth." Scott is also working with ping4alerts! on a major animated campaign for an app that will provide access to a complete hyperlocal communications platform. The purpose of the app is to provide real-time information in the event of an emergency, disaster, traffic gridlock, etc. Alex Rheault, Illustration, recently exhibited Fashionable Books at the Glickman Library of the University of Southern Maine, Strange Glue (Collage and Installation), at the Thompson Gallery at The Cambridge School of Weston in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Transforming Body, drawings by Alex Rheault, a solo show at Salem State University's Winfisky Gallery in Salem, Massachusetts. Margo Halverson, Graphic Design, as cofounder of DesignInquiry (designinquiry.net), spoke at Virginia Commonwealth University on alternate design pedagogy. Also in the DesignInquiry vein, Margo co-framed the 2012 program STATION: Pause, Ponder, Play held on Vinalhaven in June with 24 participants from around the country. Margo spoke at the University of New England’s art museum on A View of the Current State of Graphic Design with Graphic Design alum Sean Wilkinson ’01. She, Mary Anne Lloyd ’83, Illustration, and MECA students teamed up with Casco Bay High School students to design their school logo. Alice Design Communication, run by Margo Halverson, Graphic Design, and Charles Melcher, Graphic Design, designed a book for Shelburne Museum in Vermont titled Wyeth Vertigo.
Cheryl St. Onge, Photography, exhibited work that was honored in the Art of Photography Show 2013. Curated by Julia Dolan, Curator of Photography at the Portland Art Museum, this exhibition of international photographic art was held at the San Diego Art Institute Oct. 12—Nov. 17.
Paul Lewandowski, Textile and Fashion Design, served as juror at the International Interior Design Association’s (IIDA) annual fashion show in Boston. One hundred models participated and over 1,200 people attended the event that challenges designers to create fashion with unusual materials.
Congratulations to Jamie Hogan, Illustration, and author Mitali Perkins. Their book Rickshaw Girl was chosen by New York Public Library as "100 Great Books | 100 Years." Jamie has also had illustrations included in the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn’s Atrium Gallery exhibit titled Tell Me a Story: About Maine, a group show of children’s book art by Maine artists.
2013 brought multiple exhibitions for Peter Simensky, MFA: at Artware Editions on the Bowery in New York City with his commission Collector—Wayne; at Southern Exposure (SoEx) in San Francisco, The Long Conversation; at The College of New Jersey’s Art Gallery with the inclusion of his work in Neutral Capital Collection II in Value Added: Artists’ Perspectives on the Meaning of Worth, and the 2013 MECA Faculty Show. Finally, Peter completed a residency as a MacDowell Colony Fellow in Peterborough, New Hampshire.
Mark Jamra, Graphic Design, conducted a one-week workshop in type design at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. The objective of the workshop was to complete a typeface of uppercase letters, numerals, and punctuation by week's end.
faculty profiles The uniqueness of MECA’s students is inherent in our excellent faculty: four were asked the same questions—yet no two answers are alike. Common threads, however, are curiosity, experience and work beyond the boundaries of their birthplace. This global facet translates to their classes where the courage to rethink assumptions is encouraged.
Professor of Liberal Arts What differentiates MECA from your own college and grad school experience? It's intimacy. When I first came to MECA after teaching at the University of Iowa, I thought it was too informal, and then I learned that it's simply a different culture that encourages student/faculty interaction even on the personal level, where real learning can take place.
Was there a professor who stands out in your mind as having influenced you? Yes, I was most influenced by Lee Siegel, a professor of Indian Religions at the University of Hawai‛i, whose passion for his subject totally inspired me. Even now, decades later, we stay in touch, and this highlights for me the ancient and sacred bond between teachers and students. Why did you choose Philosophy? Philosophy is about exploring the biggest questions that life poses. How could anyone not be interested? What do you do when you hit a creative wall? I pull out my purple crayon and make a door. How do global events and issues, whether contemporary or past, inform your practice? They entirely inform what interests me as a philosopher. I went to college during the Vietnam War and had several friends in the service, so for me, education must be relevant. Young people shouldn't go to college to warehouse themselves from the outside world of work and responsibility; they should embrace their education as preparation for life, and that becomes easier if faculty are highlighting the relevance of their disciplines. Have you ever worked / presented outside of the U.S.? As a philosopher with expertise in Asian systems of philosophy, I've had to participate in a global discourse, giving lectures in India and Japan for example. Furthermore, my wife and I have lead several cultural trips to India, most recently in 2010 for the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan. I have also participated in academic conferences on philosophy in such far-flung places as Riga, Latvia, and last month delivered a plenary lecture at a conference on the philosophy of Aldous Huxley at Oxford University, as part of a celebration of his first year as a student there, in 1913.
Philosophy is about exploring the biggest questions that life poses.
What country, that you have never visited, would you like to visit? New Zealand. It's said to have some of the best hiking in the world and my wife and I like to hike.
Adjunct Assistant Professor in Art History & MFA in Studio Art What differentiates MECA from your own college and grad school experience? I went to college, more specifically to Theatre Arts Academy, in former Yugoslavia, which was very different from MECA in terms of its fundamental organization (the European education system emphasizes memory and history from primary school on) but also very similar in spirit because it was an art school (academy), not a university. In the socialist system of former Yugoslavia, you had rigorous qualifying exams in order to be allowed to attend art college/academy. If you passed, your education was paid for by the state. This of course is an enormous difference.
Creative walls are part of the creative process. I try to use them that way.
Was there a professor who stands out in your mind as having influenced you? I had outstanding high school professors who deeply influenced my thinking in the realms of literature, philosophy, and writing. During college I was mostly influenced by my peers from the neighboring Visual Arts Academy, with whom I cofounded an art collective (NSK) during my second year of college. Thirty years later, this collective still exists, and my NSK colleagues remain my most important collaborators.
Why do you work in the medium you do? I was trained as a dramaturge, which in Europe is a profession that integrates theory and philosophy with artistic practice and institutional management. So in order for my training as a dramaturge to remain relevant, it is very important for me to always create the possibility of functioning between theory/thinking/discourse and practice/production/creative work. For this reason, I value my ongoing work in Europe within the NSK art collective, as well as teaching at MECA and working with students who are devoted to artistic practice. What do you do when you hit a creative wall? Creative walls are part of the creative process. I try to use them that way. How do global events and issues, whether contemporary or past, inform your practice? My personal and professional lives are all about global events and issues. I was born and educated in a socialist country that fell apart during the 1980s. The NSK art collective emerged from within an intense East European reformist political and cultural atmosphere during the 1980s. After the fall of communism and the dissolution of Yugoslavia, which coincided with the end of the Cold War and the beginning of the phenomenon that is generally referred to as “globalization,” I first became a Slovenian citizen, and then a few years ago became a dual Slovenian-American citizen. The main preoccupation of my art collective (which in the 90s renamed itself from NSK to NSK State in Time and started issuing its own passports to manifest the idea of global citizenship) is precisely the exploration of the controversies of identity brought about by globalization—its potentials as well as its constraints.
What country, that you have never visited, would you like to visit? I would like to know better new states such as Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Kyrgyzstan, as well as Mongolia. Why? I know relatively little about these huge parts of the world that connect Europe to Asia and the Middle and Far East. These places are as remote as one can imagine and preserve strong traditional life forms while at the same time have been submitted to Soviet-style oppression and modernization. It’s a very interesting mixture which I believe is very important for understanding the world we live in today.
photo: christian ditsch
Have you ever worked / presented outside of the U.S.? Although NSK has exhibited at MOMA, Creative Time, and other U.S. venues, we are a European-based collective and most of our work has been outside of the U.S. We have exhibited and presented in virtually every country of Europe, and at art fairs and biennials throughout the world. One of our recent projects was at the Tate Modern (London), another at the Centre of Contemporary Art in Lagos, Nigeria. I have also worked on exhibitions and performances for sustained periods in Moscow, Istanbul, and Austria.
Eda Cufer giving a talk at the First NSK's Citizens Congress, Berlin, 2010
image courtesy Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art
'To do' lists highlight the ever-evolving line between wants and needs, with wilder fluctuations across cultural borders. 08
Associate Professor of Printmaking, New Media, & MFA in Studio Art What differentiates MECA from your own college and grad school experience? MECA’s intimate scale facilitates symbiotic flow between faculty and students. Of course, significant connections evolve at all schools. However, I doubt I had nearly the influence on my instructors in college or grad school that my extraordinary students have on me. They continually enrich my life and expand my views of how art functions for us individually and culturally, ever-increasing the consciousness I bring to teaching, making, and being. Was there a professor who stands out in your mind as having influenced you? One salient influence was Stanley Lewis. After studying drawing with him, I avidly took his painting classes, which included a good dose of art history. Like me, Lewis thinks and speaks in non-linear fashion, so he issued me a series of permission slips. He went beyond teacher to mentor for me while some peers chafed against his teaching style. No teacher can be all things to all students, or perhaps not even one thing to all students. However, when a teacher’s emitters hit a given student’s receptors, that artist can take what is received and run with it, likely being further ignited by something another instructor, peer, or influential experience offers down the line, and in turn inspiring others. The whole deal is a marvelous Rube Goldbergian delight. Why do you work in the medium you do? I make mountains out of molehills and traffic in human aspirations, tastes, and accomplishments, choosing media best suited to a given concept. “To do” lists highlight the ever-evolving line between wants and needs, with wilder fluctuations across cultural borders. What may be a pressing need in one part of the world, such as potable water or access to health care, may not even be on the radar for someone where such things are taken for granted until an emergency. By examining the lists others make, my viewers often identify with some of the wants or needs of other people. Small details hand-written on the list of a stranger might remind us of the struggles others have that we don’t, or perhaps challenges we have surmounted, generating compassion for others and ourselves.
What do you do when you hit a creative wall? Sorry, that question does not compute. I hit lots of walls—few of them creative. Yes, they are constructed, but most (if not all) of them are illusions. How do global events and issues, whether contemporary or past, inform your practice? I research what humans do with their time, energy, and attention today. Global events and issues take a lot of those three resources to absorb, yet they can also infuse us with energy as well as clarify priorities. That in turn certainly trickles down to our "to do" lists. I mine the extraordinary by immersing myself in the [purportedly] ordinary. Have you ever worked / presented outside of the U.S.? For a 2008 exhibition organized by Professor Ling-Wen Tsai called The Crossing of Time and Environment, in Toshei Village, Taiwan, I issued a call for photos of plastic bags snagged in trees and implicated myself as part of the problem by laminating images I gathered, and hanging them in trees on the “chosen barren land” where installation occurred. Recently I was invited to design a two-sided banner installed on lampposts in tiny towns in Denmark. The website ET4U.DK documents this exciting public art project bringing diverse work— much of it politically charged—to quiet streets traveled by tractors, school buses, bicyclists, and families turning into their driveways. I only understood the magnitude and potential of this project by walking the streets of these towns this summer. Seeing work virtually is simply not a full-bodied substitute for experiencing it in the flesh, and I encourage students to experience art directly. What country, that you have never visited, would you like to visit? The red and black palette of my inlaid burnishing clay panels derives from ancient Greek ceramics. I would love to find some lists hand-written today in Greek, a language we associate with ancient times and remote priorities, and yet spoken and written today in a country experiencing economic upheaval and thus constantly shifting priorities. I also welcome any lists readers wish to mail me care of MECA!
Take out your dictionary. Find the word ‘impossible’ and destroy that page.
Dr. Gan Xu
Professor of Art History What differentiates MECA from your own college and grad school experience? My doctoral degree is from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. It’s a much bigger school than MECA. At the time I studied there the enrollment was about 20,000. MECA has a much smaller population—370 BFA students—which means that students and faculty know each other much better. Students are more than a name. In China, there is the national exam for university each year. Every high school graduate in the entire country takes the same exam at the same time. Essentially, a student spends 12 years preparing for one exam. University tuition, if you are admitted, is less than $2,000 a year. I was able to attend Vanderbilt University, where I earned a Master’s degree, because of a full scholarship—and I worked hard to keep it. I knew I would have no second chances or opportunities. Friday nights we used to joke that the library was the “Library of China” because there were no American students in the library. I felt that American students didn’t value what they had, the opportunity to learn, the luxury of being able to study and learn. Was there a professor who stands out in your mind as having influenced you? Dr. Milan Mihal. He is Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts now at Vanderbilt University. His area of expertise is Japanese art history. I arrived at Vanderbilt with nothing. I hadn’t even had the money to pay the application fee for the school. Dr. Mihal met me at the airport and brought me back to campus. I carried my bag and he unpacked everything he had brought for me, bedding, a bed, a table. He was a father figure but he also was very strict academically. I had to first complete a Master’s then go on to a Ph.D. Dr. Mihal was on my Master’s committee. I showed him the final printed copy of my thesis and he suggested that I change one term throughout the thesis, 129 pages. He was right. This was in the days before computers. So, I went back and I retyped the whole paper.
How do global events and issues, whether contemporary or past, inform your practice? A copy of my doctoral thesis is in the MECA library if you want the long answer! My field is contemporary Chinese art so I pay close attention to what is happening in China. I know many great contemporary Chinese artists.
Dr. Mihal also taught me about teaching. If a teacher isn’t prepared and motivated about the subject he or she teaches, then the teacher is wasting the students’ time.
When I went to Vanderbilt, my father took me to the airport. He said, “Son, you got enough, I got enough, never come back.” I did not return to China for eight years. I came to the United States for freedom, where there is no persecution, no communism.
Why do you work in the medium you do? I was learning oil painting then found I wasn’t crazy enough to be an artist. You know, I did not go to high school. My father was an engineer, but when Mao Tse-tung came to power, my father was on the wrong side. As his son, I was not permitted entrance to high school. I learned everything myself. I prepared for the university exam and when Mao died, I took the national exam. I studied fine arts then moved into art history.
Have you ever worked / presented outside of the U.S.? I’ve published books and journal articles in both English and Chinese, primarily on contemporary Chinese artists. I have lectured at Harvard University, Guizhou Teacher’s University, the College of Art at Guizhou University, and Lanzhou University. As an artist, my oil paintings and Chinese ink paintings have been exhibited in Maine, Ohio, Tennessee, and in China.
What do you do when you hit a creative wall? I have a mentor who is a commander in the military. He taught me how to face difficulty by saying, “Take out your dictionary. Find the word ‘impossible’ and destroy that page.”
What country, that you have never visited, would you like to visit? Tanzania. Dr. Aimée Bessire raised money to build a school there through a nonprofit called Africa Schoolhouse. I would like to volunteer to teach in that school. It is an elementary school.
photo: greta rybus
MECA’s low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art was among the first of its kind in the nation and is fundamentally grounded in maintaining a vibrant studio practice. The educational philosophy behind MECA’s MFA program is rooted in providing each student with a transformative learning experience that emphasizes research, experimentation, reflection, collaboration, and problem-solving within a rigorous studio practice.
Nestled into the banks of the Yangtze River that runs through China, Wuhu is the city Faith (Xin Wang) calls home. This year, however, Faith is working towards an MFA at MECA and her first American experience, in Portland, is informing much of her work.
photo: greta rybus
Faith chose MECA because, “The College has incredible resources and I never worry about difficulties with the technology resources I need and use in my work. Another luxury is that it is open 24 hours a day!” Faith’s graduate work revolves around two projects that delve into American/not American. She is working not only through her experiences but those of her international classmates from places around the world.
Marina Eckler MFA ’13, Basketball Doilies, found materials, 8' x 19" x 19," 2013 Altman E. Studeny, MFA ’12, Archive: South Dakota Visual Culture, shared and collected materials, dimensions variable, 2012
Faith noted, “Perhaps the best part of the program is the people. I’ve been able to make good friends and the group critique process over the summer was my favorite experience!”
MFA Application Deadline February 15 is the priority application deadline for MECA’s graduate program beginning in June of 2014. meca.edu/mfa
From Alberta to the Arctic
Charley Young MFA ’14
In 2014, Charley Young will sail on a traditionally rigged Barquentine ship as a resident of The Arctic Circle expeditionary residency program, which brings together international artists of all disciplines, as well as scientists, architects, and educators, to work independently and collaboratively in the Northern landscape. Charley is an installation-based printer and interdisciplinary artist whose work includes large-scale monoprints of historic building facades, through which she documents a site’s appearance prior to its destruction. This fall, Charley was an Artist-in-Residence at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, where she developed a series of site-oriented artworks that interacted with embedded ruins of architecture in the region. She has also been an Artist-in-Residence at The Vermont Studio Center, Spark Box Studios in Ontario, and the Klondike Institute for Arts and Culture in Dawson City, Yukon.
“What I appreciate most about MECA’s MFA Program is the flexibility it offers. I've been able to travel and do artist residencies, which has substantially influenced my work. As an artist who focuses on ideas of place and site, it has been extremely important to me to be able to travel directly to these various locations to do research and develop stronger connections. I really appreciate the quality of the MFA faculty and the diverse range of visiting artists and lecturers that the program brings in during the Summer Intensive. It's been very influential to have them visit me in my studio, and the feedback and criticism of these artists, curators, and critics has allowed my work to grow conceptually, materially and formally.” By Annie Wadleigh
photo: gabriella sturchio ’12
“I see the world through the language of As an artist who focuses printmaking,” she says. on ideas of place and site, Much like the surface of a it has been extremely collagraph plate, the urban and rural landscape are full important to me to be of textures and surfaces. able to travel directly to Navigating through a these various locations to space, be it a city or my studio, allows my eyes to do research and develop observe and my imagination stronger connections. to wander. I record my encounters as an architect, archaeologist, writer, or printmaker might do, archiving with my camera and sketchbook or through field notes. I see my art as a bridge between citizens, environments and communities.”
Charley Young, City Through the Trees, graphite, pencil crayon, and image transfer on mylar, 24" x 18," 2012 Charley Young in her studio.
alumni news 2013 Alumni Biennial
Ardor, the 2013 MECA Alumni Biennial Exhibition, took place from August 24 through October 13, 2013 at the ICA at MECA. The featured artists were Gina Adams ’02, Hannah Barnes ’02, Jenny Dougherty ’05, Rebecca Bennett Duke ’95, Shirah Neumann MFA ’12, and Rebecca Wood ’12. The jurors were Kate McNamara, Director and Chief Curator of the Boston University Art Gallery, and Shannon Rankin ’02.
MECA at the PMA 2013 Portland Museum of Art Biennial: Piece Work
Out of 900 applicants, 30 artists were chosen for this year’s PMA biennial, curated by Jessica May around the themes of labor, handiwork, and production. Ten, or one-third of the artists, are MECA alums and two are MECA faculty currenting teaching in the BFA program. Four of the alumni have been included in previous PMA biennials. The exhibit opened in October and runs through January 5. It includes the work of: Kate Beck (attended) ’05; Matt Blackwell ’77; Allison Cooke Brown ’01, Alina Gallo MFA ’08; Julie Gray MFA ’12; Alison Hildreth ’76; Joe Kievitt ’93; Sage Lewis ’04; Justin Richel ’02; and Aaron Williams ’94. photo: stratton mccrady mfa ’15
Additionally, Ahmed Alsoudani ’05 has a solo exhibition at the Portland Museum of Art titled Ahmed Alsoudani: Redacted, featuring nearly 20 of the artist’s innovative paintings, which reflect on the horrors of war with a unique artistic voice. The exhibition is on view through February 2, 2014. “Challenging the viewer with nuanced art historical arguments and blatantly difficult, abject, and grotesque imagery, Alsoudani does what few artists can do: he successfully translates the complexity of contemporary politics into meaningful painting,” said PMA Director Mark H. C. Bessire.
Exhibitions + Awards
The Thos. Moser Showroom in Freeport, ME, hosted an exhibit of 18 MECA alums, spanning more than 30 years of classes. The featured artists were Beatrice Abbott ’11, Leon Anderson ’83, Kate Beck (attended) ’05, Felice Boucher ’84, Louise Bourne ’88. Ashley Curry ’10, Cynthia Davis ’90, Lisa Dombek (attended) ’98, Rachael Eastman ’94, Joshua Ferry ’94, Julie Freund ’81, Peyton Higgison ’79, Anne Ireland ’94, Jenny Moore ’01, Scott Moore ’78, Francine Schrock ’91, Bridget Spaeth ’95, and Noa Warren ’06.
Rebecca Bennett Duke ’95, Over the Rainbow, casting foam, paint, 48" x 72" x 18," 2013
Five MECA alumni exhibited their work at Shaw Gallery in Northeast Harbor this summer. The exhibition included works by Connie Hayes ’80, Margaret Lawrence ’93, Mark Marchesi ’99, Holly Ready ’94, and Justin Richel ’02. Edwige Charlot ’10 and Pilar Nadal MFA ’13 were awarded Emerging Artist Grants from the Saint Botolph Foundation in Boston, MA, and organization that recognizes and supports New England based artists.
photo: stratton mccrady mfa ’15
The Society of Arts and Crafts announced that the 2013 recipient of the $25,000 John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship was MECA alumna, Vivian Beer ’00. Vivian is an innovative furniture maker based in New Hampshire who aspires "to create handmade, one-off objects that manifest the nostalgia of history, the speed of progress, and the memory of the human hand.”
new alumni in admissions
MECA’s Admissions Department hired three new seasonal recruiters. They include: Caitlin Alger Art Ed ’13, BFA ’12, who was a recipient of the President's Scholarship and recently taught at the Oak Street Studios in Portland, ME; Jenna Crowder ’07, who was the lead artist for a public space project in Cairo, Egypt; and Maia Snow ’13, who recently had a solo exhibition at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, ME. The Class of 1968 held a 45th-year reunion at MECA this summer. Participants included Gene Fuller, Victor Cormier, Marty Trower, Mike Welch, and C. David Thomas.
alumni class notes
For more than a hundred years, MECA's alumni have made outstanding contributions in their respective fields. In the 21st century, they now bring the qualities of creative problem solving blended with an entrepreneurial spirit to continue MECA's legacy of excellence. 1970s Mat O’Donnell (attended) ’70 exhibited his work at a variety of Maine galleries, including Waterfall Arts in Belfast, Hurricane Gallery in Waldoboro, River Arts in Damariscotta, and Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick. Patrick Plourde ’76 was a featured artist on the Art Collector Maine website. John Bjerklie ’77 participated in Minoterieal21, an initiative in Brittany, France, in which a selection of French and overseas artists designed shelters and cabins that exist as works of art as well as venues for retreat and reflection.
Laura Jo Alexander (attended) ’78 has a studio at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, NJ and exhibited her work there, in a show called Mana Fest. She is a recipient of a Fellowship Grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for Painting and, as a grant recipient, had an exhibit at Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Science. Additionally, her work was featured in an international juried exhibit in Brooklyn, NY. Scott Moore ’78 gave an artist’s talk, followed by a reception, at an event organized by Argosy Gallery at the Cumberland Club in Portland, ME, in his honor. Scott is also one of only ten artists featured in the Acadia section of the forthcoming book Art of the National Parks published by Fresco Fine Art Publications.
Jude Valentine ’78 was the printmaker-in-residence for September at St. Michael's Printshop in Newfoundland, Canada.
Patrick Supple (attended) ’79 exhibited his paintings in a group exhibition titled Small Works II at Gallery 25 in Fresno, CA.
1980s William Mills ’80 and his crew from Geppetto Studios fabricated all the puppets and costumes for a new television program called Noah's Park. They are also working on four characters for the touring stage show Yo Gabba Gabba. Stephani Briggs ’81 participated in the Blue Hill Fine Craft Show in Blue Hill, ME. Jeffrey Herman '81 continues to educate the world on how to properly care for silver through his website and lectures. Herman says, "Every day important silver objects are
being devalued because of the use of harsh tarnish-eliminating polishes, chemicals, and even steel wool!” Rob Licht ’84 had an exhibition titled A Dialogue with the Landscape. New Work From the Edge of the Great Basin. featuring work from his residency at Playa, in eastern Oregon’s high desert, at the Community Arts Partnership (CAP) ArtSpace in Ithaca, NY.
Laura Jo Alexander (attended) ’78, Twinkie, oil on canvas, 96” x 60,” 2013
Edna Dratch-Parker ’86 is the founder of EFD Creative, which won a Wedding of the Year award in 2012 from the New England Chapter of the National Association for Catering and Events. Edna also received the Trendsetter of the Year Award by Wedding Planner Magazine in 2012, and Social Event Planner of the Year through BizBash Boston Readers’ Choice Awards in 2011. Louise Bourne ’88 had her work exhibited at a number of galleries in Maine, including Tarratine Gallery in Castine, of which she is a partial owner; Cynthia Winings Gallery in Blue Hill; George Marshall Store Gallery in York; Gallery at the Grand in Kennebunkport; and Jonathan Frost Gallery in Rockland.
1990s Francine Schrock ’91 created murals at the Russell Park Rehabilitation and Living Center in Lewiston, ME, and the Schooner Estates Retirement Community in Auburn, ME. The Schooner Estates mural “The Village Green” featured a 360-degree landscape, with images and ideas selected by residents and staff. Andres A. Verzosa ’92 had an exhibition titled An Elephant in the Room: New Works by Andres A. Verzosa at Isaac Dyer Galleries in Gorham, ME. Andy also runs Aucocisco Galleries, located in Portland, ME, and held an exhibit series of two-person shows titled Double Dozen. The series included work by Rachel Eastman ’94, Caren-Marie Michel ’78, PatRICK Plourde ’76 and Toni Wolf ’81. Robert Diamante ’93 taught a workshop called “GPS for Artists: How You Can Make, Manage, and Maintain Professional Digital Files” at the studio of master jeweler and educator Jayne Redman ’77 in Westbrook, ME. Margaret Lawrence ’93 had an exhibition titled Here and There at Greenhut Galleries in Portland, ME. Anne Ireland ’94 and Julie Freund ’81 were featured in the June 2013 “Canvas” section of Maine Home + Design. In addition, Anne was awarded a MECA Pace House Residency in Stonington, ME, her work was featured in the exhibit Spring at Gleason Fine Art, and she was a featured artist on the Art Collector Maine website. Aaron Williams ’94 had a solo exhibition at LaMontagne Gallery in Boston and had work included in the group exhibition Lost & Found at Hal Bromm Gallery in New York, NY, and Memphis Social, an exhibition and performance event that took place at multiple sites in Memphis, TN. He had an exhibition titled pictures/Pictures at Mulherin + Pollard in New York, NY. Shannon Rose Riley ’95, Associate Professor of Humanities and Coordinator of the Creative Arts Program at San Jose State University in California, contributed
to the book Practice as Research in the Arts. Principles, Protocols, Pedagogies, Resistances, edited by Robin Nelson. Shana Astrachan ’96 focused on multiple collaborations with other designers at a Makeshift Society residency in her current base of San Francisco. Shana is a designer, metalsmith and makeup artist with a strong background in product development and working with manufacturers. She has recently launched a line of boutique beauty products. Shannon Rankin ’97 and Justin Richel ’02 had work featured in Crux, a two-person exhibit of new work at the June Fitzpatrick Gallery in Portland, ME. Shannon had work published in Geo Graphic. A Book for Map Lovers, and her work was featured on Fast Company’s Creative Braintrust blog. Additionally, her work was featured in the 2013 West Elm Catalog and in an interview on their blog. Isak Applin ’98 had a solo exhibition of paintings at Evens Contemporary in Peterborough, Ontario, and a two-person show titled Isak Applin & Adam Ekberg. Sounds from the Second Floor at Comfort Station in Chicago, IL.
Lisa Dombek (attended) ’98 had work included in Ekphrasis: Poems Speaking to Silent Works of Art at the Yarmouth Memorial Library in Yarmouth, ME. Renee Bouchard ’99 participated in a twoperson exhibition titled Alternate Realities— Jamie Franklin & Renee Bouchard at Branch Gallery in North Adams, MA, and a solo exhibition of her paintings titled Confluence at McDaris Fine Art in Hudson, NY.
Erica Hansen ’00, Counting Crows, Inkblot series on illuminated panels, 12'x12', 2012
Erica Hansen ’00 works in photography, video and sculpture, creating visual experiments related to physical space, mythology and personal desire. After a two-year residency at The Creative Alliance in Baltimore, Maryland, and the completion of her MA in Art and Education from the Maryland Institute College of Art, she has been living and working in Cosenza, Italy for the last year in pursuit of her Ph.D. During that time she has been working on a series called Counting Crows, which includes plans for a book and a Smartphone application that allows readers to contribute their crow stories, sightings, and anecdotes to an international online database. Creative Capital included her avian-related project “Assimilaves” on their 2013 “On Our Radar” list. She had previously won a second place judge’s choice award for her image that was installed on the side of The Creative Alliance’s wall in Baltimore, MD, as part of artist Michael Owen’s Wheat Paste Competition.
Counting Crows is a series of inkblot compositions featuring crow imagery in mandalic and symmetric compositions. The series is a variable set of images that have been installed in response to various architectural spaces, as well as in book form. Pictured here the image is printed and illuminated on a series of light boxes. This series re-imagines the tradition of counting crow rhymes, and asks viewers to create their own auguric methodology.
Allison Cooke Brown, Amended #11, vintage lace doily, cotton threads, 11” x 13,” 2012
Allison Cooke Brown '01 was included in the “Dirigo” portion of a four-part show at the University of New England Art Gallery in Westbrook, ME, called Maine Women Pioneers. One of her wearable artist's books was included in 500 Handmade Books Vol 2, published by Lark Books.
Gabriel Adams ’02 has been working in Istanbul as the International Projects Manager for the Art Bospherous International Modern Art Fair, one of the most important artistic activities in Istanbul, featuring Turkish and global art. He has also participated in a number of exhibitions around Istanbul, a solo show in Seoul, South Korea, a group exhibition at the Mongolian National Modern Art Gallery, and assisted Georgian artist Iliko Zautashvili at this years 55th Venice Biennale.
Michelle Weinstein ’02, who is an MFA candidate at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, had an exhibition of her animations and drawings entitled Fourth at b. sakata garo gallery in Sacramento, CA.
Daniel Pepice ’03 is a designer for the re-launched Boast fashion line. His apparel for New York Fashion Week was selected as one of Elle magazine’s "Fashion Week's Next Big Things.” Sarah Schuster ’03 is an Associate at Cultural Capital Consultancy, a Swiss company specializing in art collection strategy, museum consultancy, and art wealth management. Sarah is based in London and has worked with leading patrons of international art institutions, major international collectors, and public, private, and commercial institutions in the U.S., the U.K., and Europe. She earned her MA in Curating from Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Tyler Johnston ’05 had a solo exhibition on three interrelated bodies of work, including maps of inheritance, power objects, and transmutational icons, titled Tropical Alchemy, at Popopstudios International Center for Visual Arts in Nassau, Bahamas. Tyler, working under the pseudonym of Bahama Woodstarr, debuted a short performance during the show. Jessica Rodrigue ’05 was featured on the news blog DNAinfo Chicago for her project photographing all of the closed Chicago Public Schools. Patricia Brace ’06 co-curated interstice, a performance art exhibit at Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn, NY that used technology, the body, and the everyday to examine the space between life and art. A street performance/ happening preceded the show. She also exhibited her work in Women in Charge!,
photo: magda guruli
Nicole Duennebier ’05 had an exhibition of her paintings called Bright Beast, at The Lilypad in Cambridge, MA, and her work is represented by 13 Forest Gallery in Arlington, MA.
Gabriel Adams ’02 with Iranian artist Shirin Neshat at the opening of the Venice Biennale. Stacey Vallerie ’03, Dan, carbon and pastel, 5" x 7," 2013
Gina Adams ’02 completed her MFA at the University of Kansas with a solo exhibit, Survival/Zhaabwiiwin, at the Visual Arts Gallery, and was in a seven-woman exhibit called Woman Stands With a Fist at The Museum of the Contemporary Native American in Santa Fe, NM. Her work was featured in River Market Regional Exhibition at the Artists Coalition’s Malin and Charno Galleries in Kansas City, MO. She also completed a residency at The Studios of Key West in Key West, FL, where her work was featured in a solo exhibit at TSKW Gallery. Her solo exhibit at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, NE, opened in November. Tim Clorius ’02 and Matt Moore ’06 met in Heidelberg, Germany, and painted around the clock for three weeks to create An Abstract Dialog, a series of collaborative canvases and murals exhibited at Galerie P13. Matt also painted a mural on the exterior of the Museu del Disseny de Barcelona in Spain, as part of the Offf Festival.
Justin Richel ’02 had his work included in Still Life Lives! at the Fitchburg Art Museum in Fitchburg, MA and he participated in a John Michael Kohler Arts Center Arts/ Industry residency.
Stacey Vallerie ’03 has been traveling internationally as a scenic artist for a company that creates theater sets for cruise ships. Her work was exhibited in Art Comes Alive, a juried exhibition by Art Design Consultants in Cincinnati, OH, for which she was awarded “Pastel Artist of the Year.” She was also accepted into Secret Artworks, The Cincinnati Art Club’s “Viewpoint Show;” and C/LINK, a competitive database of local artists that connects them to buyers, dealers, and curators. Kimberly Convery (attended) ’05 had an exhibition of her drawings titled Pity the Clouds at Mayo Street Arts in Portland, ME.
a group exhibition at SOHO 20 Gallery in Chelsea, NY. Taylor Franklin ’06 works as the Registrar at Greene Naftali Gallery in New York City. Jason Gorcoff ’06, Penn State Altoona’s Emerging Artist-in-Residence, had an exhibit titled New Works at the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts in Altoona, PA. Jason received his MFA from Indiana State University. Ann Thompson (attended) ’06 taught several kinetic toy classes for youth that utilized recycled materials, authentic manufacturing techniques, and hand tools
to create inventive moving art at Firehouse Arts at Winslow Station in Falmouth, ME.
into Curriculum.” Edwige also worked with Creative Portland and MECA to organize the Professional Development lecture series.
Brett Walker ’06 photographed filmmaker Rob Epstein for a book project called Tell Me Something by Jessica Edwards and the Film First production company. His image “Solo Exhibition” was included in an exhibit at the Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, OR, and was featured as a “photo of the day” on the Fecal Face website. His work was featured in a group exhibit at the Photo Center Northwest in Seattle, WA, and in a solo show at a gallery space called The Garage Sale Project. He also participated in the Art Span SF Open Studios in San Francisco, CA.
Chloe Darke ’11 was featured in an episode of Craft in America during season five of the Peabody Award-winning series on PBS. Her career as a silversmith at Old Newbury Crafters was documented in one of three profiles that aired in the episode “Forge,” devoted to artists who work with metal. Nicole Farrand ’11 completed her MFA at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, and participated in the Thesis Exhibition at Anderson Gallery at VCU. She now works at MECA as the Studio Assistant in the Woodworking & Furniture Design department and is also teaching a BFA class.
Anthony Bragg ’07 is a graduate student at Rhode Island School of Design. He was selected to do an installation in the Artists at Work Project Window.
Caleb Pine ’11 and Steven Anderson ’11 are both woodworkers at Katahdin Studio in Lewiston. They created a ceremonial mace for Kaplan University in Lewiston, ME, that is used at Kaplan’s commencement ceremonies.
Asherah Cinnamon ’08 had a solo exhibition at the Maine Jewish Museum entitled Celebration, Tradition and Change. She was also one of the artists-in-residence at “The Jewish Waltz with Planet Earth Retreat” in Putnam Valley, NY, where she helped to create a collaborative installation based on the Hebrew letter Shin. Her work was reviewed in The Jewish Daily Forward, a key publication for Jews worldwide, and in The Jewish Week.
Abbeth Russell ’11 has been curating exhibitions at the Meg Perry Center in Portland, ME. She is a member of the Hidden Ladder Art Collective, which has had many exhibits at the center. She is also a Program Assistant at Mayo Street Arts. Lisa (LK) Weiss ’11 is the founder of The Portland Designer, a graphic design company, and Jack Tar 207, a style and product photography business that showcases the gritty authenticity of people and places in Maine, while “bending the rules of gender and fashion norms." The Jack Tar blog has a worldwide following and an interview with LK was recently posted on the Huffington Post blog.
Elianna Mesaikos Phelps ’08 graduated with her MFA from SUNY Purchase. Martha Piscuskas ’08 is the Director of Programming at Waterfall Arts in Belfast, ME. She was interviewed by Britta Konau for the column “art current: A Dialogue with Waterfall Arts About Community” for the Free Press Online, based in Rockland, ME. Aaron Staples ’08 was commissioned to create three large-scale ink drawings of various oyster species for Eventide Oyster Co., a seafood restaurant in Portland, ME, which led to six additional commissions.
Raymond Ewing ’12 is an MFA candidate at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. Kenyon Grant ’12 works at the Dehn Gallery at Manchester Community College in Manchester, CT, and recently co-curated an exhibition there titled 100 Mile Village.
John Nelson ’12 established Nelson Metal Fabrication in Portland, ME, creating custom metalwork for restaurants, bars, galleries, and private clients. He was also featured in the Portland Press Herald in an article about the availability of affordable studio space in Portland, ME.
photo: jessica beebe
Molly Vogel ’09 was selected for the Emerging Artist category this year at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show.
Edwige Charlot ’10 had her work included in a two-person exhibition with Phil Stevens ’91 titled In Search of Our Land at Isaac Dyer Galleries in Gorham, ME. She was interviewed by MPBN for the piece “Maine Educators Seek to Integrate Black History
Aaron Decker ’12, Daphne, wood, pearl, mother of pearl, topaz, white gold, silver, 4.5" x 3" x .5," 2013
Riley Hart ’12 was interviewed by the Bangor Daily News about her journey from a diagnosis of papillary thyroid cancer to her subsequent surgeries and recovery, her campaigns to raise money for the Maine Cancer Foundation, and her upcoming trip to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. She is now cancer free and plans to use her upcoming trip to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise thyroid cancer awareness and inspire others.
Gavin Rouille ’09, gave a talk called "Trying to Complete Me" at Rose Contemporary Gallery in Portland, ME. Gavin's archive of sticky notes, created while planning his first year of graduate school at Indiana State University, formed the basis for MECA Associate Professor of Printmaking Adriane Herman’s new series of inlaid burnishing clay panels featured in the show Finish Lines at the gallery.
Aaron Decker ’12 had a solo exhibition titled Opulent Forest at Daunis Fine Jewelry in Portland, ME. He is also an editor for Current Obsession, a new biannual magazine devoted to jewellery as part of today’s visual culture, published in Munich, Germany and distributed internationally. Aaron also gave an artist’s talk in Osher Hall at MECA.
LK Weiss ’11 with her team from Jack Tar 207
Adriana Warner ’12 was one of three artists awarded a fellowship to participate in an interdisciplinary program called the Department of Public Imagination, launched by the Design Studio for Social Intervention and Community Labor United. This Bostonbased program targets socially engaged artists to build creative partnerships between artists and member-led community groups.
Rebecca “Reesa” Wood ’12 is in her second year of her MFA at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. Some of her work was included in At Your Leisure, an exhibit of work by RISD’s MFA 2014 painting class at 111 Front Street Galleries in Brooklyn, NY. Kristin Fitzpatrick ’13 was an artist-inresidence at the Monhegan Artist Residency on Monhegan Island, ME. Abby Mechanic ’13 and Jasmine Clayton (attended) ’97 were nominated for a Martha Stewart American Made award, a viewer’s choice award that recognizes ingenuity and excellence for handmade products. Sarah Mohammadi ’13 won an American Institute of Graphic Design (AIGA) Bone Show award for her cookbook Turkmen Damegh. The biennial show celebrates the best of New England design. Natalie Reed ’13 is a member of the Silver Thread Artisans in Vinalhaven, ME. Hannah Rosengren ’13 works at the Portland Museum of Art as a Visitor Experience Associate.
RISD Museum in Providence, RI. Operating under the name Wavelady Studios, Anna continues to do custom design, fabrication and repair of iron fences, railings, and other ornamentation.
Liz Sweibel MFA ’03 had a solo exhibition titled fragments of our own at NURTUREart in Brooklyn, NY. An online catalog that accompanied the show included an essay by Maysey Craddock MFA ’03.
Lenka Konopasek MFA ’01 had work included in Ink, Paper, Scissors at the Kimball Art Center in Park City, UT.
Nancy NesveT MFA '04 was the head curator of the exhibit Fasanella's Lawrence at the Gallery at Lawrence Heritage State Park in Lawrence, MA. Ralph Fanasella was a self-taught artist whose work was featured in numerous museums around the county. Nancy also joined the faculty at University of Massachusetts Lowell as an instructor in the Honors College, teaching curatorial science and practice.
Simon Van Der Ven MFA ’01 was an artistin-residence at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, CO. Aaron Stephan MFA ’02 had an exhibition of his work titled Art Handling at Samsøn Gallery in Boston. His solo show of three large-scale site-specific installations called Platform 12: Aaron Stephan: Secondhand Utopias, at the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA, was reviewed by the Boston Globe. He recently completed commissions for the Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis, IN, and the Merrill Marine Gateway Project in Portland, ME. His commission for the Music City Center in Nashville, TN, included a grid of more than
Lauren O'Neal MFA '04 had a show at Nave Gallery in Somerville, MA, as part of their first artist-in-residence program. During the show she hosted a salon based on failure and experimentation titled Fail Better: A Works in Progress Salon, which included a discussion with Kirsten Reynolds MFA '04.
Hannah Sherwood ’13 collaborated with Goodwill Industries of Northern New England to create word-art installations on walls and chain-link fences throughout the Bayside community in Portland, ME.
Richard Metz MFA ’00 had new work included in Acclimatized: Heaven & Earth 5, an outdoor sculpture exhibit in Carkeet Park at the Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle, WA. Anna Shapiro MFA ’00 is creating an installation at the Contemporary Art and Culture Heritage Centre in the Sabile Synagogue in Latvia in the summer of 2014 in conjunction with the 7th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art in Latvia. Anna says, “Every stage of the making involves going into the old traditions of casting, weaving, storytelling, and woodworking. When complete, the entire installation will be burned and the ashes will be put into cast iron urns and placed on a monument marking where 240 Jews from the area were massacred. The work aims to be laborious and joyful, even though it addresses a painful time in world history."
She also had work included in Weathering Art, a group exhibition devoted to creative expression in the era of climate change at 119 Gallery in Lowell, MA; Marrow at the Steel Yard in Providence, RI; Power Lines at Van Vessem Gallery in Tiverton RI; Craftivism at the Massachusetts State House in Boston, MA; and the Locally Made exhibit at the
Catherine D’ignazio MFA ’05, The Sixth Room, online data visualization of visitors to Sarah Sze's Triple Point installation at the Venice Biennale, 2013
100 white musical instruments, a “life-sized orchestra floating in space and time." He was cited by NYArts Magazine as one of twenty notable artists under the age of 40. Maysey Craddock MFA ’03 had an exhibition titled Maysey Craddock: Angle of Repose at the Baum Gallery at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, AR, featuring paintings focused on the ruins of a 13th century Estonian church. Her work was included in the two-person show A Different Kind of Landscape at the Brooks Museum of Art, in Memphis, TN; in Five from Memphis at The Arts Company in Nashville, TN; in Under the Influence at the Baton Rouge Gallery in Louisiana; and in Art Southampton at the David Lusk Gallery in Southampton, NY. New work will be shown at Cris Worley Fine Arts in Dallas, TX in 2014. She recently joined the Sears Peyton Gallery in New York City.
Catherine D’Ignazio MFA ’05, aka Kanarinka, created "The Sixth Room," a digital tool that visually represents the network of virtual and physical audiences visiting Sarah Sze's "Triple Point" in the U.S. Pavilion for the Bloomberg Lounge at the Venice Biennial. Randy Regier MFA ’07 had a solo exhibition titled But Wait, There’s More. at The Diver in Wichita, KS. His installation NuPenny's Last Stand: Hays, Kansas appeared at 10th and Main Streets in Hays, KS. Devin Dobrowolski MFA ’08 was profiled by Britta Konau in Maine Home + Design magazine as a highly skilled emerging artist whose focus is the human figure. He is represented by Aucocisco Galleries in Portland, ME.
Gina Siepel MFA ’08 had a solo exhibition at the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton, MA titled 1 x 1. It was a live, site-specific installation which combined performance, drawing, installation, and traditional woodworking, during which Siepel attempted to install a single ash board, one inch wide by one mile long, into the interior of the A.P.E. Gallery. Jessica Townes George MFA ’09 had an exhibition at TNC Gallery in New York City and at Déjà Vu Gallery on Block Island, RI. Angela Warren MFA ’11 had work included in a group exhibition titled Working It Out at the Painting Center in New York City. Anne Buckwalter MFA ’12 was accepted for a residency at the Banff Centre, a large arts and creativity incubator, located in the heart of Banff National Park, in Alberta, Canada.
Shirah Neumann MFA ’12 had work included in the group exhibition Visual Poetry at the Portland Public Library, Portland, ME, and in 2014 will have work included in Portland Show by Greenhut Galleries, also in Portland. Toni Jo Coppa MFA ’13 had work included in the 8th Annual Boston Young Contemporaries Juried Exhibition at 808 Gallery in Boston, MA, Make Believe at Dark Room Gallery in Essex Junction, VT, and Divergent Collective at the Danforth Gallery at the University of Maine-Augusta. She also completed a residency at the Hewnoaks Artist Colony in Lovell, ME.
Sandra Lapage MFA '13 lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil. She recently completed a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund her upcoming artist residency at the NARS Foundation in New York.
Maria Liebana MFA ’13 had her work included in a show titled Best of the Northeast Masters of Fine Arts 2013 Exhibition at the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, VT.
Andrew DiBella Art Ed ’07 is an art teacher at MEF International School, Istanbul, Turkey.
Megan Hagerty Art Ed ’13, BFA ’12 teaches at Soule Early Childhood Center, a Reggio/ Montessori preschool in Brookline, MA. Jennifer Kowtko Art Ed ’13 received the Maine Art Education Alliance's Higher Education award.
Mathieu Poster ’96 with his dog Chanook
Natalie Squillante '09, Art Ed '10 teaches ceramics at Jamestown Art Center, that she helped to found 3 years ago. She teaches youth and adult classes, as well as summer ceramics and creative arts camps. She also works with a non-profit called Art is Smart, which raises money to provide art rooms in public schools with funds and materials for their classes. Deanna Bird Art Ed '13 teaches art at Garrison Elementary in Dover, NH, where she also volunteers to create the school yearbook and photograph events.
in memoriam Frances L. Shaw (attended) ’36 passed away
unexpectedly in Thomaston, ME, on May 5, 2013, at age 95. Frances graduated from Deering High School and attended Portland School of Art. Because of her father’s early death in 1936, she felt she needed to give up her art education and find a job to assist her mother and brother. She and her husband, Delmar D. Shaw, Jr., were married in Romona, California, and later returned to Maine where Del began a 31-year career with New England Telephone Co. Fran and Del raised three children: After his retirement they settled in Cape Elizabeth, which they enjoyed for nearly 25 years. Fran continued to paint throughout her life, sharing her accomplished seascapes with friends and family.
Shirley Thompson Leighton (attended) ’65
passed away unexpectedly on May 3, 2013. She was born in Waldoboro in 1944, attended the Portland School of Art, and was an accomplished artist. Shirley married Tom Leighton and they had two children, Kate and Andy. Shirley and Tom had made Falmouth their home for the past 40 years. Shirley worked at Cuddledown of Maine for 17 years and at L.L. Bean for 17 years, retiring three years ago. She owned and operated Pleasant Hill Products and her creative cat mats and toys were sold in pet and gift shops across the country. In addition to her entrepreneurial ventures, Shirley was an avid gardener, painter, and landscape designer.
Deborah Bates ’83 passed away on June 27, 2013, at the Christian Science Care Facility in Chestnut Hills, MA, following a lingering illness. She was born in Wellesley, MA, and held degrees from California College of Arts & Crafts (MFA), Maine College of Art (BFA), Pennsylvania State University (MA), and Boston University (BS). Her professional accomplishments included serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bangladesh and working as a producer at Boston's public television station, WBGH. She was a tenured Assistant Professor in video and art for many years at St. Joseph's College in Standish, ME. A gifted artist, Deborah had exhibitions in Massachusetts, California, and Maine. Her works currently hang in both public and private collections in these states. An exhibition of her work, From The Ground: Architecture of a Family, is on view through February 20th in the Charles C. Thomas Gallery at MECA.
Mathieu POSTER ’96 passed away in West Newfield, ME on November 6, 2013. Matt earned his BFA degree in Sculpture from MECA and his MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology School for American Crafts. He worked as a teacher and manager of The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in West Rutland, VT, then went on to teach in the Continuing Studies department at MECA. He worked in marble, wood and metal, his medium of preference, and was also an accomplished photographer and painter. Many of his largerthan-life metal sculptures were commissioned works and are displayed in locations throughout the country. Mathieu is lovingly remembered by his family, friends, students, and colleagues. Memorial donations may be made to the Carving Studio or to Maine College of Art.
alumni events + opportunities
Reconnect with your College and take advantage of our residency and grant opportunities.
Belvedere Fund for Professional Development in the Field of Crafts
Alumni who graduated with a BFA within the last ten years, and are working in the field of crafts are eligible to apply. Grants of up to $1,500 will be awarded through a competitive review process. All applicants must submit an online application including a request for funds detailing how the grant will be used to advance one’s professional career. Application deadline is March 12, 2014. Visit meca.edu/ belvedere for more information.
In 2012, MECA introduced a new Cynthia Davis ’90, relationship with the EMMA Coast to Coast, International Collaboration.This event acrylic and collage on takes place every other year and brings 100 hand woven paper, 35" x 53," 2013 renowned artists and craftspeople together from around the world to create art in a collaborative process in the boreal forest of Saskatchewan, Canada. The event has become a catalyst for worldwide creativity in the arts. Summer 2014 collaboration dates are July 30–August 7. Funding is available to cover all costs for one applicant to represent MECA in 2014. For more details visit emmacollaboration.com or contact Jill Dalton at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted through the Belvedere Fund online application form: meca.edu/belvedere
MECA Residency Programs
All alumni, faculty, and staff members are invited to apply for residencies at the Stephen Pace House in Stonington, ME, and the Artist and Family Residency at the Jenny Family Compound at the Baie Sainte Marie in New Edinburgh, Nova Scotia. Residencies range from one to four weeks at the Pace House and two to four weeks at the Baie Sainte Marie location. Applications may be made in any medium, individually or in groups. Preference for the Pace House is given to applicants who are painters. The application deadline is February 19, 2014. meca.edu/residencies.
Emma Sampson ’11, Homemade Arrows, archival inkjet print, 4 x 5 film. Emma made this photograph while she was a MECA artist-in-residence at the Pace House in Stonington, ME.
Family Residency Grant
MECA is a proud recipient of a grant from the Sustainable Arts Foundation. The grant was given to MECA to make physical improvements and purchase gear to make the Pace House more family-friendly. The grant also includes one $500 stipend for families to attend either the Pace House of Baie Sainte Marie residency. Artist parents of children under age 18 may apply for the stipend when applying for a MECA residency.
MFA Alumni Residency
MFA alumni may also apply for the MFA Alumni Residency, which takes place on campus during the MFA summer intensive, from July 5 through August 1, 2014. Application deadline is March 14, 2014. meca.edu/residencies.
Liberty Mutual Insurance Discount
Through MECA’s relationship with Liberty Mutual, degree-holding alumni may receive a discount on auto, homeowners, and life insurance. For more information, go to libertymutual.com or contact our representative at Liberty Mutual, Danielle Bates, at 207.871.9000 ext 50505 and mention that you are a MECA alum.
Keep In Touch!
Our alumni are extremely important to us. Send your news, suggestions, high resolution images (300-dpi minimum), and your updated contact information, to email@example.com or mail to: Alumni Office, Maine College of Art 522 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101 Submissions for Class Notes received after October 1, 2013 will be considered for inclusion in our next issue. Join our MECA Alumni Facebook page and share your news there too! facebook.com/MECAAlumni
For all other alumni-related inquiries contact: Jill Dalton ’99, 207.699.5018, firstname.lastname@example.org Associate Director of Artists at Work and Director of Alumni Relations
photo: gabriella sturchio ’12
MECA began offering its Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) curriculum in Summer 2012. The State of Maine and the regional accrediting body New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) have granted MECA the authority to award the MAT.
Jennifer Kowtko Named 2013 Maine Art Education Association (MAEA) Student Art Educator of the Year
Art Ed Student Profile Jennifer Kowtko ’14
Art is one of the few disciplines that invites an internal application of external experience or knowledge. Art demands a personal commitment. This degree of investment can be terrifying for a student. The role of the art educator therefore is more than an individual who imparts technical knowledge. The art educator must create a space in which the student’s trust allows the student to dismantle boundaries and explore. Jennifer Kwotko does this, almost instinctively. “My goal for students is to be able to look back at the end of the year and feel that they have deepened their artistic abilities as well as their world view,” states Jennifer Kowtko who will be one of the first MECA graduates to earn the Masters of Arts in Teaching. Named the 2013 Maine Art Education Association (MAEA) Student Art Educator of the Year, Jennifer’s love of, “witnessing the ‘Ah-ha’ moments of discovery when students make bigger connections to their world or prior experiences across contexts” has clearly translated to her teaching.
It’s the importance of being reflective. Thinking back on what you’ve done and examining why is the key to growth—whether as an artist or as a teacher.
A 2002 graduate of Syracuse University, summa cum laude, with a BFA in Illustration, Jennifer’s path to art education was not a direct one. A decade hiatus as a successful freelance artist and hair color specialist has enabled her to amass a wealth of experience she is able to draw on as a teacher. When asked how MECA’s Art Ed program informed her teaching approach and style, Jennifer answered, “It’s the importance of being reflective. Thinking back on what you’ve done and examining why is the key to growth— whether as an artist or as a teacher. The MECA community has been inspirational—it is rich with skilled artists who are grounded in their personal quests for meaning as well as making. … The nature of the one-year program is both intensive and intimate... incredibly supportive and encouraging.”
ArtEd teacher candidates are pairing up with youth from the East Bayside neighborhood. Every Wednesday afternoon of the six-week program, participants select projects that range from experimenting with paint and clay to making dream pillows. Upon completion, a community exhibition was held at Mayo Street Arts in December. A big thank-you to Christopher Strickland, course instructor for Frameworks for Teaching and Learning in Multicultural Environments, and Blainor McGough, Executive & Artistic Director of Mayo Street Arts for arranging the collaboration. Kelly McConnell, Director of Art Education Outreach, expanded this year’s field experiences to include the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. As teacher candidate Anne Saffron says, “To be able to give those children a creative distraction from their normal hospital routine and to see them light up when they saw all the art supplies we brought was such an incredible experience. To think that I personally could bring a little bit of art and happiness to them during this difficult time in their lives brought such a sense of inner joy and happiness.”
To learn about more about the wonderful Art Education initiatives, please visit our blog arted.meca.edu. For information on the Art Education program at MECA, please contact email@example.com.
Jennifer is looking to the future with confidence and credits the kinship and accessibility to her professors, valuable professional connections made during the course of the program, and wonderful friendships, as being major parts of her current and doubtless future success. ● by serena joybce ’15
Anne Saffron works with Lily at the Barbara Bush Childen's Hospital while her mother smiles in the background.
Annual Report of Giving
Annual report of giving AROG
July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013
We are pleased to present the Annual Report of Giving for Maine College of Art to acknowledge and thank our 483 donors for gifts made between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013, which totaled $1,403,055. Each gift supports the collegeâ€™s mission to deliver a transformative learning experience that prepares students to thrive in the areas of artistic excellence, creative entrepreneurship, and public engagement. Our roster includes gifts to the Annual Fund, those designated for programs and capital needs, the endowment, revenue generated from the full or partial donation of artwork sold at the inaugural Art Sale in June 2013, and the charitable portion of tickets to the Fashion Show and Art Honors. We want to recognize the totality of our donorsâ€™ giving, so the aggregate amount realized by the College after goods and services received is reflected for each donor in the gift report. Every gift is important to us and we strive to keep accurate records. We apologize if we inadvertently omitted or misspelled any names. Please let us know so we may correct our error. 30
What you supported
Academic Programs $489,534 General Operations $344,107 Capital $265,101 Scholarships $190,732 Endowment $104,949 Alumni Programs $5,782 Visiting Artists $2,850 Total $1,403,055
7% 14% 19%
Students and faculty feel the impact of your gifts every day.
Annual report of giving
Leadership Circle Donors
Maine College of Art is deeply grateful to the Leadership Circle donors who made gifts of $1,500 or more. The generosity and spirit of our contributors allows us to offer programs of excellence and support the long-term stability of the College. $25,000 and above The Bob Crewe Foundation Cyrus and Patricia Hagge Alison D. Hildreth ’76 and Horace A. Hildreth, Jr. Candace Pilk Karu H’13 The Lunder Foundation The Quimby Family Foundation The George L. & Clara S. Shinn Foundation S. Donald Sussman H’12 The Warren Memorial Foundation Anonymous $10,000 and above Joan and Dan Amory through the Fiddler Fund of the Maine Community Foundation Barridoff Galleries, Inc. and Annette and Rob Elowitch The Sam L. Cohen Foundation William and Anne Dustin P’81 Judy and Al Glickman· H’02 The Estate of James B. Goodbody H’80· E. Kent Gordon The Estate of Hazel M. Harrison ’40· Judy and Jeff Kane Palmina Pace Gary Robinov ’04 and White Dog Arts Anonymous
I support MECA because the connection to the students reminds me of the possibilities in the world. Also, it's plain fun. —Kathryn Yates, Volunteer
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$5,000 and above Ahmed M. Alsoudani ’05 Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Curran, Jr. Dr. Edward M. ’08 and Mrs. Carole J. Friedman Roger H'02 and Betty Gilmore The Holt Family Fund of the Maine Community Foundation The Roy A. Hunt Foundation The William Sloane Jelin Charitable Foundation Kenneth and Mary Nelson Deborah S. Reed Mary L. Schendel and Philip H. Gleason Bill and Jacky Thornton The VIA Agency $2,500 and above The Anderson Family Foundation Jane G. Briggs Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Buford The Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust Rebecca Swanson Conrad and Austin H. Conrad, Jr. Daniel N. Crewe The Harry E. Cummings Charitable Trust Mr. and Mrs. William R. Dill The Evergreen Foundation Harriet F. Hubbard ’09* Anne M. Ireland ’94 and Kenneth M. Cole III Lyn Means, M.D. Anne and Vincent Oliviero Sam and Teresa Pierce Ms. Donna Roggenthien and Mr. Ronald Leeking John Ryan and Jenny Potter Scheu The Phineas W. Sprague Memorial Foundation The Sustainable Arts Foundation Don and Louise Tuski Unum Matching Gifts Program Caron Zand and Donald L. Head Anonymous
$1,500 and above Ian C. Anderson and Kari E. Radasch ’97 Dyan Berk ’89 The Edward S. and Cornelia Greaves Bates Fund of the Maine Community Foundation Maria and Keith Canning Edward H. Daveis Benevolent Fund of the Maine Community Foundation Bernard M. Devine Bob and Debby Dluhy Debra Dustin Fuller and Dan Fuller Douglas Green and the Phillips-Green Foundation, Inc. Ralph and Katherine Harding Betsy and Christopher M. Hunt Erick and Stephanie Lahme Alison Leavitt Alexander Macleod June M. McCormack Neil and Suzanne McGinn Margaret and Mason Morfit Daniel E. O'Leary and Kathy J. Bouchard ’81 Shirah R. Neumann MFA ’12 The Nightingale Code Foundation Margaret Minister O'Keefe Claudia and Harold Pachios Pierce Atwood LLP Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Pierce Dan and Nancy Poteet Jac Ouellette ’02 and Celine Godin The Rines/Thompson Fund of the Maine Community Foundation Francine L. Schrock ’91 Dorothy and Elliott Schwartz Mr. H’82 and Mrs. Peter L. Sheldon The Simmons Foundation, Inc. Mike Stiler Carolyn H. Thomas Michael Thompson and Theresa McNally P’14 Michael E. Vermette ’80 Kathryn A. Yates Bill and Patty Zimmerman through a Component Fund of the Maine Community Foundation Anonymous
Annual report of giving
$1,000 and above
Mr. Donald B. Best ’81 Canteen Service Company The Gene R. Cohen Charitable Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Douglas R. Coleman, Jr. Roderick L. Dew ’80, MFA’00 Judy '82 and Gordon Hamlin Peyton Higgison III ’79 IDEXX Laboratories Inc. Ms. Barbara Rita Jenny ’02 and Marcelline Jenny P’02 Margaret Lawrence ’93 Honour Mack Hugh McCormick and Joyce Norton McCormick P’16 The Stephanie Hope Mull Memorial Scholarship Fund of the Maine Community Foundation Carl Benton Straub Dietlind J. Vander Schaaf and Kelly Palomera Neil and Elise Wallace Shoshanna White Paula Wood ’04 and Josh Wallach The Woodside Foundation, Henry and Linda Laughlin
Harrison and Jane Sawyer Ann C. Slocum P’81 Cary Slocum ’81 Cindy Thompson and Matthew Rawdon William H. Webster Paula and Jamie Zeitlin Anonymous
$250 and above
Janice Adler Katharine Ayer ’98 Jane Banquer and Norm Proulx Susan Bartlett Rice Dr. George Bokinsky Lucy Breslin and Mark Johnson Juliette Gates Britton ’95 Kate and Thomas Chappell Seth A. Clayter and Nicole Cherbuliez Mr. and Mrs. William P. Daley H’93 The Honorable H’85 and Mrs. Howard Dana Craig and Dolly Foster Terrie L. Gabis MFA ’01 Pamela Grumbach Steven F. Hayes Jamie Hogan and Martin Braun Ayumi Horie
Because MECA has nourished my creative roots, and enhanced the interconnectedness of so many other artists, faculty, and alumni friends, I am inspired to give something back. —Rachael Eastman ’94
$500 and above
Angela Adams Sylvia Bangs ’58 Mr. and Mrs. David Beneman Cathy Bloom John Bowdren Allison ’01 and Blakeslee Brown Anne E. Buckwalter MFA ’12 Dolly Chapin William T. Church Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Cleaves IV Charles deSieyes and Carol Ward Elizabeth Elicker Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Elliman Anne Myers Emlein Helen and David Fitz Joan Freiman Maria Gallace and Tim Soley and East Brown Cow Management Kathleen Galligan Marian A. Godfrey Sara Gray Lindsay Hancock The Second Abraham S. and Fannie B. Levey Foundation Judith C. Logan Maine Recycling Corp, Mr. and Mrs. Richard P. Mellon Scott R. K. Moore ’78 Katie Murphy '91 and Peter Lindsay New England Discount Retailers and Mike Sherwood Suzi Osher Elizabeth Prior ’82 Holly Ready ’94 Marilyn and James Rockefeller Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm P. Rogers 32 meca.edu
Robert and Paula Hoy Jennifer Ragan Hubbell Claudia Hughes Peter L. Hyde ’14 Kate Katomski MFA ’02 Patty Lage Marguerite M. Lawler-Rohner Janie and Michael Lewis P’16 Liberty Mutual Group Thomas Bradley Manson Tracy Marsden Ginn ’83 and James Guidi Valerie McCaffrey ’86 Kathryn McCoig Margareta McDonald Naomi G. McNeill ’08 Holly Meade James and Marjorie Moody Grace Nelson ’82 James and Amy Osborn Patrick A. Plourde ’76 Phoebe Porteous Puelle Design and David Puelle ’90 Timothy Quinn Rebecca Waxman Sneed and Doug Sneed Gail Spaien Phil Stevens ’91 Stephen ’86 and Mary Beth Sunenblick Kerry M. Tomczyk ’02 Sage Tucker-Ketcham ’03 Andres Alucena Verzosa ’92 and David G. Whaples Jeffrey L. Waites MFA’05 Angela J. Warren MFA ’11 Diana J. Washburn Ms. Sally M. Wigon Charles H. Willauer· Anonymous
$100 and above
Kathleen Anchor Melvin D. Adams Jonathan and Nancy Aldrich Judith Allen-Efstathiou William and Elaine Ambrose P’06 Lori A. Austill ’85 Marian L. Baker Sally and Ronald Bancroft Lucy Banfield Andrew Barlow ’85 Cat E. Bates ’05 Daniel Bates P’09 Mr. and Mrs. James M. Behan Heidi Bement Taylor F. Benoit ’16 Mr. David C. Blinn Mrs. Mary E. Blinn Michelle M. Bolduc ’99 Marci Booth and Booth, Inc. Carolyn and Christopher Branson Kelly E. Brophy ’05* Bruce Brown Mr. and Mrs. Michael Buckley ’15 Tracy P. Burns James E. Cavanagh, Jr. P’83 The Center for Maine Contemporary Art Mr. and Mrs. Paul G. Clancy Genevieve Clark Maysey Craddock '03 Ms. Catherine Z. Cummins P’05 Mr. and Mrs. Eliot R. Cutler Jill H. Dalton ’99 and Ernest Paterno Lea N. DeForest ’07 Dr. and Mrs. H. Randall Deming Nathan C. Deveau ’03 Laura Dixon and James Baker Eric Doucette Jeannette A. D'Onofrio P’13 Marianne DuBois Donna Dustin and Rob Williams El Rayo Taqueria Charles Elfe Linda and Richard Ellis Linda and Sam Emerson Michael Ferry Michael Fillyaw Mr. and Mrs. Stephen L. Fitzhugh Theresa M. Gannett ’13 Lisa Gent Dr. and Mrs. Bernard Givertz Martha and Dennis Gleason, Gleason Fine Art Nancy Glover Donald S. Gould P'09 Robert Gould Greenhut Galleries Andrew P. Haviland ’12 Kendra Haskell-Sweet ’89 Constance Hayes ’80 H’03 + George Terrien Mr. and Mrs. Peter L. Haynes Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Healey Stacy R. Howe MFA ’10 Perry Hudson · Erin ’98 and Matt Hutton Roberta Jackson Wendy Kaye Alissa Kennefick James and Bonnie Klein Daniel and Jeanne Kleinman Mr. and Mrs. Mark Koerner P’16 Mr. Harry W. Konkel Mr. and Mrs. Hajime Kozuru P’90 Steve and Polly Larned Lisa Leonard
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Dale ’91 and Rich Lewis Heather Libby Zelia Lima Mr. and Mrs. James E. Lineberger Mr. and Mrs. David M. Littlefield P’14 Martha Lohaus ’98* Mark Marchesi ’99 Roberta MacDonald Maine Media Workshops Janet Conlon Manyan Robin ’87 and Ted McCarthy Betsy McLellan Susan and Frank McGinty Sarah S. Meacham Larinda Meade Frederick S. Miller Daniel Minter Ann and Kent Mohnkern Mr. Blaine D. Moores Mr. and Mrs. Marcel J. Moreau P’98 Bennett E. Morris MFA’07 Jeremy Moser and Laura Kittle Brooke N. ’83 and P. Andrews Nixon P’00 Victoria Nolan and Clarkson Crolius Peggy and Harold Osher Edith M. Ouellette P’90 Ann V. Perrino Jeffrey Peterson John Powers ’95 Tim and Judy Radcliff P’15 Timothy F. Reimensnyder ’84 Richard K. Renner and Janet Friskey Celeste Roberge ’79 Mark Rockwood and Neila Smith Mr. and Mrs. Gary M. Rodgers P’11 Emily M. Rogstad ’13 Frank and Susan Ruch Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Saliba Gillian B. Schair and Seth D. Rigoletti Robert and Cora Schiers Susan Schraft, M.D. and Richard S. Berne Anna K. Schwartz and Sarah Holmes Russell and Emily Shattan Mary-Leigh C. Smart Carley and Barry Smith Joan H’01 and Duncan Smith Maia T. Snow ’13 Joseph L. Soley Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Spencer Kenneth Spirer and Joan Leitzer William and Patricia Spock Anne R. Stanley Mr. Scott R. Stevenson ’03 and Dr. Constance J. Stevenson P’03 Timothy Stoklosa Sandra Stone Gabriella B. Sturchio ’12 Erin E. Sweeney ’94 Denise Karabinus ’99 and Trimbak Telang Frederic and Quinby Thompson Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel P. Thompson Dr. Philip P. Thompson, Jr. H’91 Mr. and Mrs. David M. Tourangeau Christine J. Vincent Annie Wadleigh Kathy and Peter Wagner Kay White Margaret and Skip Wilkis Jay York ’81* Bill Zoellick P’06 Phoenix Zoellick ’06 Seth and Laura Sprague Anonymous (4) 33
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Martha B. Almy ’95 Leon Anderson ’83 Suzanne ’86 and Anthony Anderson Elaine Angelopoulos MFA’09 Emily W. Armstrong ’15 Kyle and Stephen Atwell Ms. Lauren M. Bakoian ’92 Sandra M. Bauer ’07 Sue Berg MFA’01 Shayna R. Blumert ’13 Valerie J. Botter P’16 Emily R. Bourne ’14 Elizabeth Brackett Stephani Briggs ’81 Danielle Byrd Casco Bay Frames and Gallery Alexandra G. Cecilio ’12 Asherah Cinnamon ’08 Donna J. Coffin ’63 Roger L. Conover H’05 and Eda Cufer Lynda Corbett Reid E. Crewe ’12* Katherine B. and James H. Cuthbertson Tracy A. Davis Patrick A. Decker ’12 Beth De Tine Abigail Dowd Bridget R. Dunigan ’12 Rachael C. Eastman ’94 Elizabeth Moss Gallery John Evans Tina Fischer P’12 Barbara Ritchie Fixaris ’58 Daniel and Julie Freund ’81 Linda Gerson Frank Glazer Ms. Pauline Gobeil ’81 Vicki Goushaw Amy and Martin Grohman Peter and Pat Grunwald Kelsey S. Haley ’15 Mr. and Mrs. Stephen K. Halpert Dorothy Hassfeld Sara J. Hayes and James C. Chute P’02 Andrew Herrschaft ’88 and Terri Petnov Inge K. Herzog ’13* Richard C. Herzog P’13 James Houle Natalie J. Jones ’13 Carl Klimowicz P’13 Jodie Lane Lorraine Lazzari Rebekka Lee Mr. Kenneth Levine and Ms. Janet Palin P’07 Lily Lin Mr. and Mrs. James B. Linehan P’07 Estelle S. Maillet '59 Faith Oker and Al Mallette P'10 Mr. and Mrs. Russell Mamone P'04 Adam J. Manley Sibyl Masquelier Shannon and Albert McCracken-Barber ’06 Gael M. McKibben Judy and Charlie Micoleau P’10 Marianne Miro Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Morton P’14 Diane and Kyle Noble Grace Noonan-Kaye & Associates John G. Osborn Allen W. Ponziani ’88 John R. Powers ’95 Charles and Frances Prinn Matt and Kay Ralston
Ginger Reoch Michelle Grennan Roberts ’94 Stephen and Wilma Rose Gergana Rupchina '’98 Joan F. Rogers Emma Sampson '11 John Sciaba P’09* Gina L. Siepel MFA’08 David L. and Betty Small Shelley Snodgrass ’91 Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Spagnola Laurie Spugnardi ’90 Dawn L. Stanley ’62 Mr. and Mrs. Andrew C. Stickney Mr. and Mrs. Steven A. Stuart P’13 Patrick Supple ’79* Rachel Taranta Catharine G. Taylor ’82 Samuel L. Thompson ’13 Nancy Timberlake Jessica J. Tomlinson and Henry Wolyniec Mr. and Mrs. Howard B. Tynan P’94 Teresa Valliere Douglas and Kristina Vollmer Sally M. Wagley Monte and Anne Wallace Audrey M. White P’94 Louise Woodbury Anne B. Zill Anonymous (3)
BUSINESS SUPPORT The following businesses and corporations provided over $50,000 in event sponsorship and in-kind services between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013. The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein Brook There and Brook Delorme* ’03 D.L. Geary Brewing Company Encore Flatbread Company Folia and Edith Armstrong Hand Strands and Merry Canillas P’07 HeadInvest Jensen Baird Gardner Henry Jessica Levesque Luksin Designs and Daria Glassman-Norvlaan ’04 MacDonald Page & Co., LLC Maine Home + Design & Maine Magazine Maine Mead Works Jenny McEdward Jill McGowan National Distributors Northeast Delta Dental Pilk Events and Designs Pine State Beverage Co. Plastic Supply Rambler's Way Farm Jill Ricker and Kristen Gregorio, Satori Salon and Spa Sea Bags and Elizabeth G. Shissler Seawall and Daniel Pepice ’03 Sodexo, Inc. South Street Linen, LLC Spinnaker Trust David Wood Clothiers Wright Ryan Construction
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commemorative GIFTS It is especially meaningful for Maine College of Art to be the recipient of gifts to commemorate the life of a family member, classmate, faculty member, or friend of the College, or in recognition of the donor’s and decedent’s jointly held belief in arts education in Maine. The following memorial gifts to the Annual Fund were made between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013. In Memory of James W. Dustin ’81 Kathleen Anchor David C. Blinn Mary E. Blinn Tracy P. Burns Lynda Corbett Donna Dustin and Rob Williams Ann Spagnola Anonymous (2) In Memory of Marty Evans ’82 John Evans In Memory of Frances L. Shaw Katherine B. Cuthbertson In Memory of Julius Telang Denise Karabinus ’99 and Trimbak Telang In Memory of Alice A. Wolfson ’69 James B. Klein Jeanne Kleinman
I enthusiastically support the Annual Fund because MECA adds so much to the energy and quality of life here in our community.
Maine College of Art's 1882 Society gratefully recognizes individuals who have made arrangements for the College in their estate plans. Deborah A. Bates ’83· Douglas R. Coleman, Jr. Allerton Cushman Roger Gilmore H’02 James B. Goodbody H’80· Constance Hayes ’80, H’03 and George Terrien Alison D. Hildreth ’76 Albert C. Hubbard and Christopher Deane Candace Pilk Karu H’13 Grace Nelson ’82 Lorraine Lazzari Marta Morse Palmina Pace Mr. H’92 + Mrs. Laurence P. Sisson Joan Fowler Smith H’01 and Duncan Smith Katy Stenhouse ’91 Carl Benton Straub Dr. Philip Thompson, Jr., H’91 Susan H. Webster Caron C. Zand
James M. Behan, To the Alfred J. Lazzari, Jr. Endowed Memorial Scholarship Mr. and Mrs. Douglas R. Coleman, Jr., To the Margaret Coleman Brown Endowed Memorial Scholarship Victoria Nolan and Clarkson Crolius, To the Diane Nolan Endowed Scholarship Linda and Richard Ellis, To the Irving B. Ellis and Judy Ellis Glickman Endowed Scholarship, In Honor of Albert · and Judy Glickman H’02 Dr. Edward M. ’08 and Mrs. Carole J. Friedman, To the Edward M. and Carole J. Friedman Endowed Merit Scholarship Lorraine Lazzari, To the Al Lazzarri, Jr. Endowed Memorial Scholarship, In Honor of Mr. and Mrs. Joel Silverstein’s 50th Anniversary and In Memory of Steven Wain The Lunder Foundation, To the Lunder Scholars Fund Kenneth and Mary Nelson, To the Mildred A. & Harold P. Nelson Endowed Scholarship, In Memory of Jeffrey Kellett, George M. Shur, and Kathleen Rediker ’63, and in Honor of Don Tuski James and Amy Osborn, To the Diane Nolan Endowed Scholarship Carl Benton Straub, To the Olivia Louise Straub Endowed Library Fund Rebecca Waxman Sneed and Doug Sneed, To the Joanne Waxman Endowed Scholarship, In Memory of Joanne Waxman Charles H. Willauer,· To the Winslow Homer Endowed Scholarship, In Honor of Brad and Ann Willauer
new endowments The following gifts made between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013 established new endowments at Maine College of Art.
—Chris Beneman, Artist and CS Student
TRIBUTE GIFTS The following tribute gifts to the Annual Fund were made between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013. Cathy Bloom, In Honor of Joan Bloom Ms. Catherine Z. Cummins P’05, In Honor of Thomas Cummins ’05 Nancy Fox, In Honor of Bruce Brown Mr. and Mrs. Hajime Kozuru P’90, In Honor of Dai Kozuru ’90 Stephen and Wilma Rose, In Honor of Rob Elowitch’s Birthday Robert and Cora Schiers, In Honor of Candace Karu’s Honorary Degree Sandra Stone, In Honor of Richard Curran Joan F. Rogers, In Honor of the students who share their gifts and energy with those who have special challenges Joseph L. Soley, In Honor of N.C. Wyeth and Andrew Wyeth Michael Thompson + Theresa McNally P'14, In Honor of Will Thompson ’14 Audrey M. White P’94, In Honor of Erin Sweeney ’94 34 meca.edu
In Perpetuity The following gifts made between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013 to Maine College of Art’s endowment benefit the college in perpetuity and provide annual income for scholarships and designated operating support. The value of endowment on June 30, 2013 was $4,841,924.
The James Dustin ’81 Endowed Scholarship was established by
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Donna Dustin and Rob Williams Debra Dustin Fuller and Dan Fuller William and Anne Dustin P’81 Anonymous for a deserving student or students in good standing majoring in Graphic Design.
Maine College of Art would not be MECA without you. Thank you for your support.
CS winter/spring term Adult courses + Workshops
January 27–April 21 Youth courses
February 8–April 19 School Vacation week smART camps
Ages 9–12 + 13–17 February 18–21
(no camp Monday, President's Day)
For more information on Winter/ Spring ’14 CS programming, please visit meca.edu/cs or call 207.699.5061. Carolyn Nishon, States of Matter, digital print, 11" x 17," 2013
A Shallow Depth of Field
Continuing Studies (CS) at MECA provides an opportunity for those seeking personal enrichment and professional development to study visual arts. Last winter, Carolyn Nishon, General Manager for the Portland Symphony Orchestra, took advantage of a Living Social coupon she received and enrolled in an eight-week Digital Photography Continuing Studies course at MECA. Carolyn came to class with a background in photography, having received her first camera at age nine, which she used to document her aunt's Golden Retriever. Following this initial foray, she used disposable cameras in middle school, followed by a Kodak Advantix in high school, a Casio digital in college, and, when she moved to Maine, a Canon S90 with manual functions that she thought would help her capture a shallow depth of field. Finally, in 2012, she made the leap to an SLR Nikon D5100. Prior to enrolling in her Continuing Studies class at MECA, Carolyn had always figured out how to use her cameras on her own. She hoped the course would connect her with a professional photographer who could advise her on how to get the most out of her SLR.
One of Carolyn's photographs from this time was selected for inclusion in CREATE II: The 2013 Continuing Studies Student Exhibition at Maine College of Art. "States of Matter" was taken by a clearing in Cape Elizabeth in February 2013, and features the flow of water under melting ice. She described it as a moment where she meca.edu
In addition to everything she learned in class, Carolyn made two close friends, one of whom was also featured in CREATE II. Together the three formed a small photo club so they could talk about photography and shoot together. Because photography can be a solitary experience, she was thrilled to find community as a result of her Continuing Studies course. CREATE II was the first time Carolyn had shown her work professionally. She used the submission opportunity to learn about pricing her work, as well as where to get her image printed and framed professionally. Carolyn is now taking portraits and photographing events for local Portland organizations as a paid photographer. She also started a website to share her photos and continues to create photobooks for herself and others.
I lost track of time, and every small thing around me became intensely interesting and beautiful.
Instructor Thurston Howes taught Carolyn the benefits of shooting in RAW format, which changed her workflow, editing process, and, ultimately, the quality of her photographs. She also learned how to use Photoshop in different ways. As part of her assignment to "get out and shoot," Carolyn took photos both during and outside class. She appreciated her assignments because, amidst a busy work schedule, they provided her with "a license to explore."
“lost track of time," and every small thing around her became intensely interesting and beautiful. She never would have captured it if not for Thurston’s assignment.
Last summer, Carolyn travelled to Switzerland and France with a group of her best friends from her high school orchestra. She also took along her camera. Because of what she learned in class, she was able to capture images of her friends the way she had always wanted; the camera allowed her to use a shallow depth of field as she focused on highlighting their personalities and distinguishing characteristics. Upon her return, Carolyn created a book of portraits of loved ones using images she had taken with her different cameras over the years. Making this book, she reflected on how far she'd come. She is now considering taking a black and white photography class with Thurston. meca.edu/cs ● By Dietlind Vander Schaaf
photo: gabriella sturchio ’12
MECA continues to help me become the artist that I want to be. The financial aid that I receive has made it possible for me to come back to school. Otherwise I would have not had this chance.
—David Twiss ’14, Printmaking, North Carolina
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mecamorphosis Thursday evening, May 8, 2014
MECA's second annual runaway fashion show, thesis showcase, and celebration of the visual arts.
For more information, visit meca.edu/events Kate Lizotte ’13, Reversible Cape (Side One), mystery fabric, cotton, & mink fur, 80” circle, 2013 Kate participated in MECA's 2013 Fashion Show: Four Seasons in a Day. 37