The 2016 MECA Thesis Exhibitions

MEGAN TAITANO Untitled, 2016, collagraph, intaglio, silk screen, oil pastels, paper, chine-collé, and diffused relief, 48” x 84”
BETSY LEWIS Sensorium, 2016, sterling silver and steel, dimensions vary
GILLAN DOTY Serving Bowl, 2016, wood-fired stone- ware, 7” x 111⁄2“ x 15”
JAIME GAITI Cradled, 2016, polymer clay, pillow, and twine, 22” x 17” x 8”
GRETA GRANT Peter’s Pond, 2016, inkjet print, 20” x 24” SOPHIE CANGELOSI We Are Me, 2016, risograph print, 18” x 12” MICHELLE CODY
MICHELLE CODY Comfort No. 1, 2016, linen and black walnut, 10” x 5” x 43⁄4”
SOPHIE CANGELOSI We Are Me, 2016, risograph print, 18” x 12”
HANNAH BOONE Salivation, 2016, mixed media on panel, 12” x 12”
MIEKALA CANGELOSI One Half or One Whole, 2016, poster, 24” x 18”

This month, nearly 100 students will graduate from Maine College of Art (MECA) as emerging artists in their respective fields.


The college’s annual spring event, MECAmorphosis, celebrates the 2016 graduates and raises scholarship funds to educate the next generation of artists. As part of MECAmorphosis, the BFA and MFA thesis exhibition opens, free to the public, on May 6, in conjunction with Portland’s First Friday Art Walk. Master of arts in teaching (MAT) graduates will also have work on display. Exhibition coordinator Christopher Patch is collaborating with student curators to oversee the presentation, which includes shiny sterling silver and steel tools by Betsy Lewis that are artful and clinical in their precision; an organic, mottled stoneware bowl by Gillan Doty that is exquisite in its imperfection; and a photograph by Greta Grant that captures the nuances of rippled water after a gleeful jump, to name just a few of the works. “This year’s collection of exploratory concepts and innovative designs culminates in a full sensorium of experience,” says Patch. The exhibition runs from April 29 through May 21. On the following pages, MH+D presents a preview.

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