2019 Master of Fine Arts Thesis

The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art presents the 2019 Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition

Joel Tsui, 貼地,2018, neon
Inass Yassin, Red Bride, 2019, oil on wood panel, 47” x 47”
Joe Gurka, 005 280dmax, 2019, craft plywood, phosphorescent paint, machine hardware
Joseph Goodwin, The Artifact, 2019, Baltic birch plywood, maple, acrylic, copper, and interactive electronics, 36” x 24” x 16”
Sharon Shapiro, 8:12, 2019, oil on canvas, 60” x 48”
Kay Yoo, Coplans Back and Hands, 1984, 2018, inkjet print, 42” x 32”
Paige Salmon, Diorama, 2018, color photograph, 14” x 25”
Danielle LaCasse, The Waiting Room, 2018, graphite and digital media on paper, 24” x 36”

The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at Maine College of Art (MECA) welcomes the 2019 Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition. This year, the annual exhibition highlights a variety of media, including drawing, video projection, interactive sculpture, performance, painting, photography, textiles, garments, and installation. The work seen in the exhibi- tion is the culmination of each individual’s experience in MECA’s master of fine arts program in studio art. Leah Igo, director of marketing and communications at MECA, says in a press release, “Seen together, these projects hybridize a range of conceptual themes and material approaches as they relate to visual culture, the political landscape, and contemporary art practice.”

MECA’s master’s program in studio art is a two-year program that emphasizes the intersection of studio production, individual research, global interactions, and curatorial experimentation. It allows students to experience an interdisciplinary approach toward their practice, think across traditional academic boundaries, challenge their intellectual curiosity, and contribute to their chosen field. The ICA, located in MECA’s Porteous Building in Portland’s Arts District, features exhibitions and public programs that showcase new perspectives and trends in contemporary art. The ICA’s schedule includes lectures, workshops, and performances by local, national, and international artists. The relation- ship between MECA and the ICA is a unique resource for students, offering insight into the practice of the professional field and firsthand experiences with visiting artists.

The 2019 MFA Thesis Exhibition is on view from May 10 through June 8 at MECA, with the opening reception on May 10th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is always free, and viewing hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the first Friday of every month from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Maine Home+Design provides a preview of the exhibition on the following pages.

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