Sweet Art Pops Up @ Portland Museum of Art

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in collage, Illustration, Maine College of Art | 0 comments

I’m back in the Illustration studio at Maine College of Art this semester, after taking one semester away from that buzzing hive. The junior illustration majors are a sharp crew; I’m honored to share the classroom with such a fine bunch. They hit the deck running with their first assignment: to create valentines for the Sweet Art Pop-Up Shop at the Portland Museum of Art.

This project was launched three years ago in Scott Nash’s elective Development and Finish. The success of that effort drew the attention of Sally Struever, Director of the PMA Store. Last year, the Pop-Up was invited to inhabit the PMA Store, and my Illustration MECA colleague, Daniel Minter, led the charge. Love that it’s my turn this year!

With the re-imagining of the Museum opening on Jan. 22, students returning to school had a single week to conceive, create, and package their products. That’s hustling.

Thanks to the PMA for hosting our Sweet ‘Art!


Maxwell Erwin created multiple pun-happy cards, like Whenever We Meet, My Heart Skips a Beat, featuring a turntable with heart-shaped vinyl.


Amelia Walz made crowns for the cupid in your life.


Gunnar Johnson illustrated a weary heart, that will go to the ends of the earth for love.


These are some of my confections.


Gotta love Illustration Department Chair Mary Anne Lloyd’s irresistible valentines.


Don’t miss your chance to send the hottest, freshest valentines available!


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