co-founder Stephen Benenson is a painter who has lived and worked in Portland, Maine for the past decade. Stephen received his MFA in Painting from the Yale School of Art in 2014, and maintains a studio at the Space Studios building. His practice focuses on experimental application of geometry and color, juxtaposed with references to art history and children's drawings.
co-founder Hilary Irons is a painter who has lived and worked in Portland, Maine for the past decade. Hilary received her MFA in Painting from the Yale School of Art in 2008, and maintains a studio at the Space Studios building. Her paintings deal with the visual window of the Landscape (and Nature), as seen through the competing lenses of observational realism and decorative or abstract application of form.
Julien Langevin is a painter who has been living and working in Portland for the past two years. Their paintings appropriate stereotypical feminine signifiers and dismantle them as a way to cultivate conversation about societal issues such as gender identity, gender expression and contemporary feminism. Julien is currently enrolled in the BFA program at the Maine College of Art.
Tessa Greene O'Brien is an artist who makes paintings, murals, and other constructions. She has a BA from Skidmore College and an MFA from the Maine College of Art. Tessa draws inspiration from both landscape and community. One of the co-founders and curators of the Portland Mural Initiative (along with Will Sears), she has organized large-scale mural projects--involving multiple artists as well as the local community--throughout the city of Portland.
Christopher Patch is a visual artist living and working in Portland, Maine. He received a BFA from the Maine College of Art in 1997, an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2004. He is the recipient of a Joan Mitchell grant, a William Zorach grant, and has work in the collection of the Portland Museum of Art.
Meg Hahn is a painter living and working in Portland, Maine. She will receive her BFA in Painting with a minor in art history from the Maine College of Art in 2017. Her current practice focuses on constructing a personal abstract language through color and composition, influenced by the internalizations of daily life and architecture. Her interests strive to maintain both an active studio and academic art practice.
Brendan Ripken Shea is an artist based in Portland, Maine. He is attending Maine College of Art for a BFA in painting. His work is influenced by the aesthetics of mundane objects and the processes of contemporary life.