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On View: Current exhibitions
Special Events
Artist Talks


About MECA


Above: Image by Marissa Lare MFA '11

To learn more about the Master of Fine Arts program,
visit the MECA staff at the MFA Portfolio Days:

San Francisco: October 9
New York: October 29
Chicago: November 6


Institute of Contemporary Art
at Maine College of Art

Rally: Alumni Biennial
Through October 9

Quinlan Corey MFA ’06, Kreh Mellick ’05, Andrea Raynor ’92 , Edward Lott ’05, and Aaron Williams ’94.

Time-Lag Records Listening Room
October 12 - October 26, ICA at MECA
Opening reception: Oct. 13, 6-8pm
An independent label in Portland, Time-Lag Records focuses on vinyl releases. Enjoy their full archive of vinyl artifacts, cds, and posters from the comfort of couches lining the gallery.

Other Exhibitions

My Other Hat
Through October 21
Zand Head Gallery, Free Street Hall Gallery
Opening Reception: First Friday, Oct. 7, 5-8pm

Presented by the Maine Art Education Association, this exhibition highlights the personal work of Maine art teachers.

Analog Tweets
Through October 14
Porteous Front Window
Elizabeth Jabar's sophomore class Power to the Print assisted the Pickwick Independent Press to carve a set of unique letters used to create printed tweets on canvas sheets at the Space Gallery Block Party.

October 24 - November 20
Porteous Front Window
A collaboration with Little Friends of Printmaking and MECA studio departments.


Analog Tweets by Pickwick Independent Press, created with the help of students in Elizabeth Jabar's printmaking class during the Space Gallery Block Party. Now on view in the front window of Porteous. Pickwick was founded by Lisa Pixley '07.
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Still from Miguel Calderón’s Inverted Star, 2002. On view in the ICA at MECA Project Space from October 12 - 26. In 1999, Calderon placed a classified ad in a Mexico City newspaper seeking people who believed they were possessed by the devil. It did not take long for Calderon to find the "stars" of his film project.

First Friday Art Walk
Friday, October 7, 5pm-8pm
+ Opening for Maine Art Educators exhibition
+ Rally exhibition at ICA at MECA
+ Family and Friends weekend

Family & Friends Weekend
October 7 & 8
Join us for breakfast, studio tours, and hands-on artmaking workshops followed by lunch. Events are free.
Registration is required.

Parent and Family Weekend: November 4 & 5
Annual Art Auction: November 5

BFA Open House: November 19, December 10
Holiday Sale: December 2 & 3


Visit MECA. Learn more about the four-year Bachelor of Fine Art program during one of our Open Houses this fall. Tour the facilities, meet students and faculty and make work in our studios.


Each semester, MECA invites artists, curators, and scholars to the College to meet with students in classrooms and critiques. In addition, visiting artists are asked to deliver a lecture. These artist talks are free and open to the public.

Alumni Biennial Artist Talk:
Kreh Mellick '05

October 8, 6pm

Illustration alum Kreh Mellick is a participating artist in Rally, currently on view in the ICA at MECA.

Faculty Lecture: Charles Melcher
October 20, 12:30
Osher Hall
Graphic Design faculty member Charles Melcher will give a talk, "Reciprocation: Reflections on a Sabbatical

Artist Lecture: Little Friends of Printmaking
October 27, 12:30-2:00, Osher Hall

Melissa and JW Buchanan of Milwaukee are best known for their intricate prints that explore everything from the complexities of the mind, fun-loving animals, to leisure time activities.

Image by Charles Melcher. Faculty lecture on Oct. 20.


Poster by Little Friends of Printmaking.
Visiting artist lecture on Oct.27.


The community is our campus. This fall students are working with the following local businesses and nonprofits: The Portland Pirates, Portland Rotary, Cambodian Buddhist Temple, The Telling Room, Key Bank, TedXDirigo, Allagash Brewing Company, Pickwick Independent Press, League of Young Voters, Cultivating Community, Spiral Arts via Youth Alternatives, King Middle School, Space Gallery and The Portland Freedom Trail.

Greater Portland Landmarks presented a Preservation Honor Award to MECA for the preservation and adaptive reuse of the former Porteous Mitchell & Braun Department Store as a center of excellence for art education.

MECA was one of 10 participating colleges at Haystack's Art School Collaborative. Each school brought six students and two faculty members to learn from each other in the studio.

Faculty member Deborah Wing-Sproul's latest show, Still / Moving: a solo exhibition in three parts, is on view at CMCA in Rockport.

More News


Architect Rick Renner with Hilary Bassett, Executive Director of Greater Portland Landmarks and Don Tuski, President of MECA.

Located at 522 Congress Street in the heart of the Portland Arts District, MECA offers a BFA degree in 10 studio majors, an MFA in Studio Arts, a Post- Baccalaureate in Art Education and Continuing Studies for youths and adults. The Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA and the Joanne Waxman Library are free and open to the public.

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Youth Courses in Continuing Studies begin October 8. Art Academy serves students ages 9-12 and Studio School is geared towards teens. Classes include illustration, filmmaking, photography, drawing, and painting. Registration is open.

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