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On View: Current exhibitions
Special Events
Artist Talks


About MECA


Above: The adaptive re-use of the former Porteous Mitchell Braun department store provides expansive spaces for students to think and work big.


Institute of Contemporary Art
at Maine College of Art

MECA Auction
November 5, 6-9pm
Previews: November 1-4, 10am-5pm

Nearly 150 works of art by alumni, faculty, and friends. A benefit to provide scholarships for MECA students and to support the exhibiting artists. Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door. Admission includes food, beer and wine.  Call 207.775.5098 or buy tickets online.
Preview the artwork

A Perpetual Present:
2011 MECA Faculty Selects Exhibition

November 16 - December 23
Opening reception November 17, 6-8pm.

This show presents the work of MECA faculty alongside professional peers of national and international regard. Selected artists include: Philip Brou with Johan Grimonprez, Judith Allen-Efstathiou with Eirene Efstathiou, and Matt Hutton with Corey Robinson.


Photo by Caleb Charland, Artist-in-Residence at MECA. Included in the 37th annual Art Auction on November 5.

First Friday Art Walk
Friday, November 4, 5pm-8pm
+ Posterama! Art sale
+ MECA Auction Preview and special sale of selected works at fair market value
+ Family and Friends weekend

November 4-20
Porteous Front Window
Sale: First Friday, November 4, 5-8pm
An exhibition and sale of affordable printed matter designed and created by MECA students. Cards and postcards for sale from $5-$30.

November 4-19
On buildings throughout Portland
MECA and TedxDirigo have partnered for this temporary public art installation which presents large scale portraits of Portlanders, representing diverse groups within the city who may not always be heard.
See the portraits

Family & Friends Weekend
November 4 & 5
Join us for breakfast, studio tours, and hands-on artmaking workshops followed by lunch. Events are free.

BFA Open House
November 19, 10am-3pm
Tour the facilities, see the residence halls, meet with faculty, staff, students and alumni.


Holiday Sale:
December 2 from 5-10pm
December 3 from 10am-5p

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Posterama! Sale and exhibition (while supplies last) during the First Friday Art Walk.


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.

Faculty Lecture : Lucy Breslin
November 10, 12:30, Osher Hall
After receiving her MFA in Ceramics from Kent State University, Lucy Breslin was in residency at The Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. She then received a Fulbright Fellowship to Spain where she was greatly influenced by how decorative art can enrich a culture.  She views her own work as a continuation of this dialogue.
Visiting Artist: Sam Messer
November 17, 6:00pm, Osher Hall
Sam Messer is associate dean and adjunct professor at the Yale University School of Art. He received a B.F.A. from Cooper Union in 1976 and an M.F.A. from Yale University in 1981. He is represented by Nielsen Gallery, Boston, and Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles. His work may be found in public collections throughout the country. Mr. Messer has received awards including a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation grant, the Engelhard Award, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.



Artist talk with Ceramics faculty member Lucy Breslin on November 10 in Osher Hall.


Sam Messer, Associate Dean at Yale University School of Art, will give a visiting artist talk on Nov. 17.


MECA won three awards for design publication at the Broderson Awards. Congrats to college designers Jennifer Muller and Mira Alden, MECA faculty Margo Halverson and Charles Melcher as well as the students (now alumni) who provided illustrations, Morgan DiPietro and Jeff Hoffman.

Continuing Studies instructor Kim Bernard won the 2011 Piscataqua Region Artist Advancement Grant

Printmaking faculty member Elizabeth Jabar has an exhibition at Common Street Gallery in Waterville. "Kindred" is on view from Nov. 11 - Dec. 29 with an opening reception November 11.

Graphic Design faculty member Mark Jamra was one of 53 winning type designers in the Type Design Competition of the Association Typographique Internationale recognizing the best typefaces of the last decade.

Student Savanna Pettengill was awarded the Letitia Moore Scholarship through the York Art Association.

More News


MECA won three Broderson Awards for publication design.


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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Coming this Winter in Continuing Studies:
Woodworking Workshops

Registration for the winter semester of Continuing Studies opens on November 14.
Classes make a great holiday gift.
Gift certificates available.


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