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On View: Current exhibitions
Special Events
Artist Talks
About MECA

Above: Photograph by Gabriella Sturchio '12. Gabriella is one of eight MECA students selected to exhibit their work at Studio Couture in Detroit in March.
MECA in Motor City




Michael Bell Smith

Through April 8
ICA at MECA, Porteous

Both remixing “found” technologies and creating his own software, Bell-Smith’s work brings humor, vibrancy, and provocative gestures that ask viewers to reconsider the cultural meaning of these iconic scenes.

Nothing Major
Through March 8
First and second floor, Porteous
Opening reception: March 2 at 5pm

A student initiatied and curated exhibition for all undeclared majors.


March 1 to March 31
Rose Contemporary, 492 Congress St. Opening reception: March 2 at 5pm

A new exhibition of prints highlighting the works of the Peregrine Press and Zea Mays Printmaking studios, and introducing the Maine College of Art Flat File Project featuring work by printmaking students.
Talking Leaves
March 2 - April 22
Bakery on The Hill Gallery, 253 Congress St.
Opening reception, March 2 at 5pm

Students in the Introduction to Drawing class present drawings of plants housed in the Joanne Waxman Library at MECA.



Pendant lamps by Forest Gagne. Included in the exhibition "Nothing Major," a show of work by first and second year students.


Print by Chris Beneman, included in Print/Counterprint at Rose Contemporary. Work by MECA printmaking students will be on sale all month at the Flat Files of Rose Contemporary.

Pre-College Open House
March 3, 11:30am-1pm

This summer program allows high school students to experience what it's like to be an art student at MECA, build a portfolio, and immerse themselves in art making. At the Open House you can:

+ Apply at the application station
+ Meet Pre-College faculty members
+ Tour the studios
+ Enter a raffle to win MECA gear
+ Participate in a metalsmithing workshop

About the program

Artist Residency Information Session
March 22, 6 - 7pm,

Learning Center, Joanne Waxman Library
Get information about the various artist-in-residence programs from Caitlin Strokosch, Executive Director of Alliance of Artist Communities.

BFA Open House
March 24
Learn more about the four-year undergraduate program, view the residence halls, and get a portfolio review.
Contact: 207.699.5026



High school students in the Pre-College program get a chance to try out life at art school by spending a month making art in the studios, living on campus, and exploring Portland.


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.

Visiting Artist: Liz Chalfin
March 3 at 6pm
Chalfin is the founder, director and resident artist of Zea Mays Printmaking in Florence, Massachusetts, a studio and workshop dedicated to research, education and collaborations in safer and non-toxic printmaking.

Faculty Lecture: Agnes Bushell
March 7, 1pm, ICA
Liberal Arts faculty member Agnes Bushell will read from her latest publication "Death in Arcadia," a mystery set in the Porteous Building.

Faculty Lecture: Margo Halverson
March 8, 12:30pm
Halverson is a faculty member in the Graphic Design department. Her lecture it titled,
"“MAKE/DO: notations of time-work.”

Visiting Artist: Katie Hudnall
March 9th at 6:30
Katie Hudnall is assistant professor of art in wood and furniture at Murray State University. She received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and her BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and Design.

Faculty Lecture: Charles Melcher
March 29, 12:30pm
Melcher is a faculty member in the Graphic Design department. His talk is "Reciprocity: Reflections on Sabattical."

Faculty Lecture: Rob Sullivan
March 30, 5pm
ullivan, a faculty member in the Illustration department, will share components of his recenlty completed master's thesis, "Reconnecting to Faith through Representational Painting."

More about the artist lecture series


Desk by Visiting Artist Katie Hudnall


Publications designed by Margo Halverson and Charles Melcher. Both Graphic Design faculty members will give lectures in March.


Painting by Rob Sullivan, Illustration Faculty. Sullivan will lecture about his recently completed master's thesis.


The Portland Pirates partnered with students in Samantha Haedrich's Design Workshop class to produce a 20th anniversary logo for the hockey team. When Pirates CEO Brian Petrovek presented the design to Reebok for use on jerseys, they were surprised to learn it was a student project. "This is Madison Avenue quality," they commented.
Watch the video

Caleb Charland, artist-in-residence for the Media Collective, often conduts scientific experiments as part of his photography process. His most recent experiment, producing electicity from apples, was featured on the Discovery Channel.
Watch the video



20th Anniversary logo for the Portland Pirates created by nine students in the  Design Workshop class with Samantha Haedrich.


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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