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Pandora LaCasse light installation on the Porteous Building.
Photo by Emma Sampson '11



Michael Bell Smith
Through April 8

Opening reception:
January 26, 6 - 8pm

Bell-Smith’s rigorously constructed lo-fi environments are immediately recognizable to those familiar with the history of personal computers or home gaming systems, yet they are not concerned with nostalgia. 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.

MECA Painters: 10 Years Later
January 1-21
June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA
Opening reception: January 6, 5-8pm
Closing reception: January 21, 3-5pm

Each year, MECA mounts an exhibition of work of alumni who graduated with a degree in Painting ten years ago. This year's artists are Gina Adams, Hannah Barnes, Tim Clorius, Morgan Maurer, Jason Prescott, Phillip Tuttrow, and Michelle Weinstein.

Metalsmithing & Jewelry Senior Exhibition
January 6-28
Zand Head Gallery, Free Street

A show of work by seniors in the Metalsmithing & Jewelry department.

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Video installation by Michael Bell Smith


Painting by Gina Adams '02

Open House
Post-Baccalaureate in Art Education

January 24, 5pm
Learn more about our 10-month program for art teacher certification at this information session for prospective students.

Continuing Studies Winter Semester

Adult Intensives Week
January 9-13
Offering five-day intensives in painting, digital photography, metals & jewelry, and picture books

Classes begins January 30
Browse adult classes
Browse youth classes

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Through Continuing Studies, Gail Spaien is offering a one week intensive in painting. It is perfect for those who are getting a portfolio ready for an MFA program or for more mature artists, who are comfortable with the medium they work in, and want professional input from a MECA BFA instructor in order to advance a project or make their work and ideas stronger. Register

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: Beth Olshansky
January 24, 7-8:30pm

Osher Hall
Olshansky is the founder and director of the Center for the Advancement of Art-Based Literacy at the University of New Hampshire and the author of "The Power of Pictures: Creating Pathways to Literacy Through Art." She will share the insights she has gleaned from over two decades of exploring the dynamic relationship between art and writing, the language of pictures and the language of words. Sponsored by the Art Education program at MECA.

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Image above: Art Education student teaching at Breakwater School. Photo by Stephanie Hayward.

Visiting Artist Beth Olshansky's lecture follows the Open House for the Post-Baccalaureate program in Art Education on January 24.


The MECA Holiday Sale generated nearly $100,000 in sales to support students and alumni.
View holiday sale photos

Each fall, alumni return to the college to create a suite of prints.
View the alumni print portfolio

One-third of the MECA curriculum is liberal arts. In the Coastal Ecosystems class, students study the Maine environment and create work in response.
View the science inspired art

Every year, the Geary Brewing Company holds a design contest for the summer ale package design.
View the Geary's submissions

Elizabeth Jabar exhibited her work in Waterville at the Common Street Gallery.
About the show and a review


Ceramics alum Adam Chou '10 is currently enrolled in the Industrial Design graduate program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is also included in the current show at Manifest Gallery in Ohio and the above work "The Winnowing" will be featured in the exhibit catalog.


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.

MECA will be closed for the winter holidays. We will re-open on Tuesday, January 3, 2012

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Image credit: Caroline Lathan-Stiepel MFA '01.

The deadline for priority applications to the MFA program at MECA is January 15.

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