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Above: Chandelier by Abby Mechanic '13. 
Then + Now: Alumni and Student Work from Maine College of Art is on view at Rose Contemporary in Portland. The exhibition is one of three held in conjunction with the Furniture Society Conference at MECA, June 14 -16. 

About the conference + exhibitions

Furniture Society Conference Exhibitions
Portland Public Library, 
Rose Contemporary, and June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA
Tour on June 9

MECA students, faculty, and alumni have work on view in conjunction with the Furniture Society conference held at MECA. Get a personal tour of the exhibitions by faculty members Matt Hutton and Adam Manley on June 9 from 10am to noon. Please RSVP to 207.699.5015 or

About the exhibitions + conference

Francis Cape: Utopian Benches
June 13 - August 5

Twenty reconstructed benches originally designed for American utopian communities.

Lisi Raskin: Motor Park

June 13 - August 5

Raskin will create a truck house which will be utilized as a studio, classroom, and performance space.

ICA exhibitions



Bench by Vivian Beer '00, included in the exhibition Then & Now: Alumni and Student Work from Maine College of Art on view at Rose Contemporary in Portland.


Utopian Benches by Francis Cape. On view in the ICA at MECA from June 13 - August 5.

Ribbon Cutting + Celebration for
Woodworking & Furniture Design Department

June 7, 5:30pm, Porteous, 3rd floor

MECA celebrates the completion of the Woodworking & Furniture Design studio facilities. We will acknowledge the donors who made the renovations possible. Light refreshments will be served at 5:30pm with remarks by President Don Tuski and Associate Professor Matt Hutton at 6pm.

Please RSVP to Annie Wadleigh at or 207.699.5015.

Reception for NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman
June 13, 6:30pm, ICA at MECA

MECA, Creative Portland and the Maine Arts Commission host a reception for Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, following his 5pm presentation at Portland Stage Company.


This summer, Continuing Studies brings classes on location to the sites that have inspired artists for decades. Travel to Peaks Island, Cow Island, Gilsland Farm, Fort Williams, and aboard a schooner in Casco Bay. Register for Continuing Studies Classes

Adult Sessions:  June 18 - August 10
Youth Sessions: June 25 - August 10


MFA Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Michael Kimmelman
Thursday, June 21, 6:30-7:30pm
Osher Hall, 522 Congress Street
“From New York to Europe and Back Again”

Kimmelman’s talk is an intimate and story-filled reflection on his path from The New York Times’s Chief Art Critic, trawling the world’s museums and galleries to Foreign Correspondent (based in Berlin), reinventing cultural reporting from Marseille to Gaza to Berlin and Istanbul, all of which prepared the way for his current post as Architecture Critic, writing about issues facing us at a time when society and cities are rapidly changing.

Beth Lipman
Monday, June 25, 6:30-7:30pm
Osher Hall, 522 Congress Street

Glass artist Beth Lipman lives and works in Sheboygan Falls, WI. She has received numerous awards, grants, and fellowships and exhibited at ICA at MECA, the RISD Museum, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Generous support for the lecture series is provided by the Quimby Family Foundation.

Full Visiting Artist schedule



Beth Lipman, whose work was featured in the ICA at MECA in 2010, returns to the College to give an artist talk as part of the MFA Lecture Series.


Painting graduate Kathyrn Dodson '12 was selected to show at Gallery Dufour in Belfast. The exhibit featured the work of 25 contemporary Maine figure painters and photographers. Dodson won first prize in the category of non-photography.

Five Ceramics majors are attending a special session at The Watershed Center for the Center Arts. Students Lindsey Demuth, Anne Saffron, Vicki Koronkiewicz, Adrian King and Dena Girouxwill spend two weeks on site creating artwork in the studios of Watershed in exchange for preparing the center for the summer program.

Associate Professor of Printmaking Adriane Herman has a show at Western Exhibitions in Chicago.

Caleb Charland, artist-in-residence for the Media Collective, has work on view at the DeCordova and was selected to participate in the Copenhagen Photo Festival this summer.

MECA offers two residency programs in the summer. One is offered at the Stephen Pace House in Stonington, Maine and the other at the Jenny Family Compound in Nova Scotia.

The Stonington residencies were granted to MECA faculty member Mark Jamra, staffer Dietlind Vander Schaaf as well as alums Larissa Mellor ’04, Rachael Eastman ’94, and Nik Bsullak ’99. The Baie St Marie Artist and Family Residency at the Jenny Family Compound was awarded to Mark Marchesi ’99, Richard Metz MFA’00, Thomas Cummins MFA’05, and Crystal Heiden ’06, Conan Masterson and Christine Negus.

This enamel brooch by student Shelby Goldsmith was accepted to Beyond Borders: The 11th International Juried Enamel Exhibition sponsored by the Northern California Enamel Guild.


Art Honors 2012 recognized Donald Sussman and Earle Shettleworth for their leadership in the arts.
View Art Honors photos

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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