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Works on paper by Anne Buckwalter MFA '12 are on view in the Charles Thomas Gallery, located in the Administrative Center at Maine College of Art. Anne will give a talk about her work on February 10 at 1pm.



Michael Bell Smith
Through April 8

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.

February 3 - February 15
Porteous 2nd floor

This fall, TEDxDirigo and MECA worked together with community and business partners to create Portland INSIDE/OUT. We spoke with our neighbors all over the Portland peninsula  to hear about concerns and hopes for neighborhoods and the city. Portraits were taken and installed all over as temporary public art. Learn more about what our neighbors had to say and see the screening of a short film by No Umbrella Media and MECA students.

Ceramics Department Showcase
February 3 - 18
Front Window & Zand Head Gallery
Opening reception and cup sale during the February 3 First Friday Art Walk

This annual exhibition of Ceramics student work features Anne Saffron, Lindsey Demuth, Miles Spadone, Samuel Thompson, Adrian King, Carla Gehman, Janessa Letendre, Caroline Yankura, Dena Giroux, Jonathan Greydanus, John Slattery, Aaron Evans, Inge Herzog, and Victoria Koronkiewicz

From the Inside: Staff Exhibition
Through February 5
June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA

This annual exhibition of work by MECA staff features the work of Megan Lloyd, Steven Emmons, Stacy Howe, Colleen Kinsella, Kelly McConnell, Jane Dalton, Diane Wren, Grace Hopkins-Lisle, Cat Bates, Sandy Macleod, Maggie Muth, Phil Stevens, Annie Wadleigh, and Dietlind Vander Schaaf.

Nothing Major
February 20-March 8
First floor lobby and 2nd floor

A student initiatied and curated exhibition for all undeclared majors.


Large scale photographs on the Thompson's Point building were part of the Portland INSIDE/OUT project. TedxDirgio and MECA worked with multiple community and business partners. Learn more about the project during the First Friday Art Walk at MECA.


A-pot-calypse 2012 features work by students in thee Ceramics major. Above: work by Lindsey Demuth.


MECA is the largest employer of visual artists in the state. In addition to the faculty, many of the employees are also artists. Their work is on view at the June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA through Feb. 5.  Above: "Whelm," by Stacy Howe MFA '10, included in the staff exhibition. Howe works in the Admissions office.

Karu Media Collective Dedication + Reception
February 3, 5pm
Third Floor

Please join us to view the completed third floor of the Porteous Building and to thank the Karu family for their generosity. The Karu Media Collective provides studio space for students majoring in Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, and New Media.

Full Schedule of Activities for
First Friday at MECA

February 3

+ Karu Media Collective Dedication + Reception
Portland INSIDE/OUT exhibition and screening
+ Ceramic student exhibition and sale
+ Staff exhibition at June Fitzpatrick at MECA
+ Michael Bell-Smith exhibition at ICA at MECA

+ Woodworking & Furniture Design students exhibiting at Oak Street Lofts Gallery

Continuing Studies Winter Semester

For Youth
Winter Courses begin February 11

Browse youth courses

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June 25 - August 10
6 weeks
No courses the week of July 2-6
For ages 9-12 and 13-17
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Above: The Karu Media Collective at MECA. Join us for the dedication and reception on Feb. 3 at 5pm.


For Adults
Make good on that New Year's resolution to learn the digital basics:
+ Adobe Suite Crash Course
+ Photoshop Crash Course
+ InDesign Crash Course
+ Illustrator Crash Course
+ Basic Web Design

Broswe all adult courses

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: Robert Hobbs
February 16, 6:30pm

Recognized as a scholar, teacher, and curator, Hobbs specializes in both late modern and post-modern art. His work joins social history with literary criticism and aesthetics; it also relies on feminist and postcolonial theory. He has published widely and has curated dozens of exhibitions, many of which have been shown at important institutions in the U.S. and abroad.

Visiting Artist, Michael Bell-Smith
February 25, 6:00pm, ICA at MECA

Bell-Smith’s work is currently on view in the ICA at MECA. 


Michael Bell-Smith, whose work is currently on view in the ICA at MECA, will give an artist talk on Feb. 25 at 6pm. More about the show, including a review in Art New England by Carl Little.



MECA awarded nine grants for professional development in the field of crafts.
View the Belvedere grant winners

MECA faculty members Lucy Breslin and Mark Johnson are included in "The Inspired Hand" on view and alumni are included in The Inspired Hand, on view at the Atrium Art Gallery at Lewiston-Auburn College.

Metalsmithing & Jewelry faculty member Jeffrey Clancy has an exhibition opening in Brussels. His show includes the publication of a limited edition book with texts by Lauren Fensterstock, Academic Director of the MFA program at MECA, and Annie Larmon.

Lauren Fensterstock is currently showing her work at the Austin Museum of Art and the Oliver Sears Gallery in Dublin. She also finished two commissions for Tiffany and Co. in South Korea.

Printmaking faculty member Adriane Herman was included in the latest issue of Art in Print.

Metalsmithing & Jewelry students are exhibiting their work, getting published, and winning awards.
Student achievements


"Fat Free Dessert Server" by Jeffrey Clancy. Clancy, a faculty member in the Metalsmithing & Jewelry Department at MECA, is exhibiting his work in Brussels.

Metalsmithing & Jewelry Design student Emily Rogstad is a finalist for the NICHE Award from NICHE magazine.

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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"The city of Portland should be incredibly thankful we have the Maine College of Art to anchor the downtown. The future of Portland's downtown is linked to the Maine College of Art."

-Newly elected Portland Mayor Michael Brennan



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