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Handprinted textiles by Olan Boardman '01. Her textile studio Ktaadn is featured at the MECA kiosk in the Maine Mall and at the Portland Museum of Art store. She will be selling her work at the Picnic Music and Arts Festival on August 27 along with many other local alumni.


Drawn to Disaster
June 22 - August 8
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art

In this exhibition, artists examine the ephemerality of news reports and conjure the complexities of disorder, anger, and optimism that can follow disaster.

Featuring work by: Anthony Campuzano, Dave McKenzie, Christian Holstad, Carlos Motta,  Sun Xun, Dominic McGill, Stacy Howe, Deb Sokolow,  Yael Bartana, Daniel Guzmán, and Lisi Raskin.

Rally: Alumni Biennial
August 24 - October 9
Opening reception: August 25, 5-8pm


Rally highlights new bodies of work by five alumni: Quinlan Corey MFA ’06 Painting, Kreh Mellick ’05 Illustration, Andrea Raynor ’92 Photography, Edward Lott ’05 Woodworking & Furniture Design, and Aaron Williams ’94 Painting. In addition, a special video screening will feature the work of Brett Walker ’06 Photography.
Post-reception alumni gathering from 8pm-10pm.

MFA Retrospective
August 5 - September 4
Opening reception: Friday August 5, 5-8pm
Porteous Exhibtions, first floor.

A group exhibition featuring new MFA works from the 2011 summer session.


Kreh Mellick '05 is one of five alumni whose work is featured in the alumni biennial exhibition "Rally" in the ICA at MECA. Opening reception on August 25.


Screening: Tala Madani
August 1, 5pm, ICA at MECA

In conjunction with the current exhibition “Drawn to Disaster," the ICA will screen a series of short animations by Iranian-American Tala Madani. Stylistically ranging from lush painterly expressionism to loose, almost comical line drawing, Madani conveys her politically controversial subject matter with a genuine innocence and empathy.

MFA Open House
August 5, Porteous Building, 5-7pm

Learn more about the Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts program. Meet faculty, students, alumni, and staff. Guests can also tour the studios of the current MFA students as well as the MFA alumni-in-residence.

MFA Student and Alumni Mixer, 7-8pm 
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Film Screening:
David Larson, Maine Master

August 5, Porteous Building, 6pm & 7:30pm

The Maine Masters Project is ongoing film series that profiles some of Maine’s most distinguished and often less recognized visual artists. This documentary explores the career of painter and sculptor David Larson. He left the world of advertising in New York to make a studio, home and gallery in a former canning factory in Maine.

Debbie Millman: Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits
August 11, Osher Hall, 6pm

AIGA Maine presents an evening with Debbie Millman of Sterling Brands. She will discuss the common denominators, the disagreements and the ramifications of the positions brands—and brand leaders—have in our culture and in our lives. Cost is $10 for students, $15 for AIGA members, $25 for non-members. Save $5 if you register in advance.

Artist Demonstrations
Maine Mall, South Portland

In partnership with the Maine Crafts Association, MECA has a kiosk at the Maine Mall for the summer. In addition to selling work, artists will give demonstrations.

August 27, 5-9pm: Steven Anderson '11, wood

sandra in studio 1

Learn more about the Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts program during the MFA Open House during the First Friday Art Walk in August. Meet the faculty and tour the studios.


The ICA at MECA will screen animations by Tala Madani on August 1 in conjunction with the exhibition "Drawn to Disaster."

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.

MFA Summer Lecture Series

Hamish Fulton

August 1, 6:30-8pm

Osher Hall, 522 Congress Street, 2nd floor

Since the early 1970s Hamish Fulton  has been labeled as a sculptor, photographer, conceptual artist and land artist. Fulton, however, characterises himself as a 'walking artist'.

Hamish will be offering public walks at 9am on Aug. 2, 5pm on Aug. 3, and 5pm on Aug. 4.

Lisi Raskin
August 8, 6:30-8pm

Osher Hall

Lisi Raskin handcrafts whimsical re-creations of  military command centers.


Lisi Raskin will give an artist lecture about her recreated military command centers. Pictured: Command and Control, 7th Regents Armory, New York, 2008, multi-media installation, wood, paper, glue.



Illustration faculty member Scott Nash is showing his work on Cape Cod at the Centerville Historical Museum and in Maine at the University of New England.

Faculty members Adriane Herman and Briane Reeves collaborated on the book Love, Doggie Style on view at the Shoshana Wayne Gallery in California. 

ICA at MECA Director Daniel Fuller was awarded an Etant donnes curatorial research grant.

Painting alum Noah Frigault '05  won the Saxe Prize for public service. Noah is in law school at the University of California and provides leagal assistance to the East Bay Community Law Center.


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llustration faculty member Scott Nash has two exhibitions on view this summer. Nash has illustrated more than 30 children's books.


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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