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The MECA Alumni Biennial takes place in October in the ICA at MECA every other year. This themed exhibition is curated by three distinguished jurors and features the work of three to five BFA and MFA alumni.


Opening Reception October 9, 5-7pm
On view until December 18, 2015

Please join us on October 9th, from 5PM to 7PM, for the opening of Residual Utopia; the 2015 Maine College of Art Alumni Biennial at the College’s Institute of Contemporary Art. This year our jury, comprised of alumna Jenny McGee Dougherty ’05, Dan Mills, Director of the Bates Museum of Art, and Lissa Hunter, Chair of the Board of Trustees at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, has selected four artists that represent the breadth of the college’s academic programs, with representatives from our Bachelor’s Program, as well as our Master’s in Fine Art and Art Education programs.

The work that these artists produce illustrates a range of interests, practices, and levels of audience participation. In their individuated practices these artists have identified certain utopic ideologies as having been built on the ashes of that which came before. Ellen Babcock BFA ’84, Cole Caswell MFA’08, Kevin Goodrich Art Ed ’10, and Carlos Pileggi MFA ’13 are working in fields of painting, photography, social sculpture, social practice, and printmaking.

The logic at play in each of their practices showcases their ability to develop and to problem solve; two traits demanded of artists today. This development out of/away from the rules of art practice is both postmodern and contemporary, as well as decidedly anti-utopian. The parameters laid down by generations of modernists decreed the separation of artistic disciplines for the sake of their own agendas. The rigidity of these systems had within them the seeds of their own demise, and it is from the rubble of those hopes that these artists mine for material, content, audiences, and histories. We have on exhibition what they have built from the residue of their respective utopian legacies.

Artists Lectures with Cole Caswell, Carlos Pileggi, Ellen Babcock, and curator Chris Stiegler will take place on Tuesday October 13th from 5-8pm.






Maine College of Art Ceramics Alumni Exhibition
Call for Art

To promote the incredible talent of our alumni, Maine College of Art is planning a juried exhibition at ArtProv Gallery in Providence, Rhode Island in conjunction with the NCECA conference in spring 2015. This is an excellent opportunity to have your work represented during the annual gathering that brings together thousands of professionals in the field of ceramics.

Alumni who hold a BFA, MFA, Post-Baccalaureate Art Education Certificate, MAT, or an Honorary Degree, and are working in the field of ceramics are invited to apply.

Juror: Susan Dewsnap, Professor of Ceramics, Bates College
Application Deadline: 5:00pm EST on December 1, 2014
Exhibition Dates: March 10-April 3, 2015

Applicant must be a degree-holding alumnus of Maine College of Art. Works must be made primarily of ceramic material, and be primarily the work of the MECA alum. All work must have been completed within the last three years and not have been previously exhibited during an NCECA conference. Accepted work sent for exhibition must be the same object that was entered. Size of works may not exceed 30” maximum in any direction.The gallery cannot accommodate works that hang from the ceiling. If a piece is meant to hang from the wall, it must have any mechanisms needed to hang it already installed or included and be ready to hang. The gallery holds discretion to choose not to display work that is unlike the image sent or unreasonably fragile. All work must be available for sale.

How to Apply
Each applicant should submit up to two entries with one alternate view or detail of each entry through our online application form.  A set can be considered as one entry. All documents should be prepared in advance and saved as Microsoft Word documents or Adobe PDFs. All images should be sized and labeled appropriately in advance of uploading your application and must be in jpg format. Completed applications should not exceed 20MB, including resume, artist statement and images.

To be considered for review, online applications must include all of the following:

  • Resume
  • Artist Statement
  • Up to four digital images: 2 works and 2 details or alternate views
  • Image information:title, year created, medium, dimensions (HxWxD), retail price

Specifications for digital images:

  • Only uploaded images will be reviewed for submission.
  • All images should be formatted as jpgs with a minimum width of 800 pixels and a maximum file size of 1MB for each image.
  • Label your images with the following format: yourlastname1.jpg, yourlastname2.jpg, etc.
  • Do not include any spaces, dashes or other symbols in the image label

Selection of Work
Artwork is selected by the juror based on the images submitted for review.

Display, Liability, and Shipping Costs
All artwork must be delivered ready for display. Accepted works will be shipped to Maine College of Art. MECA will then deliver the work to the gallery. Work will be insured by MECA during transportation to the gallery. Shipping and insurance costs to and from MECA are the responsibility of the artist. More specifics about shipping will be sent to accepted artists. Artists will be required to sign a loan form. The gallery will insure the artwork up to 50% of it’s retail value while it is at the gallery, but not during transportation. All work must be available for sale. The gallery will retain 50% commission on all sold work. Artists will be required to submit high resolution images of their work for promotional purposes.

Click HERE to apply

We look forward to receiving your application.
Call Jill Dalton at 207.699.5018 or email




Call to Printmakers: 11th Annual MECA Alumni Print Session

October 9-11, 2015

All degree-holding alumni with printmaking experience are invited to apply to participate in the 11th Annual Alumni Print Session at Maine College of Art.  Participants work in relationship to a theme generated by the Visiting Artist to create 20 portfolios containing 11 prints each, including one master print by each participating artist.  Several students and past participants will be on hand to provide studio assistance.  At the end of the session each artist will receive one of the portfolios.  The remaining portfolios will be given to the Joanne Waxman Library, the printmaking department, and project sponsors. In years past, this project has been an invigorating and inspiring experience for all participants, creating an arena for the exchange of ideas between alumni.

The 2015 Alumni Print Session Visiting Artist will be Carlos Pileggi MFA '13.  His selected theme is "Interference."

"I have always considered my plates and woodblocks as free from edition. They remain open ad infinitum and can be transformed through time. Transformation could take place in the form of deterioration or by erasing and redrawing on them. Moreover, I consider my drawings and prints as open for transformation, producing layers or artistic operations.

I propose that the group who will join me for these days would be open to dialogue with the other artists work, by responding to them and interfering on the outcome. This will add a welcome complication to the aspect of edition. However, the idea moves towards my belief that printmaking techniques are at our disposal as a tool to help us explore our artistic intentions rather than a mechanism to produce editions." -Carlos Pileggi

The event will begin with a dinner orientation on the evening of Friday, October 9th from 7:30 - 9:00pm.  Printmaking will take place on October 10th and 11th from 9:00am - 5:00pm in the MECA printmaking studio.  The studio fee for the Print Session is $50.00 per person and will cover the inks and studio supplies needed for monoprinting. Paper and plexiglass plates have been donated to the project.

The Alumni Print Session was created by Gina Adams ’02, Jill Dalton ’99, and Printmaking Professor Elizabeth Jabar to offer a collaborative studio opportunity to our alumni.  The first Alumni Print Session took place in 2005, and the project has grown into one of our most valued alumni events. 

Print Project Schedule
Friday, October 9: 6-9pm Dinner Orientation with Visiting Artist Carlos Pileggi

Saturday, October 10
9-5 Printing

Sunday, October 11
9-5 Printing

Due to the short-term nature of this project, only experienced printmakers who are available for the orientation dinner and both printing days may apply.  Accepted applicants will be asked to bring prepared source materials.

Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until the participant list is filled.

Email with the following information to apply to participate in this project:

  1. Name
  2. Address
  3. Phone Number
  4. Email Address
  5. Graduation Year
  6. One Digital image of one of your prints with title, media, dimensions, and year
  7. One paragraph outlining how your work relates to this year’s theme, “Interference” and why you would like to participate in this project.

Maine College of Art holds an annual holiday sale in the Porteous Building at 522 Congress Street. The holiday sale provides an opportunity for MECA students, alumni, faculty and staff to sell affordable handmade arts, crafts and gifts for the holiday season. This is a juried opportunity.

For details see the Holiday Sale web page

MECA Homecoming Weekend: 
October 9 + 10, 2015

All events take place in the Porteous Building at 522 Congress Street, 
unless otherwise noted. Register by clicking here

For more info about Collect:

Discounted Room Rates for the nights of Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10

1230 Congress Street
Portland, Maine
$169 plus tax, per night
Reservations must be made by September 5th.
Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly and mention the MECA Homecoming weekend.
88 Spring Street
Portland, Maine
$225 plus tax, per night
Reservations must be made by September 10th.
Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly and mention the MECA Homecoming weekend.

Hotels in Portland and Surrounding Area
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The MECA Homecoming Weekend brings alumni, students, parents, staff and faculty together to celebrate their ties to the MECA community in a festive atmosphere.  

Guiding Principles

  • The MECA Homecoming includes: all current students (BFA, MFA, CS, ArtEd); all alumni (grad and non-grad); all parents of students and alumni; all current and former staff and faculty; all donors; community members with ties to MECA.
  • The MECA Homecoming Weekend event is targeted to include all current BFA, MFA and ArtEd students; all parents of current students;  all degree-holding alumni; all current staff and faculty. 
  • The MECA Homecoming Weekend aims to create an inclusive atmosphere for all participants to celebrate and strengthen their relationships to MECA.