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MECA Offers $12,000 Scholarships to Local Graduates

Posted: 2011-01-20

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In 2010, Maine College of Art completed its vision to bring all academic and studio facilities under the roof of the Porteous Building. In appreciation of the local community that was instrumental in achieving this goal, MECA has created the Portland Area School Scholarship (PASS) for selected area high schools.

 For any graduate of the selected schools who qualifies for admission to the undergraduate program at Maine College of Art, the College will provide a guaranteed $12,000 scholarship each year for four years or until they complete the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, provided they maintain good academic standing.

 Eighteen years ago, Maine College of Art purchased the Porteous, Mitchell and Braun department store with the ambition to transform it into a vibrant campus for art and design. This past year, MECA completed their consolidation goals, bringing together all academic and studio facilities under one roof, providing students with five floors and 200,000 square feet of contiguous space in the heart of the Arts District.  With MECA as the anchor, the Arts District is filled with galleries, performance spaces, studios and creative businesses. It is a national destination for arts and culture.

 This scholarship is open to any graduate of the selected high schools, regardless of when they graduated or if they are transferring from another institution. There is no limit to the number of graduates who can take advantage of this offer. With an estimated Fall 2011 tuition of $29,000 this brings the initial tuition cost to approximately $17,000. Students who are eligible can also apply for federal and state aid to further reduce their tuition costs.

 “Now, more than ever, students choose a college based on a sense of place,” notes MECA President Don Tuski. “In addition to the rigorous arts education that students receive within our walls, they also have easy access to the vibrant creative community in the Portland area. We are so fortunate for this extended campus. This scholarship is an expression of our appreciation.”

 Selected schools include: Cape Elizabeth High School, Casco Bay High School, Catherine McCauley High School, Cheverus High School, Deering High School, Falmouth High School, Gorham High School, Greater Portland Christian Academy, Greely High School, North Yarmouth Academy, Portland Arts & Technology High School, Portland High School, Scarborough High School, South Portland High School, Waynflete, Westbrook High School, Windham High School, and Yarmouth High School. These schools represent institutions within the Greater Portland area that are recognized by the State of Maine to award high school diplomas. Based on enrollment growth, the aim is to expand the list of selected schools. The first scholarships will be awarded for students entering the BFA program in Fall 2011.

In addition to new students, the scholarship applies to currently enrolled MECA BFA students who are graduates from the selected schools.

To qualify for the PASS, applicants need to submit an application and have a portfolio review with an admissions counselor. Contact the Admissions Office at or by calling 800.699.1509. The next Admissions Open House is scheduled for February 26.

 Members of the public interested in contributing to the PASS fund should contact the Advancement Office at or call 207.775.5098.

Open Houses At MECA

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Visit MECA for a BFA Open House! The events start with a tour of the school, followed by workshops for students and info-sessions for families. All open houses will run from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Please let us know if you would like to attend one of these events by calling 800.699.1509 or fill out our registration form.
Fall 2014 Open Houses:
Saturday, October 25th
Saturday, November 15th
Saturday, December 13th
Meet the faculty, staff and BFA students, make art in the studios, tour the campus and residence halls, have lunch, get your portfolio reviewed and have an opportunity to explore downtown Portland.
If you can't make it on an Open House date, please contact Admissions to schedule an individual campus visit. We encourage you and your family to come tour our facilities and talk with our students and faculty. Campus tours, personal interviews, and portfolio reviews are available Monday-Friday. 
To schedule your visit, please contact the Office of Admissions at, or by phone at 800.699.1509.
We look forward to seeing you during your visit at MECA!

"Whales and Nails" at ICA

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Created by Dan DenDanto who has been cleaning, articulating and restoring whale skeletons professionally since 1993. He strives to create dynamic exhibits which convey more about the animals’ lives than their deaths.  Dan’s knowledge of whale anatomy and extensive experience in the field contribute to his extraordinary ability to accurately display the remains of these magnificent creatures. Dan currently directs The North Atlantic Fin Whale Catalogue while pursuing studies in fin whale population genetics and demographic ecology. Dan's research focuses on life history data, including photographic-identification, genetic, and sightings information to investigate interactions between individual fin whales in the Northern Gulf of Maine

WCSH Channel Six news recently featured "Whale and Nails". Watch the broadcast segment by clicking here. 


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The New York Public Library has announced the "100 Great Children’s Books | 100 Years" featuring "inspiring tales that have thrilled generations of children and their parents." Among those, "Rickshaw Girl"- illustrated by MECA's Jamie Hogan and written by Mitali Perkins has been honored. Maine has been the home to classic and contemporary children's book creators, including "Charlotte's Web" by E.B. White, "Make Way for Ducklings" by Robert McCloskey, and "The Giver: by Lois Lowry. Jamie Hogan is a professor in MECA's Illustration Department. 

"To see my name on the list of children's book authors and illustrators I grew up with and stories that my daughter was raised on, put me over the moon," said Jamie Hogan, "What astounding company."

In the chapter book "Rickshaw Girl" by Mitali Perkins (Charlesbrige Publishing), Naima excels at painting the traditional alpana patterns with which Bangladeshi women and girls decorate their homes for holiday celebrations. But she wishes she could help her father earn money like her best friend who helps his family by driving his father's rickshaw. When Naima's rash efforts to help actually put the family deeper in debt, she draws on her resourceful talents, and follows the changing model of women's roles in Bangladesh.

"How does a Maine artist of Irish/German descent illustrate a book set in Bangladesh?" asks Jamie Hogan, "Well, it takes research and good drawing, but also a connection with the story. Mitali Perkins’ writing touches all the senses. I immersed myself in visual reference of Bangladesh with books and film, had my daughter and her friend pose for me, and listened to Indian dance music. More than anything, though, I related to the lead character, Naima. Being a daughter and having a daughter got me deeply into the heart of the book, where artistic skills, resourcefulness, and love cross cultural boundaries."

The "100 Great Children’s Books | 100 Years" list was chosen by children’s librarians at The New York Public Library and published on the occasion of The New York Public Library’s acclaimed exhibition "The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter."

Find more information & the complete list by clicking here. 

New Media Professor Gary Robinov's Film Nominated for Best Short

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