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In-kind Donation of Materials

Maine College of Art accepts in-kind donations of a variety of artist’s materials and equipment.  New or lightly used items such as water-based paints, easels, cameras and video equipment, lumber, fabric, furniture, and tools are some examples of items we may accept.

Due to space limitations, we cannot accept drop-off donations at the College.  If we determine that the materials or equipment can be used by the College, we will facilitate the acquisition and send the donor an acknowledgment letter for tax purposes.  

We are not able to confirm the value of your donation but you may take your estimated deduction on your tax return.  Per the IRS, “If your total deduction for all non-cash contributions for the year is over $500, you must complete and attach IRS Form 8283, Noncash Charitable Contributions to your return. If any single gift or group of similar gifts was valued at over $5,000, you must also get an appraisal of the item from a qualified appraiser.”  

Please contact Annie Wadleigh, Assistant Direct of Development, at or 207.699.5015 to discuss your in-kind donation.


Maine College of Art does not collect works or objects of art.  We will accept artwork with the expressed agreement that we may sell the work at our discretion.  This includes, but is not limited to, selling the piece(s) through a direct private sale, fairs, festivals, or by other means.  The College reserves the right to exhibit or post the works at its discretion.

United States tax code for charitable deductions will dictate the requirement for appraisals and potential tax deduction of any gift of art or object of art.


MECA's Joanne Waxman Library is pleased to receive new and lightly used books, serials, exhibition catalogs, digital media and other library-appropriate materials.   All gifts to the library must be reviewed by the College Librarian and be consistent with the College’s Gifts Acceptance Policy.

Contact the library at 207.775.5153 or with any questions.

Real Estate

Gifts of real estate are guided by the College’s Gift Acceptance Policy.

The Stephen Pace House in Stonington, Maine was given to Maine College of Art in 2007 to be used as an artists’ residency and gallery.  Originally conceived to be a gift in their estate, Stephen and Palmina Pace decided to give their home in their lifetimes to allow the College to begin using it to benefit young artists right away.  The Paces also gave the College a number of Stephen’s paintings and a endowed maintenance fund for the upkeep of the house.

For further information, contact Rebecca Swanson Conrad, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, at or 207.699.5017.

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