The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art features innovative exhibitions and public programs that showcase new perspectives and trends in contemporary art. Located in stunning galleries in our landmark Porteous Building, the ICA at MECA presents cutting edge work by local, national, and international artists.

A lively schedule of public programming includes lectures, workshops, and performances. The ICA at MECA provides a unique resource to the MECA community, offering insight into the practices of the professional field and first hand experiences with renowned visiting artists. Internships are also available, providing hands-on museum experiences ranging from the research and development of exhibitions to teaching to museum management. View a list of our upcoming events.

View our current exhibition


  • Wednesday–Sunday, 11:00am–5:00pm
  • Thursday, 11:00am–7:00pm
  • Friday, 11:00am–5:00pm, (First Friday Art Walk until 8:00pm)


ICA at MECA is always free. Donations are appreciated.

Tours and Education Programs

Learn more on our Education page.


The ICA is committed to providing college students with hands-on museum experiences ranging from curatorial assistance to teaching in an educational program or working with artists to develop projects. Students can choose a general, educational, or curatorial internship.

Featured image caption

Image from UNLOADED exhibition: Nina Berman, ‘Come And Take It’ Rally, The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas, USA, 2013. View more information about our current exhibition.



Erin Hutton ’98
Director of Exhibitions and Special Projects
Office located in ICA

Nikki Farrand
Nikki Rayburn ’11
Exhibitions Coordinator and Adjunct Assistant
Professor in Woodworking & Furniture Design
Office located in ICA