Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at MECA - Maine College of Art


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 programming includes public lectures, workshops, performances, pop-up shows, events and other interventions. The ICA is a unique resource for the MECA community, offering insight into the practices of the professional field and first-hand experiences with both renowned visiting artists from afield and nearby. View a list of our upcoming events.

View our current exhibition

Guest curators at the ICA ensure a diverse annual roster of shows, events, interventions, discussion groups, and more. Working in collaboration with the ICA Director, guest curators provide a fresh and deeply plugged-in perspective and vision. They develop and support the production of each exhibition, and provide new insight on the dynamic field of contemporary art.


  • 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.

Shop ICA:

Find Catalogs from past exhibitions and ICA merchandise at our Online Store.


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.

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Mark Marchesi ’99, June View; The Lookoff, Nova Scotia 2012 Currently on view


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

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