A variety of public programs, including artist talks, art history lectures, and panel discussions, are organized in conjunction with exhibitions. The ICA also sponsors programs with the local art community and participates in community events.

First Fridays Artwalk
First Friday of the month, 5:00–8:00pm
Portland’s open night for galleries and museums

Internships
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.

Art on the Move
This program offers thematic exhibition tours for K–12 schools and college groups. Call to schedule a tour for your group.

Programs for Young People

Adventures in Art-School Program
A contemporary art education program for elementary school children, that includes classroom visits, ICA exhibition tours and art-making, student exhibitions, and on-going curriculum connections.

Contemporary Connections-School Program
A program for grades 6–12 which combines ICA exhibition tours with school curriculum to create connections between contemporary art and everyday life.
K–12 and College educators are welcome to contact the ICA via email or 207.699.5029 to inquire about customized interactive tours.

Publications

Publications

A Meticulous Ferment: Beth Lipman and Kirsten Hassenfeld, 2010

  • Exhibition catalogue.
  • Available Summer 2010

Archaeology Above Ground, 2010

  • Exhibition catalogue
  • Published by Maine College of Art, Portland ME: Institute of Contemporary
    Art. 15-page catalogue with an essay by Kristine Woods; full color
    installation photography.
  • Available for US$ 7.00 postage paid.

Out There, 2009

  • Exhibition catalogue
  • Published by Maine College of Art, Portland ME: Institute of Contemporary
    Art. 15-page catalogue with an essay by Patricia C. Phillips; full color
    installation photography.
  • Available for US$ 7.00 postage paid.

Ruminant, 2008

  • Exhibition catalogue
  • Published by Maine College of Art, Portland ME: Institute of Contemporary
    Art. 13-page catalogue with an essay by Nadine Wasserman; full color install
    photography.
  • Available for US$ 7.00 postage paid.

Revisioning Portland, 2008

  • Exhibition catalogue
  • Published by Maine College of Art, Portland ME: Institute of Contemporary
    Art. 31-page catalogue with essays by Michelle Taylor-Harris and Mark
    Klett; full color photography.
  • Available for US$ 7.00 postage paid.

Wenda Gu: Art from Middle Kingdom to Biological Millennium, 2003

  • Published by MIT Press
  • Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • London, England
  • Edited by Mark H. C. Bessire and Designed by MECA faculty Margo Halverson & Charles Melcher of Alice Design Communications.
  • For more information call the ICA at MECA: (800) 639-4808

(The exhibition: “Wenda Gu: Middle Kingdom to Biological Millennium” is organized by a consortium of art colleges, including The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, and will be on display at the ICA at MECA June 21-October 3, 2004.)

William Pope.L: The Friendliest Black Artist in America, 2002

  • Published by MIT Press
  • Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • London, England
  • Edited by Mark H. C. Bessire and Designed by MECA faculty Margo Halverson & Charles Melcher of Alice Design Communications
  • This book, which accompanies a nationally touring exhibition of Pope.L’s work, explores his impact on American art and culture. It contains sections on practices, body, performance, dialogue, consumption, and a selection of the artist’s writings and a chronology. The essays are by Mark H. C. Bessire, C. Carr, Geoffrey Hendricks, Stuart Horodner, Lowery Stokes Sims, Kristine Stiles, and Martha Wilson.
  • Available for U.S. $24.95
  • For more information call the ICA at MECA: (800) 639-4808

Translation/Seduction/Displacement: Post- Conceptual and Photographic Work by Artists from South Africa

  • Exhibition Catalogue
  • Published by Maine College of Art, Portland, Me: Institute of Contemporary Art and Fer Inc.
  • Edited by Lauri Firstenberg and John Peffer
  • Essays by Rory Bester, Santu Mofokeng, John Peffer, and Lauri Firstenberg; 47 pages, black and white images.
  • Available for US $15.00 postage paid.

Someday: Robert Farber: A Retrospective

  • Exhibition Catalogue
  • Published by Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
  • Essays by Carl Belz, Robert Rosenblum, and Robert Storr; checklist of exhibition; color, 72 pages.
  • Available for US $15.00 postage paid.

Beyond Decorum: The Photography of Ike Ude

  • Published by MIT Press and edited by Mark H.C. Bessire and Lauri Firstenberg with an
    interview by Okwui Enwezor and essays by Aimee Bessire, Lauri Firstenberg, Kobena Mercer, Valerie Steele and Ike Ude. In color with 185 pages the book is available through MIT Press.
  • To order call 800-356-0343 0r (617) 625-8569.

Rez Williams: Steel Walls and Waterlines, 1999

  • Exhibition brochure.
  • Maine College of Art, Portland ME: Institute of Contemporary Art. Eight-page fold-out brochure with essay by Mark H.C. Bessire; exhibition checklist; nine black-and-white images.
  • Available for US$ 5.00 postage paid.

Flow Thru Out,1999

  • Exhibition brochure.
  • Maine College of Art, Portland ME: Institute of Contemporary Art. Six-page fold-out brochure with essays by Mark H.C. Bessire and Sasha M. White; four black-and-white images.
  • Available for US$ 5.00 postage paid.

The Art of Reading: Books and Non-Books, 1999

  • Exhibition brochure.
  • Maine College of Art, Portland ME: Institute of Contemporary Art.
    Eight-page fold-out brochure with essay by Sasha M. White; exhibition checklist; seven black-and-white images.
  • Available for US$ 5.00 postage paid.

Omnium Gatherum: An Installation by Lucy Mitchell, 1999

  • Exhibition catalogue.
  • Maine College of Art, Portland ME: Institute of Contemporary Art. 32-page catalogue with essays by Aimee H.C. Bessire and Mark H.C. Bessire; exhibition checklist; nine black-and-white images.
  • Available for US$ 8.00 postage paid.

Quiet in the Land: Everyday Life, Contemporary Art and the Shakers, 1997

  • Exhibition brochure.
  • Maine College of Art, Portland ME: Institute of Contemporary Art.
    Twelve-page fold-out brochure with essay by France Morin; five color images.
  • Available for US$ 5.00 postage paid.