A place of inspiring natural beauty

For more than two centuries, artists have chosen Maine as a place to gather and work. Drawn by Maine’s rugged beauty, stunning illumination, and reputation for fierce individualism, artists here are still pushing the boundaries of aesthetics, social engagement, and individual practice. At MECA we take pride in Maine’s unique culture as a site for inspiration and inquiry as our students and faculty continue to advance this heritage.

A Destination for Creative Expression

Winslow Homer’s studio is 20 minutes from Portland, on Maine’s rocky coast. The lighthouses painted by Edward Hopper are also a short ride by car or bike from Portland’s downtown. On the first Friday evening of every month, 17 cities across the state host Art Walks, when all galleries and museums are open and welcome the public to experience art from Maine and around the world. The number of famous American artists who have Maine ties far exceeds coincidence.

A few examples include:

  • 1964.69.179.9 copyWinslow Homer
  • Edward-HopperEdward Hopper
  • 4583Andrew Wyeth
  • 220px-NC_Wyeth_ca1920N.C. Wyeth
  • Jamie Wyeth
  • alexkatzbyvivienbitt-4a620lAlex Katz
  • welliver_1_bgNeil Welliver
  • Thomas Cole
  • Eliot Porter
  • Fairfield Porter
  • 220px-WilliamWegman1William Wegman
  • img-william-pope-1_132106568608William Pope.L
  • CS1832Berenice Abbott
  • V.11-duoBernard Langlais

  • 220px-Todd_Webb_in_BoatTodd Webb
  • Georgia_O'KeeffeGeorgia O’Keeffe
  • IMG_5299Lois Dodd
  • HARTLEYmarsdenMarsden Hartley
  • Steve Mumford
  • 1391806370005-inidc5-5mlrnlzw52g3qutwd6n-originalRobert Indiana
  • dee1010ipcar1_largeDahlov Ipcar
  • Will Barnet
  • Rockwell_KentRockwell Kent
  • MargaretWiseBrownMargaret Wise Brown
  • Robert Henri
  • 61908-004-6AE96059Louise Nevelson
  • Milton Avery 1950Milton Avery