Virtual Accepted Student Days

Saturday, May 22

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MECA’s Virtual Accepted Student Day Agenda

*Please note:
Zoom links will be emailed to registered guests and will be available here just before sessions begin. All videos will be recorded for on-demand purposes.

1–2pm EDT: Info Session, Portland Highlights, & Q+A
After a welcome by President Laura Fried and Dean Ian Anderson, you'll hear from Artists at Work, a BFA student ambassador on what they love about Portland, have a chance to talk with our student panel, AND take a new mini virtual building tour! It's a great opportunity to hear what makes MECA and Portland such a special place to study, learn, make art, and be part of a supportive community. We'll also have an update for you about all we're doing to keep our community healthy; for more information on this, check out Safe & Healthy MECA.
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2:15–3:15pm EDT: Art Workshops, Demos, Studio Visits, & Hangouts
Choose from a selection of workshops and demos with MECA Faculty and students —  see details⚡and more On Demand demo videos below.

2:15-3:15pm EDT: Drop-In Parent Lounge
Parents, family, and loved ones can drop into this chill session to ask questions, connect with other families, and celebrate your awesome students! This session will immediately follow the info session in the same zoom room.

3:15–4:15pm EDT: Accepted Student Hang!
Drop in to meet other students, connect with your future classmates, find a roommate, share what you've been watching/listening to/reading, and ask questions of current students. PS: Bring your pet if you have one! 🐶  😺  🦜 🐠
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4:15–5:15pm EDT: Mini virtual tour with Admissions Counselor, Aeron Metzger
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3–5pm EDT: Individual Appointments
Have questions? Meet with Financial Aid, Student Accounts, Student Life, Disabilities Services, Admissions, and more.
- Schedule an appointment with Financial Aid
- Schedule an appointment with Student Life
- Schedule an appointment with Billing
- Schedule an appointment with Disabilities Services

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May 22: Artmaking Demos, Workshops, Studio Visits, & Hangs

2:15-2:45pm >> Metalsmithing + Jewelry: Student Work Slideshow
Meet Assistant Metals Professor, Kyle Patnaude, for a slide presentation of amazing work that has come out of the MECA Metals department.
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2:45-3:15pm >> Woodworking & Furniture Design: Slideshow + Program Chat
Meet the MECA Woodworking + Furniture Design Program Chair, Matt Hutton, in this Zoom chat! Matt will show both student work as well as some of his own, and discuss the program. Learn about different ways students navigate the program and utilize new technologies in a medium tied to traditional methods of working. Join Zoom Meeting:

On Demand Videos 

View workshops from our March and April 2021 Accepted Student Days:

Bob Crewe Program in Art and Music

Steve Drown, Coordinator of the Bob Crewe Program in Art and Music and assistant professor of Music, leads a 30-minute discussion covering the varied use of the facilities and course offerings of the music program at MECA. It’s not just for music minors and those taking music courses! You'll learn about: access to practice rooms, studio use, available instruments, and general support for all things music and sound-related. The music minor will also be introduced to students who may consider that option.
View the Music discussion recording here. (Access passcode: =1cV6*YL)

Photography: Motion Capture/Still Life

Join Justin Kirchoff, program chair of the MECA Photography department, for a demo on capturing split-second images.  Photography's ability to freeze time is one of its most distinctive attributes that differentiates the still image from all of the other mediums. Historically, Eadweard Muybridge's motion studies and Herald "Doc" Edgerton split second images of milk drops provided a way of seeing "time" that had never been witnessed before. In this demonstration we will pop a balloon of water and attempt to freeze the water and latex in a way the naked eye can not.
View the Photography demo recording here. (Access passcode: 8bd3=7M1)

Animation & Game Art Discussion

Join Adam Fisher, professional animator and chair of the Animation and Game Art program, for a round table hang-out session with current students. View the Animation recording here (Passcode: RVXC1jr.)

Graphic Design: RISO printing

See what possibilities are for printing zines, distributing design, and fast printing with Charles Melcher from MECA's Graphic Design department. He'll show you what a RISO machine is, what it can do, and examples of work made on a machine you'll have access to as a MECA student.
View the Graphic Design recording here.

Alternative Sketching for Illustration

Michael Connor, from our Illustration department at MECA, will lead this demo/workshop exploring alternative approaches to sketching, with examples of works-in-progress, and finished pieces. Michael will focus on collage as a sketch tool, with a demo that students can follow along with at home (so long as they've got paper, an old magazine/book/newspaper, glue and favorite drawing tools). View the Illustration recording here.

Get to Know Textile + Fashion Design

Alysha Kupferer, chair of the Textile + Fashion Design program at MECA, gives a tour of the extensive textile and fashion studios, and current students will show off their current collections. View the Textile + Fashion recording here.

An Ecology of Painting

Join Jessica Parker Foley, adjunct professor in the MECA Painting department, for an interactive mini-lecture that will frame painting as a series of relationships between component pieces. We will talk about the ways in which painting has been framed through time, and how using an ecological model to understand an artwork can inform our painting practice. Students will gain the skills to analyze one of their own paintings using this method, and will walk away with skills to implement this strategy in their next artwork. View the Painting chat recording here.

Learn more about Financial Aid

Carri Frechette, Director of Financial Aid, and Tammy Jackson, Student Accounts Coordinator, answer frequently-asked questions about financial aid, types of aid, the FAFSA, and more in this video.

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Financial Aid
Will O'Shea,
Help with: FAFSA, master promissory notes, and funding your education
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Student Accounts
Tammy Jackson,

Student Life
Jen Doebler,
Help with: Housing, meal plans, residence life, activities, and more

Disability Services
Joanne Benica,
Learn about accommodations, service animals, support services, and more

Admissions Counselors
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Explore MECA at Your Own Pace

Take a campus tour and go deeper into each of our studio majors:

Animation & Game Art | Ceramics | Graphic Design | Illustration | Metalsmithing & Jewelry | Painting | Photography | Printmaking | Sculpture | Textile & Fashion Design | Woodworking & Furniture Design

Visit the new exhibition in the Institute for Contemporary Art at MECA or watch a recording of the most recent Artist Talk hosted by Julie Poitras Santos, Director of Exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA, with artists Tory Fair and Mary Miss. 

Learn about what makes Portland the right-sized city for students with a student-tour of the city and select year-round highlights of all that Portland has to offer

Check out the next steps to get ready for Fall 2021 for accepted and enrolled students.

Learn how we are keeping MECA Safe and Healthy

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