Virtual Tours, Exhibitions, & Appointments
This Spring and Summer, Maine College of Art is offering several ways of experiencing campus virtually and in-person with our priority concern on the safety and health of our students, faculty, staff, and community — including you! Read on for all of the options:
Undergraduate (BFA) visit options:
Take an individual in-person tour of campus, May 19–June 10 — Schedule via Calendly.
Join us for a one-on-one tour with a MECA admissions counselor or current student! Explore all 6 floors of our main building which includes 12 departments, major spaces, the MECA Cafe, Library and the Institute of Contemporary Art. Residence halls are optional at the end of the tour.
(Please note that all guests will be required to wear face masks and follow social distancing guidelines throughout the tour. We appreciate your help to keep our campus safe for our community! If you have any questions about how MECA is maintaining a healthy campus, check out Safe & Healthy MECA.)
Take a guided virtual tour of campus with an Undergraduate (BFA) Counselor — Schedule via Calendly
Explore our main building floor by floor through photos, recorded studio tours by each department chair and information from a MECA Admissions Counselor along the way! This tour covers 12 departments, major spaces, the MECA Cafe, the Joanne Waxman Library, the Institute of Contemporary Art, residence halls and more.
Take a virtual tour of the MECA campus: Watch on Vimeo
Have a portfolio review or Q+A session with an Undergraduate (BFA) Counselor: Schedule via Calendly
MECA Virtual Open House, January 23, 2021: Watch on Vimeo
This info session was all about being seen at MECA: hear from students and staff about what it means to be part of MECA's community, how to access opportunities to show your work, what it's like to be in the studios, and why students chose to attend MECA.
Graduate (MFA, MAT, Salt) visit options:
Take a guided virtual graduate tour of our MFA, MAT, and Salt programs: Schedule via Calendly
To schedule a graduate visit outside of the times listed above, please contact our Graduate Admissions Coordinator, Joel Tsui, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone/text at 207.420.0022.
Undergraduate Info Sessions + Presentations
View the descriptions and dates for upcoming webinars and presentations below, then register for as many as you'd like at the form in the last toggle.
All sessions are live captioned and recorded. Please let us know if you need any accommodations and we will be happy to make arrangements.
Thursday, May 20 | 6pm EST
Wednesday, June 30 | 3pm EST
When applying to college, your portfolio is the most important piece — it helps us get to know who you are as a person and as an artist. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors can learn what we look for in a completed portfolio, what will help you stand out, and how to hone your artistic voice.
Undergraduate (BFA) Open Houses
Our spring Open House season has come to a close but — stay tuned — we will have more in the months ahead! Check back this summer for more the new Open House schedule for late summer and fall.
Graduate Info Sessions + Presentations
Each year we host several information sessions, webinars, open houses, and other opportunities to visit each of the three graduate programs at MECA. Check back this summer for the next round of events.
Past Graduate Info Sessions
Salt at MECA Presents: Remote Production on a Budget
Tuesday, February 9 | Watch the recording via MECA Vimeo
As you may know, the Salt Graduate Certificate for Documentary Studies is unique in that the program is neither an introductory course, nor is it a masterclass. Ideal Salt students are folks who have gotten a taste of what it is like to produce a story — be it a short film or an audio piece — and are ready to learn through a rigorous and hands-on program. We all have to start somewhere, and thankfully, you can produce your first documentary piece completely on your phone!
Faculty, staff, and alumni from Salt will come together for a 60-minute panel and interactive Q&A, to share our experience with getting things done on a budget, how to make the most out of your equipment, and tips on producing remotely and on a budget. We'll also give updates on our Salt program and talk more in depth about how students of different skill levels benefit from the program.Join the Salt Director Isaac Kestenbaum, and Graduate Admissions Coordinator Joel Tsui '16, Salt '17, MFA '19, and special guests on this webinar, along with a live Q&A session, by registering through the form below.
Have you ever wondered how you can strive in an interdisciplinary program? Why do we offer an interdisciplinary program? Even if you are an artist dedicated to a singular practice, what can you get out of an interdisciplinary MFA program?
Chris Stiegler, MFA Chair; Gail Spaien, MFA Faculty; Caitlin D'Amico, current MFA student; and Graduate Admissions Coordinator Joel Tsui '16, Salt '17, MFA '19 from the MFA at MECA will come together for a 60-minute panel and interactive Q&A, to share our relationship with the program from various perspectives, examples of how past and current students have taken advantage of the program’s openness, and give you offer you advice on how you can leverage your existing practice to stand out among the applicant pool. We'll also give updates on our MFA program and talk about the application process.
When was the last time you saw art in person? Chances are, the last time you saw art was through a screen or print materials. Over the course of 2020, many art communities were forced to come up with virtual experiences for their audiences. If you are a prospective applicant at MECA, this is a great time to also think about how you approach your portfolio submission.
Faculty, staff, and alumni from the MFA at MECA will come together for a 60-minute panel and interactive Q&A, to share our relationship documented art, thoughts about the process, and give pointers on how to arrange, edit and present a portfolio to make sure your application is competitive. We'll also give updates on our MFA program and how our cohort of low residency and full residency students is faring.
Join the Chair of the MFA program Chris Stiegler, Sculpture Department Professor Ling-Wen Tsai, Collections and Programming Manager Liz Rhaney MFA '20, MFA student Adam Powers, and Graduate Admissions Coordinator Joel Tsui '16, Salt '17, MFA '19 — a recording can be seen here.
Perhaps one of the biggest challenges educators have faced in recent years is learning how to adapt everything we knew about teaching to an online, virtual, digital, and occasionally asynchronous space. The Master of Arts in Teaching at Maine College of Art adapted their curriculum to not only address the changing dynamics of being an art educator, but to also ensure our teacher candidates acquire skills for a hands-on environment.
Join the Interim Chair of the MAT program Dr. Rachel Somerville; teacher candidates Lauren Anderson '20, Madison Mahoney, and Trent Redmond; MAT alumni Karol Carlsen MFA '20, Anne Hayes MFA '20, and Adrienne Munger MFA '20; and Graduate Admissions Coordinator Joel Tsui '16, Salt '17, MFA '19 on this 60-minute panel discussion and Q&A session.
2020 is the year where social distancing and virtual conferences (Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams…) permeate our lives. As George Lucas once said, “Sound is half the picture.” Have you considered how your audio quality can enhance your audience’s experience with your digital content, whether it is a webinar, an online class, or even an office meeting?
Join Salt Director Isaac Kestenbaum, recent Salt alum Sam Leeds (Salt '19), and Graduate Admissions Coordinator Joel Tsui BFA ‘16, Salt ‘17, MFA ‘19 on this 30-minutes webinar where they discuss the quality of various microphones—from the built-in mics of your devices to the tried-and-true condenser mics. A Q+A session follows with updates on what's new at Salt for this year. You can watch the recording on YouTube.