The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art & Design Presents

CONJURING: 25 Years at the ICA

and

A Fresh Greeting is Heard 

On View: July 15 - September 18, 2022 

Alison Schulnik, Moth, gouache-on-paper animated video with 1540 gouaches-on-paper, 3 minutes, 15 seconds video with sound, 2019.
Courtesy of the Artist and P.P.O.W, New York.

PORTLAND, ME — June 17, 2022 — The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art & Design (ICA at MECA&D) is pleased to announce the opening of two new exhibitions, CONJURING: 25 Years at the ICA and A Fresh Greeting is Heard. An opening reception will be held July 15, from 5-8pm.

This year, the Institute of Contemporary Art celebrates a quarter of a century in Maine College of Art & Design’s Porteous building in downtown Portland. For 25 years, the Institute of Contemporary Art has cultivated engagement and dialogue regarding contemporary visual art practices, fostering discourse on the critical conversations of our time and enhancing understanding of visual culture. CONJURING: 25 Years at the ICA is an archival exhibition, reflecting on our past and looking forward, celebrating the artists and curators who have come through the Institute of Contemporary Art since its inception in 1997. 

“At its heart, the exhibition is a community project, honoring a quarter century of work and recognizing the amazing people who have exhibited, curated, and activated the ICA,” notes Director of Exhibitions, Julie Poitras Santos.

Building on past work at the Baxter Gallery, the ICA operates as a learning laboratory for MECA&D students and a center for public programming regarding contemporary art that engages with the local, national, and global art community. CONJURING: 25 Years at the ICA includes an archive of past exhibitions, interviews, ICA publications, posters, news coverage, and other ephemera from a quarter century of supporting the work of living artists; catalogs of past exhibitions will be on sale. 

In the Evans Hunt and Lunder Galleries, a second exhibition presents works in painting, ceramics, and video. The natural world has long influenced artists in Maine, and the proximity to these wild spaces is one of the reasons we are drawn here. A Fresh Greeting is Heard highlights the work of four artists, two working in Maine, who complicate our understandings of nature, navigating realms between abstraction and figuration to tease out the disquiet and enchantment of wild spaces, magic in transformation, meaningful imagery in ambiguous forms, and the agency of natural places in our collective imagination.  Artists in the exhibition include Leon Benn, Lauren Mabry, Allison Schulnik, and Hannah Secord Wade.

These two exhibitions together extend the ICA’s extraordinary history of presenting contemporary art that engages with the local, national, and global art community. 

For more information about the exhibition, please visit the ICA website. 

ABOUT THE  INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART AT MAINE COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN 

The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), cultivates engagement and dialogue regarding contemporary visual art practices, aiming to foster discourse regarding the critical conversations of our time, and to enhance understanding of visual culture. Located in stunning galleries in Maine College of Art & Design’s landmark Porteous Building, the ICA at MECA&D presents an exhibition calendar of ambitious work by living artists, operates as a learning laboratory for MECA&D students, and a center for public programming regarding contemporary art that engages with the local, national and global art community.

Hosting five exhibitions each year accompanied by a dynamic series of public events and artist talks, the ICA at MECA&D also supports MECA&D graduate student exhibitions and Maine College of Art & Design events. We are dedicated to working across platforms collaboratively and thinking with others to inspire creative action, reimagine our future, and create compassionate communities together through visual art.

Open Wednesday–Sunday, 11:00pm–5:00pm, and Thursdays until 7PM. The ICA at MECA&D is always free. 

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COVID-19 Policies: For the health and safety of our staff and visitors, we ask that all visitors to the ICA social distance and agree to wear a mask at all times while inside the ICA, regardless of vaccination status. If you are feeling unwell please stay home and plan your visit for a later date. 

ABOUT MAINE COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN

Maine College of Art & Design (MECA&D, pronounced "Maine College of Art and Design”) has been activating students of all pursuits to make art, make an impact, and inspire change since its founding as Portland School of Art in 1882. Located in Portland's thriving Arts District, students have access to state-of-the-art facilities, 24-hour-a-day studios, a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio, and a community-based Artists at Work program—making MECA&D the right-sized school in the right-sized city for every student who wants to make their mark and be seen. MECA&D offers BFA Majors and Minors, Graduate Programs, Continuing Studies, Pre-College, and includes the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and the Institute for Contemporary Art. Follow us at @mecaart.

MEDIA CONTACT

Jacqui Walpole
Director of External Relations
jwalpole@meca.edu