PORTLAND, ME July 27, 2021Maine College of Art & Design (MECA&D) today announced the appointment of Jen Campanaro as Director of Admissions, effective Monday, June 14, 2021. In her new role, Campanaro is responsible for directing and overseeing all aspects of student recruitment for MECA&D’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and Salt Institute for Documentary Studies programs.

“Jen’s expertise and enthusiasm for an art and design education will guide our Admissions department as MECA&D continues to grow and attract talented students from across the country,” said President Laura Freid. “As we prepare to celebrate MECA&D’s 140th anniversary, I am confident that Jen’s leadership will help us attract students who will be art and design innovators and leaders in the coming years.”

For more than a decade, Campanaro has built a career around admissions leadership, advising, financial aid, and strategic recruitment for arts communities and non-profits. Campanaro served both as Director of Admissions and Director of Youth Enrollment at New York Film Academy after five years at her alma mater, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Most recently, as a recruiter for Smith & Wilkinson, Campanaro built relationships and managed New England-based clients in the nonprofit, community, and economic development sectors while identifying Executive Directors and other key leaders for these organizations.

“I am thrilled to join the talented group of creators, educators, and administrators at MECA&D who bring together and support the next generation of artists,” said Campanaro. “The MECA&D community exhibits a true passion for helping to develop young artists and designers and I am honored to be a part of its buzzing energy.” 

In her spare time, Campanaro can be found exploring Portland’s food scene, taking family bike rides, or patronizing local theater and music events.


Founded in 1882, Maine College of Art & Design is located in the heart of downtown Portland's thriving Arts District. MECA&D offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 11 studio majors (including Animation & Game Art), Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art, Master of Arts in Teaching, Continuing Studies and Pre-College. Institutes at MECA&D include the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, which offers a graduate certificate, and the Institute for Contemporary Art.