Key hires will pave the way for future strategic planning initiatives

Portland, Maine – Maine College of Art (MECA) Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Ian Anderson, announces new faculty and staff hires for the positions of Associate Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies, Assistant Professor of Environmental Humanities, Director of Exhibitions, and Assistant Professor of Art Education.

“These new academic appointments provide the depth and expertise in online learning, environmental studies, contemporary art, education and public engagement that will enhance the student experience at MECA,” said President Laura Freid.

The new appointments include:


Araminta Matthews, Associate Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies. Read bio here;


Chris Malcolm,
Assistant Professor of Environmental Humanities. Read bio here;


Julie Poitras Santos, Director of Exhibitions. Read bio here;


Rachel Somerville,
Assistant Professor of Art Education. Read bio here.

“These hires will enable MECA to expand our graduate and professional programs, support student inquiry into the environment through the intersection of history, anthropology, ecology, and art; and enhance our student’s and community members’ experience through contemporary exhibitions,” said Vice President of Academic Affairs, Ian Anderson.

About Maine College of ArtFounded in 1882, Maine College of Art is located in the heart of downtown Portland’s thriving Arts District. MECA offers four degree programs: a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 11 Art and Design majors, the Salt Graduate Certificate in Documentary Studies, and a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art. MECA also offers Continuing Studies Classes for youth and adults, and a Pre-College Program for high school students. The Institute for Contemporary Art, which is free and open to the public Wednesday – Sunday, is a vibrant site for the exhibition of contemporary art.

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