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

Poetics of Process

2022 Maine College of Art & Design Alumni Triennial

On view from January 28 - March 15, 2022

Aurelia Wrenn '20, The Summer's Last Watermelon, 2020

PORTLAND, ME December 8, 2021The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art & Design (ICA at MECA&D) is pleased to announce the opening of its first exhibition in the new year, Poetics of Process: 2022 Maine College of Art & Design Alumni Triennial.

Juried by curator Kate McNamara, Poetics of Process presents the work of 17 MECA&D alumni artists whose graduation dates span across the last 50 years. Reflecting the diversity of media and approaches offered at MECA&D, the exhibition presents works of photography, painting, ceramics, sculpture, video, bookmaking, metals, and more. 

Using process as a lens through which to view artmaking, McNamara writes that the exhibition “proposes intimate strategies and coping mechanisms for navigating the current socio-political climate,” and notes, “The works that make up this exhibition mirror this moment through their materiality, visible labor, and conceptual underpinnings.”

For the MECA&D community, the alumni exhibition offers a moment to reflect on our shared history as a community of makers, and reconnect with peers, colleagues, faculty, and former students. Director of Exhibitions, Julie Poitras Santos states that “the Alumni Triennial allows viewers the opportunity to reflect on MECA&D constants: a strong vision, powerful artists, and a community that reaches viewers within Maine and beyond.” 

Artists in the exhibition include: Ellen Babcock '84; Adam Chau '10; Elijah River Dion '19; Dylan Hausthor '15; Kate Holcomb Hale MFA '07; Cade Jarvis '20; Sandra Lapage MFA '13; Addison de Lisle '11; Olivier '19; Lynn Simmons '01; Brian Smith MFA '20; Lin Snow '20; C. David Thomas '68; Evelyn Wong MFA '19; Paula Wood MFA '04; Aurelia Wrenn '20; and, Jay York '80. 

Related programming: 

  • Thursday, January 27, 6-7:30PM: Artist discussion (virtual)

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



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. 



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.



Jacqui Walpole, Director of External Relations / jwalpole@meca.edu / 617.304.9276