Artists at Work regularly hosts exhibitions that showcase alumni and student art, either connected to a class assignment or an individual project. Exhibiting in the street-front gallery provides an opportunity to learn more about the exhibition process from curating, hanging and lighting to pricing and reception planning.

FY-In Honors Student Exhibition

Current student Danny Mendola Jacquard Cloth, Thread and acrylic paint on fabric, 2017

This exhibition features by students in the First-Year Honors course. Portland Arcades, Green Spaces, and Ghosts taught by Hilary Irons partnered with the Maine Historical Society.

Each student used a source image from the Maine Memory Network archive to create an original artwork in a medium of their choosing.

Viewing Hours: Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays, 10:00am-3:00pm or by appointment.



FALL 2017

2017 Salt Alumni Exhibition

Thalassa Rach, Dessert from the series Rim Road, 2015

This exhibition features the work of thirteen alumni from the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, which is now a graduate certificate program at MECA. As we welcome Salt to campus— Fall 2017 students are the inaugural class – we honor the history of Salt and its long commitment to documentary storytelling.

Featured Artists:  Stephanie Mitchell ’95, Posey Gruener ’05, Adam Kampe ’05, Douglas W. Milliken ’05 Alexandra Marvar ’06, Jodie Goodnough ’07, Molly Graham ’09, David Foster ’10, Kristin Moe ’12, Thalassa Raasch ’12, Grace Mendenhall ’13, Abigail Holtzman ’14, and Morgan Springer ’14.


RETROSPECTIVE, Portland’s Metals Collective Through the Years

A selection of works from Piercing the Pickle, 2015, The Bearded Lady’s Jewel Box. (Left to Right) Emily Percival, Pickle Fork, Sterling Silver. Maria Wolff, Left Handed Relish Spoon, Sterling Silver. Nicholas Downing, Pickle Fork, Steel.

Artists at Work Gallery, First Floor, Porteous
July 7—August 20, 2017

The Metals Collective was founded by Maine College of Art Alumni in 2010, and now after 7 years includes more than 25 participating members who to date have put on more than a dozen group shows at local venues, with themes ranging from poison rings to absinthe spoons, pickle forks to tussie mussies. This RETROSPECTIVE will give the public the unique opportunity to revisit these group shows and to see the evolutionary work of 7 individual members, including many pieces available for purchase. Come see what our passionate community of metalsmiths has been up to!

Featured Artists: Ann Thompson, Cat Bates, Emily Percival, Maria Wolff, Mary Forst, Naomi McNeill & Shelby Goldsmith
Viewing Hours: Wednesdays & Thursdays, 11:00am-6:00pm, Fridays & Saturdays, 11:00am-7:00pm, Sundays: 12:00pm–5:00pm

SPRING  2017

Evolving Perceptions

Large open jar, Stoneware, Kaolin slip, Laterite slip, Wood Ash. Atmospheric fired with gas, 2017, 31 x 18 x 18

Explorations in Clay: Adrian King ’12
Artists at Work Gallery Space
April 7—April 19, 2017

Evolving Perceptions is a showing of functional and sculptural wares that are exploring a conversation between surface, form and the ever changing perspective of functional objects. Adrian King recently worked as an apprentice to a production potter in North Carolina by the name of Mark Hewitt. There he learned to produce functional pottery at a high standard keeping with pottery traditions tied to english slipware and southern folk pottery. Since his time working in North Carolina, he has been developing a body of work that speaks of the relationship of his interests in atmospheric firing with gas and wood, and the skills and techniques he learned as an apprentice. He hopes to be able to capture the beauty of the materials used through simple yet activating surfaces that speak true to the process of the craft.