To promote the incredible talent of our alumni, Maine College of Art & Design hosts alumni exhibitions both on campus and off-site. The Alumni Triennial takes place every third year in the ICA at MECA&D.

Alumni Triennial

2018 Alumni Triennial Curious Nature. Art (left-right): Sarah Camille Wilson ’07, Tessa Greene O’Brien MFA ’16, and Isabelle O’Donnell ’17; Photography by Kyle Dubay ’18

Poetics of Process:
2022 Maine College of Art & Design Alumni Triennial

On View from January 28 – March 12, 2022
Exhibition Reception: 
Friday, March 4, 5–7pm
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art & Design
ICA Gallery hours: 
Wed–Sun, 11:00am–5:00pm, Thursday, 11:00am–7:00pm

Poetics of Process brings together seventeen artists whose work often settles within a hybrid space of imaginative making and unmaking; ritual and rigour; and documenting the everyday. The exhibition proposes intimate strategies and coping mechanisms for navigating the current socio-political climate. The last two years have caused the world to pause, reflect and reimagine and the works that make up this exhibition mirror this moment through their materiality, visible labor, and conceptual underpinnings. There is something powerful in the terrain of the everyday and the deliberate ways in which meaning can be made. As the artist and educator, Manny Farber writes in his seminal 1962 essay White Elephant vs. Termite Art, “A peculiar fact about termite-tapeworm-fungus-moss art is that it goes always forward eating its own boundaries, and, likely as not, leaves nothing in its path other than the signs of eager, industrious, unkempt activity.”1

– Kate McNamara, Guest Juror

Exhibiting Artists: 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, Jay York '80

About the Juror
Artist Conversation: January 27
Exhibition Catalog

View the 2018 Alumni Triennial Curious Nature.

Charles C. Thomas Gallery

Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, exhibitions in the Charles C. Thomas Gallery are on hold until MECA&D reopens to the public.

MECA&D has openings for exhibitors in the Charles C. Thomas Gallery in the Administrative Center at MECA&D. The Gallery was named for a former Board of Trustees member who served from 1993 to 2005 and was an exemplary and generous leader, friend, and advocate for the College. A hallway gallery with 76 linear feet of wall exhibition space, it is suitable for 2D work only. Alumni interested in submitting work for consideration can contact Jenny McGee Dougherty at or 207.699-5018.