Expert Directory - Maine College of Art

Expert Sources at MECA

The following is a sampling, by area of concentration, of Maine College of Art faculty and administrators— leading experts in their fields – who serve as experienced and articulate resources on timely topics for journalists in various media.

To connect with these and other expert sources at MECA, contact the Office of Marketing & Communications at 207.756.0916 or email rdersimonian@meca.edu.

We can also help locate relevant student and administrative sources; a complete faculty directory is also available.

Expert Directory


Ian Anderson
Vice President of Academic Affairs & Dean of the College

  • Educational Philosophy
  • Curriculum



Annie Avilés

  • Salt at MECA
  • Radio
  • Podcasts
  • Foreign Reporting
  • Freelance Journalism
  • Latin America
  • Rural Communities
  • Environment


Margo Halverson

Professor, Program Chair of Graphic Design

  • Design (graphic design, design thinking, publication design)



Nik Bsullak ’99
Director of Continuing Studies


Steve Drown
Coordinator of the Bob Crewe Program in Art & Music

  • Visual art and music
  • Audio engineering
  • The Beatles
  • Experimental Music



Jessica Tomlinson
Director of Artists at Work

  • Artists at Work
    • Students Internships, Employment, Commissions, Freelance, Grants, Exhibitions, and Professional Developments
  • Creative Economy
    • Strong advocate for artist education, fair employment, and ways the city can support its artists


Fern Tavelin
Program Chair of MAT

  • Master of Art in Teaching (MAT)
  • PK-12 Lesson Planning and Curriculum
  • Issues of race and equity in the classroom
  • Public Engagement and community outreach
  • Education connections throughout the state
  • Contemporary Art education practices
  • Museum Education
  • Painting




Honour Mack
Program Chair of Painting

  • Fine Art


Matt Hutton
Program Chair of Woodworking & Furniture Design

  • Craft
  • Design and Fabrication


Marie Shurkus
Program Chair of Academic Studies

  • Art History, theory and criticism
  • Curating


Chris Stiegler
Program Chair of the MFA in Studio Art, Visiting Assistant Professor