MECA Family Weekend: November 2-4, 2018

We are excited to welcome family and friends of current MECA students to campus! Please register so we can plan for the weekend’s activities. RSVPs are required for the ticketed events and are due by Monday, October 29th. Events are free and open to family and friends of current students.

Family Weekend 2018 RSVP Form


Friday, November 2

  • 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Welcome Station – Porteous Lobby
  • 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Portland’s First Friday Artwalk – Congress Street
  • 5:00 – 7:00pm, For Freedoms Exhibition– MECA Artists at Work and Porteous Lobby
    • An exhibition of work produced by Maine College of Art students in response to the For Freedoms initiative. For Freedoms is a platform for greater participation in the arts and in civil society. They produce exhibitions, installations, public programs, and billboard campaigns to advocate for inclusive civic participation. Inspired by American artist Norman Rockwell’s paintings of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms (1941)—freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear—For Freedoms Federation uses art to encourage and deepen public explorations of freedom in the 21st century.Work exhibited was created in courses led by MECA faculty Samantha Haedrich, Mary Anne Lloyd, Sharon Portelance, Margo Halverson and Charles Melcher. Also included is work from MFA student Shannon McGinty.

Saturday, November 3

  • 10:00am – 12:00pm, DIY Student-led tours of Porteous & Cumberland Building
    • Take your family through Porteous and Cumberland to showcase your academic experience!
    • All guests must either be wearing their name pin given at the Welcome Station or a Guest ID badge from the front desk.
  • 11:00am – 5:00pm, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA at MECA)
  • 11:30am – 1:00pm, President’s Welcome and Complimentary Lunch – MECA Café (RSVP Required)
    • Enjoy a delicious harvest-themed lunch as a part of our community, with short remarks by President Laura Freid
  • 1:30pm, Portland Museum of Art Tour and Ashley Bryan Exhibition – Meet in the Porteous Lobby (RSVP Required)
    • Meet at 1:15pm in Porteous Lobby and head over to the PMA for docent tours of their latest exhibits.
  • 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Paper Making Workshop – Cumberland 380 Drawing Studios
    • MECA MFA student Elyse Grams ill walk you through the tools needed to make your own paper at home, the process of creating paper pulp, and how to add different materials and colors to your paper.
    • Tools and paper pulp will be provided. Attendance cap of 15 participants due to the hands on nature of the work and limited supplies
  • 3:00pm – 5:00pm, Basic Matting and Framing for Your Artwork Workshop – Cumberland 380 Drawing Studios
    • MECA MFA student Evelyn Wong will teach participants how to cut a mat and how to frame their own artwork.  An introduction to the basic tools, equipment, and supplies for this will be shown, followed by step-by-step instructions to measuring and cutting out a single mat, which will be installed into a frame.
    • Participants will be given a chance to practice cutting their own mats which will be installed into a frame that they bring.
    • Note: You must bring the supplies listed in the Student Life Weekly email for this workshop.  Students–see your Monday, October 29th MECA email for all the details.
  • Suggested activities to do with your student include:

Galleries and On-Going Exhibitions

ICA – Institute of Contemporary Art from 11 am – 5pm, until 8pm on First Friday

  •  Making Migration Visible: Traces, Tracks & Pathways on view from October 5 – December 14, 2018
    This groundbreaking exhibition and its many components would not have been possible without the gracious contributions of multiple organizations and individual donors. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support provided by a Lunder Foundation Challenge Grant, the Maine Arts Commission (an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts), Colby College, Coffee By Design, Alison D. Hildreth ’76 Hon. DFA ’17, Candace Pilk Karu Hon. DFA ’13, Jeremy Moser and Laura Kittle, and valuable support from an anonymous donor.
  • ICA at MECA is always free.

PMA – Portland Museum of Art – Sat + Sunday: 10am 6pm

  • Painter and Poet: The Art of Ashley Bryan on view from August 3 – November 25, 2018
    This is the first major art museum exhibition in Maine for the award-winning 95-year-old artist and Little Cranberry Island resident, a pioneer of African and African American representation in the children’s book medium, who has published more than 50 titles since his first collection of poems in 1967.
  • $15 for adults, Free on Fridays from 4 – 8pm.