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Applications Closed

The application submittal deadline for has passed. A new application period for 2014-2015 Artists at Work: Project Window will open in September 2014.

Maine College of Art is seeking proposals from alumni for temporary, site-specific installations in the Congress Street window adjacent to June Fitzpatrick Gallery located at 522 Congress Street, Portland, Maine. The selected installations will remain on exhibit for approximately six weeks, and will be promoted as part of the First Friday Artwalk. 


Applicants must complete and submit a proposal. Submissions will be evaluated by the Artists at Work review committee. The selection panel will review submissions according to the following criteria:

  • Artistic merit of the proposal
  • Appropriateness and feasibility of proposal
  • Availability of applicants for scheduled installation and deinstallation dates. 


  • Artists are required to install the work.
  • Artists are required to restore the space to its original condition.


  • A stipend of $200 is available for each window installation. 
  • MECA will provide the artists with professional digital photographs of the installation.


  • Only Maine College of Art degree holding alumni are eligible.
  • Only completed proposals received by the deadline will be reviewed.


Email completed proposals to Erin Hutton, Associate Director of Artists at Work & Special Programs at [email protected]A completed proposal must include the following:

  1. One to two page proposal addressing your project, concept and/or theme.
  2. Include a desired exhibition month. *Pick a month that best suits your schedule - March 2014 through September 2014.
  3. One to two JPG renderings or sketches. Refer to the window diagram attached.
  4. Artist’s resume and contact information. (Teams must indicate a lead contact and submit one resume per team member.) 
  5. 5-10 supporting images of prior work. Images must be formatted as a JPG, 72 DPI and no larger than 1 MG. JPGS must be titled Lastname_Firstname_1, Lastname_Firstname_2 etc and correspond to numbers on annotated image list.
  6. Image list. Include the image number, artist name, artwork title, dimensions, media and year of completion.


Applications Closed

The application submittal deadline for has passed. A new application period for 2014-2015 Artists at Work: Project Window will open in September 2014.

For additional questions call 207.699.5025.


The installation floor space measures approximately 15’5” [width] x 6’9” [length], with a height of 8’6”. The space has electrical access and receives passive sunlight. A small faceted window space measuring 4’9” [width] x 4’8” [length], with a height of 7’5” (viewable only during business hours through the exterior doors) may also be used. Glass window dimensions are as follows: (viewing from the street, left to right) 2’ 10.5” x 7’ 4.5”, 4’ 5.5” x 7’ 4.5”, 4’ 6” x7’ 4.5” and 2’ 10” x7’ 4.5”. A full detailed space narrative is available upon request.  


Starting Point
On view in the Artists at Work: Project Window through January 5th, 2015
adjectives - visual language - physical forms

architectural, elaborate, playful, linear, historical, natural, punky, ancestral, alluring,narrative, cellular, enigmatic, serial, humorous, token, feminine, yearning, erotic...

Features stunning stick pins from the Metalsmithing and Jewelry Department. 
Participating Artists:
Jacob Bielewics
Brittany Cloutier
Katelyn Drake
Mary Forst
Betsy Lewis
David Martínez
Amanda Summers
Faculty: Sharon Portelance
Technician: Cat Bates

10/15/14 - 11/16/14
"MECA: Now With More Pulp!"

Junior illustration majors create the pulp and circumstance in
one studio's graphic fiction. Inspired by THE PULPS! exhibit at
the Portland Public Library, students created book and magazine
covers to inhabit a suspicious narrative.

Catherine Bates
Sophia Cangelosi
Isaac Hilyard
Coral Howe
Courtney Labbe
Abigail Masso
Taylor Mirabito
Mae Musa
Ashley Palmer
Jesenia Santana

Instructor: Jamie Hogan

Geary's Retrospective

June 2 - June 22, 2014

Each year, the D.L. Geary Brewing Company hosts a competition on
campus for the design of the packaging for the Geary's Summer Ale. All
undergraduate students are allowed to submit a design. The winning
design is then featured on the labels of one million bottles of beer,
as well as on the six-pack and 12-pack boxes. The student with the
winning design is awarded $5,000.

Photo gallery

David Twiss, '14
BFA Thesis Exhibition
May 2 - May 24, 2014

More thesis work by David Twiss.

Reenie Charriere, MFA '09
March 7 - April 18, 2014

Alum Reenie Charriere’s installations, drawings and photographs evolve from a practice triggered by expeditions along everyday paths.  Her current work includes photographic documentation followed by spotlighting the situation through fabricated sculptural installations created out of discarded packaging materials -- particularly plastic, fabric, paper, and cardboard. By sewing, cutting, fusing, reshaping, dangling, and weaving, she transforms the material into atmospheric and surprisingly organic-like structures. Her choice of materials reflects a collision of clumsiness and grace and questions how consumerism drives the world.  She was recently awarded a residency by SF MOMA in San Francisco and has been awarded full fellowships by La Napoule Foundation in France and Can Serrat in Spain.

Photo gallery

Jenna Crowder, '07 & Douglas W. Milliken
A Rebus of Identical Selves
January 20 – February 28, 2014

A series of six weekly performance-based installations. (Every Monday - 7-8PM) Auto-generated false reflections. A slow evisceration. Let's do dinner. Blindness. Real horse, real rider, real land and sky, and yet a dream withal. 

Jenna Crowder is a visual artist whose practice involves installation, drawing, printmaking, research, collaborative and public art, and design. She has worked in the United States, Haiti, and Egypt, and has attended residencies at the Ragdale Foundation, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Studio Khalat at artellewa art space, and Hewnoaks Artist Colony.

Douglas W. Milliken is the author of the codex WHITE HORSES (Nada, 2010) and the forthcoming novel TO SLEEP AS ANIMALS (PS Hudson, 2014). Other recent stories have appeared McSweeney's, the Believer, and the Southern Indiana Review. Douglas is also a founding member of the sound-collective Father Time Records. 

Photo gallery

Angela Warren, MFA ‘11
Language in Color
November 29 - January 10, 2014

In this project I use books to build blocks of color rather than their original purpose as reading materials. I’m not interested in the content of these books. The color of their bindings is what attracts me. I am making a painting using books as the medium and source of color. This introduces the question: Where do books belong in the age of increasing new technologies? It also addresses the issue of our decrease in owning physical books. With this installation, I intend to reincarnate these books as a colorfield painting, breathing new life into them. Reusing and repurposing these items that have been thrown away, discarded as cumbersome or obsolete, and weaving them into art for viewing pleasure again.

Angela Warren works in painting, installation, and sound. She gains inspiration for her work through travel and singing. Her paintings are layered from many moments in time, light and sound. She earned her BFA in painting from Drake University in 2007 and an MFA from Maine College of Art in 2011. Angela has shown nationally in NYC, Connecticut, Iowa and Maine. She has taught classes in MECA’s BFA, Pre-College and Continuing Studies programs.

Alumni Poster Project
October 18 - November 15, 2013

Poster design and installation by MECA Graphic Design Junior class
Shelion Buchanan, Brittany Jasmin, Frances Mahoney, Hugh McCormick, Jonathan Novak, Robert Ragonese, Rebecca Samowitz and Patrick Scholz

Tony Bragg, ‘07
Hunting Season
August 20 - October 11, 2013

This work is an effort to depict our struggle for control of the world and a representation of the landscapes that shape us as individuals and societies. It is, in many ways, a theatrical set of growth and decay, construction and death, myth and belief – an absurd pile of American ruins. Do we manipulate landscape to understand and control our place in the world; to satiate and ease our nagging existential crisis and psychological confinement; or to just compulsively create and simultaneously destroy? Where is the line between trash and relic? Ruin and monument? Neglect and preservation? What are the intellectual and physical building blocks that we use to construct meaning, identity, and revisionist histories?

We are surrounded by an aimless and forgotten architecture, constantly struggling to assert dominance over our ungovernable environment. This work is not intended as a grand statement but rather a small sliver of the ugly, the horrible, and the beautiful things that our society has been built upon.

Tony Bragg graduated from Maine College of Art in 2007 with a BFA in painting. For the last six years he has been working and living in Boston, Vermont, and Brooklyn and is currently an MFA candidate in painting at Rhode Island School of Design. This summer, he was an artist-in-residence at the Pace House, a residency in Stonington, Maine available to Maine College of Art alumni.

Linsey Wallace '08 and Quinn Corey, MFA '06
July 4 - August 1, 2014

A spectacular golden environment will be created through the use of
simple materials. Faux finishes, optical illusion and light tricks
will create a sense of grandeur and help activate the space.  All
drywall will be painted with gold latex paint. The lower third of the
walls will use architectural manipulation to resemble a mass of gold.
A small cyclorama wall (infinity wall) will be built on the right rear
corner of the room to create an illusion of depth. The lower 2’-4’ of
the rear and right corner walls will be fitted with concave plywood
curves and glitter coated masonite. Further mass will be build by
arranging gold nuggets and objects.  A rotating mirrored ball and spot
light will be suspended from the ceiling to subtly illuminate the
space, the motor and light will operate on an electric timer.

Christopher Patch '98
August 25 - October 3, 2014

“SEA HAG!” was a solo exhibition of work that occurred in
Peterborough, Ontario during November 2013. It featured four large
canvases that were block-printed and additionally hand-painted with
acrylic, along with nine monotypes. The show centered on the exploits
of a fictional character resembling the archnemesis of Popeye, from
the 1930s comic strips. The Sea Hag figure was envisioned as a
misunderstood archetype, living in isolation on Plunder Island. Her
schemes to defeat Popeye and his cohorts often fail and she retreats
on her ship The Black Barnacle to her dark tower. Her plight is not
unlike the trials of an estranged artist or outsider.

COLLECT: Maine College of Art’s Summer Art Sale
October 7 - October 13, 2014

Please join us for MECA's 2014 Fall Art Sale featuring the work of
MECA faculty, students, alumni, and others. This event benefits MECA's
scholarship fund and participating artists. Admission is free.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Invitational Preview , 6-9pm

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Open to Public, 10am-8pm

Friday, October 10, 2014
Open to Public, 10am-8pm

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Open to Public, 10am-8pm

Further information available at [email protected] or 207-775-5098.