QUICK FACTS

Website: https://www.meca.edu/

Location: Portland, Maine, USA

Year Founded: 1882

Student Body: 436 undergraduates

Average Student/Faculty Ratio: 10:1

MECA is an independent, nonprofit college for artists. They understand a student’s passion for making and the desire to create, and MECA shares your dedication to an arts education. At MECA, you will have 24-hour studio access 7 days a week to help you find your individual space within their community of like-minded artists. As a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD), MECA provides a rigorous liberal arts education to support a student’s career in the arts. The four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts program (BFA) is accredited by NASAD and NEASC and with 500 students the program allows for an intimate class size, specialized attention and easy access to faculty.


ACCREDITATIONS

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design

LOCATION

Located on the southern coast of Maine, Portland has a unique collective of culture, community, outdoor recreation, great food and a thriving music scene. Students have access to all the opportunities of a big city while living in a safe environment only minutes from beaches, lakes, island, and an abundance of natural beauty. Portland is entirely walkable and filled with historic buildings, distinct neighborhoods, independent businesses and nationally renowned restaurants.

FEATURED ARTS PROGRAMS

Woodworking & Furniture Design | Graphic Design | Illustration | Metalsmithing & Jewelry | Ceramics | Sculpture | Printmaking | Textile & Fashion Design | Digital Media | Painting | Photography


OUTSTANDING FACULTY

  • Lucy Breslin has taught for over 25 years at MECA. After completing her MFA, she was awarded a year‐long residency at The Archie Bray Foundation in Montana. The following year she lived and traveled in Spain on a Fulbright Fellowship, visiting over 40 traditional potteries. Her work has been widely exhibited in venues such as Yellowstone Art Museum, Hunter Museum of American Art, NCECA Clay National, and others. She has been a visiting artist at schools and art centers around the country and has participated in numerous NCECA panels and demos. In 2014 she worked with 13 artists from nine different countries at the International Ceramic Center in Denmark.
  • Jeff Kline is an American film and television writer and producer who has been involved in more than 40 animated and live-action series. Jeff graduated from Boston University and interned at Roger Corman’s Concorde/New Horizons, after which he worked in feature development and as a television executive. He has developed and/or produced a large variety of series, including Jackie Chan Adventures (Kids’ WB), Stuart Little: The Animated Series (HBO), Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot (FOX) among many others. He has taught at Boston University’s College of Communications and was executive producer for Transformers: Prime, Transformers: Rescue Bots, and Transformers: Robots in Disguise. In 2013, Jeff founded Darby Pop Publishing, which publishes comic books and produced Jingle Bell Rocks, a documentary about Christmas music. He is an Adjunct Instructor of Digital Media and Liberal Arts.
  • Betsy Scheintaub is a garment designer, fiber artist, and business owner. She owns Bobbin Studio and is co-owner of Bobolink cycling gear. She has a BFA in Fiber Arts and 10 years experience working in costumes for opera, ballet, and theater. She has designed garments for production as well as a line of handbags and accessories. Her work is influenced by traditional Japanese textiles, mid-century Scandinavian design and Soviet design from the 1930’s. She is an Adjunct Professor and Chair of the Textile & Fashion Design Department.

NOTABLE ALUMNI

  • David Hutchins is the lead animator with Walt Disney Feature Animation in Los Angeles, CA.
  • Karen Siatras is a graphic designer for the Smithsonian American Museum of Art in Washington D.C.
  • Brian Wilk is the design director at Hasbro Inc. in Pawtucket, RI.