Each year, MFA graduate candidates in the first and fourth quarters of their six-term studio art programs at Maine College of Art & Design (MECA&D) descend on the city of Portland for an intensive eight-week summer. These summer terms are an opportunity to bond as an artistic cohort while exploring the cross-disciplinary conversation that will challenge and help shape the art created throughout the program.

An essential element of what brings creativity to life during the two months of the MFA Summer Intensive is the intimate exchange between our emerging artists and the prestigious talent of the artists invited on site each week for talks, reviews and studio visits.

We are pleased to announce the first group of guest artists confirmed to attend this year, which will include the thinking and work of:

  • Daniela Riveravisual artist focused on understanding the object quality of images;
  • Jarrett Earnestauthor, publisher and critic of contemporary art;
  • Paul Mpagi Sepuya, a photographer known for embracing the medium’s potential for fragmentation and connection; and,
  • Josh Dihlépainter, sculptor and curator, among others.

In 2021, the list of MFA guest artists included names such as Sam Cady, Jeffrey Dell, Adriane Herman, Lucy Kim, Carl Pope, Yumi Roth and Deborah Wing-Sproul.

Looking for your chance to work with carefully selected faculty, visiting artists, and graduate advisors who emphasize the intersection of production, individual research, and critical analysis in your creative pursuits? Rolling admissions for MECA&D’s MFA program continues through May 2, 2022 (space permitting).

The program begins in June 2022. To learn more and apply, visit meca.edu/mfa.


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