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Mail to:  Advancement Office, 522 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101

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Call us at 207.775.5098 or 800.699.1509 and pay over the telephone with your MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover card. We will ask you for your card number, expiration date, security code, and billing and mailing addresses.

Stock Gifts

A gift of appreciated securities is a common way to make a contribution. You can often take a charitable deduction for the fair market value of the securities as of the date of transfer and avoid capital gains associated with the sale. MECA can accept stock electronically through your broker or in certificate form. Please call us at 207.775.5098 to request stock transfer instructions or for more information.

Monthly Sustainer Program

By pledging a certain amount to your credit card each month, you can save time and effort, make a larger total gift to MECA by spreading payments out over several months, and reduce the amount of fundraising mail and phone calls you receive. At the same time, you will be providing a dependable source of revenue throughout the year, ensuring that the College continues to thrive. Just click on the "set up a recurring gift" link above.

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Annual Giving

Undesignated Gifts

Undesignated gifts allow MECA to put your gift where it is needed most. They help provide nearly $3 million in financial aid to students in all our programs, help our faculty stay current and artistically fresh, and help us maintain and upgrade studio and classroom necessities. Each gift makes difference in the quality of services MECA is able to provide to students in all programs: the BFA, MFA, Art Education and Continuing Studies.

Annual Giving runs in conjunction with MECA’s fiscal year, beginning on July 1st and ending on June 30th annually. Visit to make your gift now.

Designated Gifts

You may also designate your gift to an area of special interest or you may make a gift “In Honor of” or “In Memory of” a specific person by filling out the appropriate fields on our online form. We will notify the recipient or their family of your gift. A designated gift for a specific college department or program helps MECA accelerate opportunities for students by providing resources not annually budgeted from operating funds. Visit

Leadership Council

MECA’s Leadership Council recognizes supporters who make gifts of $1,500 or more each year. Gifts at this level demonstrate that donors share MECA’s commitment to providing students with the tools they need to take risks, think critically and work creatively to become the next generation of artists and thinkers. Visit

Endowment Gifts

An endowment fund contributes revenue to the operating budget of the College every year, forever. Endowment gifts are made to the College with the understanding that the original value of the gift (the principal) will be invested and a portion of the investment earnings (the distribution) will be used to fund the educational mission of the College. Endowment funds are often restricted to a specific purpose by the donor, such as student scholarships, library acquisitions, an endowed professorship for a particular department, or student life enhancements. Other funds are unrestricted and can be used by the College for its current priorities.Gifts of any amount may be made to augment MECA’s endowment. There is a minimum threshold of $50,000 to establish and/or name an endowment fund. Please contact Rebecca Swanson Conrad, Vice President of Institutional Advancement at or 207.699.5017 for more information.

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Special Capital Initiatives

For information about naming a seat in the Osher Lecture Hall or to discuss other recognition opportunities that are available, please contact Rebecca Swanson Conrad, Vice President of Institutional Advancement at or 207.699.5017.

In-kind Donation of Materials

MECA accepts a large variety of in-kind donations. New or lightly used items such as water-based paints, cameras and video equipment, lumber, fabric, furniture and tools are some examples of items we may accept. Due to space limitations, we cannot accept drop-off donations at the College and all materials must be vetted in advance. If we determine that the donation can be used by MECA, we will facilitate the acquisition and send the donor an acknowledgment letter for tax purposes. Maine College of Art reserves the right to display, store, resell, and/or deacquisition any donated personal property if such action is deemed in the best interest of the College for any reason. Please contact Annie Wadleigh, Assistant Director of Development, at or 207.699.5015 if you have materials to donate.


Maine College of Art does not collect works or objects of art. We may accept artwork with the expressed agreement that we may sell the work at our discretion. This includes, but is not limited to, selling the piece(s) through a direct private sale, fairs, festivals, or by other means. The College reserves the right to exhibit or post the works at its discretion. United States tax code for charitable deductions will dictate the requirement for appraisals and potential tax deduction of any gift of art or object of art. MECA reserves the right to display, store, resell, and/or deacquisition any donated personal property if such action is deemed in the best interest of the College for any reason.


MECA's Joanne Waxman Library is pleased to receive new and lightly used books, serials, exhibition catalogs, digital media and other library-appropriate materials. All gifts to the library must be reviewed by the Library Director and be consistent with the College’s Gifts Acceptance Policy. Materials may be culled, offered to students, or sold to benefit the library at our discretion. Contact the library at 207.775.5153 or with any questions.

Real Estate

Gifts of real estate are guided by the College’s Gift Acceptance Policy. One example is the Stephen Pace House in Stonington, Maine, which was given to MECA in 2007 to be used as an artists’ residency and gallery. Originally conceived to be a gift in their estate, Stephen and Palmina Pace decided to give their home during their lifetimes to allow the College to begin using it to benefit young artists right away. The gift also included an endowed maintenance fund for the upkeep of the house. For further information, contact Rebecca Swanson Conrad, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, at or 207.699.5017.

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Friday Evening, May 1, 2015
MECAmorphosis celebrates the 2015 Thesis Exhibition and introduces over 80 emerging artists while raising critical scholarship funds. This year’s event includes cash bars, light fare and interactive art throughout the College’s historic Porteous Building. The evening begins with a ticketed Runway Fashion Show and ends with a private Artist’s Party

Art Sale

October 7-10, 2015
MECA’s 2015 Fall Art Sale features the work of MECA faculty, students, alumni and others to raise crucial funds for student scholarships.

Limited Edition Print by Dahlov Ipcar

MECA presents a limited edition fine art woodblock print by Maine artist Dahlov Ipcar (1917-). Based on Dahlov’s iconic oil painting, Odalisque (1960), the print was developed in collaboration with master printer David Wolfe of Wolfe Editions ( and under the supervision of the artist. Printed in five colors (brown, yellow, red, black and white) on Magnani paper, mould made in Italy, this archival print is a fantastic addition to any art collection. Signed and numbered by the artist in an edition of 100, each print is $1,500, with proceeds benefiting student scholarships.  For more information, contact Annie Wadleigh, Assistant Director of Development, at 207.699.5015 or

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The 1882 Society is a group of donors who have chosen to include Maine College of Art in their estate plans through a bequest, charitable trust, future gift of real estate or other planned gift. With some planning, a gift can benefit the College and create tax advantages for the donor. There are several means of making planned gifts. Please consult with us on how these different forms might be most beneficial to you. Before entering into any agreements with Maine College of Art or other charitable organizations, be sure to consult your tax advisor.

Please contact us for sample language, adding a provision to your will, or naming Maine College of Art to receive the proceeds of a life insurance policy or a retirement plan, such as an IRA, 401(k), 403(b) or other pension benefit plan. Because these assets often carry heavy income and/or estate tax burdens, they are ideal assets to use for charitable gifts. Contact Rebecca Swanson Conrad, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, at or 207.699.5017.

1882 Society Members

Maine College of Art's 1882 Society gratefully recognizes individuals who have made
arrangements for the College in their estate plans.

Libby F. Barrett '88
Deborah A. Bates '83 *

Jane G. Briggs
Douglas R. Coleman, Jr.
Allerton Cushman
Robert Diamante '93
Jo Orise Dodge
Roger Gilmore Hon. DFA '02
Constance Hayes '80, Hon DFA '03 and George Terrien
Alison D. Hildreth '76
Albert C. Hubbard and Christopher Deane
Candace Pilk Karu Hon. DFA '13
Grace Nelson '82
Lorraine Lazzari
Marta Morse
Palmina Pace *
Henry Paradis *
Deborah Spring Reed
Judy and Laurence Hon. DFA' 92 Sisson
Joan Fowler Smith Hon DFA '01 and Duncan Smith
Katy Stenhouse '91
Carl Benton Straub
Marie Thomas *
Dr. Philip Thompson, Jr., Hon. DFA '91
Susan H. Webster
Caron C. Zand

* Deceased
Hon DFA = Honorary Degree, Doctor of Fine Arts

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For general inquiries, contact or call 207-775-5098.

Rebecca Swanson Conrad, Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Annie Wadleigh, Assistant Director of Development

Dietlind Vander Schaaf, Development Officer


Raffi Der Simonian, Director of Marketing and Communications

Beth Taylor' 08, Assistant Director of Marketing & Design

Artists At Work

Jessica Tomlinson, Director of Artists at Work

Jill Dalton, Associate Director of Artists at Work and Director of Alumni Relations

Erin Hutton, Associate Director of Artists at Work and Special Programs

Elizabeth Jabar, Assistant Dean & Director of Public Engagement


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