Sonya Clark, “Hair Craft Project (Ife),” collection of MFA, Boston, photograph

Maine College of Art’s MFA in Studio Art Program is pleased to announce a portion of our 2017 Summer Visiting Artist Series. The MFA program brings a national and international roster of artists, curators, and scholars to deliver public lectures, attend critiques, and conduct studio visits with graduate candidates during their week-long stays in Portland, Maine.

Some of our esteemed guest for this summer include:

Jesse Small

Jesse Small has an awareness of how artwork can function, and dysfunction, as a link between language and cultural zones. His artwork is formed out of a need to communicate with situations that are mostly mysterious, and common cultural infrastructure is not present.

Ruth Erickson
Ruth Erickson is Associate Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. Her scholarly work focuses on modern and contemporary art, with specific interest in film and performance, art collectives, institutional critique, and social art practices.

Rose Marasco

Rose Marasco is an American photographer. Describing her method in a review, critic John Yau wrote “Marasco has consistently mined concepts of framing, point of view, and orientation to make images with a complex relationship to the everyday image of the world.”

Brandon Alvendia
Brandon Alvendia is a Chicago-based artist, curator, writer, publisher and educator. His interdisciplinary practice playfully engages spatial and social architectures to envision temporary utopias.

Sonya Clark

Sonya Clark is an American artist of Afro-Caribbean heritage. Clark is known for using a variety of materials including human hair and textiles to address race, culture, class, and history.

These artists and curators are fully embedded with the other esteemed faculty in the Maine College of Art’s MFA in Studio Art. For more information about this program, including important application dates, please visit us at