The Experimentation Station at Thompson’s Point

Erin hutton, Project management in collaboration with Thompson’s point and opbox

A pop-up Artist Gallery Space, the Experimentation Station at Thompson’s Point in Portland, Maine, features a rotating schedule of artists throughout the summer season. In close proximity to other events at Thompson’s Point, this gallery space gives artists and visitors a new way to engage with creative minds and experiences.

Participating Artists:

Reggie Burrows Hodges

Matt Chamberlain

Smith Galtney

OLIVER

Hannah Bevens

The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art

As the former Director of Exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA in Portland, Maine from June 2015- January 2019, Erin Hutton directed twenty-seven exhibitions and exhibited hundreds of artists and partnered with numerous curators.

Photos - Michael D. Wilson and Kyle Dubay


Complete List of Exhibitions

Drawing Now | January 17–March 22, 2019

Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
Art Direction and Installation by Erin Hutton
Exhibitions Coordinator Nikki Rayburn
Guest Co-Curators Bruce Brown and Munira Naqui

Making Migration Visible: Traces, Tracks & Pathways | October 5—December 14, 2018

Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
Art Direction and Installation by Erin Hutton
Exhibitions Coordinator Nikki Rayburn
Guest Co-Curators Julie Poitras Santos and Catherine Besteman

Curious Nature: Alumni Triennial | August 3—September 15, 2018
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
Art Direction and Installation by Erin Hutton
Guest Curator Shannon Rankin 

2018 MFA Thesis Exhibition | May 11—June 8, 2018 
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
Coordinated by Erin Hutton, Guest Curator Katie Vida

You Never Know How You Look Through Other People’s Eyes | March 8—April 20, 2018
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
Art Direction and Installation by Erin Hutton
Guest Curator Scott Patrick Wiener

Off The Wall | January 17—February 23, 2018
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
Art Direction and Installation by Erin Hutton
Guest Curator Jaime DeSimone

Confabulations of Millennia | October 6—December 8, 2017
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
Art Direction and Installation by Erin Hutton
Guest Curator Richard Saja

American Genre: Contemporary Painting | July 20 —September 15, 2017
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine

Art Direction and Installation by Erin Hutton
Guest Curator Michelle Grabner

2017 MFA Thesis Exhibition | May 12—June 9, 2017
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
Co-Curated by Erin Hutton and Gail Spaien, Professor, MECA

VRAGE | April 26—28, 2017 
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine

Art Direction  by Erin Hutton

UNLOADED | March 16—April 14, 2017 
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
Art Direction and Installation by Erin Hutton
Guest Curator Susanne Slavick

Collective Actions II February 1–March 3, 2017
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
Art Direction and Installation by Erin Hutton

Anguish: The Grave Misgivings of Remembrance | October 28, 2016—January 14, 2017
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
Art Direction and Installation by Erin Hutton
Guest Curator Cynthia Nourse Thompson

In This Realm: October 6–21, 2016
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
Art Direction and Installation by Erin Hutton
Guest Curator, Michel Droge

Bounty | August 24—September 29, 2016
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
Art Direction and Installation by Erin Hutton
Guest Curator, Sage Lewis

Made in LA | July 1—July 31, 2016
June Fitzpatrick Gallery at Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
Art Direction and Installation by Erin Hutton
Guest Curator, Nikki Rayburn

Ann Hirsch: Sharing Love | July 1 —August 12, 2016
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
Art Direction and Installation by Erin Hutton
Guest Curator, Karen Archey

Brothers, Some Good Times, and The Last Huraa | June 3–June 5, 2016
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
Curated by Erin Hutton

2016 MFA Thesis Exhibition | May 6—May 27, 2016
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
Art Direction and Installation by Erin Hutton
Guest Curator Joshua Reiman

Collective Actions | April 1—April, 2016 
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
Art Direction and Installation by Erin Hutton and Elizabeth Jabar

MECA Through & Through | March 23, 2016
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
Art Direction and Installation by Erin Hutton

Tinderbox | January 11—March 5, 2016
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
Art Direction and Installation by Erin Hutton
Guest Curator Kyle Patnaude

Fantastical Reality | December 21, 2015–January 3, 2016
Organized by Erin Hutton

Residual Utopia: Alumni Biennial |  October 9—December 15, 2015 *
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
Art Direction and Installation by Erin Hutton
Guest Curator, Christopher Stiegler

Innocent Production | September 28—October 5, 2015
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
Organized by Erin Hutton

Thomas Moser: Legacy in Wood | July 22—September 20, 2015 *
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
Art Direction and Installation by Erin Hutton
Guest Curator, Donna McNeil

Consumption | April 2012 
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
Co-Organized by Daniel Fuller and Erin Hutton
Consumption explored relationship with food – from cultivating and harvesting to distribution and preparation.

FOREST | April 2011 
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
Co-Organized by Daniel Fuller and Erin Hutton
Visual and performing artists, hands-on programs and activities that engaged students and the public in themes of the forest.

Press Hotel Gallery

Located in Portland, Maine, The Press Hotel is filled with beautiful original artwork throughout the lobby, meeting spaces and guest rooms. The work of over 26+ artists is featured throughout the hotel. The gallery is located in the lower level of the hotel and features permanent art pieces as well as rotating artist exhibitions.  
Free and open to the public 365 days/year.

Directed and curated by Erin Hutton.

Photos - Michael D. Wilson and Kyle dubay 


Complete List of Shows

Andrew Hayes | April 5—June 21, 2019 
Press Hotel Gallery, Portland, Maine
Curated by Erin Hutton

Bennett Morris | Machine Vision | January 18—March 29, 2019 
Press Hotel Gallery, Portland, Maine
Curated and Installed by Erin Hutton

Michel Droge | Remembering Tomorrow | September 7, 2018—January 5, 2019 
Press Hotel Gallery, Portland, Maine
Curated and Installed by Erin Hutton

Stu Kestenbaum and Susan Webster | What Else Can You Do? |May 31August 31, 2018
Press Hotel Gallery, Portland, Maine
Curated and Installed by Erin Hutton

Adriane Herman | Fall Fling | March 15—May 25, 2018
Press Hotel Gallery, Portland, Maine
Curated and Installed by Erin Hutton

Nathan Eldridge | This is Maine. | January 18—March 9, 2018
Press Hotel Gallery, Portland, Maine
Curated and Installed by Erin Hutton

Honour Mack | New Paintings | October 19, 2017—January 12, 2018
Press Hotel Gallery, Portland, Maine
Curated and Installed by Erin Hutton

Shannon Rankin | Terra Incognita | August 17—October 13, 2017
Press Hotel Gallery, Portland, Maine
Curated and Installed by Erin Hutton

Dietlind Vander Schaaf | Now Becomes Then | June 2, 2017—August 11, 2017
Press Hotel Gallery, Portland, Maine
Curated and Installed by Erin Hutton

Michael D Wilson | WOODSMEN | March 10—May 26, 2017
Press Hotel Gallery, Portland, Maine
Curated and Installed by Erin Hutton

George Mason | Crossing to Avalon | January 20—March 4, 2017
Press Hotel Gallery, Portland, Maine
Curated and Installed by Erin Hutton

Lea Feinstein | Water Music | November 4, 2016—January 7, 2017
Press Hotel Gallery, Portland, Maine
Curated and Installed by Erin Hutton

Lynda Litchfield | paper + crates | August 26—October 29, 2016
Press Hotel Gallery, Portland, Maine
Curated and Installed by Erin Hutton

Angela Lorenz | Victorious Secret | July 1—August 22, 2016
Press Hotel Gallery, Portland, Maine
Curated and Installed by Erin Hutton

SWARM

Erin Hutton - Artist & Project Management

Press Hotel LLC (Marriott Autograph Collection) Portland, Maine | 2014


SWARM, designed by artist Erin Hutton, is a permanent two-story typewriter installation in The Press Hotel located in Portland, Maine. This project was a partnership and collaboration with Artists at Work at Maine College of Art involving staff, faculty and alumni support. SWARM features sixty-two vintage typewriters acquired from Tom Furrier of Cambridge Typewriters in Arlington, MA that span the eras of the late 1800s to 1960s and are mounted in a circular swarm pattern. Dark-colored machines are condensed toward the center and lighter, more colorful ones appear to move and spread across the wall. The swarm protrudes out into the space as it grows in size with steel and wood mounts that angle the typewriters out toward the viewers.

The typewriters’ natural patina and unaltered construction lends itself to evoke curiosity from times gone by. Each typewriter has its own story to tell and collectively, they bring attention to their significance in history and the significance of the historical building in which they reside.

The design of SWARM gives the viewer room to discover, imagine and create their own story by utilizing a simple form and repetitive pattern. SWARM can be viewed from multiple locations at The Press Hotel and offers a unique experience for viewers on multiple occasions throughout their stay.

Team:

Erin Hutton - Artist & Project Management

Nicole Farrand - Wood Fabrication | John Nelson - Steel Fabrication | Matthew Doucette - Assistant

80 Exchange Mural Project

Erin Hutton, Project Director


The 80 Exchange Street Mural project is an investment in Portland, Maine’s future. It will add color, visual interest, character and a unique sense of place to the location. The purpose of the 80 Exchange Mural is to enhance an already thriving public space with public art that is noncommercial, beautiful and thought-provoking. Fostering community and partnerships with the city of Portland and area businesses, this public mural will demonstrate a commitment to urban renewal and growth in the Portland neighborhood.

A committee reviewed 75 submissions and selected an artist based on their qualifications and experience. The committee was composed of the following members: 

Jim Brady, president and director at Fathom Companies, Julie Larry, the Director of Advocacy for Greater Portland Landmarks, Cyrus Hagge, the founder and owner of Project Management Inc., Dan Crewe, the co-founder of the Bob Crewe Foundation, Jessica Tomlinson, the Director of Artists at Work at the Maine College of Art, Chris Denison, the owner of Light Impressions Glass Crafters in Scarborough, Maine, and Stev Parker, an experienced Portland attorney. Erin Hutton, former Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art and owner of Erin Hutton Projects, serves as the Project Director of the 80 Exchange Street Mural Project and oversees all aspects of the project. 

The committee chose artist Will Sears for his abstract design and experience with large-scale murals. A Philadelphia native, Sears is the founder of Better Letter Hand Painted Signs, a company that hand paints signs, vehicles, and windows. He also co-founded the Portland Mural Initiative in 2015 with his partner, Tessa O’Brien. For this project, Sears takes inspiration from the colors of the Portland area, warm tones of brick and sunlight, mixed with cooler shades of blue which reflect the surrounding water. As such, it will be seen as a communal beacon, inspiring visitors and locals alike to become further absorbed in their world and reflect on the power art has in transforming space, both physical and social. 

To see more of Will's work and other murals he has completed, please look at his website here: http://www.willsearsfineart.com/

Will Sears - Mural Team:
Tessa O'Brien, Jenna Pirello, Jesse Littlefield, Bee Daniel , Ryan Adams, Rachel Adams, Spensor Macleod


Video Team:

Jay Brown - Rove Lab

Gabe Bornstein  - Rove Lab

Maine General Hospital

Erin Hutton, Project Management in collaboration with artist Matt Hutton, Studio 24b


“Spiritual Center” | 2013

Maine General Hospital, New Regional Hospital, Augusta, Maine

At the Alfond Center for Health, our nondenominational Spiritual Center offers a place for you and others of all faiths to find respite and solace. Nestled between two hospital wings, the single-story spiritual space is literally a world of its own. Three walls feature etched glass that allows an abundance of natural light while still preserving privacy.

A beautiful hand-built prayer wall, designed and built by artist Matt Hutton, provides a place to offer written notes or messages.







80 Exchange Offices

Erin Hutton, Art Consultant

Art consultant for Fathom Companies new offices in Portland, Maine.

 Photos - Michael D. Wilson