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November 2018
Artists at Work provides students and alumni with the skills, opportunities and experiences to be creative professionals for life
Jobs & Internships

>> Your Job Resource

The MECA Online Job & Opportunity board (MOJO) lists jobs available to students and alumni. Use your MECA email to sign up and see more job and internship details.

>> New MOJO Job & Internship Listings

  • Intern, Portland Ballet
  • Intern, Publication Studio
  • Interns, Maine Coast Stone Symposium
  • Entry Level Designer, Ealain Studio
  • Studio Potter, Farmhouse Pottery (VT)
>> Other Job & Internship Listings
Assistant Producer, The Moth Radio Hour
Social Media Coordinator, REVERB, Portland, ME
After school program teacher, Mad Science of Maine, Portland, ME
Assistant Professor of Animation, Montserrat College of Art
Marketing, Digital Publications, or Membership Management Intern, CAA, New York, NY
Internship Fair on November 14, Abromson Center at University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME


>> Linkedin for Additional Job Postings

Exhibitions & Other Opportunities

>> Call for Submissions & Proposals

The Center for Book Arts
Invites curators to submit exhibition proposals centered around Book Arts for the gallery.
Deadline: N/A - submissions reviewed three to four times a year.

>> Other Opportunities

Brick South Market on the Point
Local produce, local food vendors, vintage, local and regional artisans with cocktails, beer and wine available. A vendor opportunity every Sunday from November 4th to March 17th at Brick South on Thompson’s Point. A fee is charged based on how many market dates are reserved.

Available Gallery Space at Biddeford Hall
Biddeford City Hall has an open gallery space.  There is a hanger system and lighting. There is approximately 60 feet of wall space and with a chair rail which limits the space to 5 feet above the chair rail. Open for Biddeford’s Art Walk and during performances at City Theater. Artwork can stay up for two months or more. Prices cannot be placed on the artwork, artist contact information should be available. Artwork should be age appropriate.
Contact info: Philip Radding at

>> Studio Space

Speedwell Projects Building
Space available for rent on Forest Avenue beginning December 1st in the old Phoenix Glass studio. The space is now being completely renovated so that it will have huge ceilings (at least 15 feet) with a 7'x7' skylight and ceiling fans, new tract lighting, floor to ceiling new walls, private bathroom with shower and new fixtures, double glass doors that opens to the parking lot, and a dedicated parking spot with a possible cordoned off area for seating or a picnic table and small garden area. The space is around 1600 square feet and is $2000 a month.
Contact info: Jocelyn: 917-536-3423

We encourage current students and alums to add their work to the Portfolio section of the MECA website at We direct all inquiries from patrons and businesses to buy artwork, hire artists and designer to this portfolio website.
Residencies & Grants 

>> Residency Opportunities

Françoise van den Bosch Foundation Artist in Residence
A residency aimed at promoting and stimulating the work of contemporary art jewellery. The Foundation is calling for applications for the Artist in Residence programme at Studio Rian de Jong in Amsterdam from the beginning of May until the end of July 2019. The resident must be active as a professional in the field. The residency lasts for three months (May 1st to July 31st) of time and space to do research and/or work out new ideas.

Athena Standards Residency
The one-to-twelve month Athena Standards residency program provides the artists with an open format studio space in a re-purposed commercial building in Athens, Greece.
Deadline: November 30

>> Grants & Awards

Ellis Beauregard Foundation Project Grant 
Five $5,000 grants for projects completed by visual artists within the grant year 2019. Interested in supporting bold, compelling, risk taking work in and outside of the standard exhibition venue. Successful projects value unconventional approaches to art making, critical dialogue, collaboration and new models of community interface.

Artist Grant
Grant of $500 to one visual artist working in any media.
Deadline: January 15, April 15, July 15, and October 15 quarterly deadlines

Asian Cultural Council
Grants up to $10,000 for professional artists, art administrators, graduate, and postgraduate artists of Asian descent.
Deadline: November 15th 2018

The Awesome Foundation
Micro-grants each month of $1,000 given to those with a “brilliant” idea.
Deadline: N/A

Ezra Jack Keats Book Award:
$1,000 awards given to a new writer and an illustrator annually.
Deadline: Submissions accepted through December 15th each year

The Hopper Prize
Ten awards of $1,000 given annually to visual artists working in any media

Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant
Grants given to artists with demonstrable financial need, whether professional or personal.

Maine Craft Apprenticeship Program (CAP)
The Maine Craft Apprentice Program lasts for seven months, March through September, and both the master and apprentice receive honorariums based on a recommended one hundred hours of one-on-one training ($3000 to the master, $1000 to the apprentice).
Deadline: December 7th 2018

Fellowships & Scholarship

>> Fellowships

Soros Equality Fellowship
A fellowship given to emerging mid-career professionals who will become innovative leaders impacting the racial justice field.

CAA Professional Development Fellowships
The Professional Development Fellowships program supports promising artists, designers, craftspersons, historians, curators, and critics who are enrolled in MFA, PhD, and other terminal degree programs. Fellows are honored with $10,000 unrestricted grants to help them with various aspects of their work.
Deadline: November 16th for MFA program

FASPE Journalism Fellowship
Fellows will travel to Berlin, Krakow and Oswiecim (the location of the former Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz). Applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate program with the intention of pursuing a career in journalism OR be currently working as a journalist and have completed a graduate degree between May 2017 and January 2019 or have completed an undergraduate degree between May 2014 and May 2018. FASPE Journalism is a fully-funded, two-week fellowship program in professional ethics and ethical leadership.
Deadline: December 17, 2018



Common Field Convening 2019
An annual itinerant gathering from April 25th-28th 2019 in Philadelphia that brings together 450+ visual arts organizers to share resources, ideas, and methods for artist-centered spaces, projects and practices. Applicants must already be members.

Students, Alumni & Faculty At Work

Photo by faculty member Margo Halverson from the exhibition If I Had Known on view at the Maine Museum of Photographic Arts through January 27 with an artist talk on November 15 at 6pm.

Sophomore student Josh Dixon had work included in  the national touring VSA Emerging Young Artist Show.

Alum Joseph Della Valle had his photography exhibited in the University of New England Faculty show in October.

Alum Kate Kaminisky held Fem.Cine.Anarchy
an annual popup screening event celebrating female protagonists and women directors.

Salt alum Marissa Schneidermann published Feeding artists in rural Maine turns chef’s dream into reality in the Portland Press Herald.

Alum Alison Hildreth has an exhibition at SPEEDWELL Projects through December 30. Artist lecture on November 15 at 6pm.

Faculty member Daniel Minter has an exhibition, Malaga Island at the University of Southern Maine through December 9.

Faculty members Hilary Irons and Adriane Herman, as well as MFA alums Julie Gray and Toni Jo Coppa were featured in Influx 2018 . 

Faculty member Seth Rogoff released a new book, Thin Rising Vapors.

Faculty member Michel Droge is featured in ANTHROPOCENIC: Art About the Natural World in the Human Era at Bates College Museum of Art. Also part of the exhibition is an exterior installation by faculty member Adriane Herman.

>> Exhibitions

Making Migration Visible: Traces, Tracks & Pathways
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art: October 5, 2018 - December 17, 2018
Featuring alums Ahmed Alsoudani '05 and Edwige Charlot '10.

Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland, ME
Nov. 3 to March 3, 2018

Featuring alums Julie Gray, Dylan Hausthor, Baxter Koziol, Isabel O'Donnell, Probably Joel,  and Gina Siepel as well as faculty members Hilary Irons and Julie Poitras Santos.

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