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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 Listings

  • Web Designer/Production Artist, Geiger
  • Web Graphic Design Associate, Sea Bags LLC
  • Photographer, Ikeinyom
  • Jeweler’s Assistant, Tina Dinsmore Fine Jewelry
  • Graphic Designer, Day's Jewelers
  • Visitor Experience Associate, Part-time, Portland Museum of Art
  • Business Office Assistant, Portland Museum of Art
  • Production, Design and Logistics, Rough & Tumble
>> Internship Listings
  • Graphic Artist & Digital Media, Planet Botanicals
  • Online Social Media/ Advocacy, Together We Rise
  • Video Design and Production, Adulting Collective
  • Graphic Design, Adulting Collective

>> Other Job Listings

>>  Internships

Halcyon Arts Lab, Washington, DC
Interns will have the opportunity to learn about various components of the Halcyon program portfolio: nonprofit management, event planning and management, and the Halcyon Incubator.Intern will learn how a nonprofit organization operates and gain insight into stewarding historical properties. He/she will be exposed to programming, writing aimed towards foundations and grants, sponsorship, and general management. Halcyon will hold events throughout the year, allowing the intern to gain first-hand experience with the planning process for events of varying sizes and purposes. Learn more

Edward Ressle, New York, NY
Edward Ressle seeks an intern available to begin immediately. This is an opportunity to play a significant role in the early stages of the gallery and to work closely with today's leading artists, collectors, curators, dealers, and museums. The internship offers compensation and school credit if required. It provides in-depth knowledge and experience of contemporary art and gallery & museum studies. This internship will introduce how the worlds of gallery management intersect within the concepts and theories of Contemporary and Modern Art. Interns will have the opportunity to apply abstract concepts learned in school to real-world business systems, building a solid foundational understanding of the fascinating world of art and business. Learn more

Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY
Textile Arts Center accepts motivated students, artists and hobbyists to its Internship Program. TAC seeks individuals who are eager to learn more about how it works as an organization, as well those who want to share their skill set with TAC while learning on the job. As part of Textile Arts Center’s mission to act as a resource facility for the textile community, the program allows for a mutually beneficial relationship, and a comprehensive way to engage with the community at large. TAC compensates interns through access to classes and equipment in exchange for their work contributions that allow TAC to provide all it does for the community. Learn more

Swoon Studio, Brooklyn, NY
Internship opportunity at Swoon Studio in Brooklyn. We are looking for passionate art students to join us in the studio to prepare for an upcoming show. This is a fast paced, bustling studio where you will learn how Swoon's work is produced while participating in cutting large scale paper cuts, preparing and hand painting prints. Interns are encouraged to seek credit from their institutions and will be compensated with SWOON ART at the end of the project. Learn more

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Exhibitions & Other Opportunities
>> Exhibition Opportunities

Maine Craft Weekend Mini Craft Show at Center for Maine Craft, Saturday, October 14, 2017, Maine Crafts Association
DEADLINE: First come, first serve basis

ROY G BIV Gallery is now accepting submissions for New School 3
DEADLINE: Friday, July 14, 2017 

New Directions 2017, 33rd Annual National Juried Contemporary Art Exhibition, Barrett Art Center
DEADLINE: Monday, July 24, 2017

The 35th Annual Smithsonian Craft Show 2018, April 25, 2018 to April 29, 2018
DEADLINE: September 10, 2017


>> Other Opportunities

Alumni Print Weekend at the Maine College of Art - All degree-holding alumni with printmaking experience are invited to apply to participate in the Annual Alumni Print Session that takes place in October over Columbus Day weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) at Maine College of Art. The 2017 session will take place on October 6-8. The Visiting Artist and theme will be announced in the spring of 2017. Early applications are encouraged.
Deadline: First come, first serve

Making It In Maine: Getting By in the Gig Economy, Global Shapers Portland Hub
How do you keep young people in Maine employed, happy, and engaged? Let us lead the conversation. That's a start, anyway. Join the Global Shapers Portland Hub as we launch a new group called Our Generation. This is an initiative to empower young people in the state of Maine. The first of this discussion series is around economic opportunity (or lack thereof) and the state of our workforce.Then join us for this event! We'll have several speakers talk about their experience and will host a discussion on workforce trends and potential solutions to problems facing young workers here. This is not a networking event; you may actually enjoy yourself.
Thursday, July 27, 2017, 6 - 8 PM

Maine Crafts Association • New England Made Wholesale Show (NEM)
The Maine Crafts Association offers a guided introduction to the wholesale experience for one Professional-level member, preparing one artist each year for the New England Made Spring Show. The Maine Crafts Association NEM Booth Program offers a reduced cost space, subsidized wholesale workshops, booth development, and wholesale paperwork design assistance. The selected artist will enter into an agreement with the Maine Crafts Association to prepare for the NEM Spring Show and will meet deadlines for completion of booth design, line sheet, show card, booth poster/signage, wholesale workshop(s) and marketing materials. In return, the Maine Crafts Association will subsidize part of the booth fee and wholesale workshop fees, and provide guidance from mid-September 2017 through the March 2018 show dates.
DEADLINE: By midnight, September 1, 2017

Residencies, Grants & Fellowships
>> Residency Opportunities

NEW The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation (Rockland, ME - United States)  will provide four light filled studios for six-month residencies at Lincoln Street Center, a repurposed school in the heart of Rockland, and a stipend of $6000.00 per resident.
DEADLINE: July 15 *

MASS MoCA's Assets for Artists (North Adams, MA - United States) program is now accepting applications for residencies sessions of 1-8 weeks between October and April. The program provides studio space, housing, one group meal per day, access to MASS MoCA‘s exhibitions and to Makers’ Mill, and one-on-one professional development coaching. Financial aid and a $500 travel/meals stipend is available to eligible candidates.

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (Banff, Alberta - Canada) Independent residencies in the Leighton Artists’ Studios offer you the ability to delve into your work as a solitary retreat, as well as the option to engage within the larger community of the Banff Centre. The nine unique studios are each designed by a distinguished Canadian architect and provide a perfect setting for individuals and collectives from a wide variety of artistic genres to create new work. Leighton artists contribute significantly to culture and the arts in Alberta, throughout Canada, and around the world.

Chalk Hill Artist Residency (Healdsburg, CA - United States) is now accepting applications for 2017. Our residency program supports artists of all mediums in their creative process by offering time and space to be immersed in their craft.We provide housing and workspace at the historic Warnecke Ranch and Vineyards, on the Russian River in Healdsburg, CA (1.5 hr outside San Francisco, CA).

Zea Mays Printmaking (Florence, MA - United States)  is one of the premier green studios in the USA. Housed in a late 19th-century brick factory building in a sleepy section of Northampton, Massachusetts, our studio comprises 6000 sq. feet of printmaking bliss. Our Residency Program provides an opportunity for artists to work in a cutting-edge studio, research center, educational institution and artist community. We strive to create an environment that is both professional and personal with great respect for the creative process of each artist.  Residencies at Zea Mays Printmaking provide artists an opportunity to learn the latest developments in safer and non-toxic printmaking.
DEADLINE: December 15
Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT - United States) The Studio Center provides 2-12 week studio residencies on a historic 30-building campus along the Gihon River in Johnson, Vermont, a village in the heart of the northern Green Mountains. Residents receive an individual studio, private room, and all meals. In addition, VSC's program includes a roster of Visiting Artists and Writers who offer slide talks/readings and individual studio visits/conferences.

>> Grant  Opportunities

LEAP Award This Contemporary Craft program recognizes exceptional emerging talent in the contemporary craft field and provides opportunities for these early career artists to bring their artwork to the consumer market. The yearlong retail program features, markets, and sells the work of one winner, who also receives a $1000 prize, 
Deadline: September 30, 2017

Parent Residency Grant at the Women’s Studio Workshop is a four-week residency for an artist with dependent child(ren) under the age of 15. Artists may choose to work in any of our studio disciplines: intaglio, letterpress, papermaking, screenprinting, photography, or ceramics.
DEADLINE October 15, 2017

Artist-In-Residence Workspace Grant For NYC Emerging Artists at the Center For Book Arts,
Each year, up to five New York-based emerging artists are offered space, time and support to explore the production and exhibition of artists’ books and related work in year-long residencies. The purpose of this program is to promote experimentation in making book art – thus artists from all disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Center especially encourages applications from artists of culturally diverse backgrounds.
DEADLINE: October 15, 2017

Artist’s Book Residency Grant at Women’s Studio Workshop is a six- to eight-week residency for artists to produce a limited edition book work.  Working intensively in our studios, artists print and bind their own books, and are encouraged to create an edition size no larger than 100 and no smaller than 50. This residency Includes a stipend.
DEADLINE November 1, 2017

The Clowes Fund supports organizations and programs that focus primarily on socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals. In New England, funding is concentrated in four geographic regions, including parts of Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. When reviewing Preliminary Proposals, we are more likely to consider grant support in areas outside of Greater Boston that are largely populated by immigrants, refugees and asylees, and in rural areas that lack other resources and where we have some basis of local knowledge through previous grants or resident board members. For more information about eligibility and the application process.
DEADLINE for preliminary proposals: November 1, 2017

>> Learn More
Conferences & Lectures
>>  Conferences

*Online* ARTS INTEGRATION & STEAM • The Online Teaching Conference  - This online arts integration and STEAM conference provides a flexible and affordable learning option for K-12 classroom and arts educators seeking practical tips, resources and ideas for integrating the arts into any classroom. Attend Live or On-Demand – Completely Online. Starts July 20, 2017.
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The National Art Education Association’s SummerVision DC program will be held July 18-21, 2017. Immerse yourself in The Museum Experience by spending four, art-filled days in Washington, D.C. exploring permanent collections, current exhibitions, and the museums—as works of art! SummerVision DC is designed to help you develop “new eyes” and, in the words of many past participants, transform yourself personally and professionally within a museum setting.Washington, D.C. July 18-21, 2017
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AIGA’s “Business Perspectives for Creative Leaders” is a week-long executive education program created exclusively for design professionals. Uniquely in partnership with Yale University’s School of Management, the program is held each summer at the Yale University campus in New Haven, Connecticut and taught by Yale School of Management faculty, regarded as some of the world’s most experienced business scholars. The curriculum features a finely-tuned, strategic mix of case studies, lectures, hands-on activities, group work, and team-building exercises to give creative leaders a more complete understanding of business and design. Join us to change the trajectory of your career, and transform the way you work with clients. New Haven, CT “Business Perspectives” is a week-long program, July 23 – 28, 2017
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Maine Arts Commission’s Summer InstituteArtsED- Professional Development for Teaching Artists
Take advantage of this great opportunity to network with PK-12 Visual And Performing Arts Teachers From Maine Schools. LEARN to apply your expertise as an artist to the structuring of lessons and residencies. GAIN hands-on experience relating learning standards and assessments to your work. Thomas College in Waterville, Maine, August 1, 2017
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Art and Land Conservation Symposium: Exploring the Role of Artists in American Land Conservation. -- Learn from the experts on the art movements that address contemporary pressures on the American landscape. Two full days of lectures and break-out sessions, followed by optional field trips to iconic Maine regions where some of America's most influential artists worked-- Katahdin, Acadia and Monhegan. Colby College, Waterville, ME, August 3 – 4, 2017
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Making Our Mark: Surface Design Association 40th Anniversary Intensive -- Join Surface Design Association when we return to Portland, Oregon for the biennial conference centered on creativity and our 40th Anniversary. This conference features an array of exciting speakers, balancing thoughtful inquiry and dialogue with making and celebration. Making Our Mark will be held in partnership with Portland State University and Oregon College of Art & Craft, with sponsorship from the American Crafts Council and Friends of Fiber Art. Registration is limited to 250 people. August 3 – 6, 2017
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INBOUND provides the inspiration, education, and connections you need to grow and transform your business. This September, we will host thousands of marketing and sales professionals from almost every industry imaginable and from all corners of the globe at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Through inspiring keynotes, innovative talks, educational breakouts, hands-on lessons, and tons of networking, you will learn how the INBOUND experience, and especially our content, is truly remarkable. Boston, MA, September 25 – 28, 2017
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Arts + Spirituality - The 11th Verge Conference of the School of the Arts, Media + Culture at Trinity Western University, Langley, British Columbia, Canada. The arts have been closely associated with spirituality and religious practice throughout human history and across cultures. For thousands of years artists and philosophers alike have contributed much to our understanding of this connection. This academic conference seeks to move the conversation forward. Langley, British Columbia, Canada, September 28 – 29, 2017.  
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2017 AIGA Design Conference, with more than 90 speakers and thousands of attendees, it's sure to be an unforgettable experience you won't want to miss! We chose this year’s conference theme, “connect,” because we’re all in search of meaningful connections to the work we do—and ultimately, to each other. Connection happens when we employ empathy in our work, when we include the stories and perspectives of others, and when we come together to move our professions and humanity forward. Minneapolis, MN, October 12 – 14, 2017
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Creativity Expert Exchange, the annual conference hosted by the International Center for Studies in Creativity, Buffalo State College, Buffalo, New York. This is a gathering of those who study the science of creativity. These 3 days are an opportunity to meet, confer and learn from professional colleagues who are training, educating, researching and writing in the field of deliberate creativity.  Buffalo, New York, October 13 – 15, 2017
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TEDxDirigo: RISE: Ideas are powerful, but we can’t stop there. Inspiration and hope won’t get us far unless we take action. TEDxDirigo RISE will give us the substance and the space to think about what’s important to each of us – and what we can do about it. Portland, ME, November 4, 2017
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BLINK Conference is to create a boutique conference option that has a workshop feel, reflecting the photography communities' diversity in gender, ethnicity, age and creative expression.  BLINK Conference is a place where creative artist can come and learn from a variety of talented photographers both well known in the industry, as well as up-and-coming. Seattle, WA, November 9 -12, 2017
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>>  Lectures

Eileen Myles, July 1, 2017 at 8:30 PM at the Skowhegan School Of Painting & Sculpture

Ruth EricksonJuly 5 @ 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM at the Maine College of Art

"John Marin and American Modernism”, July 7,2017 at the Portland Museum of Art

Nayland Blake, July 7, 2017 at 8:30 PM at the Skowhegan School Of Painting & Sculpture

Rose Marasco, July 10 @ 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM at the Maine College of Art

Judith Linhares, July 14, 2017 at 8:30 PM at the Skowhegan School Of Painting & Sculpture

Brandon Alvendia, Jul 17 @ 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM at the Maine College of Art

Keith Boadwee, Jul 24 @ 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM at the Maine College of Art

"John Smibert, James Bowdoin III, and the First Public Collection of Drawings in America", July 25, 2017, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, Bowdoin Museum of Art, Pavilion

“Why Collect? An Introduction to Collecting Old Master Drawings and Prints", July 27, 2017, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, Bowdoin Museum of Art, Pavilion

Ralph Lemon, July 28, 2017 at 8:30 PM at the Skowhegan School Of Painting & Sculpture

Sonya Clark, Jul 31 @ 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM at the Maine College of Art

Gallery Conversation: "Death Personified", August 1, 2017, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, Bowdoin Museum of Art, Pavilion

Immigration: Fact vs. Fiction with the Maine Community Law Center, August 1 - 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM at the Portland Public Library

Wu Tsang, August 4, 2017 at 8:30 PM at the Skowhegan School Of Painting & Sculpture

"The Moment of the Memento Mori: The Past as Prologue for Contemporary Art", August 8, 2017, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, Bowdoin Museum of Art, Pavilion

"Art and Anatomy: A Physician's Perspective on Renaissance Depictions of Mortality", August 17, 2017,7:00 PM – 8:15 PM, Bowdoin Museum of Art, Pavilion

>> Learn More
Students, Alumni & Faculty At Work
Meg Hahn '17, Baxter Koziol '17, David Dewey, Beth Finch, Tessa O'Brien MFA '16.

14The Joseph A. Fiore Painting Prizes were awarded at an opening ceremony at the Firehouse Center in Damariscotta on June 24. Maine College of Art alumni Tessa O'Brien MFA '16 won $1,500 for first place, Baxter Koziol '17 won $1,000 for second place, and Meg Hahn '17 won $800 for third place.  

Congratulations to the 2017 BRODERSON Award winners, our alums included: Sean Wilkinson '01, Morgan DiPietro '11, Sarah McLean '14 of Might + Main, LK Weiss '11 of Portland Design Co., Hugh McCormick '15 and Danielle Dutile '16 of the KINGSPØKE, and faculty member Jaime Hogan

The recipients of the 2017 Baie Ste Marie Artist & Family Residency were Celeste Roberge ‘78, faculty member Lucy Breslin, Allen West ‘10 and Carter Shappy ‘15.

The recipients of the Stephen Pace House Residency were Michel Droge MFA ‘10, Julie Freund ‘81, Ian Goldsborough ‘14, Greta Grant ‘16, faculty member Adriane Herman, faculty member Hilary Irons, Kate Katomski ‘02, Adrienne Kitko ‘15, Sage Lewis ‘04, Tess O’Brien MFA ‘16, Isabelle O'Donnell ‘17, Maia Snow ‘13, Gabriella Sturchio ‘11 and Sabrina Volante ‘14.

The recipients of the Alumni Residency at MECA were Sage Lewis ‘04, Eric Nichols MFA ‘13, Ray Ewing MFA ‘12 and Dylan Hausthor ‘15.

Faculty member Gail Spaein has work included in American Genre: Contemporary Painting at the ICA at MECA.

Two new First Year Seminar classes will be introduced this Fall. The sections include Visual Narrative: Graphic Novels and Cartoons taught by Chun-Hua Chang '14 and Illustration: From Conception to Creation by Joe Rosshirt '11.

>> More MECA News
Public Engagement

Gathering Connections

Sara Inacio ‘17 and Hannah Howard ‘17 presented their Public Engagement Capstone project -- Gathering Connections in March 2017. Gathering Connections was a series of interactive installations, workshops, and events. Students partnered with MECA and the Public Engagement Minor to better realize the college’s Diversity Statement regarding faith and religion through positive dialogue.

Through the creation of an interactive space, students encouraged a community of positive conversation on topics of importance to our culture today, including, why we care about those around us, racial diversity, feminism and their connection to faith and religion. Sara and Hannah created a safe space for sharing questions, ideas, and perspective through open dialogue while promoting positivity and hope to share and learn, leading to the building up of communities through the gathering of connections.

>> Learn more about the Public Engagement 
Founded in 1882 and located in the heart of Downtown Portland's thriving Arts District, MECA offers BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) in 11 studio majors, MFA (Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art), and MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) degrees, as well as the Salt Graduate Certificate in Documentary Studies. Pre-College and Continuing Studies programming are available for adults and youths.

Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at MECA is free and open to the public.
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