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June 2014
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Online Job Board

The MECA Online Job + Opportunity board (MOJO) lists jobs available to students and alumni. Use your MECA email to sign up. 

New job postings:
Junior Designer, Hawthorne Creative in Portsmouth, NH
Bench Jeweler, Market Square Jewelers in Dover, NH
Production Coordinator, Portland Museum of Art
Retail Sales, Portland Trading Company


Studio artist Amy Stacy Curtis seeks studio assistants to work June - October in Parsosnfield and Lyman, ME. Contact Amy directly.

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association seeks an Educational Director. Apply by July 11.

MECA has an opening for a Director of Student Affairs and an Assistant Director of Student Affairs, Residential Education, and Housing. Full job descriptions.

Fifteen students from six different majors are interning this summer. Host sites include Space Cow in New York, DesignTex in Portland, and Puelle Design in Yarmouth. Fall internships begin September 1.
FAQs and student forms


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Exhibition Opportunities

Walker Terrace in Portland has a streetfront window exhibition space on Congress Street available from now through September. Content must be appropriate for public walking by the Congress Street windows. Two dimensional work preferred. Contact Gretchen Roy at or 207.245.6431.

BangPop! Comicon in Bangor seeks vendors and artists for their event on September 20-21.

Collect is MECA's annual art sale of work by students, alumni, faculty and staff held in the fall. One to five works in any media priced by the artists will be sold to benefit MECA's Scholarship Fund, with 50% commission or full donation options.Deadline for participation is August 1. 

Other Opportunities

Greeting Card Scholarship: $10,000 scholarship 
Mini Open Road Photography and Design Competition: First prize is an iMac
Pecha Kucha Portland: Showcase your passion, project, or idea. Deadline for the July 24 event is June 30.
Percent for Art Competition: $19,000 project for the Washington County Court House in Machias, ME
Women's Transportation Seminar Boston Charitable Fund: $150,000 for Women in Movement public art project in South Station
Lewiston/Auburn Art Walk: Seeking artists to participate for summer 

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Hub Bub Artist Residency: This six-month residency in Spartanburg, SC includes housing, studio, and a stipend.
Deadline: June 30

Yaddo: A residency in Saratoga Springs, NY for artists working at the professional level in their field. 
Deadline: August 1

Grants + Fellowships

The Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation gives annual awards of up to $1,500 to individual artists and craftpersons living and working in the United States, and who are engaged in or planning a new craft or visual art project. Applicants should have a developed body of work. 
Deadline: July 15

The John Mineck Fellowship encourages and supports a young-in-career furniture artist with the financial assistance of $25,000 to help him/her succeed in his/her journey. The fellowship has been designed to help support a talented furniture artist looking to fulfill an apprenticeship, develop his/her own skills, and/or make the transition to independence. Last year, the award was won by MECA alum Vivien Beer '00.


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Belvedere Award Winners

Grants from the Belvedere Fund for Professional Development in the Field of Crafts were awarded to Maisie Maeve Broome ‘08, Adam Chau ‘10, Andrew Haviland ‘12, John Huckins ‘12, James Mitschmyer ‘05, Natalie Squillante ‘9 Art Ed ‘10, and Allen West ‘10. Additionally, John Huckins ‘12 (featured above) was awarded the opportunity to attend the 2014 EMMA International Collaboration in Saskatchewan, Canada through the Belvedere Fund.

Chun-Hua Chang ’14 participated in an independent study with MECA Adjunct Assistant Professor Doug Vollmer which resulted in an animated video about an invasive species in Maine called Green Crabs, which was part of her thesis show. The piece was produced in conjunction with University of Maine at Machias professor Brian Beal, scientist Darcie Couture of Resource Access International LLC, and the Maine Clammers Association. The video caught the attention of the media, and was covered by The Bangor Daily News in Maine and by ABC News affiliate WCVB in Boston. 


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Three BFA students completed their Public Engagement capstone projects and graduated with a Minor in Public Engagement in May: Jacob Michaud, BFA Woodworking and Furniture Design with capstone partner Pride Portland, Robert Bennett, BFA Sculpture with capstone partner Mechanics Hall, and Peter Hyde, BFA Sculpture with capstone partner Local Sprouts Food Cooperative. Pictured above: Robert Bennett's installation in Mechanic's Hall.

Follow these projects on the Public Engagement blog.


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