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October 2014
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JOBS + INTERNSHIPS

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:
Digital Printing Technician, DesignTex, Portland, ME
Art Director, Quince & Co., Portland, ME
Freelance Illustrators, Schoolwide Book Publishers
Showroom Assistant, Daunis Fine Jewelry
Bench Jeweler, Daunis Fine Jewelry
Chair of Academic Studies, MECA

Internships
Employers have begun posting for spring internships.
Deadline for paperwork is January 20. 
FAQs and student forms

Spring internship sites:
Portland Ballet: costume design
Monhegan Artist Residency Corporation: art administration
Children's Museum and Theater of Maine: pinhole camera project
517 Main: social media intern for music school
 

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EXHIBITION + OTHER OPPORTUNITIES


Exhibition Opportunities

Waterfall Arts, Belfast, ME: Seeking artists to sell work under $100 at the Handmade Show which runs Dec. 5-23.
Contact: karin@waterfallarts.org
Deadline: November 7, 2014

Yankee Magazine: My New England Photo Contest with cash awards.
Contest details.
Deadline: November 1, 2014

Portland businesses interested in displaying artwork:
Portland Club, West End Grocer, Think Tank, Peloton, Merrill Auditorium, The Language Exchange, Make Sense Productions. 
Contact: jtomlinson@meca.edu


 

  
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 RESIDENCIES + GRANTS + FELLOWSHIPS

Residencies

Omi International Arts Center
Omi hosts international visual artists, writers, musicians and dancers on 300 acres in the Hudson Valley region of New York, amidst a 10-acre contemporary sculpture park, The Fields Sculpture Park.
Deadline: November 30

Artspace
The summer artist-in-residence program at Artspace in Raleigh, NC provides an artist with a month-long studio, paid teaching opportunities, an exhibition, and a $2,000 artist stipend.
Deadline: December 9

Grants

Surdna Foundation: Artists Engaging in Social Change
Grants of up to $150,000 over two years will be awarded in support of compelling artists projects developed in response to specific challenges in their communities, as well as projects by artists whose work over the long term has increased social engagement without necessarily being explicitly defined as "activist."
Deadline: November 12, 2014

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation: Artist at Activist
Grants of up to $100,000 to support creative projects at the intersection of art and activism. There are projects that generate thought leadership, where an artist brings new insight to cultural phenomena. There are projects that result in new or improved products or processes that directly address a specific problem. There may be projects that serve a connecting function, where creative acts produce the conditions necessary to galvanize stakeholders and move them to action. And there will be projects that are some combination of these forms. 

Kindling Fund
SPACE Gallery created The Kindling Fund to support the energy of Maine’s visual arts community by funding innovative, artist-organized visual arts projects that engage the public in ways that are both inventive and meaningful. Grants range from $1,500 to $5,000.
Deadline: November 15

Fellowships

Pilchuck Hauberg Fellowship
Groups of up to six members are invited to submit an application to utilize the Pilchuck studios and campus environment for research and development of artwork based on a common theme or a collaborative project. Hauberg Fellows are provided living accommodations, meals, and limited supplies.


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STUDENTS AND ALUMNI AT WORK


From project management and metalsmithing to steelwork and woodwork, o
ur alumni helped restore "Flow Throughout," the public art piece in the front of Porteous by Mierle Ukeles. 
Participating alumni

At the beginning of each school year, Artists at Work asks freshmen students to list the skills they have and the skills they want in four years from now. See excerpts from what students hope to learn.
 

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PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

Senior Chloe Beaven and junior Caitlin Ervin are the Public Engagement Fellows for 2014-2015. Sophomore Hannah Howard is the Project Assistant. They will receive a financial scholarship and academic credit to design and lead projects and initiatives that focus on building relationships between campus and community. The fellowship is supported with a grant from the Helen and George Ladd Foundation.

Public Engagement community partners for the year include: Portland Trails, The Island Institute, Bicycle Coalition of Maine, Environment Maine, Camp Susan Curtis, Portland Brick, Avesta Housing, King Middle School, and Seeds of Peace.

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