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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 details.

New job postings:

Crafting Instructor, Waynflete Flyers Camp
Designer/Production Associate (Seamstress/Tailor), Ad Fashions, Inc.
Production Assistant, Mad Gabs
Wedding Photographer
Studio Worker and Retail Sales, Bonnema Potters
Polisher, Chart Metalworks
Content Curators, CIEE
Studio Potter, Farmhouse Pottery
Sales Associate, Maine Art Paintings & Sculpture
Visitor Experience Supervisor, Portland Museum of Art
Junior Designer, Hawthorn Creative
Painting and Sculpture Instructors, Putney School Summer Program

Part Time Sales, Maine Crafts Association


Tides Institute and Museum of Art, Eastport, ME
Paid, 30-40 hours per week, housing provided, assist with program objectives of small museum/nonprofit.

OCA-NY Hate Crimes Project Summer Internship, Manhattan, NY
Full-time, paid, coordinate Hate Crimes Prevention Art Project.

On MECA's Internship Board
Content Curator, CIEE
Installation Intern, Amy Stacey Curtis
Media Intern, Chewonki Foundation
Gallery Intern, Haynes Gallery
Fiber Intern, Port Fiber
Design Intern, Thinkso Creative
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Maine Medical Center
Seeking proposals for rotating art exhibit. The exhibit will hang for four months and interested viewers will be able to contact the artist to purchase works.
Deadline: May 8

8th Annual Picnic Music+Arts Festival
Accepting applications from vendors who make unique crafts, art and photography, as well as vendors selling vintage goods. Held Saturday, August 1st from 11am-6pm in Lincoln Park.
Deadline: April 25

First Friday Art Walk: Converge
Converge invites artists and venues to set up installations, pop up galleries, sculptures, and performances in the Congress street festival zone on the evening of June 5th from 6-9pm while the street is closed off to traffic. Anyone and everyone is invited to sign up and participate in this event. We especially encourage participatory projects. The goal of FFAW Converge is to allow the artists to fully use the space to create a unique experience for participants in a low barrier way. 


MECA's summer course offerings of Continuing Studies are now open for registration.

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The Banff Centre
Banff, Alberta, Canada
Open call to interdisciplinary artists; various programs offered. Open to US and non-US artists.
Deadline: May 27

Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists Residency
Saugatuck, Michigan, United States
Summer and Fall residencies, 2-3 weeks (up to 5 in Fall). Open to US and non-US artists and writers.
Deadline: May 15

AutoDesk Pier 9 Artists in Residence (AIR) Program
San Francisco, California, United States
Four-month residency, where artists work on projects that are then shared with the Pier 9 community.
Deadline: December 31 (Part-time residency)

Maine Arts Commission: Maine Artist Fellowship
Awarded annually to working Maine artists who have been residents for at least a year prior.
Deadline: May 6 at 5pm


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Congratulations to the recipients of the 2015 Professional Development and Entrepreneurship Grants Awards. The grant helps BFA, MFA, and Art Ed students advance their studio and professional skills by accessing opportunities and experiences beyond the MECA classroom. 
Katherine Ackley '15, Printmaking, will use the grant to launch her start-up, Inky Blue.

Caitlin Ervin '16, Sculpture and Public Engagement Minor, will embark on a Public Engagement bike journey about environmental awareness.

Sara Inacio '17, Printmaking, will participate in Braddock Tiles, a project of the Heliotrope Foundation started by Swoon.

Jonathan Novak '15, Graphic Design, will get a membership for studio access at Open Bench Project.

Elana Sternick '16, Woodworking & Furniture Design, will attend the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City.

Jacqueline Weichmann '15, Photography, will use the funds for marketing and self-promotion.

Tessa O’Brien,  MFA '16  will document the work of the organization she co-founded, The Portland Mural Initiative.

Veronica Perez, MFA '16,  will self-publish a catalogue and book of her new body of visual and written work.



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Living Outside the Box
Students Caitlin Ervin and Sarah Milkowski Dahlgren are embarking on a six week cycling tour from Portland, Maine to Washington D.C. This environmentally themed Public Engagement art project is designed to inspire the public to engage with nature through dialogue, storytelling and visual art. The artists will create natural found object installations and watercolor landscape studies to address global warming in an innovative and intimate way and highlight the topics of energy and transportation, and the problematic qualities of western lifestyle. Caitlin and Sarah will also interview people along the way about their experiences with the environment and share these stories on their blog and other social media channels.  Their mission is to inspire people to get outdoors in order for them to build a relationship with the natural world and therefore encourage them to protect it. The project will culminate in an exhibition at MECA in Fall 2015.

Image: Installation by Caitlin Ervin, utilizing discarded plastic cups from the Cafe.


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