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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 on MOJO:
Assistant Product Designer, Acorn Products
Program Director, The Art Department
Art Camp Counselors, Tripp Lake Camp

Other jobs:
Assistant Curator, SCAD
Visual Arts Curator, The Walker Art Center
Interactive Designer/Developer, CD&M Communications
Studio Coordinator, Peter Halley

Be sure to check out our LinkedIn page to see additional job postings.
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Charles C. Thomas Alumni Gallery in the Administrative Center at MECA
Maine College of Art has openings for alumni exhibitions in the Administrative Center at MECA. The hallway gallery with approximately 76' of linear wall exhibition space, it is suitable for 2-D work only. Alumni interested in showing their work should contact Dietlind Vander Schaaf.

Emerging Photographers at PhoPa
PhoPa Gallery is hosting a show for emerging photographers. They are searching for a broad range of work, including both traditional and non-traditional approaches to photography. Open to photographers age 30 and under that current live in Maine.
Deadline: October 25th

Maine Medical Center Rotating Art Exhibitions
Maine professional artists and artist organizations are invited to submit an application for this program. The exhibit shall hang for approximately four months beginning January 4, 2016.  The selection of the exhibits will be juried by the MMC Art Committee based on the Criteria for Exhibitions, the quality of the art and the suitability for hospital patients, visitors and staff.

Free-For-All at SPACE Gallery
This is a biannual unjuried group show featuring works by a variety of artists. Any artist is invited to bring work to be displayed at SPACE, from emerging artists who have never shown their work to the public to seasoned artists with multi-page CVs. Work may be dropped off at SPACE during these times:
November 12, 3pm-7pm
November 13, 3pm-7pm
November 14, 10am-12pm

Art for Sinful Kitchen
The Sinful Kitchen in Portland is interested in exhibiting artwork 24" by 36" and  smaller. Artists are responsible for hanging their work and receive 100% of all sales. If interested, send images or web link to

Cafe Nomad Exhibition
This cafe located in Norway, Maine devotes its primary wall space as a community gallery and exhibits work from local to seasonal artists. Exhibitions change monthly and sales often result with works priced at $500 or less. The cafe takes a commission of 25% on sales. Work can be of any medium, but must hang on a two-dimensional wall that measures about 30 linear feet. Artists are responsible for installing and de-installing their work. The cafe staff is currently scheduling shows for 2016 and beyond.

NYC's apexart
They are currently accepting submissions for its Unsolicited Proposal Program, which welcomes exhibition proposals from anyone, anywhere. Submissions consist of up to 500 words of text (no images or links accepted) just tell them about the exhibition you want to put on and why. Each of the three winning proposals receives financial and administrative support necessary to mount an exhibition in apexart's Manhattan space.
Deadline: October 31

AC Institute Call for Performances
AC Institute is accepting submissions from New York City and the tri-state area based performance artists for the 2015-2016 calendar year. A wide range of themes and media are encouraged. They also support performers and projects that challenge conventional expectations of meaning, objectivity, and medium.


Galeyrie: Maps and Custom Framers
The owners of this Falmouth, ME shop are selling their business and are searching for someone who is comfortable with people, likes history and maps, enjoys working with their hands, is a visual person with a sense of design, and is somewhat business savvy. They are going to be training the new owner.

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Penland School of Crafts 
The Penland School Resident Artist Program seeks to enrich the total educational experience at Penland by providing a stimulating, supportive environment for artists at transitional points in their careers. Penland resident artists are full-time, self-supporting craftspeople who live and work at the school for three years.
Deadline: November 15

Visual AIDS - Curator Residency
A one-month residency, to take place in March 2016 in New York City, for a curator, art historian, or arts writer interested in the intersection of visual art and HIV/AIDS. Co-sponsored by Visual AIDS and Residency Unlimited, the curatorial residency sees to encourage the development of exhibitions, programs, and scholarships about HIV/AIDS and contemporary art.
Deadline: November 15

Omi International Arts Center
Omi International Arts Center 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. Through a competitive jury process, residents are chosen and invited to attend at no cost to themselves, except travel. Abundant, catered meals and comfortable, beautiful lodgings are provided.
Deadline: November 30

Container Residency

The residency invites visual artists from around the world to produce artworks while voyaging into the heart of international commerce on a cargo ship.
Deadline: November 9

College Art Association (CAA)
CAA’s Professional-Development Fellowships program supports promising artists, designers, craftspersons, historians, curators, and critics who are enrolled in MFA, PhD, and other terminal degree programs nationwide. Fellows are honored with $10,000 grants to help them with various aspects of their work, whether it be for job-search expenses or purchasing materials for the studio. CAA believes a grant of this kind, without contingencies, can best facilitate the transition between graduate studies and professional careers.
Deadline for MFA Fellowships: November 16

PULSE (Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience)
PULSE cultivates a community of young servant leaders to transform Pittsburgh. They are seeking graduating seniors to partner with Pittsburgh nonprofits for a year for service and leadership from September to July for 35 hours per week. You will live with other Fellows in intentional community and participate in ongoing personal and professional development. 
Deadline: November 1

BizIn Grant
BizIn’s small business grant gives eligible Maine applicants an opportunity to compete for a bundle of creative, marketing and legal services to address a specific business challenge. Each year, one business owner is selected to work with the BizIn team – a marketing executive, a designer, a lawyer, and a content writer.
Deadline: November 1

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++ Matt Blackwell '77 won a 2015 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. 

+ Two Metalsmithing and Jewelry majors, Betsy Lewis and Mary Forst, were accepted into national exhibitions. Both will be exhibiting in Form Forge Fabricate, Betsy will be exhibiting in CraftForms2015, and Mary is a finalist for the 2016 Niche Awards.

+ The MECA Alumni Biennial features work by Ellen Babcock BFA ’84, Cole Caswell MFA’08, Kevin Goodrich Art Ed ’10, and Carlos Pileggi MFA ’13. On view in the ICA through December 18.

+ The following faculty and alumni are featured in the current Portland Museum of Art Biennial:
Gideon Bok (attended) '88, Camden, ME
Jeffrey Clancy, former faculty, Madison, WI
Stacy Howe MFA '10, Portland, ME
Justin Kirchoff, faculty, Eliot, ME
Caroline Lathan-Stiefel MFA '01, Avondale, PA
Randy Regier MFA '07, Wichita, KS
Noriko Sakanishi '70, Portland, ME
Miles Spadone '13, South Portland, ME

Justin Kirchoff (United States, born 1966), Sighting Noon, gelatin silver print, 20 x 24 inches.


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FYIn: An introduction to Public Engagement
All first year students at MECA are required to take the class FYIn, which introduces them to each other, the college, and the local community. The class of more than 160 students is divided into eight groups, each with a community partner and real world project. Here are a sampling of the classes:

Climate Change and Maine’s Coastal Communities
Faculty: Michel Droge

Students are traveling to various Maine islands and partnering with the Island Institute to study the impacts of climate change on the Maine coast. Projects are focused on the role of the artist in this changing world. Students are investigating questions such as: What is the role of the artist in the midst of scientific research and community change? As a group they are exploring the intersection of art and science and creating work that visually documents our changing environment with a focus on broadening public awareness.

Community Action: Design and Activism
Faculty: Charles Melcher
In this section of FY-In, students investigate the history of design/media as it has been used for social change. Students are working with Maine Peoples Alliance on their Fair Wage campaign to create a poster campaign and graphics to educate the public on the key issues driving the campaign.

Landscape and Identity
Faculty: Robert LaBranche
In this course students explore the landscape in terms of identity and belonging—how we recognize ourselves in our physical surroundings, even in artificial, superficial spaces. Students are partnering with the Portland Museum of Art and identifying specific pieces from the collection to study and inform their work, as well as to increase their knowledge of the landscape tradition in historical and contemporary art. The partnership will culminate in a public exhibition of student works at the museum in January.

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