Alumni Opportunities

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Maine College of Art has many opportunities for its alumni.  There are cost-saving benefits, MECA-only residency opportunities, alumni exhibitions, and preferred access to a variety of resources.

MECA degree-holding alumni are eligible for a suite of benefits including the following:

  • 30% discount on MECA Continuing Studies classes
  • Discounts on homeowners and auto insurance through Liberty Mutual Insurance
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  • Access to MECA-only residency opportunities
  • Borrowing privileges at the Joanne Waxman Library
  • Eligibility for alumni biennial exhibitions
  • Inclusion in MECA’s alumni directory
  • MECA email account
  • Access to Career Resource Center
  • Consideration for a half tuition matching scholarship at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture

Grant

Belvedere Fund for Professional Development
Alumni working in the field of crafts who hold a BFA degree and have graduated within the last ten years are eligible to apply.  Grants of up to $1,500 will be awarded through a competitive review process.

 

Residencies

Family Residency Stipend

Maine College of Art is pleased to be a recipient of a grant from the Sustainable Arts Foundation to help make MECA residency opportunities more accessible to artists with children. The Baie Sainte-Marie Artist and Family Residency at the Jenny Family Compound was originally established in 2008 by Barbara Rita Jenny MFA '02 as a family-friendly residency, with child safety gear, toys and games in place. With this residency as our model, we used the grant funds to help make the Pace House more welcoming to children with safety improvements, gear and toys. In addition to the physical improvements, we will offer a $500 stipend this year to help support one family’s residency experience at either of MECA's residency locations. Artist parents may apply for the stipend when they complete their online application form. The stipend recipient will be selected by lottery.


Baie Ste Marie Artist & Family Residency

New Edinburgh, Nova Scotia  CANADA
The family of Barbara Rita Jenny (MFA'02) established the MECA Baie Ste Marie Artist & Family Residency in 2008.  Located in New Edinburgh, Nova Scotia, the Baie Ste Marie Residency is open to Maine College of Art alumni, current faculty and staff.  This residency is not only distinguished by its incomparable location on the rugged Atlantic Coast of Canada, but because residents may bring their families to stay in the large house on site.

Stephen Pace House Residency
Stonington, Maine
Artist Stephen Pace and his wife, Palmina, gave their Indian Point home and studio overlooking Stonington Harbor to Maine College of Art in 2007 to be used as an artist residency and gallery.  We are pleased to be able to offer Maine College of Art alumni, faculty and staff residency opportunities during the spring, summer and fall months at the Pace House.

MFA Alumni Residency
The MFA Alumni Residency is designed to bring a small group of alumni back to Maine each summer. Running congruent to the MFA Summer Intensive, alumni return to the MECA studios for 5 weeks to engage in an intensive on campus experience.

Two great resources for finding opportunities:


Alliance of Artist Communities

ResArtis

Artists at Work Project Window

Apply to create a site-specific installation in this Congress Street window space at Maine College of Art. Includes a stipend and professional documentation.

Biennial
The MECA Alumni Biennial takes place in September in the ICA at MECA every other year. This themed exhibition is curated by three distinguished jurors and features the work of three to five BFA and MFA alumni.

MECA Painters: 10 Years Later
Each January, Maine College of Art organizes an exhibition of work by alumni who graduated with a painting degree 10 years ago.

Print Project
Annual on-campus printmaking weekend open to all degree-holding alumni with printmaking experience

Holiday Sale
Annual sale of affordable handmade gifts, held in the Porteous Building.

Then & Now
A juried exhibition at Rose Contemporary featuring the work of students and alumni investigating furniture in all mediums or working sculpturally with wood, held in conjunction with the 2012 Furniture Society Conference hosted at Maine College of Art.