The Artists at Work Professional Development and Entrepreneurship Grant grant helps BFA, MFA, and Art Ed students advance their studio and professional skills by accessing opportunities and experiences beyond the MECA classroom.

Potential uses include but are not limited to: conferences, travel, exhibition costs, professional association fees, self-promotion, technology, documentation, workshops and costs associated with entrepreneurial efforts. Funds cannot be used on equipment or for academic credit towards the completion of your undergraduate degree. Requests are capped at $500.

2019 Awardees

Rachel Monegue ’19, a Photography senior
For membership to the Bakery Photo Collective for studio space and materials.

Ashley Page ’20, junior in Sculpture
To attend a papermaking workshop at Haystack Mountain School of Craft.

Rebecca Richards ’20, a junior in Metalsmithing + Jewelry Design,
To participate in the Society of North American Goldsmiths conference in Chicago.

Anna Marie Valenti MFA ’20, a first year graduate student
To attend the National Council on the Education for Ceramic Arts conference in Minneapolis.

Evelyn Wong MFA ’19, a second year graduate student,
To support the launch of her business of handcrafted sketchbooks and journals.

2018 Awardees



Maggie Cote ’19, Graphic Design
For printmaking workshops, business cards, and AIGA membership.

Samantha Myrdek ’19, Illustration
For materials to produce merchandise for MECA Holiday Sale and Portland Picnic.

Katherine Miller ’19, Photography
To fund the publication of a magazine.

Sumayo Shute ’22, Undeclared (Freshman)
To attend the Los Angeles premier of a Netflix show and exhibition of fan art that included her work.


Prudence Ho ’19, Painting
To upgrade a mobile museum store for external use

Jamie Latorre ’20, Woodworking and Furniture Design
To attend a workshop in North Carolina on the construction of tiny homes

Ozlenen Ozbicerler ’19, Graphic Design
To support networking, promotion, and marketing for her freelance work as a designer of art publications

Brendan Shea ’18, Painting
For six months of studio space

James Sylvester ’18, Printmaking
For 8 students in an art collective to travel to the 2018 Currents New Media Festival in Santa Fe, New Mexico where they will be exhibiting work.

2017 Awardees

Sarah Belhumeur ’18, Digital Media, minor in Drawing
Sarah will use the funds for travel to the Game Developers Conference and the CTN Animation Expo.

Emmett Freeman ’17, Ceramics
Emmett will use the funds to upgrade his website and work on the site’s search engine optimization.

Meg Hahn ’17, Painting, minor in Art History
Meg will use the funds to support her residencies at both Hewnoaks Artist Colony and Monhegan Artists Residency.

Ellanor Milkowski Dahlgren ’17, Printmaking
Ellanor will use the funds to support her attendance at the Bread and Puppet Apprenticeship in Glover, Vermont.

Catherine Quattrociocchi ’17, Metalsmithing & Jewelry
Catherine will use the funds to develop a craft show exhibition environment.

Lewis Rossignol ’17, Illustration
Lewis will use the funds for printing and self-promotion on social media.

2016 Awardees


Sophie Cangelosi ’16, Illustration
Sophie will uses the funds to attend the ICON Illustration conference in Texas.

Mary Forst ’16, Metalsmithing & Jewelry
Mary will use the funds to attend the SNAG metalsmithing and jewelry convention in Asheville.

Ashley Wernher-Collins ’16, Fashion & Textile Design
Ashley will use the funds for individualized lessons in tailoring techniques.


Amelia Garretson-Persans, MFA ’16
Amelia will use the funds to attend the Digital Narratives Workshop at the Banff Centre.

2015 Awardees


Katherine Ackley ’15, Illustration
Katie will use the funds to launch her start-up, Inky Blue.

Caitlin Ervin ’16, Sculpture and Public Engagement Minor
Caitlin will use the funds for a Public Engagement bike project about environmental awareness.

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

Jonathan Novak ’15, Graphic Design
Jon will use the funds on a membership at Open Bench to have studio access for six months after graduation.

Elana Sternick ’16, Woodworking & Furniture Design
Elena will use the funds to attend the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City.

Jacqueline Weichemann ’15, Photogrpahy
Jacki will use the funds for marketing and self-promotion.


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

Veronica Perez, MFA ’16
Veronica will use the funds to self-publish a catalogue and book of her new body of visual and written work

2014 Awardees


Chloe Beaven ’15, New Media
Chloe will use the funds for preparatory coursework for graduate school.

Forest Gagne ’14, Woodworking & Furniture Design
Forest will use the funds for self-promotion and marketing.

Liz Long ’14, Illustration
Liz will use the funds to attend the leading conference for the illustration industry.

Rangeley Morton ’14, Woodworking & Furniture Design
Rangeley will use the funds for shipping costs to have work included in a Minneapolis exhibition.

Nicholas Norris ’14, Painting
Nick will use the funds for travel and materials for a European residency.

Hillary Stucker ’14, Ceramics
Hillary will use the funds to attend a national conference on conservation in preparation for graduate studies.


Charley Young, ’14
Charley will use the funds for framing of prints created during the Arctic Circle residency.

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