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.

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

BFA

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.

MFA

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


2015 Awardees

BFA

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.

MFA

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

BFA

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.

MFA

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

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