Alumni Grants, Residencies & Opportunities


Grants

The Belvedere Fund

Alumni who work within a crafts methodology who hold a BFA degree and have graduated within the last 10 years are eligible to apply. Grants of up to $1,500 per person will be awarded through a competitive review process.

Epic Grant

Epic grants from Canopy Portland Waterfront support Maine College of Art & Design alumni who make a positive impact on Portland through their work. The Epic Grant of $2,500 supports creative activities that contribute to the culture of the city. Grant recipients are expected to create an activation on site at Canopy within six months of receiving funds. Possible examples include a pop-up shop, a workshop, a retail display, or an event. The activation does not need to be tied to the use of funds, but is a part of the partnership between the artist and Canopy.
Deadline: January 31, 2024
Questions: alumnirelations@meca.edu

Residencies

Jenny Family Residency

The family of Barbara Rita Jenny (MFA '02) established the MECA&D Jenny Family Residency in 2008.  Located in New Edinburgh, Nova Scotia, the Jenny Family Residency is open to Maine College of Art & Design degree-holding alumni, current faculty, and staff.  This family friendly residency is distinguished not only 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. Travel support for selected residents provided by a generous grant from the Robert J. Jenny Memorial Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

Pace House Residency

Artist Stephen Pace and his wife, Palmina, gave their home and studio overlooking Stonington Harbor to Maine College of Art & Design in 2007 to be used as an artist residency and gallery.  We are pleased to be able to offer Maine College of Art & Design degree-holding alumni, faculty, and staff family friendly residency opportunities during the spring, summer, and fall months at the Pace House. Stipends of $750 will be awarded to mid-career artists at the discretion of the jury. Please note: There will not be an application cycle for 2024. Applications for residencies in 2025 will be open in December of 2024.

Monson Arts Residency

The Monson Artists' Residency and arts center brings 10 residents to the edge of Maine’s North Woods. One applicant from MECA&D is selected to attend each season and is awarded a $1,000 stipend.

MASS MoCA Residency

Funded by Maine College of Art & Design’s Artists at Work Program, two fellowships are offered annually to BIPOC alumni, one for an MFA alum and for a BFA alum. The fellowships fund all residency fees for up to two weeks in residence.

Fellowships

 Peregrine Press Fellowship

  • This fellowship is available for one graduating senior majoring in printmaking from either Maine College of Art and Design or University of Southern Maine, to a printmaking alumni who has graduated within 3 years from either USM or MECA, or MFA students (with printmaking experience). The award includes membership and 24 hour access to Peregrine Press from June 1st of the graduating year through May 31st the following year. The press is located in the Bakery Building at 61 Pleasant Street in Portland. Your application for this award indicates that you will be residing in or around Portland Maine for this time period.

Pickwick Independent Press Fellowship

  • The MECA&D Fellowship at Pickwick Independent Press is available to a BFA graduating senior. The MECA&D fellow receives a one-year contributing membership to Pickwick Independent Press starting in summer of 2024 (flexible start date) and ending one year later.

Scholarship

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
Alumni who apply to, and get accepted to Skowhegan receive a scholarship of $3,000 from MECA&D that is matched by Skowhegan, covering the cost of attendance. While this opportunity has been limited to alumni who graduated within two years of acceptance at Skowhegan, for 2023 and 2024, we have  extended it to alumni from the past four years, to account for the time when Skowhegan was closed due to Covid. When applying, list Jessica Tomlinson, Director of Artists at Work, as the institutional contact.
If you have any questions about the residency or grant programs please reach out to Jenny McGee Dougherty, Associate Director of Artists at Work & Alumni Relations at alumnirelations@meca.edu.