Applications for the 2023 season will open on January 1, 2023 and close on February 28, 2023.

The Alumni Residency at MECA&D is designed to bring degree-holding alumni back to the College each summer for four weeks in July to re-engage in intensive on-campus experiences in conjunction with the MFA Summer Intensive.


Applicants must be graduates from the BFA, MFA, or MAT Programs at Maine College of Art & Design. For BFA alumni, in particular, these four weeks at MECA&D offer an ideal opportunity to experience graduate school. Priority is given to individual artists rather than groups or collectives.

Non graduated alums, SALT graduates, Post Baccalaureate graduates, Continuing Studies faculty and students are ineligible to apply. 

Location, Residency Length and Dates

Location: Maine College of Art & Design, 522 Congress Street, Portland, ME

Length of Residency: 26 days during MFA Summer Intensive

Season: July 5 - 30, 2023

About the Residency

Studio Space
Alumni Residents receive access to one of the MECA&D studios for the length of the residency. If interested in additional access, residents are responsible for associated studio lab fees ($85-$325).

Learning Opportunities
MFA Alumni Residents receive at least one studio visit from a MFA Visiting Artist during the course of the residency. Alumni will be invited to participate in some classroom discussions and activities.

Residents' participation in MFA studio visits, critiques, and classes are at the discretion of the faculty and contingent upon availability, with priority given to current MFA students.
Housing Options
Alumni Residents may decide to stay in MECA&D housing (pending availability). On-campus housing is available for a fee of $400.

Team Residency

Priority is given to individual artist applications rather than groups or collectives.

If more than one person is applying for the residency, the group should select a lead contact person. The lead contact person should submit a single application, a combined statement of purpose for the entire group, and is responsible for including all group members’ documents (resume, work samples, etc) into the application.

Please use the Alumni Residency at MECA&D TEAM Application to apply as a group.

Deadline, Review Process

Applications for the 2023 Residency season open on January 1st, 2023. The deadline for 2023 applications is 11:59PM EST on February 28, 2023. Notification of awards will be made in mid-April 2023. Applications for the 2024 season will open January 1st, 2024.

Review Process
A review committee comprised of the Alumni Relations & Events Coordinator, a past resident, a representative from the MFA program, and one member of the MECA&D community will will make the selections.

Residencies will be determined based on the quality of work submitted, evidence that the applicant’s career will benefit from the residency, that the nature and span of proposed projects fit within the space and time limitations of the residency, that the proposed projects will fit within the scope of the MFA program and that the applicant is able to work independently and responsibly. 

Application Instructions & Requirements

Before applying, please review all the information on application requirements and instructions, as well as information about the Alumni Residency at MECA&D made available.

Application Instructions

  1. Go to the MECA&D Submittable page
  2. Create a Submittable account to start your application
  3. Select the Alumni Residency at MECA&D Application
  4. Complete your application via Submittable

Please note: If you do not receive a thank you confirmation and an email message after submitting your application, your application has not successfully uploaded. Contact the alumni office with any questions. or 207.699.5018

Application Requirements:

Prepare the following information in advance of submitting your application. Incomplete applications will not be considered for review.

  • One-page statement of intent discussing what you plan to work on during the residency, your studio and equipment needswhy you are interested in returning to MECA&D; and your interest in interacting with the MECA&D community while you are here (participating in studio visits, going to visiting artists lecture, attending MFA crits, etc.) *Please note that all residents will participate in an Open Studio event at the end of the residency.*
  • Biographies for each artist
  • Resume / CV for each artist
  • Image descriptions that correspond to your images which include title, medium, size and year of completion for each artist
  • 10 Work Samples (20 for teams)
  1. For artists submitting images: digital images of your work are required. All images should be formatted as jpegs with a minimum width of 800 pixels and a maximum of 1024 pixels per side, saved at a resolution of 72 dpi.
    1. Name your image files as follows: LastNameFirstNameNumber.jpg (i.e. CruzBella01.jpg,CruzBella02.jpg). Do not include any spaces, dashes, or other symbols when labeling your images.
    2. Image information, including title, date, media, and physical dimensions of each piece, must be supplied in the space below each image upload.
  2. For time-based/ new media work: Supply URLs for 3 links via YouTube, Vimeo or Soundcloud to video or sound pieces less than 8 minutes in length.

All submissions must have been completed within the last three years. All documents listed above should be saved as a Word document or a PDF.

Late and incomplete proposals will not be accepted. Only online applications via Submittable will be accepted.

Past Participants

Daniel Davis ’05
Tracy Mastro ’91
Joshua Primmer ’01

Asherah Cinnamon ’08
Kelsey Haley ’15
Savanna Pettengill ’14
Lauren Tosswill ’14

Elaine Angelopoulos MFA ’09
Jacqueline King ’17
Izabella Provan ’15
Bryan Stryeski ’01

Sage Lewis '04
Eric Nichols MFA '13
Ray Ewing '12
Dylan Hausthor '15

Mary Vaughan MFA '00


For more information, call 207-699-5018 or email