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 2022 (flexible start date) and ending one year later.

Pickwick Independent Press is a fine art printing facility founded by MECA alum Lisa Pixley '07 and now owned and operated by Pilar Nadal MFA '13. Pickwick is an active and energetic community printshop with equipment to accomplish printmaking projects based in intaglio, relief, letterpress, risography, screen printing and other traditional and contemporary processes. In addition to the presses and equipment, large sinks, acid tanks, large work areas, personal storage, an assortment of hand tools are also accessible to members. More information about the press and members can be found at

The fellow will have access to the Pickwick Independent Press print shop as a contributing member. The fellowship provides the fellow with an opportunity to develop both their fine art and freelance/client based portfolios, broaden their artistic network, and take advantage of the support both the member community and print shop provide. In exchange for the year long membership, the fellow will work on select print projects for the College that will not exceed 40 hours over the course of the year. The fellow is expected to work at least 30 hours monthly in the shop on their own work towards a specific project or goal. They will be expected to submit a culminating portfolio of work, be an active member of the Pickwick community, and execute the MECA&D print project(s) with excellent craft and professionalism.

Application Instructions

 Please apply with:

  •  a project proposal for your own artistic practice to be completed over the course of the fellowship year.

  • a portfolio of 5-10 images of work that demonstrates your printmaking skills


  • a link to an online portfolio or website that demonstrates your printmaking skills

The ideal candidate will be an active and enthusiastic member of the Pickwick community, have a strong work ethic and excellent time management skills, and the intentions to pursue an artistic career in printmaking.

Deadline to complete the application is April 25, 2022.

A jury will review applications and make a selection by May 6, 2022.

Applicants may be asked for an additional interview between the deadline and selection dates.


Applicants must be graduates from the 2022 BFA class at Maine College of Art & Design.

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


  • Deadline for applications is 5pm on April 25, 2022.


Contact the Alumni Office at 207.699.5018 or email