Alumni Grants, Residencies & Opportunities


Grants

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.

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.

Alumni Residency at MECA&D

The Alumni Residency at MECA&D is designed to bring a small group of alumni back to Maine each summer to return to the MECA&D studios for four weeks in July and engage in intensive on-campus experiences while renewing their ties to the College.

EMMA Collaboration

The EMMA Collaboration brings 100 renowned artists and craftspeople together from around the world to create art in the Boreal Forest of Northern Saskatchewan, Canada, a place where form and function collide. One applicant is selected to represent MECA&D at the Emma Collaboration.

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.

Opportunities

Watch This Space: Expressions of Queer Ecology by Maine College of Art & Design Alumni Application

Watch This Space: Expressions of Queer Ecology by Maine College of Art & Design Alumni is a juried exhibition featuring two-dimensional and three-dimensional works by six alumni of Maine College of Art & Design (MECA&D) centered on themes of queer ecology. The exhibition will be on view from Friday, June 3, to Sunday, October 30, 2022, at Historic New England’s Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum in South Berwick, Maine.
The exhibition is a collaboration between Historic New England and Maine College of Art & Design.

Salt Documentary Storytelling Fellowship at The Nature Conservancy in Maine

This new one-year documentary storytelling fellowship is open to recent graduates of SALT. It is based out of The Nature Conservancy in Maine's offices in Brunswick. The fellowship is planned to run for one year, 20-hours per week, compensated at a rate of $25/hour, and envisioned to start in January 2022.
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 alums@meca.edu.