2020 Alumni Grant & Residencies

COVID-19 Update

Due to safety concerns and potential complications regarding the coronavirus we have come to the difficult decision to defer this year’s residency programs to 2021. While this was not an easy decision to make, we truly feel that it is the safest and most respectful option for our artist residents, our residency caretakers, and the local communities where the residencies take place. 

All applicants have been informed of this update, and we are happy to offer accepted artists the opportunity to attend their programs in 2021. As we understand that it can be difficult to confirm availability so far out, we are giving applicants until December 13th, 2020 to fully commit to the residency dates. Once all applicants are confirmed, we will make an announcement celebrating our 2021 residents. At this point, dependent on the availability of both accepted and waitlisted artists, we will know whether 0r not we will be holding open calls in 2021. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We appreciate your willingness to work with us during this difficult time.

If you have any questions about the residency programs or the deferment plan, please reach out to Isabelle Maschal O’Donnell, Alumni Relations & Events Coordinator at alums@meca.edu.


Belvedere Fund

Alumni working in the field of crafts 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.


Baie Ste Marie Artist & Family Residency

The family of Barbara Rita Jenny (MFA ’02) established the MECA Baie Ste Marie Artist & Family Residency in 2008.  Located in New Edinburgh, Nova Scotia, the Baie Ste Marie Residency is open to Maine College of Art 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 Indian Point home and studio overlooking Stonington Harbor to Maine College of Art in 2007 to be used as an artist residency and gallery.  We are pleased to be able to offer Maine College of Art 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

The Alumni Residency at MECA is designed to bring a small group of alumni back to Maine each summer to return to the MECA 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 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 is selected to attend each season and is awarded a $1,000 stipend.