The Alumni Residency at MECA is designed to bring alumni back to Maine 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. Priority is given to individual artists rather than groups or collectives. For BFA alumni in particular, these four weeks at MECA offer an ideal opportunity to experience graduate school. Please review all the information below before applying.

Applications are currently closed for 2017 and will re-open next winter with a deadline in February, 2018.

Required Application Materials

Applicants are required to provide a one-page statement of intent discussing what you plan to work on during the residency; your studio and equipment needs; why you are interested in returning to MECA; and your interest in interacting with the MECA community while you are here (participating in studio visits, leading workshops, etc.), as well as 5-10 images of recent work.

Studio Space

Alumni Residents at MECA are provided with studio space on the MECA campus and receive 24-hour access to the studio spaces.

Teaching Opportunities

While in residence, alums may have an opportunity to work with the Pre-College program if openings are available. Residents may also propose to lead studio workshops and demonstrations and conduct studio visits with other current students. Returning alumni work alongside current MFA graduate students and have the option of participating as visitors in group crits, attending VA lectures, and receiving feedback from core faculty.

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.

Studio Fees

Alumni Residents pay a flat studio fee of $350 for the length of the residency. They are also responsible for all associated studio lab fees for use of the photography and printmaking labs.

Housing Options

Alumni Residents may decide to stay in MECA housing (pending availability). Housing is available for either single ($900/ month) or double occupancy ($690/month). While residents may choose to bring a spouse as well (an additional $250 fee), there are no children allowed in the residence halls. A non-refundable placement fee of $100 and a security deposit of $400.00 are also required.


The dates for the 2017 Alumni Residency are July 3–July 29, 2017.

Past Participants


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

Mary Vaughan MFA ’00


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