In 2008, MECA alumna Barbara Rita Jenny MFA ’02 and her family donated the use of her family’s summer home in New Edinburgh, Nova Scotia with the intention of creating a unique artist residency program that is inclusive of artist’s partners and families.

The house is situated directly across the road from Baie Sainte-Marie and the property includes 200 feet of water frontage and several outbuildings. This residency is open to MECA degree-holding alumni, faculty, and staff who are visual artists, writers, and/or scholars. Before applying, please read through all the information below.

Applications for 2018 are now closed.

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Location, Residency Length

714 Riverside Rd
New Edinburgh, Nova Scotia
BOW 3TO, Canada

Season: May 19 – August 3 and then September 4 – 30, 2018
Residency Length: two to four weeks
Number of residencies: two-three per season
Open to: individuals, families, or small groups

Eligibility

Open to MECA degree-holding alumni faculty, and staff members

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

Disciplines: Visual artists, writers, scholars.

Groups
If more than one person is applying for the residency, the group should select a lead contact person who is a MECA faculty member, staff member or an alum. 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 2018 Baie Ste. Marie TEAM Residency Application to apply as a group.

Residency Information

Studio and Special Equipment
Studio space available in shed, barn, tree-house, and basement. Outdoor sculpture is possible— half acre of mowed lawn, many acres of private woods plus public beach, jetties, tidal sand bar.

Housing
Three bedrooms on the second floor plus bunk room in attic that sleeps four. House can sleep up to 10 people.

Meals
Residents purchase and prepare their own meals. Grocery stores in nearby neighboring towns.

Phone/Computer/Internet Access
House has a telephone with local access only. Limited cell phone coverage. No Internet access at house. Internet use available at Weymouth Library, WiFi available at Weymouth Visitors Center.

Companions
Spouses, partners, children, and caregiver are welcome for full stay. Pets are not allowed at this residency.

Other Facilities and Services
Many art materials are not generally accessible in the area, so it is best to bring the supplies that you will need.

Travel

BY CAR from Maine College of Art, Portland, ME (8+ hrs)

BY CAT FERRY  from Portland, ME (5.5 hrs) to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The house is a one-hour drive from the Ferry terminal in Yarmouth.

 Bay Ferries Limited believes in community and is extremely pleased to partner with MECA.  2018 the CAT has agreed* to provide roundtrip vehicle transport to the winners of the Baie Ste. Marie Residency at no cost. Artists are responsible for their passenger tickets. 

*2018 CAT service has not yet been confirmed.

BY FERRY from St. John, New Brunswick to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The house is a one-hour drive from the Ferry terminal in Yarmouth.

Citizens of the United States (U.S.) traveling between the U.S. and Canada require a valid U.S. passport.

Costs
There is no fee to attend this residency.

Open Studio/Exhibition
Artists in residence are required to hold at least one open studio or exhibition event for the neighboring community at some point during the residency.

Deadlines, Review Process

Deadlines
Proposals are reviewed once a year in March. Late and incomplete proposals will not be accepted. Notification of awards will be made in mid-April.

Review Process
A review committee comprised of the Director of Alumni Relations, one Alumni Council member, the Vice President for Advancement, and a member of the Jenny family will make the selections. Proposals will be reviewed on a competitive basis.

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 scope of proposed projects fit within the space and time limitations of the residency and that the applicant is able to work independently and responsibly.

Priority consideration is given to artists who can best take advantage of the space and for whom traditional residencies are not an option. Group projects and collaborations are encouraged.

Application Instructions & Requirements

Before applying, please review all the information on application requirements and instructions, as well as information about the Baie Ste. Marie Residency made available.

Application Instructions

  1. Go to the MECA Submittable page
  2. Create a Submittable account to start your application
  3. Select the Baie Ste. Marie Residency Application (individual or team)
  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. alums@meca.edu or 207.699.5018

Application Requirements:

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

  1. One-page statement of purpose explaining why you want to attend this residency
  2. Biographies for each artist
  3. Resume / CV for each artist
  4. Image descriptions that correspond to your images which include title, medium, size and year of completion.
  5. Work Samples (10 samples for individual applicants, 20 samples for teams)
    1. For artists submitting images: 10 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.
    2. Name your image files as follows: LastNameFirstNameNumber.jpg (i.e.CleoAlex01.jpg,CleoAlex02.jpg). Do not include any spaces, dashes, or other symbols when labeling your images.
    3. Image information, including title, date, media, and physical dimensions of each piece, must be supplied in the space below each image upload.
    4. 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.
    5. For writers or scholars: 2-3 writing samples that are one to two pages long. Save your 2-3 submissions into one document.

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.

Past Residents

2017
Celeste Roberge ’78
Lucy Breslin (with Linda Casbon, Leslie
Volle, and Barbara Scott)
Allen West ’10 (with Meghan Howland)
Carter Shappy ’15

2016
Matt Burnett ’06
and Scott Fuller MFA ’06
Liz Leggett MFA ’06
Eric Vaughn MFA ’12
Jamie Hogan

2015
Emmeline Solomon ’13
Catie Draper MFA ’00
Sean Carnegie ’94
Victoria Marsh ’07
Rangeley Morton ’14 & Ella Sevy ’14

2014
Kim Vose Jones MFA ’12 www.kimvosejones.com
Nicole Duennebier ’05 www.nicoleduennebier.com
Curt Cloninger MFA’08 www.deepyoung.org
Rob Licht ’84  www.roblicht.com
Mark Marchesi ’99 www.markmarchesi.com

2013
Thomas Connolly87
Mark Marchesi ’99 www.markmarchesi.com
Camille Davidson ’89 www.cameedavidson.com

2012
Mark Marchesi ’99 www.markmarchesi.com
Richard Metz MFA ’00 www.mistermetz.com
Crystal Heiden ’06 www.crystalheiden.com
Conan Masterson
Christine Negus www.christinenegus.com
Thomas Cummins MFA’05 www.thomascummins.com

2011
Stacy Howe MFA ’10 www.stacyhowe.com
Celeste Roberge ’79 www.celesteroberge.com
Anne Garland ’93 annegarlandart.com
Joanne Clarey
Martha Almy ’95 www.marthaalmy.com
Alison Taylor ’94
Willamain Somma

2010
Tina Zagyva MFA ’09 www.tinazagyva.com
Celeste Roberge ’79 www.celesteroberge.com
Adriane Herman www.adrianeherman.com

2009
Harold Philbrook ’95
Fran Philbrook ’06
Cole Caswell MFA ’08 www.colecaswell.com
Jessica George MFA ’09
www.jessicageorgeart.com
Devin Dobrowolski MFA ’08 devindobrowolski.com

Questions?

Contact the Alumni Office at 207.699.5018 or email alums@meca.edu.