The Belvedere Fund for professional development in the field of crafts at Maine College of Art was established in 2008 following the death of Deborah Pulliam of Castine, Maine and is available to all alumni who received a BFA degree from MECA within the last 10 years. Deborah was a lover of history, land preservation, animal welfare and the arts, and she supported many causes generously throughout her life.

Deborah was particularly devoted to needlework and functional crafts.  She led workshops on textiles and spinning and was a regular contributor to Piecework magazine, a needlework publication. She was pursuing a master’s degree in material culture from the University of Maine at the time of her death. The traditional crafts were a passion for Deborah and, through this fund, she will continue her legacy of support for the next generation of craftspeople. Thanks to the Maine Community Foundation for its stewardship of Deborah’s legacy and for its support in establishing the Belvedere Fund.

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

Application Instructions

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Application Requirements

  • Must have received a BFA degree from Maine College of Art within the last ten years. Eligible graduating classes are 2007–2016
  • Acceptable use of funds include, but are not limited to: travel and fees associated with professional conferences; tuition or travel funds related to residencies or other educational opportunities to enhance professional practice; equipment or materials critical to grow/enhance professional practice; costs related to starting a business in a relevant craft field.
  • In general, grant funds will not cover operating expenses such as rent/lease, utilities, or other routine expenses, or tuition to a degree-granting program.
  • Grant must be spent within 12 months of receipt of funds.
  • Must provide documentation of expenses and a written summary of use of funds within one year of receipt (no additional funds will be granted if reports are not completed).
  • Must not have received a grant from this fund within the past 12 months.

Prepare the following information in advance of completing your online application and save it in a folder on your desktop:

  1. A written request for funds detailing how the grant will be used to advance one’s professional career in the crafts not to exceed two pages in length.
  2. Resume.
  3. Budget, detailing how funds will be used. Maximum request amount is $1,500.
  4. 10 digital images: Only digital images will be reviewed for submission. Format all images as jpgs with minimum dimensions of 600 x 800 pixels and a maximum of 1024 pixels per side, saved at a resolution of 72 dpi. Name digital images with the following format: yourlastname1.jpg, yourlastname2.jpg, etc. Do not include any spaces, dashes, or other symbols in the file name. Images size must not exceed 1M each. All works submitted must be completed within the last two years.
  5. Image information: title, date, media, and physical dimensions. Note: All documents listed above should be saved as a Word document or a PDF.

Application Deadline

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

Review Process

A committee consisting of the Dean of the College, two members of the BFA faculty, one member of the crafts community, and one member of the Advancement office will review the applications. Grant proposals will be reviewed on a competitive basis using the following criteria: artistic excellence, evidence that funds will advance professional development of the applicant, ability to use the funds appropriately.

Past Belvedere Winners

2017 Winners

  • Danielle Gerber ’12: For the purchase of a jewelry bench.
  • Shelby Goldsmith ’14: For studio ventilation.
  • Seth Gould ’09: For video production documentation.
  • Miles Spadone ’13: For purchasing an upgraded kiln to increase production.

2016 Winners

  • Patrick Aaron Decker ’12: funding to purchase an enameling kiln.
  • Hannah Merchant ’13: funding to purchase a dust collector for a woodshop.
  • Matthias Rand ’12: funding to purchase a leather rotary punch.
  • Nathan Willever ’11: funding to purchase a pugmill for mixing clay

2015 Winners

  • Ren Albon ‘14 funding for tools to help set a woodshop
  • A. Rose Allard ‘14 funding to help purchase a knitting machine
  • Adam Bogosian ‘08 funding for bricks to complete a kiln
  • Chloe Darke ‘11 funding to help to purchase a kiln
  • Emily Diaz Norton ‘07 funding to help to purchase a kiln
  • Forest Gagne ‘14 funding for an assortment of woodworking tools
  • Ella Sevy ‘14 funding for tools for weaving

2014 Winners

  • Adam Chau ’10 Funding to help support the purchase of a CNC machine for both prototyping and producing designed objects, with the intention to merge digital technology with traditional craft into discursive objects.
  • Maisie Broome ’08 Fundin to help put her designs into production and feed her growing demand.
  • Andrew Haviland ’12 Funding to help support the creation of inventory to apply to shows and meet growing product demand.
  • John Huckins ’08 Funding to purchase a blacksmith forge
  • James Mitchmeyer ’03 Funding to help support the purchase of a desktop CNC machine.
  • Natalie Squillante ’09/’10 Funding to help develop her work as a ceramicist through Anagama style firing. The funds requested will helpsupport kiln firing, material, and travel costs.
  • Allen West ’10 Funding to design and create a full series of wool garments.

2013 Winners

  • Eric Drzewianowski ’04 of Portland, Maine
    Funding to help purchase a Kwikprint Hot Stamping Machine to help diversify his bookbinding business. $1,000
  • Nikki Farrand ‘11 of Richmond, Virginia
    Funding to purchase an Ashford table loom. $775
  • Jack Mauch ‘06 of Tamworth, New Hampshire
    Funding to accompany metalsmith Hiroko Yamada on a two-week trip to Japan to study traditional Japanese crafts, especially metalwork. $1,000
  • Matthias Rand ‘12 of Portland, Maine
    Funding to help purchase a Consew 206RB-5 industrial sewing machine to increase productivity for his business, Rand Leather. $1,000
  • Nathan Willever ‘11 of Damariscotta, Maine
    Funds to help purchase a test kiln for experimentation with new ceramic techniques and glazes. $600
  • Sarah Yakawonis ‘09 of Portland, Maine
    Funding for a year’s subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud to support her innovations in the obscure craft of quilling. $600

2012 Winners

  • Alex Asplund ’11 of Portland, ME
    For the purchase of woodworking hand tools in order to broaden the spectrum of his work.
  • Addison de Lisle ’11 of Nobleboro, ME
    For the purchase of a coal forge for the purpose of learning traditional forge-welding and a swage block to facilitate more efficient production of marketable goods.
  • Jordan Gehman ’06 of Oakland, CA
    For travel expenses to the Furniture Society conference at MECA and for studio equipment development.
  • Seth Gould ’09 of Penland, NC
    To develop the hammers he makes into a higher caliber of tool. He will make ten hammers and send them to ten working metalsmiths with the requirement that he receives feedback about how they function.
    Erika Naigle ’11 of Portland, ME
    For the purchase of a clay mixer to further her professional ceramics studio.
  • Daria Norvlaan ’05 of Damariscotta, ME
    To supplement capital needed for the production of her spring/summer 2012 clothing line.
  • Molly Vogel ’09 of Portland, ME
    To purchase enameling equipment that will aid in the creation of a new body of work. This work will become her post-baccalaureate portfolio that she will use to apply to the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show.
  • Sarah Wilson ’07 of Syracuse, NY
    To assist with the cost of travel to an artist residency in Jingdezhen, China for professional research and development.

2011 Winners

  • Olan Boardman ’01
    $1,400 to purchase equipment to create hand-printed decorative fabrics for home goods and upholstery.
  • Benjamin Carpenter ’01
    $1500 to purchase a new welder for metalsmithing and fabrication business.
  • Tanya Casteel ’06
    $1000 for materials to create a professional craft show booth display.
  • Kaitlin Duggan ’07
    $1500 to purchase a computerized kiln for a growing ceramics business.
  • Ted Lott ’05
    $1252 to purchase a band saw and dust collector for his woodworking studio.
  • Mali Mrozinski ’04
    $500 to support her residency in the textile and fashion program at the Quimby Colony in Portland.

2010 Winners

Cat Bates ‘09
Medium: Jewelry
Purchase tools and materials to produce a new body of work. $1050.

Vivian Beer ‘00
Medium: Metal/ Furniture
Build or purchase a 50-100 ton hydraulic press. $1500.

Nina Petrochko ‘08
Medium: Sculpture
A collaborative sculpture design combines traditional Russian tutu design and fine woodworking to create a line of tutu tables. $1250.

Hope Rovelto ‘01
Medium: Ceramics
Funding to purchase a digital camera. $905.

Farrell Ruppert ‘00
Medium: Blacksmithing
Advance studio space for the instruction of youths through the purchase of a gas forge. $1000.

Patti Sandberg
Medium: Ceramics
Funding for expenses to attend the 2010 ceramics conference (NCECA) in Philadelphia. $500.