Maine College of Art’s Above and Beyond Grant helps currently enrolled BFA, MFA, and MAT students access structured learning opportunities and experiences that take them above and beyond MECA’s classrooms and facilities. By applying to this grant, students will learn basic skills in grant writing, budgeting, and formatting work samples while assembling proposals to fund activities such as conferences, workshops, or professional events. (This grant does not support self-directed research or learning.) All applicants will receive feedback on their applications.

Applicants for this grant cycle MUST have attended the grant workshop on October 10, January 23 or March 16 (sign up here)

Update as of March 13: Because of the extended break and changes in  scheduling, we have cancelled the March workshop and applicants won’t be  required to have attended one to apply for this last deadline, changed  to April 6. Students are encouraged to ask Nat May for guidance / help  with their applications via email:

 For BFA applicants: students need a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the most recent semester. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors must be enrolled for the upcoming semester to qualify.
 Funds cannot be used for:
 + equipment
 + projects that are part of the curriculum
 + activities that earn academic credit
 + resources that are available at or through MECA.
 + day-to-day creative practice expenses (rent, materials, marketing, etc.)  
Requests are capped at $500. Each grant cycle has $2,500 available. Students may apply twice each academic year, but may receive funding only one time throughout their time at MECA.

Review Criteria: 

 + Artistic practice is clear

 + Activity is clear

 + Activity relates to practice

 + Goal of activity is clear

 + Activity advances to practice

 + Budget is clear

 + Budget is realistic

 + Work samples are well presented

 + Quality of work

Grant application is due March 30, with notification by April 10, for activities taking place between May 1, 2020 and January 30, 2021.
Grant Recipients:
 + All funds are contingent on prior pre-registration or anticipated graduation. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors must be enrolled for the upcoming semester to qualify.
 + All grant recipients are required to provide a summary report within one month of completing the funded activity.

General Questions:
Proposal Support: Contact Nat May,


This form is only for use by students who applied for and received money supporting professional development from the Maine College of Art.

Congratulations on receiving a grant from the Maine College of Art to support your professional development and future creative and career growth!

This report form helps us keep track of what you did with your grant money, what you learned, and whether your experience is something we should encourage other students to pursue.

The MECA Fellowship at Pickwick Independent Press is available to a BFA graduating senior. The MECA fellow receives a one-year keyholder membership to Pickwick Independent Press starting July 1, 2020 and ending June 30, 2021.

Pickwick Independent Press is a fine art printing facility founded by MECA alum Lisa Pixley '07 and now owned and operated by Pilar Nadal MFA '13. Pickwick is an active and energetic community printshop with equipment to accomplish printmaking projects based in intaglio, relief, letterpress, screen printing and other traditional and contemporary processes. In addition to the presses and equipment, large sinks, acid tanks, large work areas, personal storage, an assortment of hand tools are also accessible to members. More information about the press and members can be found at

The fellow will have 24-access to the Pickwick Independent Press print shop as a keyholder member. The fellowship provides the fellow with an opportunity to develop both their fine art and freelance/client based portfolios, broaden their artistic network, and take advantage of the support both the member community and print shop provide. In exchange for the year long membership, the fellow will work on select print projects for the College that will not exceed 40 hours over the course of the year. The fellow is expected to work at least 8 hours weekly in the shop on their own work towards a specific project or goal, be an active member of the Pickwick community, and execute the MECA print project(s) with excellent craft and professionalism.  
Please apply with  

 -a project proposal for your own artistic practice to be completed over the course of the fellowship year.
-a portfolio of 5-10 images of work that demonstrates your printmaking skills
- a link to an online portfolio or website
The ideal candidate will be an active and enthusiastic member of the Pickwick community, have a strong work ethic and excellent time management skills, and the intentions to pursue an artistic career in printmaking.
Deadline to complete the application is April 15, 2020.
A jury will review applications and make a selection by April 22, 2020.
Applicants may be asked for an additional interview between the deadline and selection dates.

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be graduates from the 2020 BFA class at Maine College of Art.
Non graduated alums, SALT graduates, Post Baccalaureate graduates, Continuing Studies faculty, and CS students are ineligible to apply.


  • Deadline for applications is 5 PM EST on  April 15, 2020.


FOR MORE INFORMATION: Vist MECA Fellowship on the Pickwick Independent Press website,

CONTACT: If you have any questions concerning the residency or requirements contact
Jessica Tomlinson, Director of Artists at Work


Maine College of Art (MECA)