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Maine College of Art & Design Announces Monson Arts Residency Recipients


The Maine College of Art & Design has announced the lists of 2022 residency and grant recipients for MECA&D artists and designers. These unique opportunities are made available through Artists at Work to support projects selected by College alumni, faculty and staff.

Maine College of Art and Design announced the lists of recipients of the 2022 residencies and fellowships for MECA&D artists and designers. These unique opportunities are made available through Artists at Work to support projects selected by College alumni, faculty and staff.

Between January 3 and February 28, College artists and designers were invited to apply for one or more of the available awards, including Monson Arts Residence and Workshopsa partnership with Monson Arts designed to stimulate economic development in Piscataquis County.

Monson Arts is a residency and workshop program at Monson. An initiative of the Libra Foundation of Maine, Monson Arts began programming in 2018. It was started as a way to spur economic development in Piscataquis County. Monson Arts provides time and space for creative work through a combination of residencies, workshops, community/school programs and initiatives, and exhibitions.

Through Maine College of Art & Design’s partnership with Monson Arts, one MECA&D alumnus is selected to attend the Monson Arts Residency each year and receives a $1,000 stipend. Six students and alumni are also selected each year to attend Monson Arts workshops free of charge.

The 2022 MECA&D resident is Brian Smith MFA ’20, Assistant Foundation Instructor.

The artists selected to participate in the workshops are:

The jury consisted of Jenny McGee Dougherty ’05, Associate Director of Artists at Work & Alumni Relations, Isabelle Maschal O’Donnell ’17, Alumni Relations and Events Coordinator, and Jessica Tomlinson, Director of Artists at Work.

“The enthusiasm and talent of this year’s winning artists is inspiring,” said Dr. Laura Freid, president of the Maine College of Art & Design. “We are grateful to all the benefactors and donors who enable our College to provide unique opportunities and physical spaces to support the work that comes out of our community. »

The college’s Artists at Work team called on 15 artists, designers and administrators to help the judging panel receive 103 submissions and select this year’s winners.

“These unique opportunities, available only to our alumni, provide an essential starting point for graduates to build their creative careers,” said Tomlinson. “We are grateful to the supporters who make this professional development possible.”

To learn more about scholarships and residencies available to the MECA&D community, visit meca.edu/residencies.

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