Artist Planning for 2021 MCA Guild Fine Craft Shows
Please take a few minutes to read the following three documents to help you determine if you are eligible (standards) for the membership & shows, assess your preparedness (self assessment) and learn exactly how you will be scored by the jury (rubric).
Applicant Resources – Please Read Before Applying
Once you have determined you are eligible to apply for Guild Level Membership (using the resources above), please follow the steps listed below to get started:
STEP 1: Apply for MCA Guild Level Membership.
STEP 2: Once accepted through the application process, Join as an MCA Guild Level Member.
STEP 3: Register for MCA Guild Fine Craft Shows: Show registration now open for current 2021 MCA Guild Level Members.
- please note: The Portland Fine Craft Show is not grouped with the “MCA Guild Fine Craft Show” process
MCA GUILD LEVEL MEMBERSHIP: How to Qualify
The MCA Guild Level Membership is the MCA’s only juried membership. This membership level is designed to attract and bring together professional craft artists who want to exhibit in the MCA Guild Fine Craft Shows with other professional craft artists offering one of a kind, handmade work. The intent of the shows, as it was under Maine Crafts Guild management, is to nurture a market place where the public can see, collect and learn about the highest quality handmade craft objects made by Maine’s most dedicated, talented and trained craft artists who have mastered their tools, techniques and vision to create one-of-a-kind fine objects for everyday use and special occasions.
Who Should Apply: Maine craft artists who are interested in, and qualify for, the MCA Guild Fine Craft Shows.
Please Note: 2018 & 2019 Members of the Maine Craft Guild and all MCA Master Craft Artist Award Recipients have automatic access to this level and do not need to apply or re-jury.
Before you Apply:
To assess the likelihood of a successful application, please review. (Same links as above).
- SELF ASSESSMENT TOOL: determine if this level membership is right for and of interest to you.
- GUILD STANDARDS: comprehend the standards expected for Guild Level Membership.
- JURY RUBRIC: understand the jury criteria for acceptance to this membership level.
While the MCA supports craft artists with various types of products and techniques, this membership level and the associated shows are exclusively for fine, high-end, one-of-kind work that many artists make, and is best highlighted with other similar level work.
Please Note: The reason to join the MCA at the Guild Level Membership is because you want to exhibit in the MCA Guild Fine Craft Shows. The one-time jury process gives you ongoing access to exhibiting in the shows. If you are not interested in the shows, this membership does not offer any other benefits than those offered by the MCA Professional Level Membership.
The application asks for contact information, links, narrative Q&A and image uploads.
Applications must be received 60 days prior to an MCA Guild Fine Craft Show date to provide the best opportunity for successful applicants to register for available space in that show (space permitting). For example, to qualify for space in a show beginning July 15th your application must be received by May 15th.
Jury Review & Results:
The jury will review your application and accept or reject the application based on the jury standards rubric. If requested by the jury your application may be accepted pending a Booth Jury: an in-person review of craft work and display presentation. In this case, you may register for a show(s) and the jury will conduct a final review of your work and your display at your first MCA Guild Fine Craft Show and will provide a final accept or reject response after the show.
Craft artists with PENDING acceptance may delay MCA Guild Level membership payment / upgrade until they receive a final result.
Jury Fees & Related Fees:
$0 Jury fee for current MCA Professional or Emerging members
$25 Jury fee for current MCA Basic members
$35 Jury fee for non-members
$150 Annual membership ($200 for Guild Partners membership) (due prior to registering for a show, unless pending booth jury)
$300-500 Show booth fees per show
FAQs related to possible jury and membership scenarios:
Q: I’m a 2019 member of the MCA and the MCG, what organization and what level should I join for 2020?
A: Maine Crafts Association: Guild Level Membership ($150)
Q: I’m a 2018 and/or 2019 Juried MCG Member, do I need to go through the jury to become an MCA GUILD LEVEL MEMBER?
A: No, you qualify based on your 2018 or 2019 MCG membership and may simply join the MCA at the Guild Level and register for the shows
Q: I’m a past juried MCG Member but let it lapse, do I need to go through the MCA jury to become an MCA Guild Level Member?
A: Yes, only members who were current in 2018 or 2019 have automatic access to the Guild Level Membership.
Q. I’m an MCA member and will go through the jury in 2020, at what level membership should I join right now?
A. Renew at the Professional Level now and if/when you are accepted to the Guild Level we will invoice you for the membership upgrade
Q. I’m not a member of the MCA or MCG but want to do the shows, how much do I need to pay and when?
A. You have two choices:
Become an MCA Professional Member now ($100), then, sign up for a jury at no cost and then pay an upgrade fee ($50) for the Guild Level if/when you are accepted
Apply for the jury, pay the fee ($35), join at the Guild Level ($150) if/when you are accepted
PARTNERS: There is a “Partner” version of the MCA Guild Level Membership and the Professional Level Membership, these FAQs apply to both:
Q: My partner makes one thing and I make another; can we join together at the Partner level?
A: No, each person, with their own studio practice / business / booth / etc. needs their own membership.
Q: My partner and I own and operate our craft business which offers one line of work that we make, promote, sell and display together, can we join together at the Partner level?
Opportunities for League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Members
MCA Guild Level Membership
Members of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen who live in a town that is within ten miles of the Maine state line may apply to join the MCA at the Guild Level. If they are accepted they may register and participate in any MCA Guild Fine Craft Show with the same access and rules as any MCA Guild Level Member.
New Hampshire based MCA Guild Level Members receive all the same MCA Professional level benefits unless there is a specific disqualifier for non-residents on a specific opportunity (such as Maine Craft Weekend: residents only).
MCA Guild Fine Craft Shows
New Hampshire based members at the MCA Guild Level have access to the MCA Guild Fine Craft Shows equal to that of Maine based MCA Guild Level members. Other juried members of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen may also exhibit in the MCA Guild Fine Craft Shows.
- Only artists making in the media represented by the Shows may exhibit (For example, MCA Guild Fine Craft Shows do not include photography, fine foods, other 2D fine art media)
- League members who are not MCA Guild Level members will pay an additional $50 for each show
- League members who are not MCA Guild Level members may be offered booths in the show after spaces have been offered to MCA Guild Level members
- There is not a jury to exhibit, however there are some restrictions and your request to exhibit will need to be approved – please be prepared to supply images or links to images of your work and your booth display.
- LNHC members may submit their request to exhibit through a form on the MCA site set up for this purpose and be notified by show staff as early as possible.