The MCA Retail Gallery Jury Process is open to all craftspeople, both MCA members and non-members who live and work, at least seasonally, in Maine. All qualifying work must be well conceived and expertly executed in Maine. It also must be made by hand or with the use of appropriate equipment and tools. (Please note, work made out of state by people who own a property in Maine do not qualify). All jury applicants are required to pay a jury fee except MCA Professional and Emerging members. A 70% difference in inventory must be maintained between the MCA Retail Galleries, meaning an artist will likely only be represented in one location. Gallery preference is considered on a case-by-case basis.
New 2020: The jury application for Guild Membership is a separate process from the MCA Retail Gallery Jury. Participating in the MCA retail gallery jury will not qualify your business for the Guild level. Find more information about the new Guild Membership application process here.
The MCA conducts retail gallery juries for two separate media categories:
Fine Craft Held at the Center for Maine Craft & Maine Craft Portland six times per year, fine craft juries require the artist to be present.
Complementary Products “Non-craft” items are evaluated on a rolling basis, and do not require the vendor to be present.
Jury Location Please note when registering for your appointment that our jury locations alternate between our Portland and Gardiner retail galleries. 2021 jury information not posted yet, but coming soon!
Center for Maine Craft 288 Lewiston Rd. West Gardiner, ME 04345 | (207)588-0021
Maine Craft Portland 521 Congress St. Portland, ME 04101 | (207)808-8184
MCA Basic Members $10
Individuals within MCA Institutional memberships $10
Professional Members – No fee
2021 Jury Information Coming Soon
The Maine Crafts Association Retail Galleries represent a broad spectrum of media, technique, and creative design. The following categories of contemporary fine craft are juried:
Ceramics | Fiber | Furniture | Glass | Jewelry | Metal | Mixed Media | Wood
Center Pre-Jury Self-Assessment Tool
Use our self-assessment tool to determine if you, your business and your product are a good match for the MCA Retail Galleries. Checking off all circles is not required but if you check less than half you may require additional training or support before we can carry your product.
The following categories of products are reviewed on a rolling basis:
Books | Cards | Calendars | CDs | Candles | Food Products | Prints | Photography | T-shirts | Pet Products | Personal Care | DVDs
To have your complementary product considered, please submit the following:
- Samples of your product
- Complementary Jury Form
- $15 jury fee
This submission package may be delivered to either one of our MCA Retail Galleries for consideration. After a product is accepted and an order has been placed the vendor is required to maintain an annual retail membership.
Categories not accepted in the MCA Retail Galleries
- Dried flower arrangements, pressed flowers, or seed/pod decorations.
- Cut bottles or embellished objects such as non-artisan made painted boxes, glasses, stones, shells, and buttons.
- Original works of art such as paintings.
- Beaded jewelry assembled of only purchased components (jewelry made with artist-made beads or findings is acceptable).
- Objects made from commercial kits or commercially available plans are also not acceptable.