The Retail Gallery Jury process page and paperwork for both the Center for Maine Craft and our new (as of July 2018) retail gallery, Maine Craft Portland. The jury process is open to all craftspeople, including 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 does not qualify).
The MCA has two juries, one for craftwork and one for non-craft work (“complementary” products). The craft juries are held at the Center or Maine Craft Portland six times per year and require the artist to be present. Complementary products are evaluated on a rolling basis, and do not require the vendor to be present. All jury applicants are required to pay a jury fee except MCA Professional and Emerging members.
MCA Basic Members $10
Individuals within MCA Institutional memberships $10
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.
2019 Craft Jury Schedule
Note that our 2019 jury locations alternate between our Portland and Gardiner retail galleries
Sunday, March 3rd 12-3pm (PORTLAND)
Tuesday, April 2nd 3-6pm (GARDINER)
Sunday, May 5th 1-4pm (PORTLAND)
Friday, September 13th 3-6pm (GARDINER)
Thursday, October 3rd 1-4pm (PORTLAND)
Wednesday, November 6th 2-5pm (GARDINER)
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 samples of your product, Complementary Jury Form and the $15 jury fee at one of our MCA Retail Galleries. If/when your product is accepted and ordered you will be required to maintain a Retail level membership.
Categories not accepted in the MCA Retail Galleries
Dried flower arrangements; pressed flowers; seed and pod decorations; cut bottles and 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.
Jury Information and Forms
- Craft Jury: Submission Form
- Craft Jury: Self-Assessment Tool
- Complementary Jury: Submission Form
For Artists with Work in MCA Retail Galleries
Once an artist is selected to have their work s, there are a number of responsibilities and obligations. The following are information sheets and forms you will need: