2 Galleries // 200 Years: June 12 – July 28, 2020. A joint exhibition at the Center for Maine Craft + Maine Craft Portland.

MCA is seeking member proposals of fine craft objects to be included in our 2020 Maine bicentennial celebration of craft. The exhibition will take place in the MCA’s two retail galleries: The Center for Maine Craft in West Gardiner, and Maine Craft Portland, located in Portland’s arts district.

Center for Maine Craft seeks craft objects and imagery highlighting Maine’s vital industries, natural resources, and historical trade, especially in reference to the industries which utilized the Kennebec River flowing through nearby Gardiner. Additionally, work honoring the future sustainability of Maine’s natural environment is encouraged.

Maine Craft Portland seeks proposals of work referencing Portland’s many historical monuments and landmarks, including ‘Our Lady of Victories’, ‘John Ford’, ‘Longfellow’, ‘Michael’, ‘Lincoln Fountain’, and ‘Seven’.

Artists may submit work to both exhibitions.

In addition to traditional fine craft objects the MCA seeks specialty foods, cards, art prints, photography, personal care products, literature, and apparel commemorating Maine’s bicentennial celebration, to be displayed throughout the store as complementary items to the exhibited work.

Work will be selected based on craftsmanship, variety of price points, storyline, and historical accuracy. Qualifying work will be well conceived and expertly executed in Maine. It will be made by hand or with the use of appropriate equipment and tools and utilize traditional craft techniques. All artists must have participated in the MCA’s jury process and be a current member of the organization to qualify. The MCA will accept media in the following categories: baskets, ceramics, fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, stone and wood.

How to apply: Please fill out this form to make a submission

Center for Maine Craft Manager, Whitney Gill: whitney@mainecrafts.org | (207)588-0021
Maine Craft Portland Manager, Maria Wolff: maria@mainecrafts.org | (207)808-8184

February 29, 2020: Submission deadline, 11pm.
March 11, 2020: Exhibitors are selected and notified. First orders are placed for complementary products.
May 31, 2019: Delivery deadline for artists
June 10, 2020: Exhibition installation begins
June 12: Exhibition opens at Center for Maine Craft + Maine Craft Portland.
July 3, 2020: First Friday Reception at Maine Craft Portland
July 28, 2020: End of exhibition*

*Complementary products retained based on sales success through the end of 2020.

This exhibition has received endorsement by the Maine Bicentennial Commission / Maine200