Artists in Their Studios is a photography project to document Maine fine craft artists in the spaces where they create. Subjects receive ten images for their unlimited use, the cost of the photographer and resulting photographs is paid for by the MCA. MCA members at the Emerging or Professional level are invited to apply to be selected for a photo shoot.
Artist Members of the MCA are invited to apply to be considered as photo subjects for Artists in Their Studios; applicants must be MCA Emerging or Professional Members. Artist applicants who work collaboratively or collectively should submit one application representing their studio practice and list the names of all affiliated artists. There is no application fee, however there is a one-time non-refundable $50 commitment fee for successful applicants. The MCA seeks applications from emerging and established fine craft artists and collectives/studios throughout the state who are full time Maine residents or have a significant studio practice in Maine. Artists working in baskets, ceramics, fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, stone and wood are invited to apply. The application deadline is midnight, March 1, 2018.
Artists in Their Studios: A Photography Project for Maine
Artists in Their Studios is a photography project to document Maine fine craft artists throughout the state in the spaces where they create. The project seeks to further expose the role and depth of fine craft in Maine, to reach and excite collectors and the general public through imagery which reveals studio life and artistic process of artists working in traditional and contemporary craft mediums. At the same time, the project responds to the ever-changing landscape of marketing and the demands of social media on the business of being an artist by providing artists with professional images and a unique perspective and documentation of their practice.
In the 2016-17 inaugural year of the program, ten (10) artists were selected from applications received by December 2, 2016. Maine-based photographer Michael Wilson traveled to artists’ studios for photo documentation, and each photo shoot provided ten (10) print-quality images available to the artist subject to market, promote and grow their practices, as well as for use by the MCA in documenting and promoting Maine craft. The 2018 program will continue in this format, with the number of photo shoots to be determined by funding. All Artists in Their Studios photographs will become part of a public digital archive of Maine contemporary craft curated by the Maine Crafts Association.
The Artists in Their Studios photography project is featured in an exhibition sponsored by Macpage at the Macpage offices in South Portland, Maine. The exhibition (November 9, 2017 -May 4, 2018) highlights portraits from the project and work by each craft artist photographed.
Artists in Their Studios 2016-17 was produced by the Maine Crafts Association with generous funding from the Windover Foundation and exhibition sponsorship by MacPage.
MCA is currently seeking funding for the 2018 photoshoots, all donations up to $5000 will be matched: Donate Here!