Artists in Their Studios: A Photography Project for Maine

Artists in Their Studios is a photography project developed by the Maine Crafts Association 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.

Craft artists apply for the project, and if selected, are awarded a photoshoot with Maine photographer Michael D. Wilson and ten photographs for their unlimited use. The MCA also makes use of the photographs to promote the organization, its programs, projects and members. All Artists in Their Studios photographs will become part of a public digital archive of Maine contemporary craft curated by the Maine Crafts Association.


Artists submit short narratives and several images for review and are selected by a jury based on their need for professional photography, their ability to make use of the photographs and the quality of their work.

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. Applicants who work collaboratively or collectively should submit one application representing their studio practice and list the names of all affiliated artists. The MCA seeks applications from artists 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.

There is no application fee, however there is a one-time non-refundable $50 commitment fee for successful applicants.

The 2018 photography project is complete. MCA is currently seeking funding for the 2019 cycle and will make the application available when funding is secured..