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 professional level members are invited to apply to be selected for a photoshoot; 2017 photoshoots are currently underway, the application for 2018 will open later this year.

An exhibition of photographs from the Artists in Their Studios Photography Project, sponsored by Macpage, will open November 9th at the Macpage offices in South Portland, Maine.  The exhibition will highlight portraits from the project and work by each craft artist photographed.

MCA is currently seeking funding for the 2018 photoshoots, all donations up to $5000 will be matched: Donate Here!


Artists in Their Studios: A Photography Project for Maine

The Maine Crafts Association announces the launch of Artists in Their Studios, a photography project to document Maine fine craft artists throughout the state in the spaces where they create. Artists in Their Studios 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 be selected from applications received by December 2, 2016. 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.

A Maine-based photographer (Michael Wilson in 2016-17) will travel to seven artists’ studios for photo documentation throughout 2017, and from each photo shoot will provide ten (10) print-quality images that will be 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. All photographs will become part of a public digital archive of Maine contemporary craft curated by the Maine Crafts Association. Additionally (subject to additional funding approval) gallery-quality prints may be made from select photographs and displayed in public exhibitions throughout the state in 2017.

Artists in Their Studios is produced by the Maine Crafts Association with generous funding from the Windover Foundation.