The Maine Craft Apprentice Program (MaineCAP) lasts for seven months, March through September. Applicants apply jointly, providing clear, agreed upon goals, a basic plan for how goals will be achieved, and a proposed budget for the apprentice’s honorarium. Both must also submit resumes and images of current work.
Eligibility requires participants to be at least eighteen years of age, current Maine residents, and apprentices must demonstrate foundational skills in the medium they wish to pursue.
Applications are reviewed by a panel of Maine professionals for a first round elimination. The panel also interviews the finalist pairs with awards given to three or more joint applicants.
2017 Jury Panel
- Lisa Mossel Vietze, Director Archipelago, Rockland, Maine
- Anne Emlein, Textile CAP Alumni: Master 2016 | artist/designer/professor | Founding Director, Textile and Fashion Design Department, MECA
- Brian Reid, Brian Reid Furniture artist/owner | Maine Prison Outreach – Fine Woodworking Program, Founder
Both receive honorariums based on a recommended one hundred hours of one-on-one training ($3000 to the master, $1000 to the apprentice). The honorarium for the master artist covers their time and transference of knowledge/expertise, while the apprentice’s funds are for supplies/equipment.
A majority of the training happens at the master’s studio. Occasionally they visit other studios or events of relevance to their goals. Although we provide a distinct structure for implementation, MaineCAP also allows for adaptations as the pair sees fit to maximize the experience for each. MaineCAP requires that the pair submit interim and final reports.
To close the program, all artists participate in an exhibition at a highly attended venue. Maine Magazine is the exclusive magazine sponsor of the program exhibition Masters & Apprentices: Work from Maine’s Craft Apprentice Program, on view at Caleb Johnson Studio, 110 Exchange Street in Portland, ME October 3-31, 2017 and featuring work created by master and apprentice artists in 2017. The public is invited to an opening reception for the exhibition from 4-7pm on October 6.