Our Program
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.


Selection Process
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.


The Exhibition
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 CAP-Sponsor-Logo-MM_Logo_180px_BLACK3Program, 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.


Alumni Network
To promote sustainability, the MCA/MAC will invite current participants and alumni to convene annually to discuss outcomes of MaineCAP, as well as to develop networking and foster further mentoring.

MaineCAP Timeline for 2017
September 15, 2016: Application available
December 9, 2016, 4pm: Application Deadline
January 2017: Finalists notified and in-person interviews held
February 2017: 2017 MaineCAP Participants Announced
March 2017: Participant Contracts Due & First honorarium payments made; $2700/master, $900/apprentice
March 2017: Apprenticeship begins
May 2017: First Report Due
July 2017: Second Report Due and Studio Visits with MCA Staff Held
September 2017: Apprenticeship ends
October 2017: Maine Craft Weekend / Master Apprentice Exhibition
October 2017: CAP Alumni Gathering
October 2017: Final reports due & final 10% of honorarium paid

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the deadline?

Your application must be submitted by 4pm on Friday, December 9, 2016.  The timeline can be found when you scroll up this page.

Do Master and Apprentice need to apply as a pair or will MCA match us up?

Pairs must to apply together. If you are interested in the program but need assistance pairing up with someone, then send a message on our Contact Us page. We offer our assistance but cannot guarantee a match will be made.

Must we apply online?

Yes, applications must be submitted through this website. A proficiency in online technology and access to the internet is needed throughout the program. Ready to Apply?

Application help: Can we finish our application later?

Of course! We hope that you are prepared when you sit down to apply, but life happens.

Register for our site to create a User and access this feature. We recommend that you do this before you begin. Please create only one User to share with your partner. We recommend that you use the first initial of your first name followed by your last name.  Example mjones. 

To save your work, Save Progress button.  If you do not see the button at the bottom of the application, then you are not logged in.

All applications must be completed by the deadline.  Incomplete applications that have been saved will be not be considered.

Application help: We lost our password, what do we do?

Our site can handle your registration and any password resets.  Click the Reset Password link.

Our staff does not have access to your account credentials.

Application help: What kind of files can we use?

We accept PDFs and JPGs.  You’ll see the designation beside each item we are requesting.

File formats may not exceed 2MB per item.

Application help: We didn't get the copy of our application, what happened?

A copy of your application is sent to the email addresses you’ve provided. Check your bulk or junk folder as these emails may land there.

What are you doing with the information that you collect?

Once the participants for MaineCAP have been selected, all saved and submitted applications and file uploads, as well as user info will be deleted and removed from our website.

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We have questions that we can't find on this site.

We do our best to provide a thorough set of info for MaineCAP.  If you have a question please Contact Us.