2021 CAP Cycle

A comprehensive guide to all pertinent information regarding the 2021 Craft Apprentice Program cycle. Below you will find a convenient overview (and links when applicable) to all parts of the current program cycle such as: The application, jurors, an applicant match-making tool, information sessions, the 2021 apprenticeship timeline, and much more!

2021 vocabulary update: The Craft Apprentice Program is now using the term MENTOR Artist instead of MASTER Artist. Our intention with this change is to participate in the progression of language / vocabulary in our field, and society, toward being more equitable, welcoming and sensitive to the impact of language, due to historical and other connotations, on our communities. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we update the wording throughout our site, beginning with the 2021 content. There are some past uses of the previous term (in testimonials and exhibition titles for example) that will remain.

Mentor Artists and apprentices apply together. Review the application questions & support material, prepare your text and uploads, create a login and complete the application online through the Maine Arts Commission Grant Management System (GMS).

The 2021 Craft Apprentice Program Application Deadline has passed.

The 2022 application will open in October 2021 and be due December 8, 2021

2021 Jury Panel.

Nancy Giesberger | CAP ’18 Mentor Artist, Fiber

Daisy Desrosiers | Lunder Institute for American Art Director of Programs

Kyle Patnaude | Maine College of Art, Assistant Professor Jewelry & Metalsmithing / MFA

Applicant match-making tool.
Want to apply but need a match?
Apprentices: Check our database of available master artists.
Mentors: Register to be added to the database.

Do you have questions about the program before you apply? We’re here to answer them! Two information sessions will be held (via Zoom) with program staff:
Wednesday, October 28 @ noon
Wednesday, November @ noon

2021 Craft Apprentice Program Cycle Timeline:
12/09/2020 Application deadline
12/11 – 31/2020 Jurors review all applications
1/4/2020 -Notifications sent to all applicants  Finalists contacted to schedule interviews for January 21st
1/21/2021 Finalists interviewed via Zoom by jurors
1/29/2021 CAP participants are announced
3/1/2021Apprenticeships begin
9/30/2021 Apprenticeships end
October 2021 Capstone Exhibition (date / location TBA)
October 2021 CAP Alumni Gathering (date / location TBA)

Exhibition details:
Date / location TBA

Partners + Funding:
CAP is produced by the Maine Crafts Association in partnership with the Maine Arts Commission. Funding provided by Maine Arts Commission, Sprague Family Foundation. Additional support thanks to Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts and Maine Home & Design Magazine.