|The Maine Craft Association’s Craft Apprentice Program (CAP) offers Maine-based master craft artists and apprentices the opportunity to learn, create, and connect. CAP 2018 will support and fund two master/apprentice pairs with funding and support to acheive thier apprenticeship goals.
Applications will be accepted online through December 8th.
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The Maine Craft Apprentice Program lasts for seven months, March through September, masters and apprentices meet for at least 100 hours of one on one training. 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, letters of recommendation and images of current work.
Both receive honorariums; $3000 to the master, $1000 to the apprentice. The honorarium for the master artist is in exchange for their time and transference of knowledge/expertise, while the apprentice’s funds are for supplies/equipment.
Eligibility requires participants to be at least eighteen years of age, currently living in Maine, 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 interviews the finalist pairs and selects two recipient pairs.
2018 Jury Panel
Margaret M. Aiken: Linde Family Foundation Coordinator of School and Teacher Programs, Colby College Art Musuem
Linda Perrin: CAP 2016 Master Artist Artist/Owner, Atlantic Art Glass, & Island Artisans, Founder/Executive Director, Artsworth
Carolyn S. Wollen: Trustee, Betterment Fund, Advisor, Maine Fiber Arts
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, CAP also allows for adaptations as the pair sees fit to maximize the experience for each. CAP requires that the pair submit interim and final reports.
EXHIBITION & ALUMNI GATHERING
To close the program, all artists participate in an exhibition and alumni gathering. Maine Magazine is the exclusive magazine sponsor of the program exhibition Masters & Apprentices: Work from Maine’s Craft Apprentice Program.
Participation in CAP has inspired me to revisit my old sketch book. It has reminded me how short life is, and how important it is to make your own dreams come true. When you spend seven months encouraging a young person to do just that, at some point you scratch your head and say ” oh yeah” that IS a good idea!! To think of myself as a master of my craft has been a new concept, one that fills me with pride and a drive to share my experiences in other teaching opportunities as my career continues to unfold.
– Linda Perrin, CAP ’16 Master (glass blowing)