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The Belvedere Fund for professional development in the field of crafts at Maine College of Art was established in 2008 following the death of Deborah Pulliam of Castine, Maine. Deborah was a lover of history, land preservation, animal welfare and the arts, and she supported many causes generously throughout her life. Deborah was particularly devoted to needlework and functional crafts.  She led workshops on textiles and spinning and was a regular contributor to Piecework magazine, a needlework publication. She was pursuing a master's degree in material culture from the University of Maine at the time of her death. The traditional crafts were a passion for Deborah, and, through this fund, she will continue her legacy of support for the next generation of craftspeople. Thanks to the Maine Community Foundation for its stewardship of Deborah’s legacy and for its support in establishing the Belvedere Fund.

Applications are now being accepted for the Belvedere Fund for Professional Development in the Field of Crafts at Maine College of Art. Alumni who hold a BFA degree and have graduated within the last ten years are eligible to apply.  Grants of up to $1,500 will be awarded through a competitive review process.

Applicants must be working in the crafts field, including, but not limited to metalsmithing, jewelry, woodworking, furniture design, ceramics, or fiber arts.

All applicants must submit an online application including a written request for funds detailing how the grant will be used to advance one’s professional career in the crafts.


  • Must have received a BFA degree from Maine College of Art within the last ten years. Eligible graduating classes are 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.
  • Acceptable use of funds include, but are not limited to: travel and fees associated with professional conferences, tuition or travel funds related to residencies or other educational opportunities to enhance professional practice; equipment or materials critical to grow/enhance professional practice; costs related to starting a business in a relevant craft field
  • In general, grant funds will not cover operating expenses such as rent/lease, utilities, or other routine expenses, or tuition to a degree-granting program.
  • Grant must be spent within 12 months of receipt of funds
  • Must provide documentation of expenses and a written summary of use of funds within one year of receipt (no additional funds will be granted if reports are not completed).
  • Must not have received a grant from this fund within the past 12 months.

Application Requirements

Prepare the following information in advance of completing your online application and save it in a folder on your desktop:

  1. A written request for funds detailing how the grant will be used to advance one’s professional career in the crafts not to exceed two pages in length.
  2. Resume
  3. Budget detailing how funds will be used.
  4. 10 digital images: Only digital images will be reviewed for submission.  Format all images as jpgs with minimum dimensions of 600 x 800 pixels and a maximum of 1024 pixels per side, saved at a resolution of 72 dpi. Name digital images with the following format: yourlastname1.jpg, yourlastname2.jpg, etc. Do not include any spaces, dashes, or other symbols in the file name. Images size must not exceed 1M each.  All works submitted must be completed within the last two years.
  5. Image information: title, date, media, and physical dimensions.

Note: All documents listed above should be saved as a Word document or a PDF.


Application deadline is 5:00pm March 4, 2015. Late and incomplete proposals will not be accepted.

Online Application

Review Process

A committee consisting of the Dean of the College, two members of the BFA faculty, one member of the crafts community, and one member of the Advancement office will review the applications. Grant proposals will be reviewed on a competitive basis using the following criteria: artistic excellence, evidence that funds will advance professional development of the applicant, ability to use the funds appropriately.

For more information
Jill Dalton ’99
Associate Director of Artists at Work and Director of Alumni Relations
[email protected]

2014 Winners

Adam Chau '10  Funding to help support the purchase of a CNC machine for both prototyping and producing designed objects, with the intention to merge digital technology with traditional craft into discursive objects.

Maisie Broome '08 Fundin to help put her designs into production and feed her growing demand.

Andrew Haviland '12 Funding to help support the creation of inventory to apply to shows and meet growing product demand.

John Huckins '08 Funding to purchase a blacksmith forge

James Mitchmeyer '03 Funding to help support the purchase of a desktop CNC machine.

Natalie Squillante '09/'10 Funding to help develop her work as a ceramicist through Anagama style firing. The funds requested will helpsupport kiln firing, material, and travel costs.

Allen West '10 Funding to design and create a full series of wool garments.


2013 Winners

Eric Drzewianowski ’04 of Portland, Maine  

Funding to help purchase a Kwikprint Hot Stamping Machine to help diversify his bookbinding business. $1,000


Nikki Farrand ‘11 of Richmond, Virginia 

Funding to purchase an Ashford table loom. $775


Jack Mauch ‘06 of Tamworth, New Hampshire                          

Funding to accompany metalsmith Hiroko Yamada on a two-week trip to Japan to study traditional Japanese crafts, especially metalwork. $1,000


Matthias Rand ‘12 of Portland, Maine                          

Funding to help purchase a Consew 206RB-5 industrial sewing machine to increase productivity for his business, Rand Leather. $1,000


Nathan Willever ‘11 of Damariscotta, Maine                          

Funds to help purchase a test kiln for experimentation with new ceramic techniques and glazes. $600


Sarah Yakawonis ‘09 of Portland, Maine                         

Funding for a year’s subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud to support her innovations in the obscure craft of quilling. $600


2012 Winners

Alex Asplund ’11 of Portland, ME
For the purchase of woodworking hand tools in order to broaden the spectrum of his work.

Addison de Lisle ’11 of Nobleboro, ME
For the purchase of a coal forge for the purpose of learning traditional forge-welding and a swage block to facilitate more efficient production of marketable goods.

Jordan Gehman ’06 of Oakland, CA
For travel expenses to the Furniture Society conference at MECA and for studio equipment development.

Seth Gould ’09 of Penland, NC
To develop the hammers he makes into a higher caliber of tool.  He will make ten hammers and send them to ten working metalsmiths with the requirement that he receives feedback about how they function.  
Erika Naigle ’11 of Portland, ME
For the purchase of a clay mixer to further her professional ceramics studio.

Daria Norvlaan ’05 of Damariscotta, ME
To supplement capital needed for the production of her spring/summer 2012 clothing line.

Molly Vogel ’09 of Portland, ME
To purchase enameling equipment that will aid in the creation of a new body of work.  This work will become her post-baccalaureate portfolio that she will use to apply to the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show.

Sarah Wilson ’07 of Syracuse, NY
To assist with the cost of travel to an artist residency in Jingdezhen, China for professional research and development.


2011 Winners


Olan Boardman ’01
$1,400 to purchase equipment to create hand-printed decorative fabrics for home goods and upholstery.

Benjamin Carpenter ’01
$1500 to purchase a new welder for metalsmithing and fabrication business.

Tanya Casteel ’06
$1000 for materials to create a professional craft show booth display.

Kaitlin Duggan ’07
$1500 to purchase a computerized kiln for a growing ceramics business.

Ted Lott ’05
$1252 to purchase a band saw and dust collector for his woodworking studio.

Mali Mrozinski ’04
$500 to support her residency in the textile and fashion program at the Quimby Colony in Portland.

2010 Winners

Cat Bates ‘09
Medium: Jewelry
Purchase tools and materials to produce a new body of work. $1050.

Vivian Beer ‘00
Medium: Metal/ Furniture
Build or purchase a 50-100 ton hydraulic press. $1500.
Nina Petrochko ‘08
Medium: Sculpture
A collaborative sculpture design combines traditional Russian tutu design and fine woodworking to create a line of tutu tables. $1250.

Hope Rovelto ‘01
Medium: Ceramics
Funding to purchase a digital camera. $905.

Farrell Ruppert ‘00
Medium: Blacksmithing
Advance studio space for the instruction of youths through the purchase of a gas forge. $1000.

Patti Sandberg
Medium: Ceramics
Funding for expenses to attend the 2010 ceramics conference (NCECA) in Philadelphia. $500.

The EMMA Collaboration takes place every other year. The next Collaboration event will take place in 2014. Check back for more information in January 2014.

In 2012 MECA introduced a new relationship with the EMMA International Collaboration. This event brings 100 renowned artists and craftspeople together from around the world to create art in a shared way in the boreal forest of Saskatchewan, Canada. The EMMA International Collaborations are an innovative workshop model for un-structured creative collaboration between artists working in traditional craft and those engaged in contemporary method. The event has become a catalyst for worldwide creativity in the arts. In the summer of 2012 the second chapter of EMMA International Collaboration: EMMA 'UNPLUGGED' (a format based in using hand-tools and minimal use of energy) will encourage people to move out of their creative comfort zones, challenging participants to re-embrace traditional processes when it comes to making. Participants will be working without the use of electricity but with the use of some compressed gases, paint materials and battery operated hand drills. Studio facilities include woodworking, blacksmithing, small metals, fibers, and mixed media. The last collaboration dates were July 30-August 6, 2012.

One applicant will be selected to represent MECA at the Collaboration. The Emma Collaboration will fund the $1500. conference fee which includes meals and lodging, and MECA will fund the participant’s travel expenses up to $500. Apply through the Belvedere fund, and specify the Emma Collaboration in your Purpose statement on the application form. For more information on the Collaboration please visit or call Jill Dalton in the Alumni Office at 207.699.5018.


In 2012 Jordan Gehman '06 was selected to attend the Collaboration.

In 2014 Asherah Cinnamon '08 was selected to attend the Collaboration.