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July 2013


Evaluating technical and professional opportunities including residencies, studio environment, and education.

Presenters included: Rachel Katz, Artist and Administrative director of MFA at Maine College of Art, Megan Jo Wilson from MJW Consulting & Coaching, Lael Jepson from SheChangesHilary Irons, Maine based Artist and professor, Kate Anker, Meg K. Walsh and Christine M. Caswell from Running With Scissors studios. With contributions from Philadelphia, PA/Maine artist Astrid Bowlby and New York based artist Sharon Louden, editor of Living and Sustaining A Creative Life.

Resource list

Slide Presentation

Jepson Handout

MJW Handout

Irons Handout

Katz Handout

Running with Scissors Studio - Handout #1

Running with Scissors Studio - Handout #2

Running with Scissors Studio - Handout #3

Video of the session will be available on our Vimeo Channel


Astrid Bowlby - "Thoughts on my artist self, making art as a way of life and selling art as a career"

Sharon Louden - "Anatomy of Applying for An Opportunity" & "Conducting a very good Studio Visit"

Kreh Mellick - PDF


Maine College of Art - Studio Handbook

Running w Scissors Studio - Art Studio Agreement & Ceramics Lease Agreement





Lael Couper Jepson is the owner of SheChanges, a business dedicated to helping individuals and businesses write new stories for themselves. As a coach, consultant, and curator of experiences, Lael creates the space for people to find their words to access what they want for themselves and their work in world. She is all about validating, inspiring, and agitating the status quo, and as a result, tends to draw people to her that are tired of settling, willing to upset the apple cart, and ready to create, design, and ultimately move into something new.


Megan Jo Wilson has been a Certified Professional Co-Active Life Coach through the Coaches Training Institute since 2004. She is the sole proprietor of MJW Coaching + Consulting, where she coaches creative entrepreneurs towards their purpose, success and fulfillment, and trains teams in using “Coach Approach” skills to improve communication and engagement in the workplace. She is also a professional singer and songwriter who has been performing and marketing music for over 15 years. She currently leads the jazz quartet "Birdland" as well as the 18-piece big band "The Fogcutters", and is putting the finishing touches on her second CD release of original Soul / RnB music.


Hilary is a painter based in Portland.  She received her BFA from Parsons School of Design in 2002 and her MFA from the Yale School of Art in 2008.  She has attended the following residencies:  The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the American Academy in Rome, and the MacDowell Colony.  Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and she is represented by Rose Contemporary in Portland.


Rachel Katz works as the Administrative Director for the MFA in Studio Arts in Fine Art at Maine College of Art. Rachel is a working artist living in Portland Maine. She holds and MFA from Maine College of Art (2000) and a BFA in Drawing from Arizona State University (1995).


Kate Anker has ties to many art forms and ways of practice.  Worked in a shared university setting at St. Olaf College, fired the largest wood fired kiln in the Northern Hemisphere at St. John's University in MN during a traditional Japanese studio apprenticeship, studied ceramics with Japanese masters at Kansai Gaidai in Osaka, Japan, apprenticed under a Maine bookbinder on a summer whim resulting in her now 14 year residency in the state, run a restoration and fine bookbinding business in 3 State Theater studios, half a residential South Portland duplex and finally the basement of her house, shared broom sized apartment studio nooks, rented various studio's equipment and cubbies and moved her own office in with her easel at RWS while she managed 3 apartment buildings on the East End.  She brings with her a compassionate understanding and excitement for the varied approaches, needs, and goals of working artists and a respect for the physical infrastructure that supports them.


Meg K. Walsh is a ceramic artist based in Portland.  Her relationship to clay began 13 years ago as an apprentice to a potter in rural New England.  Since then, she has studied ceramics at Alfred University, spent 3 summers as the director of a clay studio at an arts camp, and taught workshops in New York and Maine.  She's been a member at RWS for the past 3 years and is so excited for the new expansion of Bayside Clay Center, her new home.  


Christine Caswell is a Portland based artist.  She has experience working in a variety of studio settings including; a a corner in her mother's basement, an outdoor "summer studio" during a residency in Sanbao, China, communal space at "The Clay School" in Lynn, MA, the barn at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, the semi private spaces in the graduate program at the School for American Crafts at R.I.T. and is happy to be back home at Bayside Clay Center @ Running With Scissors.



Astrid Bowlby makes drawings, sculptures, and installations. She received an MFA from The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and a BFA from the University of Southern Maine. She has also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and The Art Students League. Bowlby is currently a Visiting Critic at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. In the spring of 2013, she was the Artist-in-Residence at the University of Southern Maine. Bowlby has received Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowships as well as a Leeway Award for Excellence and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. She has exhibited her work in many venues including the Portland Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Bates College Museum of Art, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, The Drawing Center, and the DeCordova.


Sharon M. Louden graduated with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Yale University, School of Art. Her work has been exhibited in numerous venues including the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Drawing Center, Carnegie Mellon University, Birmingham Museum of Art, Weatherspoon Art Museum and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Louden's work is held in major public and private collections including the Neuberger Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, National Gallery of Art, Arkansas Arts Center, Yale University Art Gallery, Weatherspoon Art Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others.


Kreh Mellick was born in Oldwick, New Jersey USA in 1982. She attended the Rhode Island School of Design pre‐college program during high school, which led her to Maine College of Art where she received a BFA in Illustration and Drawing. Her drawings relate dark and whimsical tales from childhood folk stories and her own imagination and have been a constant way to share an inner dialogue that is not easily communicated in words. In the last year Kreh concluded a two‐year fellowship at Penland School of Crafts and was an artist-in residence at NES Artist Residency in Skagastrond, Iceland, for three months. She currently resides in Asheville, NC.