Foundation Mentorship Program 2016/2017

  • Application Deadline
    Friday, April 29, 2016 at 4:05pm
  • September 2016 – September 2017

Call for Submissions
Year-long Mentorship Program, Sept. 2016 – Sept. 2017

Click here for an FMP Information Package

The Foundation Mentorship Program (FMP) has been the core of MAWA’s activity since 1985. It is offered each year because it is so effective in helping participants in their journey toward being professional artists. Many women who have gone through the FMP describe it as having been “pivotal,” “transformative” and “life changing.” It is designed to help women in the visual arts develop skills and define their decision-making philosophies, and to provide access to the information, resources and support they need to realize their goals.

How does it work? The FMP is a year-long program in which established artists share their experience with developing artists. Mentors meet individually with their mentees for 4 hours per month, and the entire FMP group meets for 3 hours per month for critiques, discussion, gallery visits and other activities.

Applicants are selected based on the quality and potential of the work submitted, the emerging artist’s willingness to dedicate time to the program and the mentor’s ability to work with the emerging artist because of mutuality of practice or conceptual framework. Potential mentees of all adult ages and backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will be charged a $300 fee for the program. There is no fee to apply, although you must be a MAWA member. Students are not eligible.

To apply for the Foundation Mentorship Program:

Please email a single pdf document containing:

- a letter outlining why you want to participate in this program and what you hope to achieve through mentorship (make sure the letter also includes information regarding how we can contact you by phone, email and post); please also describe your artistic practice
- an artist résumé (maximum three pages)
- up to 20 jpg images of your artwork, embedded in the same pdf document, or links to up to 10 minutes of video captioned with titles of the work, the media, date completed and dimensions

If you are not already a member, please also submit a MAWA membership form and payment. MAWA membership costs $15 for underwaged persons and $30 for others. Applications are due at MAWA by Friday, April 29 at 4pm. Email applications to [email protected] and put “FMP” in the subject heading.

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