Announcing the 2024 Merit Exhibition & Scholarship Competition Winners

Maine College of Art & Design is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Merit Exhibition & Scholarship Competition. The annual event is held each spring and invites sophomore and junior students with a minimum 3.5 GPA to submit work to be considered for scholarship prizes. A four-person jury reviews submissions and selects winners based on the quality of craft, concept, and realization of their installation.

This year’s jury panel included:

Submissions are exhibited on three floors of the Porteous building and feature work across majors including sculptures, prints, illustrations, animations, paintings, and more.

Learn more about the exhibition

The Merit Exhibition & Scholarship Competition is made possible thanks to the generous contributions of Charles E. Culpeper, and Ed Friedman ’08 and Carole Friedman, Hon. DFA '22.

An installation of stylized painted portraits.
Installation view of a series of wooden, metal, and plaster sculptures.
An installation of artwork including illustrations, an embroidered tapestry, and a wooden box.

Congratulations to all participants including this year’s winners:

Best in Show

Fran Woolson, Junior, Painting

2nd Place Overall

Wills Phillips, Junior, Sculpture

3rd Place Overall

Carly Browdy, Sophomore, Illustration

Best 4D Work

Autumn Noel, Junior, Animation & Game Art

Best 3D Work

Seraphina Gillman, Junior, Ceramics

Best 2D Work

Mac Craig, Sophomore, Illustration

Jury Select

Abbey Mills, Junior, Painting

Honorable Mentions
  • Carnation Dusk, Junior, Ceramics
  • Margaux Lewis, Junior, Sculpture
  • Lee Nadeau, Junior, Woodworking & Furniture Design
  • Kadence Puckett, Sophomore, Printmaking
  • Abby Sprague, Junior, Metalsmithing & Jewelry