The International Guild of Miniature Artisans’ Guild School to be Held at Maine Maritime Academy

Posted on: May 28, 2019

CASTINE, Maine – The International Guild of Miniature Artisans (IGMA) will be hosting the 38th annual Guild School at Maine Maritime Academy from June 8-14. Free exhibitions for the public will be held Sunday through Wednesday, June 9-12, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and on Thursday, June 13, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon at the Harold Alfond Student Center Harborview Room on the campus in Castine.

The Guild School will feature 41 classes for over six full days for 180 miniature artisans of all skill levels to practice their craft and learn new techniques in a variety of media. Classes cover everything from silver sculpture and fiber arts to furniture-making and room construction. Miniaturists from around the U.S. and the globe attend the school.

Registration for the Guild School is currently closed, however, those interested in miniatures are encouraged to attend the free public exhibitions to view the work of students and talk with other artisans.

Miniatures are scaled-down replicas of normal-sized items which are made from a variety of media such as wood, leather, pewter, and other fine metals. The creation of miniatures as a hobby took off in the United States around the 1970’s. However, the art form dates as far back as the middle ages.

For more information on the Guild School, IGMA, and the history of miniatures, please visit the IGMA website at

Maine Maritime Academy is a co-educational, public college on the coast of Maine offering 22 programs of study in engineering, management, science, and transportation. The college serves approximately 950 undergraduate and graduate students in career-oriented degree programs. The job placement rate for MMA graduates exceeds 90 percent within 90 days of graduation. The college is consistently recognized for providing a high-value education by organizations such as the Brookings Institution, U.S. News and World Report, and Money Magazine.