About UpCountry Artists

A Great Community of Artists

UpCountry Artists was organized by a small but energetic group of artists over 30 years ago. Our mission continues to be to encourage, support and develop visual literacy, the performing arts, artists and public art awareness, primarily through education, in central and western Maine.


Currently based in Kingfield, Maine, UCA raises scholarship money for local high school students who want to pursue a career in the arts.


Our primary source of scholarship money comes from member donations generated by sales made at our popular annual juried Sugarloaf Art Show and through a raffle also held during the art show.


We hope you will consider joining this dynamic organization and look forward to working with you and for you, to bring greater awareness to the talented artists in this under-served part of Maine.



Upcountry Artists awards 2 scholarships annually to local high school graduates and Maine university art students studying art or a related field.


Applicants must present a portfolio of their artwork, a written statement of what art means to them, and proof of acceptance at a college/school of art, as well as a recommendation from their art teacher.


Applications are judged by a committee of UCA artists. 

Please share with scholarship candidate you know:


Apply for the UCA Scholarship Here

Join Us!


Membership fees are used to help us cover the cost of putting on the Sugarloaf Art Show every year which was established as a vehicle to showcase and promote sales of our members’ artwork.

Artists Memberships

Individual Memberships - $25 annually.

Family Memberships - $35 annually

Membership includes an opportunity to participate in the Sugarloaf Art Show, link to your website through our website and Facebook page, both of which are used on all promotional material we produce and distribute.

Apply Online Here


Community Partner Memberships

Membership fee - $25 annually

Membership includes a link to your website through our website, which is available to the public, potential customers, and all of our members.

Apply Online Here


The Sugarloaf Art Show

Our popular, annual, juried two-day Sugarloaf Art Show is held at Sugarloaf Mountain during Skiers Homecoming in Carrabassett Valley during peak foliage. You must be a member of UCA in order to participate in our Sugarloaf Art Show.


The show is held at Sugarloaf Mountain in Carrabassett Valley during peak foliage and skiers homecoming. It is heavily marketed, and our goal is to grow it into a major showcase for rural and western Maine. artists.

Current UCA members are invited to apply for the show first. Show applications and the jurying process open in June prior to each year's October show.

Show Application Form (available in June)



Board Members:


Kathleen Perelka, President

Karen Campbell, Vice President

Paula Wade, Treasurer

Jean Benson, Secretary


Claudia Diller

Peggy Gallant

Carol Sullivan