The MCPF Exam

The MCPF exam is a practical exam, unlike all of the certifications which come before it.  (This is not a written test.)  I received a scholarship to take the exam and was informed of this in mid January of this year.  The exam itself was set for September 27th.  In the interim, preparing for the exam required framing 4 pieces – a work on paper, a textile, a canvas and an object.  Each of these pieces needed to be framed to specifications meeting the requirements of an institution like the Smithsonian.  Here are the pieces I completed:



On the day of the exam, the 4 pieces were taken apart and scored by 2 judges.  While this was being done, I selected one of these 4 categories out of a hat and was given a piece of artwork to frame.  (I selected a textile.)  I was then give 90 minutes to frame this piece in else’s frame shop.  A proctor was in the room to inform me of my remaining time and answer questions as to where to find materials, but can give no advice.  At the end of the 90 minutes, the framed piece is given to the judges for the same disassembly and scoring.  The average score for all 5 pieces has to be 90% or above to pass.

Needless to say, it was very intense and grueling and I am happy to have it behind me!  But it was an amazing learning experience and I am ecstatic to be a part of this group of esteemed framers!