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    John Nelson, a 2012 graduate of Maine College of Art with a degree in sculpture, welds footrests on chairs in his workshop at Nelson Metal Fabrication, his metalworking business in Portland. “Art school really helps you become a really good problem solver, it helps you learn to work really hard because there is no final answer, so the work is unlimited,” Nelson says.

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    John Nelson’s hands are coated with metal residue from the steel he’s using to make chairs at his Portland metalworking business. Whitney Hayward/Staff Photographer

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    John Nelson sits in his workspace at his metalworking business in Portland. Like many art schools nationwide, Maine College of Art, of which Nelson is a graduate, is teaching its students not only the making of art but how to make a living with it after graduation. Whitney Hayward/Staff Photographer

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    Miles Spadone, a 2013 graduate of Maine College of Art, sits with some of the ceramic and urethane sculptures he creates. Spadone took a entrepreneurship class in his junior year and found it “mind-opening.” “It was more about empathizing with people so you can better understand their problems in order to solve them,” he said. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

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    Brian Wilk, a 1995 Maine College of Art graduate, has two MECA students as interns in his department at toy giant Hasbro in Pawtucket, R.I., where he is a vice president. Contributed photo

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