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2019 Moxie Festival Committee Seeks Art

Lisbon’s Moxie Festival Committee today issued a call for artwork. Each year, the Moxie Festival Committee selects artwork to be used for t-shirts, posters, and branded items. The selected artwork will be consistent with the fun 2019 theme of “Moxie Goes Artsy.” The Moxie Festival committee selected this theme to inspire a “distinctively different” visual representation of the Moxie spirit, which by dictionary definition means energy, pep, and courage. It’s also the official beverage of the state of Maine. The committee is seeking an artistic image as iconic as the beverage itself.

The three-day festival, celebrated at the peak of summer with a parade, a 5k run, live music, and many other events, is a glorious homage to the distinctively different beverage, Moxie. The winning artwork will be reproduced on an exclusive and collectible T-shirt, posters, and other festival-branded items. In addition to seeing their artwork proudly displayed on thousands of T-shirts sold and worn during the Moxie Festival, this year the winner will receive a $750 cash prize, media recognition, the first 2019 printed T-shirt, and the opportunity to judge parade floats designed and inspired by the theme.

The deadline for entries is Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. Winners will be selected by the Moxie Festival Committee. The winner will be announced on Thursday, February 14, 2019. Complete details and guidelines are currently both online at or at the MTM Community Center, 18 School Street, Lisbon Falls, Maine.

The Moxie Festival, celebrating Maine’s official soft drink, is always the second weekend in July. Mark your calendars for the 2019 Moxie Festival, July 12 – 14, 2019.

Call for Farmers/Artists/Artisans/Writers


A multimedia exhibit exploring our collective and diverse relationship to home/land.

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery invites farmers, artists, artisans and writers living in Maine, from diverse social-economic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, to create art, craft or poetry which reflects on their unique relationship to home/land.

We are particularly interested in works that speak to a deep relationship which comes from cultivating the land, or a longing for connection with the land. For example, we invite work by farmers/artists which expresses the relationship with the land they cultivate; we invite work by farmers/artists who have been separated from home/land in some way and are cultivating a new relationship to the land they are on; we invite work by those who are longing for a renewed relationship to home/land.

Maine Farmland Trust will host the exhibit at its Gallery in Belfast from November 12, 2018 through March 1, 2019. This exhibit is promoted and curated in collaboration with GEDAKINA and several other organizations.

Depending on the number of participants, up to three pieces per artist/writer will be exhibited. If there are more submissions than gallery space, final selections will be made by a panel. The objective is to have all who submitted work included.


By July 15, 2018: Contact Anna Witholt Abaldo, MFT Gallery Curator (, phone 338-6575 X 112) to let us know your intent to participate, stating medium/type of work.

By August 15, 2018: Submit up to 5 digital images of proposed work to Anna Witholt Abaldo ( For each image, please include title, media, and dimensions. Photos can be of work in progress. Please add a brief artist statement/bio to accompany exhibited works.

September 15, 2018: Notification to participants confirming how many pieces will be included.

November 5-6, 2018: Works must be delivered to Maine Farmland Trust Gallery.

November 5-9, 2018: Exhibit will be hung.

November 12, 2018: Exhibit opens.

November 16, 2018, from 5-7pm: Artist reception with artist talks by those who wish to speak about their work, at 5pm. There can be room for song and poetry reading as well.

March 1, 2019: Exhibit comes down and works are available for pick-up.

Any questions about exhibition and submission details can be directed to Anna Witholt Abaldo, phone 338-6575 X 112)

80 Exchange Mural Project in Portland

80 Exchange Street, Portland Maine


Fathom Companies is seeking Maine based artists to submit proposals to design, create and install a wall mural at 80 Exchange Street, Portland Maine. The 80 Exchange Street Mural project is an investment in the city’s future and will provide a contemporary visual public art display and add color and visual interest, character and a unique sense of place to the location.

The purpose of the 80 Exchange Mural is to enhance an already thriving public space with public art that is non commercial, beautiful and thought provoking.

Fostering community and partnerships with the city of Portland and area businesses, this public mural will demonstrate commitment to urban renewal and growth in the Portland neighborhood.

This public work will add a new layer to the city fabric and serve as a featured canvas for contemporary art.

Deadline to submit proposals is July 15, 2018.


The 80 Exchange Street Building is located at 80 Exchange Street, Portland, Maine and is popularly known as the Mural Building at Tommy’s Park. Highly recognized, the building is located at the entrance to upper Exchange Street and is adjacent to Tommy’s Park in the historic Old Port. The 80 Exchange Street mural wall is a 4-story facade, brick wall covered in cement stucco.


Questions should be directed to Erin Hutton, Art Consultation for the Fathom Companies, through

e-mail at


A committee will review all submissions and select an artist or artist team based on their qualifications, experience, and fit for the project. The committee will review proposal materials to determine who to invite for a second round of evaluation. Artists selected for the second round will receive a $500.00 design fee for refining their proposals. Finalists will present their final proposals to the review committee in person. Final proposals will include detailed models, drawings, renderings, samples of work and/or materials depending on the nature of the proposal.


The design should fully occupy the entire facade and last for 15 years. The work must integrate into the park as a place of respite and must activate the space.


The committee will review materials based on the following criteria:

● Artistic merit and quality, as substantiated by an artist’s vision, originality, as well as the inherent quality in terms of timelessness of design, aesthetics, and excellence;

● Local significance, translating an emotional connection to the City of Portland, creating a sense of excitement in public spaces and presenting fresh ways of seeing the community and city reflected;

● Demonstrating ideas are well communicated and comprehensive;

● Ability to translate artistic concepts into work that will activate or enhance the proposed space

● Ability to design work, that is sensitive to social, environmental, historical, and/or other relevant contexts

● Capacity to complete the proposal on time and within budget


All artists or artist teams with a strong connection to Maine are encouraged to submit proposals. Without preference to racial or ethnic origins, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, disability. Artists must be 18 years of age or older to submit a proposal.


Artist’s proposed budget will be a significant consideration in the final selection process. This RFP seeks proposals inclusive of all costs associated with the mural, including, but not limited to, artist design fee, materials, installation labor, travel to and from the site, per diem expenses, project documentation, contingency to cover unexpected expenses and any other costs related to the mural. A budget range of 40-80K is suggested.

Please keep in mind that, as a privately funded project, we will rely on the generosity of individuals, area businesses, corporations and foundations for support. Fathom Companies will launch a fundraising campaign to generate funding and will request the artist and/or artist team to attend fundraising events and gatherings (artists should include within their budget 15 hours for attending fundraising events).


July 15, 2018 by 5 P.M. is the deadline for submission of materials. Materials received after this date may be excluded from consideration.


● Materials must be submitted via online form here: 80 Exchange Mural Project Form

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● All documents must be in a PDF format.

● All images must be in a jpg or PDF format.

● Each document must include the artist’s name.

● Any submissions that do not follow the requirements may be considered ineligible.


To be reviewed for consideration, the application must contain:

❏ Resume: A current artist resume and exhibition list (2 pages maximum).

❏ Project Narrative: A brief written proposal describing past work/projects, connection to Maine and how you plan to address the site. Proposal should include purpose, rationale and/or intention, including how the piece responds to the site and the surrounding area, and to the City of Portland (2 pages maximum).

❏ Concept Drawings: Illustrative drawings or model showing artwork in relation to 80 Exchange Street. Include concept, sketches and approaches to the project.

❏ Budget: A detailed budget estimate to give cost expectations (include design fees as well as anticipated fabrication, installation and maintenance costs). A more precise budget will be requested for those invited to the finalist round.

❏ Work Examples: Five digital images of recent work. Artist teams must submit five images for each artist represented.


Proposals must be submitted via online form here: 80 Exchange Mural Project Form ( ) by July 15, 2018 by 5 P.M.


● July 15, 2018: RFP deadline, No late submissions will be accepted

● August, 2018: Committee will meet to review all proposals and select artist(s) for the second round proposal process.

● September, 2018: Finalists will present their final proposals to the review committee in person.

● October, 2018: Committee will meet again to vote on a final selection and artist(s) will be chosen.

● November 2, 2018 – First Friday Art Walk design launch and celebration

● April, 2019: Work on mural will begin

● May, 2019 (approx.): Mural completed

The Harlow seeks Art for Dog Days, an Art Show for Dogs

The Harlow seeks artwork work for Dog Days. Deadline is June 1, 2018 by 11:59pm. Pictured: Weginald Watts; Wedge or Wedgie for short. Courtesy photo.

HALLOWELL, MAINE — The Harlow invites Maine artists and dog lovers to submit work for Dog Days, a light-hearted art exhibition celebrating our loyal canine companions. During this exhibit, dogs will be welcomed into the gallery to enjoy the art which will be displayed at dogs’ eye level. Artwork submitted does not necessarily have to be explicitly about dogs, rather we are asking artists to create art for dogs to enjoy. The deadline for email submissions is Friday, June 1, 2018 by 11:59pm.

Dog Days is on view July 6 – 14, 2018 at the Harlow at 100 Water Street in Hallowell with an opening reception Friday, July 6, 5-7pm, in tandem with the opening reception for the Summer Member’s Show. No dogs will be allowed at the opening reception, however well-behaved dogs are encouraged to attend the exhibition anytime following the reception during open hours, Wednesday-Saturday 12-6pm and Sunday 12-4pm.. Dogs must be leashed or carried at all times. Only one dog per human at a time. Suggested admission is a donation of pet food for The Cohen Center’s AniMeals program. Learn more about AniMeals here:

Artists may submit to 4 pieces. All media welcome, including sculpture, photography, fine art and fine crafts. Artworks incorporating edible elements cannot be exhibited, but a box of dog biscuits will be available at the door for very good boys and girls. Please refrain from including obvious triggering subjects such as fire hydrants, etc. Participating artists must agree not to hold the Harlow accountable for any damage caused by overly enthusiastic or otherwise inappropriate canine art appreciators.

Visit the following URL for complete entry rules and instructions to submit your work: For more information please call 207-622-3813 or email

The Harlow is a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in downtown historic Hallowell since 1963. Exhibitions are always free and open to the public. Hours are Wednesday-Saturday noon-6pm and Sunday 12-4pm.

Dog Days is sponsored by Melinda and Doug Jennings.

MDI – Open Call for Entry

Liz Cutler, “The Painting of a Mackeral”, 2016, oil on shellacked paper

Liz Cutler, “The Painting of a Mackeral”, 2016, oil on shellacked paper

One of the sure signs of spring is the Mount Desert Open, a showcase for all artists living on MDI. Shaw Gallery in Northeast Harbor will be hosting the seventeenth annual community art exposition. We invite you to participate. This is a painting, craft and sculpture exposition for local residents to show their work in a gallery setting. There are only two criteria to gain acceptance in this year’s exhibit. First, you must have work that is recent and you are proud of. Second, you must have a connection to MDI, such as live, work or address. All interested persons are encouraged to contact the gallery. There is no jury, all are included.

Each year brings new artists, as well as many that are veterans. We typically have around 50 artists. It was a wide-ranging show from exploratory to realistic, from watercolor to weaving. Many people are aware of many individual talents on MDI, but what makes this show a community is to see it all together in one space. Exhibitors included professional artists, students, and aspiring, starry- eyed amateurs. We always have more who want to participate than we have room for. It is a first come first served process. The space always fills fast.

The show will have a festive opening reception on Thursday May 24th, 2018 and run through Monday June 11th. Please contact Shaw Gallery at 276-5000, or at for information.

Harlow Art Center Call for Art Inspired by Children’s Art

“A Sunny Day Can Sure Bring Out Every Sort” by Abbott Meader

“A Sunny Day Can Sure Bring Out Every Sort” by Abbott Meader

The Harlow Art Center invites artists to submit artwork to be considered for ”PLAY”, a juried art show on view March 7-24, 2018 in the upstairs gallery at the Harlow’s new location, 100 Water Street in Hallowell. PLAY will coincide with Young at Art, Harlow Art Center’s annual K-8 student art exhibition, which will be on view in the downstairs gallery March 7-24, 2018. The deadline for email submissions is Monday, February 19, 2018 by 11:59pm.

Artists are invited to submit work inspired by children’s art or childhood; and art that is whimsical, fantastical, joyful or humorous in spirit. Submissions are welcome from all maine artists. Artists may submit to 4 pieces. All media are welcome, including sculpture, photography, fine art and fine crafts. Submissions will be juried by artist Abbott Meader as well as Harlow Art Center staff.

Visit the following URL for complete entry rules and instructions to submit your work to PLAY: For more information please call 207-622-3813 or email

2018 Monhegan Artists’ Residencies Open for Maine Artists and Teachers

Margaret Hahn, Green Web Monhegan Cliffs

Margaret Hahn, Green Web
Monhegan Cliffs

The Monhegan Artists’ Residency Corporation (MARC) is pleased to announce that it is now taking applications for its 2018 summer program. Two 5-week residencies are available to Maine-based visual artists during the weeks of May 26 to June 29, and September 11 to October 16. There is also a 2-week residency for a Maine art teacher (grades K-12) from June 30 to July 11. Applications are being accepted online through from February 1 through March 17.

For well over 150 years, Monhegan Island has inspired countless artists and continues to attract contemporary artists to its unique coastal island landscape. MARC keeps this tradition alive and well by providing housing, studio space, and a weekly stipend to its artist residents. Not just for landscape painters, the residency is open to artists working in new media, photography, sculpture, drawing, painting, and multi-media. For more information about the program, its past residents, and applications details, visit

Featured Artist Kim Nicholl and Call for Teachers at The Art Loft

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Artist Kim Nicoll has been teaching at the Art Loft for a year and a half. We are pleased to feature her work.

Why do you create what you do and what drives you?

I’m a very visual person. I want to sketch everything. As a child, I always doodled, even on my school work, and I got in trouble for it once. But another teacher did let me paint a mural on the wing at school when I was 11 years old. I remember selling hand-drawn bookmarks in school, I even got preorders. I create because I absolutely love doing it. I love seeing the vision in my head become real. It’s challenging at times when I don’t see the results I envision, but I keep trying new techniques until it works. It’s creative problem-solving.

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Was the Art Loft instrumental in getting you started? 

I have to say, being involved at the Art Loft has been a tremendous confidence booster!  I would never have imagined myself teaching art to a room full of strangers, but when the Art Loft asked me to teach a children’s class back in September 2016 I nervously tried it. And loved it!  After taking a couple of affordable classes and doing some paint nights at the Art Loft, I finally felt a bit more confident to teach adults. The Art Loft has been a valuable part of my journey.

When do you create (how often, how long does it take, and what time of day)?

I’ve been creating daily for nearly a year now. I’ve done many Instagram art challenges to develop my skills. Inktober, watercolor challenge, 21 days of brave and a 4-month MATS boot camp online art class. Mostly in the evening after my son goes to sleep, is when I do my painting projects. I could seriously paint all day if I neglected being a mom, wife, and caregiver. But I’m delighted that my son loves to create too. In fact, he’s the reason I am painting again. He is an inspiration. Rediscovering the world and every new sensation through his vibrant, fresh eyes has been an awakening.

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Do you find art therapeutic?

Absolutely without question!  Art brings me joy and excitement. There’s something so thrilling about creating beauty.  I’ve become a more confident, open-hearted human being.  It has helped me to start expressing what I’ve suppressed throughout my life. The benefits I get from art compel me to share with others the idea that there’s hope and healing to our internal conflicts.

Art Instructors Needed
The Art Loft is seeking art instructors for our Drop-in classes, more advanced workshops, as well as Paint Night leaders.  We can offer competitive pay, a very flexible schedule, as well as many other perks. If you have experience in art, or know somebody who does, please contact us for more information at 207-200-7915 or visit

CMCA Announces Open Call for 2018 Biennial

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) is announcing an open call for submissions to the 2018 CMCA Biennial exhibition. Submissions will be accepted online through the CMCA website from January 1 through April 2, 2018. The CMCA Biennial is an open juried competition for artists at all stages of their career who have a strong connection to the state of Maine. Work in all mediums are accepted for review. The 2018 CMCA Biennial is sponsored by First National Bank.

CMCA director Suzette McAvoy states, “We are extremely grateful to First National Bank for their support of the 2018 Biennial. Their generous sponsorship of the exhibition makes it possible for CMCA to waive submission fees for all entering artists, and to engage two terrific outside jurors, Kate Green and Robin Williams. We eagerly anticipate a wonderful response to the open call for submissions.”

The CMCA Biennial typically takes place in the fall of even numbered years. The concept of an open juried competition at CMCA dates back to 1978, when then director Ben Goldsmith presented the first Annual Juried Exhibition. It was the only continuing statewide juried exhibition until the Portland Museum of Art introduced its first Biennial in 1998.

2016 CMCA Biennial installation view.

2016 CMCA Biennial installation view.

Jurors for the upcoming 2018 CMCA Biennial are Kate Green, Director of Marfa Contemporary, Marfa, Texas and Robin K. Williams, Ford Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, Michigan. The Biennial will be held at CMCA from November 2018 through February 2019.
Kate Green is an art historian, curator, and critic. She holds an MA in curatorial studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, and a PhD in art history from the University of Texas at Austin. She has taught art history courses at the University of Texas and Trinity University, and has also worked as a curator and educator at Artpace, Dia Art Foundation, and MoMA PS1. Her writing has appeared in Art In America,, and Frieze. She is currently Director of Marfa Contemporary in Marfa, Texas.

Robin K. Williams is Ford Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. She co-curated with Jens Hoffmann, Sonic Rebellion: Music As Resistance, which explores music and art as vehicles of social change. Formerly the Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow of Latin American Art at the Blanton Museum of Art as well as a Curatorial Fellow at the Visual Arts Center in Austin, Texas, Williams is currently completing her PhD at The University of Texas at Austin with a dissertation entitled “Joan Jonas’s Visual Language.” She has published several academic and critical essays, including “A Mode of Translation: Joan Jonas’s Performance Installations,” which appears in Stedelijk Studies #3, The Place of Performance (2016).

For more information and submission guidelines, visit: CMCA Artist Members are eligible to submit additional images for consideration. To join as an artist member, visit

Harlow Gallery Seeks Artist for Winter Members’ Showcase


Harlow Gallery artist members are invited to participate in the Winter Members’ Showcase which runs from January 17-March 3, 2018 at 100 Water Street in Hallowell. The cost to participate is $20 per linear foot, with a maximum of 10 feet. Proceeds will help underwrite the costs of moving and outfitting the Harlow Gallery’s new space. This opportunity is first come first served and space is limited. Registrations due by 6pm on Wednesday, January 10, 2018. For more information on becoming an artist member or joining the exhibition please visit or call (207) 622-3813.