Archive for Center for Maine Contemporary Art

Roberta Smith to Present CMCA Distinguished Lecture in July

Roberta Smith, by Marco Grob

 

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland has announced that Roberta Smith, co-chief art critic at The New York Times will present its annual Distinguished Lecture on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. The lecture will take place at 5:30pm at The Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street in Rockland. A reception will immediately follow the talk at CMCA. Tickets for the event will be available for purchase through CMCA beginning June 1.

One of the most highly regarded commentators on art in the world, Roberta Smith regularly reviews museum exhibitions, art fairs, and gallery shows in New York, North America, and abroad. Since joining The Times in 1991, she has written on Western and non-Western art from the pre-historic to the contemporary eras. She sees her main responsibility as “getting people out of the house,” making them curious enough to go see the art she covers.

Born in New York City and raised in Kansas, Ms. Smith is a graduate of Grinnell College in Iowa. Before coming to The Times she wrote for the Village Voice. In 2003, she received the College Art Association’s Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism. In 2019, she was presented a lifetime achievement award from the Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation, an organization based in Portland, Maine, that gives grants and awards for arts journalism.

In making the award, the Rabkin Foundation noted, “Roberta Smith has been responsible for building an audience for the art of the self-taught, for ceramic art, video art, digital art, systems of re-presentation and much more. Across many traditional boundaries, she has offered a frank, lovingly detailed assessment of new art and artists to her expansive readership. Hers is a voice listened to by millions of readers.”

Now in its 7th year, the CMCA Annual Distinguished Lecture brings to Maine some of the leading figures in art and culture today. Past presenters include Dr. Lonnie Bunch, newly appointed Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution; artists Alex Katz and David Salle; Jerry Saltz, Pultizer Prize winning art critic at New York magazine, and John Yau, poet, art critic, and weekend editor for the global online art magazine Hyperallergic.

March ArtLab for All Ages at CMCA

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA), Rockland invites artists of all ages to experiment with kinetic sculpture during this month’s ArtLab for All Ages workshop on Saturday, March 7, from 2 to 4pm. Using several lightweight mixed media materials and balsa wood, participants can collaborate or create their own miniature teeter totter sculpture, hanging mobile, or kinetic art wall relief.

ArtLab for All Ages takes place on the first Saturday of every month at CMCA, 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab is offered free of charge and open to all by our exclusive sponsor Wells Fargo, and support from Fisher Charitable Foundation, Margaret E. Burnham Trust, Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust, and individual donors.

CMCA Announces “Art You Love” Annual Benefit Online Auction

ALEX KATZ Yellow Flags 3, 2020 Archival pigment inks on Crane Museo Max 365 gsm 33 x 22 in

 

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland is offering its annual “Art You Love” benefit auction in partnership with Paddle8, the global online auction platform. Featuring fifty works of art by leading and emerging artists connected with Maine, the CMCA auction is an opportunity to purchase art you love and support CMCA’s exhibitions and educational programming for all ages.  

This is the second year CMCA is partnering with Paddle8 to bring its benefit art auction to a global collecting market. “The Paddle8 platform allows people to bid on works of art no matter where they are located,” says CMCA director Suzette McAvoy. “The online option benefits both CMCA and the artists by introducing their work to collectors around the world.”  

 

ANN CRAVEN Pensée #78 (Reims, France, June 21, 2008), 2008 Watercolor on paper 23 x 15 in

 

Bidding for CMCA’s “Art You Love” auction, cmcanow.org/auction, opens at noon on Friday, February 14, and runs through 5pm EST on Friday, February 28. At the close of the auction, successful bidders will be notified by Paddle8 and CMCA to make arrangements for shipment of the art directly to the buyers.  

 

TRACY MILLER Blackberries, 2019 Oil on canvas 10 x 10 in

 

DAN MILLS Stephen King Maine Story Settings, 2017 Acrylic, gouache, ink, and metallic paint on digitally altered map printed on archival paper Work: 12.75 x 8.25 in Framed: 32.25 x 24.75 in

 

Artists contributing to the 2020 CMCA Benefit Art Auction include: Jeffrey Ackerman, Gideon Bok, Katherine Bradford, Meghan Brady, Jenny Brillhart, Marcie Jan Bronstein, Emily Brown, Tom Burckhardt, Tom Butler, Sam Cady, Julie Crane, Ann Craven, Grace DeGennaro, Lois Dodd, David Driskell, Lynn Duryea, Carol Eisenberg, Inka Essenhigh, Melanie Essex, Alan Fishman, Tom Flanagan, Linden Frederick, Peter Halley, Alex Katz, Sal Taylor Kydd, Tracy Miller, Dan Mills, K. Min, Anne Neely, Tessa G. O’Brien, Colin Page, Danica Phelps, Peter Ralston, Alison Rector, David Row, Tollef Runquist, Kate Russo, Claire Seidl, Gail Skudera, Lesia Sochor, Emilie Stark-Menneg, Sara Stites, Barbara Sullivan, Greta Van Campen, Susan Headley Van Campen, Tim Van Campen, Don Voisine, William Wegman, Kathy Weinberg, Jim Wolfe, Robert Younger, and Dudley Zopp.

Reggie Burrows Hodges Awarded Ellis-Beauregard Fellowship

Reggie Burrows Hodges, First Serve, Hands Behind Your Back, 2019, Acrylic on canvas, 58″ x 84″

Dowling Walsh Gallery artist Reggie Burrows Hodges has been awarded the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation Fellowship in the Visual Arts. The Ellis-Beauregard Fellowship awards $25,000 to a Maine artist working in the visual arts and is paired with a solo exhibition at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, a scholarly publication and a gallery talk.

January ArtLab for All Ages at CMCA

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to take inspiration from the current exhibition, Temporality: The Process of Time to create their own original works of art during this month’s ArtLab for All Ages workshop on Saturday, January 4, from 2 to 4pm.

In this second in a series of ArtLab workshops related to the Temporality exhibition, participants will look to previous works of featured artist Astrid Bowlby and work collaboratively on a collage installation. Using paper, ink and scissors to create numerous cut-outs and illustrations to make an installation in our ArtLab – documented by a time-lapse video. Experiment with improvisation, accumulation, and collaboration!

ArtLab for All Ages takes place on the first Saturday of every month at CMCA, 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab is offered free of charge and open to all through the support of Wells Fargo, The Bob Crewe Foundation, The Cricket Foundation, First National Bank, Fisher Charitable Foundation, Margaret E. Burnham Trust, Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust, Nellie Leaman Taft Foundation, Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation, and individual donors.

CMCA Announces Open Call for 2020 Biennial

2020 CMCA Biennial

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland is announcing an open call for submissions to its 2020 Biennial exhibition. Submissions will be accepted online through the CMCA website from January 1 through April 3, 2020.

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. Art in all mediums is accepted for review. The CMCA 2020 Biennial is sponsored by The VIA Agency, Portland, ME. 

“We are extremely grateful to The VIA Agency for their support of the 2020 Biennial,” says CMCA Executive Director Suzette McAvoy. “Their generous sponsorship makes it possible for us to waive submission fees for all entering artists and to engage two outstanding independent jurors, Kate McNamara and Nina Johnson-Milewski. Given the coincidence with Maine’s Bicentennial, we anticipate a particularly large response to this statewide celebration of contemporary Maine art.” 

2018 CMCA Biennial installation view

The CMCA Biennial is the longest running statewide juried exhibition in Maine, dating back to 1978. Jurors for the 2020 edition are Nina Johnson-Milewski, owner, founder, and director of Nina Johnson Gallery, Miami, Florida, and Kate McNamara, an independent curator and educator based in Providence, Rhode Island, where she is Visiting Critic at the Rhode Island School of Design and Creative Director of My HomeCourt, a nonprofit organization working with contemporary artists to revitalize city parks.

CMCA Announces New “Artist Toolbox” Statewide Initiative

Artist Kim Bernard will lead CMCA’s new Artist Toolbox program in 2020

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland has announced it will launch the “Artist Toolbox” in 2020, a new statewide initiative to provide professional development tools to artists.

Supported by a major grant from the Roxanne Quimby Foundation, the program is “a direct response to expressed needs in the field,” says CMCA Executive Director Suzette McAvoy. “Through our work, we’ve noted that many artists are underprepared to market and represent themselves in the changing dynamics of today’s arts and culture sectors. We’re launching the Artist Toolbox program to help meet these needs.”

CMCA has hired artist Kim Bernard of Rockland to administer the program in its inaugural year. Bernard is a seasoned instructor, having developed and led workshops on “Creative & Professional Practice” and “Artist as Small Business” at colleges and art centers throughout the country.

For CMCA’s Artist Toolbox program, Bernard will present a series of informative slide presentations at no cost to the venues or attendees throughout Maine, with the goal of reaching all regions in the state. The presentations will be followed by a series of intensive two-day workshops at locations statewide. Additional workshops and speakers, as well as online instructional materials on topics ranging from social media marketing, estate planning, tax preparation, and exhibition proposals are also being planned.

A schedule of Artist Toolbox presentations will be available on the CMCA website www.cmcanow.org in early 2020. CMCA is the longest running institution dedicated to contemporary art in Maine and is located at 21 Winter Street in Rockland.

December ArtLab for All Ages at CMCA

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to take inspiration from the current exhibition, Temporality: The Process of Time to create their own original works of art during this month’s ArtLab for All Ages workshop on Saturday, December 7, from 2 to 4pm.

In this first in a series of ArtLab workshops related to the Temporality exhibition, participants will look to the trompe l’oeil or “fool the eye” works of artist Carly Glovinski, then be prompted to create small mixed media pieces based on the intricate patterning found in everyday woven textiles and unexpected surfaces.

ArtLab for All Ages takes place on the first Saturday of every month at CMCA, 21 Winter Street, Rockland.

October ArtLab for All Ages at CMCA

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to try their hand at monotype printmaking in this month’s ArtLab for All Ages workshop on Saturday, October 5, from 2 to 4pm.

Join us to explore the endless and expressive possibilities of the painted monotype. Working from a variety of still images and the animations of Andrew Elijah Edward’s Monochromatic series, learn to use oil-based inks on glass to create monochromatic imaginative and dream-like landscapes from your mind’s eye.

ArtLab for All Ages takes place on the first Saturday of every month at CMCA, 21 Winter Street, Rockland, and is always free and open to all. Support for ArtLab is provided in part by Bob Crewe Foundation, Cricket Foundation, First National Bank, Margaret E. Burnham Trust, Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust, Nellie Leaman Taft Foundation, Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation, and individual donors.

Sunday Salon with Tectonic Industries at CMCA

Sunday Salon | Tectonic Industries

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA), in Rockland invites the public to attend a Sunday Salon gallery talk on September 22 at 3pm with exhibiting artists Lars Boye Jerlach and Helen Stringfellow of Tectonic Industries. The artist duo will share the inspirations and process behind their interactive installation, “Dreams Can Come True (if it’s not working for you, you’re not doing it right).”

Danish artist Lars Boye Jerlach and British artist Helen Stringfellow met while pursuing MFA degrees in sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art in Edinburgh, Scotland. Recognizing overlaps in ideals and approaches to art making, they began collaborating in 1999. They moved from Europe to the United States in 2001, and were based in Minneapolis for eleven years. After living in Auckland, New Zealand for sixteen months, they moved back to the U.S. in January 2014 and now live and work in Portland, ME.

DREAMS CAN COME TRUE installation view

Presenting their work as Tectonic Industries, they have exhibited widely in the United States, Europe, and the Pacific. Their work often examines the artifice inherent with the creation of the modern myths and belief systems of popular culture. Balancing wry humor with philosophical reflection, their installation “Dreams Can Come True” examines the impossibility of our collective, endless search for concrete answers and endeavor of self-improvement. 

Sunday Salons are free to CMCA members, others with admission. Participants are encouraged to stay following the talk for refreshments and further discussion. For more information, please visit cmcanow.org.