Archive for Center for Maine Contemporary Art

David Driskell : A Life in Art, Gardening and Material Culture at CMCA

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in partnership with Indigo Arts Alliance of Portland, invites the public to attend a slide presentation and conversation with renowned artist David Driskell at CMCA, 21 Winter Street, Rockland, on Sunday, September 8 at 4pm.

The illustrated talk, “A Life in Art, Gardening and Material Culture” centers on three of Driskell’s favorite things. One of the most eminent artists of our times, Driskell will be accompanied in conversation with artist and cultural anthropologist Dr. Myron Beasley of Bates College, Lewiston. Tickets to the event are $8 CMCA members; $10 non-members, and may be purchased online at cmcanow.org. Advance tickets are recommended as seating is limited. All proceeds from the event support CMCA and Indigo Arts Alliance.

Highly regarded as an artist, scholar and curator, David Driskell is one of the world’s leading authorities on African-American art. He has been the recipient of thirteen honorary doctorates and has contributed significantly to scholarship in the history of art on the role of African-American artists in America. His paintings and collages reflect his person vision and memory. Marked by the artist’s abiding color sensibilities, his work bears the imprint of a turbulent era, a return to nature, and Driskell’s synthesis of the European, American, and African art forms he knew firsthand.

For additional information about the event, contact CMCA at info@cmcanow.org or call 207-701-5005.

Location: 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Hours: June through October, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 12 to 5pm. Closed Federal holidays. Admission: $8; Seniors (65+) and students with ID $6; children under 18 free; CMCA members free.www.cmcanow.org

Tuesday Talk with Ann Craven and Christopher Crosman at CMCA

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA), located at 21 Winter Street in Rockland, invites the public to attend a Tuesday Talk with artist Ann Craven and Christopher B. Crosman, founding curator, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and former director, Farnsworth Art Museum, on Tuesday, August 27 at 5:30pm. The talk will address Craven’s work currently on view in the exhibition, “Birds We Know.” Crosman contributed an essay on Craven’s career to the forthcoming exhibition catalog to be published by CMCA and distributed by D.A.P. 

Ann Craven has been painting in Maine since the early 1990s. First in a borrowed barn near Slab City Road in Lincolnville, then from her own studio on a farm she purchased nearby. Lincolnville and the surrounding mid-coast region has harbored artists for decades, beginning in the 1960s when Neil Welliver, Alex Katz, Lois Dodd, and other New York-based artists began summering in the area. It was on Lincolnville beach that Craven painted her first “Moon” painting in 1995. The experience “gave me my subject matter,” she says. “I was literally chasing the moon.” In 2008, she moved to an historic house on the banks of the St. George River in Cushing. “Birds We Know” is the artist’s first exhibition in Maine and presents a twenty-year survey of her work.

 

Birds We Know installation view. Photo: Dave Clough

In the exhibition catalog, Crosman writes, “…Ann Craven’s birds, moons, trees, and her stripe and palette paintings all enforce the hard stop our mind and eye make before inexplicable paintings, paintings that affirm an inseparability of beauty, truth and virtue. This is painting at its most authentic and original, at its most memorable and tenderly remarkable.” 

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

July ArtLab for All Ages at CMCA

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to explore the visual, functional, and metaphorical dimensions of maps in this month’s ArtLab for All Ages workshop on Saturday, July 6, from 2 to 4pm.

Taking inspiration from the exhibition, Dan Mills | Human Topographies, ArtLab participants will delve into a variety of exercises that reinterpret maps as a personal expression of self. Using a selection of found and discarded maps, and other collage materials, participants will create new mixed media works that reflect their personal point of view and place in the world.

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 The Bob Crewe Foundation, The 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.

CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages.

Location: 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Hours: November through May, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5pm; June through October, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 12 to 5pm. Closed Federal holidays. Admission: $8; Seniors (65+) and students with ID $6; children under 18 free; CMCA members free.

Win Dinner for Two at The Lost Kitchen

The Lost Kitchen, Freedom, Maine

 

Over 20,000 people from around the globe sent in postcards seeking reservations for the 2019 season at The Lost Kitchen in Freedom, Maine. Here’s your chance to win dinner for two at one of the most renowned and sought-after restaurants in America! 

 

The Lost Kitchen dinner “ticket,” collaged postcard by Margaret Rizzio, 2019

 

 Thanks to the generosity of The Lost Kitchen and chef/owner Erin French, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland is auctioning Dinner for Two at The Lost Kitchen. The winning bidder’s “ticket” for dinner is an original collaged postcard, especially created by Maine artist Margaret Rizzio, mounted in a shadow box frame as a keepsake for the memorable evening. The winner will also receive The Lost Kitchen cookbook autographed and personalized by Erin French.

 Creativity and quality are the cornerstones of The Lost Kitchen experience, values shared by CMCA and its work with contemporary Maine artists. All proceeds from the benefit auction directly support CMCA’s exhibitions and community arts education program. 

 The Lost Kitchen is located in a beautifully restored 19th century mill building in an idyllic setting in the small village of Freedom, Maine, approximately thirty minutes drive from the coastal town of Belfast and an hour and a half from Portland. The Lost Kitchen serves dinner Wednesday through Saturday evenings until mid-October. The winning bidder will contact The Lost Kitchen to determine a mutually agreed upon reservation date.

Opening bid for the CMCA benefit auction of Dinner for Two at The Lost Kitchen is $3,000. Public bids will be accepted through 8pm, Friday, July 5, 2019. The winning bidder will be contacted via email on Monday, July 8 at 10am EST. You do not need to be present to win. To place a bid, email svail@cmcanow.org or call CMCA at 207-701-5005.

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art to Host Annual Gala

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) will host its annual summer fundraiser, The Art Party on Friday evening, June 28, from 6 to 9pm. The event celebrates the opening of CMCA’s three summer exhibitions featuring the work of artists Ann Craven, Dan Mills, and Tectonic Industries, and will take place at CMCA, 21 Winter Street, Rockland.

The Art Party is CMCA’s largest fundraiser of the year. All proceeds from the event support its exhibition fund and free educational programming for the community. The evening features drinks and a moveable feast created by Trillium Caterers, oysters by Otter Cove Farms, and a silent auction of exceptional goods and experiences. Tickets to the event are open to the public and include The After Party with dancing to DJ Owen Cartwright from 9pm to midnight at the Yellow Barn, located across from CMCA at 20 Winter Street. Tickets to The After Party (ages 21+) may also be purchased separately.

To purchase tickets to The Art Party and The After Party visit cmcanow.org or call 207-701-5005. The event is supported in part by The Arete Foundation, Max Mara, and individual sponsors.

CMCA to Present “Dan Mills | Human Topographies”

Dan Mills, What’s in a Name? Maine (with the number of major geographic features named after indigenous people & words marked with red), 2018, acrylic and ink on printed map laid down on paper, 15 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches

 

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland will present a large-scale exhibition of artist Dan Mills’ work beginning June 29 and continuing through October 13, 2019. The exhibition, Dan Mills | Human Topographies, will be the first solo show of the artist’s work in Maine since he moved to the state in 2010.

Dan Mills makes work that is full of observations about historic and current events. He conducts extensive research on topics such as current wars and conflicts, colonialism, and life expectancy by state, and creates paintings and works on paper that visualize data and information on these subjects.

 

Dan Mills, Current Wars & Conflicts… (with, by continent, belligerent and supporter groups marked in black and red circles, Asylum Seekers, Internally Displaced, Refugees, and Stateless marked with a letter for every million, and killed marked with letters for every 250k), 2017, ink on digitally reworked map, 94 3/4 x 149 1/4 inches

 

Mills frequently uses maps as the space to explore his ideas. He began incorporating maps into his work in the early 1990s while researching the quincentennial of what is euphemistically referred to as The First Encounter. Since then, he has explored history and colonization in paintings and collages on large roll-down school maps and in an atlas of future states, the loss of history through erasure and over-painting on maps, visualized data about current wars and conflicts in world maps, and data about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness on U.S. maps.

Mills has exhibited widely, with solo shows in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and at academic museums and galleries throughout the U.S. His work has been included in many group exhibitions including “Crooked Data: (Mis)Information in Contemporary Art”, University of Richmond Museums (2017); “Ideologue”, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City (2016); and “Dissident Futures”, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2013-14). His upcoming exhibitions include solo shows at Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston (2020), and Museum of Art at University of New Hampshire (2020).

Mills has been a frequent speaker, panelist, or interviewee at institutions including the Chicago Cultural Center, Maine Public (NPR), Public Radio International, The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, and Vanderbilt University. His work has been featured in numerous publications including Flash Art International, Hyperallergic, Journal of Landscape Architecture, Los Angeles Times, and New Art Examiner. His book, The US Future States Atlas, was published by Perceval Press, Santa Monica, in 2009. Mills’ work is in many collections including the British Library, UCLA, Library of Congress, John T. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and Union College.

 

Dan Mills, Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness (+ Incarceration and Murder) State Ranking, 2017, acrylic and graphite on collage laid down on board, 78 x 141 inches

 

Mills earned a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and MFA from Northern Illinois University. He has studios in a mill building in southern Maine, and on outer Cape Cod. Mills and his wife, artist Gail Skudera, live in Lewiston, where he directs the Bates College Museum of Art.

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art offers “Melt Down: Ten Artists Respond to Climate Change in the Arctic and Antarctic”

“Inhalation XXXVIII”, 2011, Archival Pigment Print

 

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland is offering a thought-provoking and educational lecture series in conjunction with the exhibition Melt Down: Ten Artists Respond to Climate Change in the Arctic and Antarctic.

The second event in the series, “One World,” will take place on Sunday, May 5, at 3pm, and features respected photographer John Paul Caponigro in conversation with Peter Neill, founding director of World Ocean Observatory. “One World” is an in-depth discussion between two experts in their fields, illustrated by a slide presentation of Caponigro’s stunning photographs of the Polar Regions. The event is free to CMCA members, others with admission. Participants are encouraged to stay following the talk for refreshments and further discussion.

John Paul Caponigro is a pioneer among visual artists working with digital media. His life’s work is both a call to connection with nature and a call for conscientious creative interaction with our environment during a time of rapid change. Respected as an authority on creativity, photography, and fine art printing, he is a highly sought-after speaker, lecturing extensively at conferences, universities, and museums, in venues as diverse as Photoshop World, MIT, Google, and TEDx.

Peter Neill is founder and director of the World Ocean Observatory and serves as host of World Ocean Radio, a weekly podcast about the health of the ocean. In 2016 he received an appointment with the Climate Change Institute and represents the W2O as a Research Associate; he previously served 20 years as President of the South Street Seaport Museum, New York; is co-founder of The Sound School and The Harbor School; and has dedicated his career to marine affairs. His most recent book, The Once and Future Ocean: Notes Toward a New Hydraulic Society, is available wherever books are sold.

Through their experiences recording and responding to the visible and visceral markers of irrefutable change in the Polar Regions, the artists in “Melt Down” bring these physically remote places and the compelling need for action to a wider audience. Their work provides a route for inspiring awareness and response when overwhelming data and science have failed to motivate.

 

Sunday Salon “One World”

“Melt Down” will be on view at CMCA through June 9. For further information about the exhibition and accompanying programs, please visit cmcanow.org.

ArtLab for All Ages Saturday May 4, 2 – 4pm

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland invites artists of all ages to take inspiration from the spring season during May’s ArtLab for All Ages on Saturday, May 4, from 2 to 4pm.

Come celebrate the colors and vibrancy of Spring! With print making, painting and sculptural materials, create bouquets and wearable insect medallions, looking to the thoughtful work of the artists in our Melt Down exhibit who inspire awareness and appreciation for nature.

Led by instructor Alexis Iammarino, 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 The Bob Crewe Foundation, The 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.

——-

CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages. Location: 21 WinterStreet, Rockland, Maine. Open Wednesday – Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday noon-5pm.

CMCA to Reopen March 23 with New Exhibitions

Jim Nickelson, “Svinafellsjokull, Iceland,” archival pigment print, from the exhibition, Melt Down

 

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) will reopen to the public on Saturday, March 23, with two new exhibitions for the spring season. A reception celebrating the exhibitions will be held that evening from 5 to 7pm, with a gallery talk by artists Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen preceding the reception at 4pm. The public is invited to attend the reception and gallery talk free of charge.  “Melt Down” will be on view at CMCA through June 9; the Kavanaugh and Nguyen installation will remain on view through June 19.

ArtLab for All Ages – Saturday, March 2, 2-4pm

 

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to create soft mixed media sculptures and wearable artworks during March’s ArtLab for All Ages on Saturday, March 2, from 2 to 4pm.

Drawing inspiration from the work of CMCA Biennial artist, Baxter Koziol, participants will craft small soft sculptures and mini wearable artworks such crowns, masks, buttons or brooches. The project will borrow from the aesthetics of toys, comics, cartoons, and action figures to construct personally symbolic and expressive small objects from felt, fabric, and mixed media. Participants are advised to bring old T-shirts to use as sewing material.

Led by instructor Alexis Iammarino, 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 the The Cricket Foundation, Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust, Nellie L. Taft Foundation, and individual donors.