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Famed Photographer William Wegman Creates Limited Edition Print to Benefit MOFGA and CMCA

William Wegman, “Topper,” 30 x 24 inches, limited edition print produced by the artist to benefit the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) and the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA).

Famed photographer William Wegman, known worldwide for his witty and strikingly human photographs of his Weimaraners, has created an exclusive limited-edition print to benefit two Maine nonprofits, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA). Titled, “Topper,” the 30 x 24 inch print, produced in an edition of 10, pictures Wegman’s dog Topper seated against a coral pink background and wearing a “wig” of curly leaf lettuce. A classic Wegman image, each print is $8,000, and is individually signed and numbered by the artist. The full purchase price of each print directly supports MOFGA and CMCA equally.

William Wegman’s work, which includes photographs, videos, paintings and drawings, has been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally, including the recent exhibition “Before/On/After: William Wegman and California Conceptualism” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. An exhibition of his early videos and related drawings, entitled “Reel to Real,” was held at CMCA in Rockland, Maine, in summer 2017.

Wegman, who is 74, first visited Maine as a boy and has been returning ever since, finding much of the inspiration for his work in the time he spends at his home and studio in the Rangeley Lakes.

CMCA executive director, Suzette McAvoy, says, “We are grateful to artist William Wegman and his wife Christine Burgin for this opportunity to partner with MOFGA in offering this wonderful print to benefit both organizations. If you love great art and support a healthy future for Maine communities, this is a meaningful way to contribute.”

MOFGA excutive director, Sarah Alexander, adds, “This generous donation is an exciting way to support both organic argriculture and the arts. We deeply appreciate Bill and Christine’s generous gift and inspiring work.”

The “Topper” prints may be purchased online through CMCA’s website, www.cmcanow.org/shop or by emailing info@cmcanow.org. A framed print is available for viewing in the CMCA Shop at 21 Winter Street in Rockland. For additional information, please call 207-701-5005.

CMCA 2018 Biennial Exhibition Opens November 3

Julie K. Gray, “Waiting Room,” mixed media installation

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland will open the 20th edition of its statewide CMCA Biennial Exhibition on November 3, 2018, with an opening reception from 5 to 7pm. The Biennial will remain on view through March 3, 2019. This year’s Biennial is sponsored by The First National Bank and features the work of 43 artists from 33 Maine communities. The exhibiting artists were selected from a pool of 659 individual submissions by jurors Kate Green, Guest Director of Marfa Contemporary, Marfa, Texas, and Robin K. Williams, Ford Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, Michigan.

CMCA Director Suzette McAvoy states, “This year’s Biennial is a really lively snapshot of art making in Maine today, showcasing a wide variety of work in all mediums including strong examples of painting, sculpture, photography, textiles, installations, and video work. There is truly something for everyone in the show and I think visitors will be impressed by the quality and diversity of the work.”

Eleanor Kipping, “Strange Fruit,” installation and performance

In the jurors’ statement, Kate Green writes, “The over 600 submissions to the CMCA Biennial evidenced the breadth of contemporary practices flourishing across the state, while also reflecting elements that make Maine unique: the sea, the wilderness, craft. Having spent part of every summer of my life in Maine, I feel privileged to have gotten to know the strength of its artists through this jurying process.”

The CMCA Biennial Exhibition 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 Juried Exhibition. It was the only continuing statewide juried exhibition until the Portland Museum of Art introduced its first Biennial in 1998.

Adam Ekberg, “Lawn Chair Catapult,” archival pigment print

Artists included in the 2018 CMCA Biennial Exhibition are: Freedom Baird, Tenants Harbor and Cambridge, MA; Tad Beck, Vinalhaven; Mattina Blue, Belfast; Amy Stacey Curtis, Lyman; Alicia Eggert, Portland and Denton, TX; Adam Ekberg, Rome and Flemington, NJ; Donna Festa, Bangor; Alan Fishman, Belfast; Thomas Flanagan, Yarmouth; Carolina González Valencia​, Lewiston; Julie K. Gray, Saco; Sarah Haskell, York; Willoughby Lucas Hastings, Cranberry Isles and Brighton, MA; Dylan Hausthor, Peaks Island; Ethan Hayes-Chute, Freeport and Berlin, Germany; Anna Hepler, Eastport and Greenfield, MA; Hilary Irons, Portland; Samantha Jones, Blue Hill; Eleanor Kipping, Orono; Seth Koen, South Bristol and Easthampton, MA; Baxter Koziol, Portland; Siglinde Langholz, Orono and Puebla, Mexico; Alex Lukas, West Bath and Pittsburgh, PA; LumenARRT!, Durham; Shanna Merola, Bangor and Hamtramck, MI;  K. Min, Friendship; Elaine K. Ng, Rockland; Ashley Normal, York; Isabelle O’Donnell, Portland; Julie Poitras Santos, Portland; Jesse Potts , Farmington; Probably Joel, Portland and Hong Kong, China; Alison Rector, Monroe and South Portland; Becky Jane Rosen, Brunswick and New York, NY; Rachel Sieben, South Portland; Gina Siepel, Portland and Greenfield, MA; Anneli Skaar and Sal Taylor Kydd, Camden and Rockport; Suzy Spence, Brooklin and Brooklyn, NY; Tectonic Industries, Portland; TUG Collective, New Sharon; Kathy Weinberg, Morrill; Michael Winkler, Bridgton and Millerton, NY; Erin Woodbrey, Sebago Lake and Orleans, MA.

For additional information about the CMCA 2018 Biennial Exhibition and related programs, visit cmcanow.org.

ArtLab for All Ages

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to dive into the diverse currents of contemporary art making on view in the 2018 Biennial Exhibition during November’s ArtLab for All Ages on Saturday, November 3, from 2 to 4pm. Led by ArtLab instructor Alexis Iammarino, participants will wade into the creative depths explored by the 43 Biennial artists, working in response to prompts with words and pictures. Following the workshop, participants are invited to stay for the Biennial opening reception from 5 to 7pm.

ArtLab for All Ages takes place at CMCA, 21 Winter Street, Rockland, on the first Saturday of every month and is always free and open to all. Support for ArtLab is provided in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, Davis Family Foundation, Cricket Foundation, NLT Foundation, and individual donors.

ArtLab for All Ages at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art

October ArtLab for All Ages: Cartooning and Character Design

 

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to create their own cartooning and character-designing tools during October’s ArtLab for All Ages on Saturday, October 6, from 2 to 4pm. Led by ArtLab instructor Alexis Iammarino, participants will learn creative ways to develop characters and cartoons. Different comic templates will be provided and there will be collaborative drawing games to help everyone invent their own original characters.

ArtLab for All Ages takes place at CMCA, 21 Winter Street, Rockland, on the first Saturday of every month and is always free and open to all. Support for ArtLab is provided in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, Davis Family Foundation, Cricket 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 5 pm; 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.

Tuesday Talk “New Gallery Models in Maine” at The Center for Maine Contemporary Art

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites the public to a Tuesday Talk on September 25, at 5:30pm, with gallerists Tobias Czudej of Waldo Exhibitions, Rockport, and Grant Wahlquist of Grant Wahlquist Gallery, Portland, to discuss “New Gallery Models in Maine.” Czudej and Wahlquist are breaking the mold of traditional galleries in the state by bringing cutting-edge national and international contemporary art to their recently opened exhibition venues in Rockport and Portland.

Under Tobias Czudej’s direction, Waldo Exhibitions is conceived as a series of temporary exhibitions in unique locations. This year’s program takes place in a 19th-century former dance hall in an abandoned oceanfront resort in Rockport. Czudej formerly worked for PACE and Gagosian Galleries, two of the world’s largest international galleries, and has curated temporary exhibitions in London and New York under the rubric CHEWDAY’S.

Grant Wahlquist is a freelance curator, critic and theorist, formerly based in Los Angeles, where he was affiliated with the Orange County Museum of Art. He now splits his time between Vinalhaven and Portland, Maine, where he opened the eponymous Grant Wahlquist Gallery in summer 2017, featuring thought-provoking work by emerging and mid-career artists working in diverse mediums.

Tuesday Talks at CMCA are free with admission; participants are invited to stay following the talks for further conversation and refreshments. For additional information, please visit cmcanow.org.

Talk with Photographer Jocelyn Lee and Former ICP Curator Edward Earle at CMCA

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites the public to a Tuesday Talk with photographer Jocelyn Lee in conversation with Edward Earle, former Curator of Collections at the International Center of Photography, NYC, on Tuesday, August 21, at 5:30pm in the CMCA galleries at 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine.

Lee and Earle will discuss the historical underpinnings of Lee’s work on view in her current solo exhibition, The Appearance of Things, as well as new directions in portraiture, landscape, and documentary photography. Tuesday Talks are free with admission, and participants are invited to stay after the talk for further conversation and refreshments.
Writing in The New Yorker, Rebecca Bengal describes Lee’s work in The Appearance of Things as: “Rather than the exchange between camera and subject, these painterly pictures…reveal a symbiosis between human and natural forms, each enhancing the other’s uncanny, shifting beauty.”

Jocelyn Lee was born in Naples, Italy, and received her BA in philosophy and visual arts from Yale University, and her MFA in photography from Hunter College. In 2013 she received a NYFA Fellowship, and in 2001 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship. She has taught photography at Princeton University (2003-2012) and at Maine College of Art (1993-2001). She has been a visiting artist at Yale University, Bowdoin College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and New York University. Her work has been published in numerous national and international publications and is in many public and private collections.

Edward Earle is the former Curator of Collections at the International Center of Photography, NYC. At ICP, he curated a retrospective of MANUAL, the collaborative work of Ed Hill and Suzanne Bloom, as well as two Triennial exhibitions before retiring in 2015. Previously, Earle developed new media projects at the California Museum of Photography at UC Riverside. A graduate of the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY, Earle also worked at the Photographic Resource Center, Boston, and the Museum of the Moving Image, Queens.

For additional information on Tuesday Talks and exhibitions at CMCA, please visit cmcanow.org.

ArtLab for All Ages – August

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to try an experimental twist to photo-making during August’s ArtLab of All Ages on Saturday, August 4, from 2 to 4pm. ArtLab for All Ages takes place on the first Saturday of every month and is always free and open to all.

Participants in August’s workshop will explore the medium of cyanotypes, also known as sun prints, using collage-able digital negatives and photograms. Bring your own objects—things from nature or anything relatively small and meaningful—and arrange them on top of light-sensitive papers of all sizes to create a collection of prints. After the workshop, stop in the galleries to see the work of artists Jocelyn Lee, John Bisbee, and Tom Burckhardt.

ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, Davis Family Foundation, Cricket Foundation, and individual donors.

CMCA to host The Art Party

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) is hosting its annual fundraiser, The Art Party: A Gala Celebration of New Art in Maine, on Friday evening, June 29, from 6 to 9pm at its campus on Winter Street in Rockland. Tickets to the event are open to the public and include the After Party with dancing to DJ Pretty Buoy, from 9pm to midnight at the Yellow Barn, located across from CMCA at 20 Winter Street. Tickets to the After Party may also be purchased separately.

“We invite you to join CMCA under the tent on Winter Street, in the community courtyard, and throughout the galleries,” says CMCA director, Suzette McAvoy. “The Art Party will be an extraordinary evening celebrating the opening of three blockbuster exhibitions by artists John Bisbee, Jocelyn Lee, and Tom Burckhardt, with a special one-night only performance by artist collective, B.R.A.C.E.”

The Art Party is CMCA’s largest fundraiser of the year, supporting its exhibition fund and free educational programming for the community. Tickets to The Art Party and the After Party may be purchased online at cmcanow.org or by calling 207-701-5005. The event is supported in part by Cold Mountain Builders, the Roxanne Quimby Foundation, and individual sponsors.

A recent recipient of the Governor’s Award for Tourism Excellence, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) advances contemporary art in Maine through direct engagement with artists and the public, hosting a year-round schedule of changing exhibitions and programs that celebrate the art of our time.

CMCA Wins Governor’s Award for Tourism Excellence

Crowds gather in CMCA Courtyard following Summer 2017 Distinguished Lecture by artist William Wegman

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) has won the 2018 Governor’s Award for Tourism Excellence, the highest honor given by the Maine Office of Tourism. Received at the tourism industry’s annual awards luncheon on Wednesday, April 4, in Portland, the award recognizes CMCA’s contributions to the statewide economy and its efforts to create an exceptional year-round experience for its visitors.

“This is an incredible honor,” said Suzette McAvoy, CMCA’s Executive Director. “We are thrilled to see CMCA and the arts in Maine recognized for their important role in Maine’s cultural economy. We set out to create an extraordinary experience in Rockland – this award recognizes that achievement.”

Speaking to an overflowing reception inside the State of Maine Ballroom at the Holiday Inn by the Bay, Director Steve Lyons of the Office of Tourism reiterated CMCA’s incredible transformation. “The Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s dedication to celebrating Maine’s present day cultural assets has taken them from a small local facility to an exciting global platform for Maine’s arts community, and a major draw for cultural tourism in our state.”

Among the crowd was Gordon Page, Director of Rockland Main Street, who echoed Lyons’ praise. “CMCA demonstrates daily a remarkable ability to impact tourism in a proactive manner.” Speaking about his own work to strengthen Rockland’s local economy through Rockland Main Street—a non-profit focused on connecting and amplifying the efforts of local businesses—Page called CMCA “an important part of the ongoing revitalization of our City.”

Discussing CMCA’s role in the local economy, Sam Vail, CMCA’s Director of Development and Marketing, praised the $35 million impact that has been attributed to the organization. “When people visit CMCA, the impact ripples outward. They shop downtown, run errands, grab a meal, or all of the above.” Vail emphasized the importance of CMCA being a destination for locals, as well as tourists. “We strive to add value to people’s lives – year round. That’s how we serve as a real community asset.”

CMCA accepts the tourism award at an important juncture for how the arts are viewed in Maine’s economy. As the state continues to grapple with the challenge of attracting a new generation of workers, business leaders have begun to engage the arts community as a resource. “Maine’s arts and cultural sector is our best weapon for building a 21st century economy,” writes Julie A. Richard, Executive Director of the Maine Arts Commission, “one that retains young people and attracts creatives, innovators, and investment to our state.”

Currently, estimates show 11,000 individuals hold creative occupations in 2,582 arts-related businesses across the state. Additionally, recent studies link the impact of the art non-profit industry alone to a $150.5 million influx into the state’s economy.

“This award represents the growing respect people have for Maine’s artists,” says Vail, who credits the legacy and skill of Maine artists for helping CMCA gain national attention. When asked about CMCA’s strategy for the future, Vail was quick to answer. “Our goal remains the same: provide everyone who visits CMCA with a unique and enriching experience. That’s it.”

With the number of tourists visiting Maine rising for the fifth consecutive year in 2017, Vail feels optimistic about the approaching summer season. “Maine is popular – that’s a good problem to have.”

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 5 pm; 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.

For more information about CMCA, visit: cmcanow.org