The Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s 2014 Biennial Exhibition opens Saturday, September 27, with an artists’ reception from 4 to 6:00 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public, and will take place at CMCA at 162 Russell Ave. in Rockport.
The exhibition includes work by 28 artists, chosen by jurors Jennifer Gross, chief curator of the deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and Deborah Weisgall, arts and culture writer for The New York Times, The Atlantic, Esquire, and The New Yorker. Gross and Weisgall noted that the work in this Biennial includes a wide range of materials in a “surprising array of forms.” They said the exhibition “offers a sense of what artists working in Maine are thinking, feeling, and seeing: what has captured their attention — and ours.”
“Some bring gifts, 2456708.562500” by Leah Gauthier
More than 475 artists applied for the 2014 CMCA Biennial Exhibition. The artists whose work is included this year are Jeffrey Becton of Deer Isle; Emily Brown of South Montville; Stephanie Cardon of Cushing; Cole Caswell, Adriane Herman, John Knight, and Adam John Manley of Portland; Anne-Claude Cotty of Stonington; Cynthia Davis of Harpswell; Scott Davis of Rockland; Susan Dewsnap of Lewiston; Leah Gauthier and Bridget Spaeth of Brunswick; Lauren Gillette of York; Linda Mahoney of Waldoboro; Fred Michel of Westbrook; Munira Naqui of Falmouth; Sean Patrick O’Brien of Freeport; Jordie Oetken of Skowhegan; Jan Owen and Dennis Pinette of Belfast; Shannon Rankin of Rangeley; Meryl Ruth of Cumberland; Barbara Sullivan of Solon; Daphne Taylor of Montville; Sharon Townshend of Pownal; Jennifer Wilkey of Wiscasset; and Jeff Woodbury of South Portland.
“Small Craft #1” by Adam John Manley
CMCA has held juried Biennial exhibitions since 1970. They are open to artists working in all media who have strong connections with Maine, and they include works that were created within the previous two years. The 2014 Biennial Exhibition will be on view through December 7. For information about artist talks and other events connected with the Biennial, visit cmcanow.org. The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is a nonprofit organization advancing contemporary art in Maine through exhibitions and educational programs. Exhibition galleries are open Tues. – Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.and Sun. 1 to 5 p.m. Admission: $5; CMCA members free.