CMCA Announces Opening Date for New Building in Rockland

interiorInterior view of the new building under construction.

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) announced that it will open its new building, designed by internationally acclaimed architect Toshiko Mori, on Sunday, June 26, 2016. The public opening celebration will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, with CMCA board chair Charlotte Dixon and director Suzette McAvoy officiating. Opening day festivities will be free to the public.

CMCA’s new building, constructed by Cold Mountain Builders (Belfast, Maine), provides more than 5,500 square feet of exceptional exhibition space for the presentation of work by contemporary artists. The 11,500-square-foot building will include three exhibition galleries (one of which will double as a lecture hall/performance space), a gift shop, an ArtLab classroom, and a 2,200-square-foot courtyard.

The glass-enclosed space, with its emphasis on Maine’s legendary light, is unlike any other building in the state. It is designed to be accessible and inviting, with a central courtyard that offers views inside the galleries and welcomes the community like an open embrace. The new CMCA will provide a dramatic destination for visitors and will advance Maine’s exceptional legacy in American art.

“The opening of this new building will start a new chapter in contemporary art in the state,” said CMCA Director Suzette McAvoy. “By creating an architecturally significant space in the heart of Rockland’s downtown arts district, CMCA will empower itself, more than ever before, to pursue its core mission of showcasing well-known and emerging Maine artists while taking Maine contemporary art to a new and elevated level.”

Inaugural Exhibitions will be held June 26 through August 12. Three compelling solo exhibitions of work by artists Jonathan Borofsky, Alex Katz, and Rollin Leonard will kick off the inaugural exhibition schedule. Borofsky, a leading sculptor and printmaker who lives and works in Ogunquit, Maine, will create a site-specific, large-scale installation, Human Structures: brightly-colored, translucent sculptures of the human figure.

Alex Katz: Small Paintings features the small-scale oil paintings that Katz—who has had a studio and home in Lincolnville, Maine, for more than sixty years—produces at the start of all of his works, regardless of finished size. Intimate, direct, and fresh, Katz’s small paintings reveal a side of the eminent artist’s work that is rarely seen.

The work of Rollin Leonard, a Portland- and Los Angeles-based photographer and video artist will be featured in the exhibition Vernal Pool. Using arcane and idiosyncratic techniques, Leonard creates offbeat, provocative portraits and images of the human figure that push the edges of the photographic medium.

The architect is Toshiko Mori, FAIA. Mori is the Robert P. Hubbard Professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (GSD), where she was chair of the Department of Architecture from 2002 to 2008. Mori is the principal of Toshiko Mori Architect, which she established in 1981 in New York City. Mori taught at the Cooper Union School of Architecture from 1983 until joining Harvard’s GSD faculty in 1995. She has been a visiting faculty member at Columbia University and Yale University, where she was the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor in 1992. As a member and former chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Design, Mori has participated in sessions on scarcity-driven design, the future of cities and urban information systems, design related to olfactory sensation and experience, and the role of the artist in improving communities. Mori has received numerous awards, including two International Art Critics Association Awards. She was named to Architectural Digest’s Top 100 Architects List in 2014 and 2016. She lives in New York City and North Haven, Maine.

CMCA’s new home, located in downtown Rockland at 21 Winter Street, is within walking distance of the Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center, the Strand Theatre, and dozens of art galleries, restaurants and hotels. This new building will help anchor the city’s growing reputation as a year-round arts destination. With its focus on the art of this generation and the next, CMCA’s exhibitions and educational programs are designed to inspire and attract visitors of all ages and backgrounds, from Maine and beyond.

The new CMCA is located at 21 Winter Street in Rockland, Maine. CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions as well as dynamic educational programs and special events. Hours: June 26 through October 31: Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and First Fridays 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. November through May: Closed on Monday and Tuesday. Closed Federal Holidays. Admission: Adults & Seniors: $6, Children under 18: free, and Members: free. For more information, call 207.701.5005 or visit cmcanow.org.