CMCA Launches Public Phase of its $5M Capital Campaign

Architectural rendering by Toshkio MoriArchitectural rendering by Toshkio Mori Architect of the new CMCA complex

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) announced today the launch of the public phase of its $5 million capital campaign to construct a new building at 21 Winter Street in Rockland. To date, CMCA has raised nearly $3.6 million towards its goal.

The new CMCA building, designed by architect Toshiko Mori, FAIA, and constructed by Cold Mountain Builders of Belfast, is on schedule to open the first weekend of summer, June 24-26, 2016. Located in downtown Rockland, directly off Main Street and within easy walking distance of the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Strand Theatre, and dozens of art galleries, restaurants, and hotels, the new CMCA helps to anchor the Mid-coast city’s growing reputation as a year-round arts destination.

As a contributor to the economy, the new CMCA is projected to have an annual impact of nearly $35 million—enough to generate more than 300 jobs in related sectors, add over $10 million in wages, and add $1.9 million in tax and fee revenues to the state and local economies. Annual visitation for the new CMCA is projected to be 50,000.

In addition to making possible more diverse and ambitious exhibitions, CMCA’s new building and location allows for a broader range of mission-based education programs. With a 600 square foot ArtLab classroom dedicated to hands-on learning, the new CMCA will increase the organization’s educational outreach to constituents of all ages.
MK Aerial PhotographyAerial view of the new CMCA under construction (MK Aerial Photography)

Placing focus on the art of this generation and the next, CMCA’s exhibitions and educational programs are designed to inspire and serve people of all demographics: Maine residents, visitors from New England states and beyond, and particularly the young creative people of the region.

CMCA director Suzette McAvoy says, “We had three primary goals in mind in undertaking this ambitious campaign. The first was to create a state-of-the art facility to better serve our mission of advancing contemporary art in Maine, the second was to increase our educational outreach to new and underserved audiences, and the third was to be an active contributor, both economically and culturally, to the vitality of Maine for generations to come. I’m confident CMCA can achieve these goals with the support of donors and investors who share our vision for a vibrant future for Maine.”

Founded in 1952 in Rockport, CMCA has been part of Maine’s extraordinary presence in American art for more than six decades. In that time, it has introduced the work of thousands of contemporary artists to the public. The roster of artists that have shown at CMCA is astounding. It includes such luminaries as Louise Nevelson, Jacob Lawrence, Fairfield Porter, Alex Katz, Rackstraw Downes, Robert Indiana, Neil Welliver, David Driscoll, Lois Dodd, Yvonne Jacquette, and Katherine Bradford, to name just a few.

In 2014, the board of CMCA voted to move the institution to its new location in Rockland. Images of the new CMCA building under construction and information about CMCA and its programs can be found on the organization’s website,

Donations to the CMCA Capital Campaign can be mailed to PO Box 1767, Rockland, ME 04841 or made online at www.cmcanow/support/capital-campaign/