Suzette McAvoy has served as director and curator of CMCA since September 2010. She previously served as chief curator of the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine, and has more than 30 years experience in the art field. She has lectured and written extensively on the art and artists of Maine, and has organized national traveling exhibitions of the work of Louise Nevelson, Alex Katz, Kenneth Noland, Lois Dodd, Karl Schrag, and Alan Magee.
Ms. McAvoy received a B.A. in art history from William Smith College and an M.A. in museum studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program. She lives in Belfast, Maine.
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Paula Blanchard began work at CMCA in 2009 as a volunteer and was hired full-time in March 2010. She has more than 40 years experience in publishing, communications, and marketing, both traditional and online. Her most recent positions include director of marketing and consumer sales for the books department at Down East in Rockport, Maine; publisher and webmaster for the Institute for Global Ethics in Rockland; and direct-mail catalog manager for International Marine/McGraw-Hill.
Before moving to Maine in 1989, she established a business in Hamilton, Massachusetts, that provided editing, publishing, and communications services to nonprofit organizations. While in Massachusetts, she served as a trustee on the boards of a Montessori school and a symphony orchestra.
Ms. Blanchard received her B.A. in art from Mount Holyoke College and then attended Boston Architectural College for two years. She lives in Camden, Maine.
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Jean Thompson was the senior staff assistant for the paintings department at the J. Paul Getty Museum in California for sixteen years, during their transitional period from Malibu to the new Getty Center in Los Angeles. She was also a coordinator for the Venice (CA) Art Walk for six years.
Ms. Thompson attended the University of Arizona, studying art history and studio art. She lives in Camden, Maine.