2016 CMCA
Biennial Exhibition

The CMCA Biennial Exhibition is an open juried competition for artists at all stages of their career who have a strong connection to the state of Maine. Work in all mediums is accepted for review.

Submission guidelines are posted in early January of the Biennial year. Submissions are due in early April, and selected artists are announced in May. The 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 Annual Juried Exhibition. It was the only continuing statewide juried exhibition until the Portland Museum of Art introduced the its first Biennial in 1998. Since then CMCA and the PMA have presented Biennials in alternating years.

2016 CMCA Biennial Submission Guidelines

Jurors: Christine Berry, director of Berry Campbell Gallery, New York City, and John Yau, noted writer, poet and art critic for Hyperallergic.

Exhibition Dates: November 4, 2016 – January 24, 2017.

Submissions are now closed.

Submission to the 2016 CMCA Biennial is free of charge thanks to the generous support of Allen Insurance and Financial and CHUBB.

*To become an Artist Member, Click Here. Artist Members receive unlimited free admission for one year, listing in our online Artist Directory, discounts on workshops, lectures, and classes, and 10% discount on Gallery Shop purchases.

2016 Biennial Artists:

Phoebe Adams, Phippsburg, ME

Sachiko Akiyama, Skowhegan, ME and Portsmouth, NH

Marcia Annenberg, Boothbay Harbor, ME and New York, NY

Steven Baines, Portland, ME and New York, NY

MJ Blanchette, Kittery Point, ME

Sarah Bouchard, Kennebunkport, ME

Philip Brou, South Portland, ME

Emily Brown, Montville, ME and Philadelphia, PA

Cole Caswell, Peaks Island, ME

Scott Davis, Rockland, ME

Morris David Dorenfeld, Spruce Head, ME

Lynn Duryea, Deer Isle and South Portland, ME

Carly Glovinski, Berwick, ME and Dover, NH

Tonee Harbert, Portland, ME

Richard Iammarino, Rockland, ME

Kayla Mohammadi, Walpole, ME and Boston, MA

Ann H. Mohnkern, Yarmouth and Phippsburg, ME

Paul Oberst, Freedom, ME

Kate Russo, Portland, ME and London, England

Claire Seidl, Rangeley, ME and New York, NY

Gail Skudera, Lewiston, ME

Richard Van Buren, Perry, ME

George Wardlaw, Portland, ME and Amherst, MA

Kathy Weinberg, Morrill, ME

Andrew White, Union, ME

The CMCA Biennial Exhibition is an open juried competition for artists at all stages of their career who have a strong connection to the state of Maine. Work in all mediums is accepted for review.

Submission guidelines are posted in early January of the Biennial year. Submissions are due in early April, and selected artists are announced in May. The 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 Annual Juried Exhibition. It was the only continuing statewide juried exhibition until the Portland Museum of Art introduced the its first Biennial in 1998. Since then CMCA and the PMA have presented Biennials in alternating years.

2016 CMCA Biennial Submission Guidelines

Jurors: Christine Berry, director of Berry Campbell Gallery, New York City, and John Yau, noted writer, poet and art critic for Hyperallergic.

Exhibition Dates: November 4, 2016 – January 24, 2017.

Who May Apply: Artists with a strong connection to Maine (through full or part-time residency, exhibiting, creating artwork or studying here), working in any medium.

How to Apply: Applications will be accepted online only through CMCA’s submittable.com form which you can access here:

Submissions are now closed.

Submission to the 2016 CMCA Biennial is free of charge thanks to the generous support of Allen Insurance and Financial and CHUBB.

Applications will be accepted from January 4 to April 4, 2016. You will be prompted to:

  • Complete the application. Please provide your contact information, including your mailing address, email, phone number and website. Please provide the name of the town in Maine you are associated with if different from your mailing address.
  • Submit a current resume PDF. Please do not exceed 3 pages. Please title file: Lastname_resume
  • Submit a current artist statement PDF. Please do not exceed 150 words. Please title file: Lastname_statement
  • Work in all mediums created within the past two years will be considered. For video, performance, sound or installation works, please consider the physical layout and structure of the CMCA galleries and note any technical requirements.
    For questions regarding this please contact Bethany Engstrom at bengstrom@cmcanow.org
  • Upload 6 images, video and/or audio clips. Two of the images may be details. CMCA Artist Members* may submit an additional 4 images, either details or other work.

File formats accepted: pdf, jpg, mp3, mov. Images must be 1920 pixels on the longest side and not exceed 2M. Audio and video files must not exceed 7M. If you have larger video files, you may provide a link to Youtube or Vimeo.

Please title files: number_last name_title_year of work. Works must be numbered in the order you would like them viewed.
Eg: 01_Doe_Untitled_2010.jpg or 02_Doe_Untitled_detail_2010.jpg.

  • Submit an image description list PDF, including title, date, medium, and dimensions in inches (height x width x depth) in numerical order corresponding with the uploaded images. You may also include a brief background description (50 words or less) related to the images and any special requirements. Please title file: Lastname_imagelist
  • Due to the high volume of entries, applicants will be notified of selections on May 16, 2016 by email.

For assistance, please contact Bethany Engstrom at bengstrom@cmcanow.org.

If you would like to submit a proposal for a specific location at CMCA, you can view the floor plan here. Proposals can be made for Galleries 1, 2 and 3, the Lobby and the Corridor walls.

*To become an Artist Member, Click Here. Artist Members receive unlimited free admission for one year, listing in our online Artist Directory, discounts on workshops, lectures, and classes, and 10% discount on Gallery Shop purchases.