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ArtLab | Open Studio | Connection Shorts

August 1 - September 30

ArtLab Open Studio At Home Activity | Project for All Ages Connection Shorts What does connection look like anymore? How have you adapted to feel connection, is it through conversation or maybe observation? We have been challenged to understand and form creative responses to incorporate this idea into our everyday. Inspired by the video installations by artist Erin Johnson, use your cell phone to capture a short 30-second video that represents, explains, or shows a connection in this time of…

2020 Biennial

October 3, 2020 - May 2, 2021

CMCA BIENNIAL 2020 The 2020 edition of the CMCA Biennial features the work of 34 artists from 17 Maine communities. The selected artists were chosen from a pool of more than 500 individual submissions by jurors Nina Johnson-Milewski, owner, founder, and director of Nina Johnson Gallery, Miami, FL, and Kate McNamara, an independent curator and educator based in Providence, RI. In a statement by the jurors, Johnson-Milewski writes, “I hope this exhibition will reflect the importance of harnessing the creative spirit, particularly in times…

ArtLab for All Ages | October

October 3 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Saturday, October 3 | 2-4pm | CMCA Courtyard FREE and open to all ArtLab | Mini Assemblage October marks the opening of CMCA’s 2020 Biennial! Join us in the courtyard to explore some of the materials, media and the expansive ideas represented in this large group show. Using mixed-media and found objects and prompted by words, pictures and mind-mapping, we’ll create 3D assemblage sculptures inspired by the theme: two year’s time. Our Covid-19 ArtLab Response: Staff will be wearing face…

Virtual Opening | 2020 CMCA Biennial

October 3 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Saturday, October 3, 5 – 7pm | Online Facebook Live| Free Join us on Saturday, October 3rd from 5 - 7pm on CMCA's Facebook page for a live stream virtual exhibition opening of the 2020 CMCA Biennial. We will hear from the artists about their work in the exhibition, as well as from the Biennial jurors, and share a live video tour of the galleries. Spanning all of CMCA's galleries, the 2020 edition of the CMCA Biennial features the work…

Activating Hybrid Learning with Contemporary Art: MAEA Workshop

October 17 | 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Activating Hybrid Learning with Contemporary Art: MAEA Workshop  Saturday, October 17 | 9:30am – 3:30pm In person at CMCA | 20 spots available $50 to attend | pre-registration required Due to limited space, all sales are final. Waitlist will be considered due to high volume of additional registrations Registration Deadline: Monday, October 12 at 5:00PM In support of the Maine Arts Education Association (MAEA), CMCA is offering a full day professional workshop for Maine Art Educators, including contemporary art exploration,…

David Row | The Shape of Things

June 26, 2021 - October 10, 2021

The Shape of Things is the first major exhibition of painter and master printmaker David Row’s work in his home state. Born in Portland, in 1949, Row is a multi-generational Mainer. His father’s family settled in Perry, a small town in Washington County near the Canadian border, in the early 19th century. Row visited the family homestead many times as a child and thought of it “as the wildest place I’d ever seen.” In his teen years, Row’s family began…

S.B. Walker | Nor’East

June 26, 2021 - October 10, 2021

“Who was it said that you never get to a place until a day after you come, nor leave it until a day after you go?”  —Sarah Orne Jewett Since early 2014, photographer S.B. Walker has traveled more than 100,000 miles throughout Maine in an attempt to render a truly nuanced visual record of contemporary American life. On the face of it, a project such as this appears to be a rational, census-like undertaking akin to the vast photographic surveys conducted…

Joy Feasley + Paul Swenbeck | Will-o’-the-wisp

June 26, 2021 - October 3, 2021

The exhibition Will-o’-the-wisp by Joy Feasley and Paul Swenbeck creates an immersive environment of light, sound, and sculpture that nods to history and folklore to weave a mesh of ideas about the perception of light and color. In their recent project, Out, Out, Phosphene Candle at the John Michael Kohler Art Center, Feasley and Swenbeck touched on these ideas through the exploration of shared internal visual experience. Phosphenes are the twinkling colored lights we see when our eyes are covered,…

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