Taking place in the fall of even-numbered years, the CMCA Biennial is an open, statewide juried exhibition featuring work in all mediums produced by the selected artists in the past two years. A snapshot of Maine’s vibrant contemporary art scene, the CMCA Biennial dates back to 1978 and is the longest-running juried competition in the state. Jurors for 2018 are Kate Green, Guest Director of Marfa Contemporary, Marfa, Texas, and Robin K. Williams, Ford Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, Michigan.
Kate Green (M.A. Curatorial Studies, Center for Curatorial Studies Bard College; Ph.D. Art History, University of Texas at Austin) is a curator and an educator. Most recently, as Guest Director of Marfa Contemporary, she has been developing projects with William Cordova and Autumn Knight. As a curator at Artpace she realized exhibitions with Andrea Bowers, Mircea Cantor, Trisha Donnelly, and Kota Ezawa, among others. Green has worked at Dia Art Foundation, MoMA PS1, Portland Art Museum, and PICA, and has taught at Trinity University and University of Texas at Austin. Green’s writing has recently been published by Art In America, Artforum.com, and Frieze, and she is currently working with William Cordova on his first monograph, to be published in April 2018.
Robin K. Williams is Ford Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, where she curated Danielle Dean: True Red Ruin (2018) and co-curated with Jens Hoffmann the group exhibition Sonic Rebellion: Music As Resistance (2017). Formerly Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow of Latin American Art at the Blanton Museum of Art as well as a Curatorial Fellow at the Visual Arts Center in Austin, Texas, Williams is completing her PhD at The University of Texas at Austin with a dissertation entitled “Joan Jonas’s Visual Language.” She has held teaching positions at The University of Texas at Austin and Texas State University, and her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including Stedelijk Studies (Amsterdam) and Sin Objeto (Cuenca, Spain).
Artists featured in Marilyn Moss Rockefeller Lobby, Karen & Rob Brace Hall, and Community Courtyard:
Freedom Baird (Tenants Harbor, ME + Cambridge, MA)
Amy Stacey Curtis (Lyman, ME)
Alicia Eggert (Portland, ME + Denton, TX)
Julie K. Gray (Saco, ME)
Anna Hepler (Eastport, ME + Greenfield, MA)
Hilary Irons (Portland, ME)
Samantha Jones (Blue Hill, ME)
Gina Siepel (Portland, ME + Greenfield, MA)
Suzy Spence (Brooklin, ME +Brooklyn, NY)
Erin Woodbrey (Sebago Lake, ME + Orleans, MA)
3D Virtual Tour | CMCA 2018 Biennial
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In the Press
This fall’s standout shows in museums throughout the six-state region in The Boston Globe by Cate McQuaid – October 11, 2018
The Center for Maine Contemporary Art Celebrates Its 20th Biennial in Decor Maine by Allison Paige – October 24, 2018
Ng delivers CMCA Tuesday Talk in Courier Publications by Dagney C. Ernest – November 2, 2018
See a snapshot of Maine’s vibrant contemporary art scene at Rockland museum in Portland Press Herald and Central Maine by Bob Keyes – November 4, 2018
Art review: The 2018 CMCA Biennial is good and messy in Portland Press Herald by Daniel Kany – December 16, 2018
Winter Weekend Getaways in Down East Magazine by Will Grunewald, Jennifer Hazard and Brian Kevin – January 2019
In the Moment in Down East Magazine by Will Grunewald – January 2019