Walk the Line features an exceptionally diverse range of works by eight Maine and Maine-connected artists who share a central use of linear or geometric forms in their compositions. Seen together, these artists underscore the expressive power of the line through works that span assemblage, photography, textile, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and artist books. Artists featured in the exhibition include Paolo Arao, Grace DeGennaro, Clint Fulkerson, John Houck, Jennie C. Jones, Jeff Kellar, Paula McCartney, and Will Sears.
Walk the Line is curated by CMCA’s Executive Director and Chief Curator, Timothy Peterson, in collaboration with Curatorial Assistant, Rachel Romanski. The exhibition is made possible in part by a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
About the artists
Paolo Arao (b. 1977, Manila, Philippines) has exhibited extensively at venues including The Columbus Museum (GA), the Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse, NY), and Able Baker Contemporary (Portland). Arao has also been an artist in residence at The Studios at MASS MoCA (North Adams, MA), Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Lower East Side Printshop (New York), and the Vermont Studio Center (Johnson), among others. Arao is based in Brooklyn.
Grace DeGennaro has exhibited internationally at venues including The Kentler International Drawing Space (Brooklyn, NY), United States Embassy (Doha, Qatar and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania), The Tang Teaching Museum (Saratoga Springs, NY), Cove Street Arts (Portland), and the Heckscher Museum (Huntington, NY). DeGennaro’s works are included in various permanent institutional and private collections including the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, DC). She lives and works in Yarmouth, Maine.
Clint Fulkerson has exhibited at venues including the Portland Museum of Art, McKenzie Fine Art (New York), and Corey Daniels Gallery (Wells, ME). Fulkerson’s works are represented in the collections of the MIT List Visual Arts Center (Cambridge, MA), Endicott College (Beverly, MA), and Facebook Inc. Fulkerson lives in Portland.
John Houck has exhibited internationally at venues including the the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), Houston Center for Photography, On Stellar Rays (New York), and The Mistake Room (Los Angeles). His works are represented in the collections of The Art Institute of Chicago, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, The Museum of Modern Art (New York), and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He is represented by Marianne Boesky Gallery (New York) and lives and works in Los Angeles.
Jennie C. Jones has exhibited extensively with solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Museum Houston, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, DC), The Kitchen (New York), the Atlanta Contemporary and The Art Club of Chicago. Her solo exhibition Jennie C. Jones: Dynamics opens at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York) on January 28, 2022. She is represented by Alexander Gray Associates (New York) and lives in Hudson, New York.
Jeff Kellar has exhibited nationally at venues including the Portland Museum of Art, Museum of American Art (Philadelphia), the Colby College Museum of Art (Waterville, ME), and William Campbell Contemporary Art (Fort Worth, TX). Kellar is the recipient of a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. His works are represented in the collections of the Portland Museum of Art, the Farnsworth Art Museum and Microsoft Collection (Seattle). Kellar lives in Falmouth, Maine.
Paula McCartney has exhibited extensively at venues including the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago), Houston Center for Photography, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, DC). Her works are represented in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Clark Art Institute (Williamstown, MA), and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, among many others. McCartney lives and works in Minneapolis.
Will Sears has exhibited nationally in exhibitions at Montserrat College of Art (Beverly, MA), White Walls Gallery (San Francisco), and New Systems Exhibitions and Able Baker Contemporary (Portland). Sears has been an artist in residence at the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation (Rockland) and Hewnoaks (Lovell) and received a fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center. Sears lives in South Portland.
Image caption: John Houck, Accumulator #34.2, 3 Colors Each #009AB2, #F7BA9E, #F86367, Creased archival pigment print (unique), 20” (h) x 16” (w) each, 2020
A special thank you to Annie Bailey, Hannah Berta, Keenan Boscoe, Lyle Downes Toney, and Soren Moesswilde for their installation expertise in making this exhibition possible.