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2018 CMCA Biennial | Virtual Exhibition

November 3, 2018 - March 3, 2019

    Click on any "blue dot" for label copy and link to artist's website. — CMCA Biennial 2018 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…

Art You Love | Annual Benefit Auction

February 14 - February 28

Bidding opens on February 14, noon | Closes on February 28, 5pm Preview the Auction Catalog Just in time for Valentine's Day, our annual benefit art auction is back with fifty works of art to love. Representing the breadth of contemporary art making by artists connected to Maine, there is sure to be one or more works that tug on your heart strings. Give the gift of art to yourself or your loved ones—every auction purchase directly benefits CMCA’s exhibitions…

ArtLab | February Vacation Week

February 18 - February 21

Monday - Thursday, February 18 - 21 | 2-4pm FREE and open to all Painting the Days Away: Painting Sampler Drop-in for one or all four days this February vacation week to experience the playful, meticulous, zany and expansive ways of drawing and painting with watercolor, inks and other altered paper materials. Each day will present an array of both lively and contemplative prompts to launch creative painting projects!

Screen | Andrew Ellis Johnson + Susanne Slavick | RESORT + QUENCH

March 16 - June 16

RESORT and QUENCH are two recent collaborative video works by artists Andrew Ellis Johnson and Susanne Slavick that frame the global refugee and migration crisis through the lens of the sea. In RESORT, 2016, the immensity of the sea is oddly stilled. There is no lull in the light that cycles from dawn to dusk across a sandy stage. The bodies that lounge on beach chairs are absent, unavailable or unwilling to assist those bodies that are anxious, vulnerable and…

Ellis-Beauregard Fellows | Wade Kavanaugh + Stephen B. Nguyen

March 23 - June 16

In partnership with the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation, CMCA presents the inaugural exhibition of the 2018 Ellis-Beauregard Fellows—artist team Wade Kavanaugh (Bethel, Maine) and Stephen B. Nguyen (Portland, Maine). Kavanaugh and Nguyen were selected as the first recipients of the Fellowship award through a blind jury process from a pool of more than 200 applicants by jurors Jeffrey Peabody, Vice President and Director, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York City, and Alison de Lima Greene, Isabel Brown Wilson Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Museum of…

Melt Down

March 23 - June 9

  “If engaging with climate is not a matter of winning, but more a matter of character and style, then the making of art, story, and literature also becomes part of our responses.” —Per Espen Stoknes, What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming How do we confront what climate strategist Jorgen Randers calls “the burden of ‘Big Grief,’” when nature is increasingly destroyed around us? The artists in Melt Down present evidence of the undeniable impact of…

Melt Down + EBF Exhibition | Opening Reception

March 23 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Saturday, March 23, 2019 | 5:00-7:00pm Free Join us for an opening reception celebrating two new exhibitions: Melt Down and Wade Kavanaugh + Stephen B. Nguyen | Ellis-Beauregard Fellowship Exhibition. Melt Down, organized by CMCA curator emeritus Bruce Brown, presents the work of 10 lens-based artists whose work gives evidence to the undeniable impact of climate change on the fragile environments of the Arctic and Antarctic. Through their experiences recording and responding to the visible and visceral markers of irrefutable change, the artists bring…

Out There | Music/Video Performance by Princess

May 3 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Free and open to the public Join us for May’s First Friday featuring art-pop psychedelic duo Princess (Alexis Gideon and Michael O’Neill) performing the Midcoast Premiere of their live narrative video album Out There. Out There  (2019; 4K video, live performance; 55:20min) is a concept video album and live performance piece by the band Princess. It explores the role men ought to be playing during the current cultural reckoning of misogyny. The video’s science fiction narrative explores the power of the Divine Feminine through collaborations with JD Samson, visual…

The Art Party

June 28 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Friday, June 28, 6-9pm | After The Art Party, 9pm-midnight Save the date for the party of the season! Kick off summer 2019 at The Art Party, CMCA’s gala celebration of new art in Maine. Join us for a fun and fabulous evening filled with exciting art, delicious food, and unexpected surprises. Our most important fundraiser of the year! Tickets on sale beginning May 15, 2019.

After The Art Party

June 28 | 9:00 pm

Friday, June 28 | 9pm-midnight | Yellow Barn, 20 Winter Street $20 pre-sale + CMCA Members; $25 at door Beer and wine included; ages 21+ Save the date for the party of the season! A CMCA dance party is not one you want to miss! AFTER The Art Party, continue the celebration and dance into the night. Become a member or purchase tickets online before the event to save!

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