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[ON]now Exhibition | Simulacrush

December 14, 2019 - April 30, 2020

Guest Jurors: Justine Kablack, Izabel Nielsen, and Anna Queen of SISTERED (Portland, ME) Jurors' Statement Simulacrush features eighteen artists meditating on states of reality across media. This timely group of work wrestles with systems of difference, communicating and distorting truth in a hyperreal fashion—simulacra. In a moment where information is manifested, digested, and regurgitated with extreme speed, presenting this work in a virtual environment becomes necessary to understanding the states in which we find ourselves and the ways we manipulate…

Screen | Erin Dorney | Question the Body

March 7 - June 7

*Exhibition extended, dates TBD* QUESTION THE BODY is a collection of photographs and time-lapse videos where gathered natural objects obscure pages from “The Question and Answer Book About The Human Body” by Ann McGovern (Random House, 1965). Through recorded erasure/redaction, each poem is built by the disembodied hands of the artist. The unobscured text reveals inquiries into physical form, preference, expression, and function. By emphasizing process over product, QUESTION THE BODY blurs the boundaries between writing, visual art, appropriation, performance,…

Skirting the Line | Painting Between Abstraction and Representation

March 14 - June 7

*Exhibition extended, dates TBD* Skirting the Line presents the work of five contemporary painters whose work hovers on the line between abstraction and representation. Employing different techniques to create new forms of landscape, still life and the figure, each artist has a unique but cohesive visual language exploring the idea of what it means to portray a subject by looking at the interplay between abstraction and representation. Each reinvigorates painting today through energetic personal expression. Artists included in the exhibition…

Erin Johnson | UNNAMED FOR DECADES

March 21 - June 14

*Exhibition extended, dates TBD* Spanning two galleries, Unnamed for Decades - an exhibition by Erin Johnson (b. 1985) - presents a series of new site-specific installations that incorporate videos, sculptures, and photographs. These works explore the artist’s ongoing interest in the complexity of collectivity, the wide-ranging consequences of scientific research, as well as dissidence, desire, and the queer body. The title of the exhibition is drawn from a text about Solanum plastisexum - an Australian bush tomato whose sexual expression…

*POSTPONED* David Row | The Shape of Things

June 27 - October 12

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…

*POSTPONED* S.B. Walker | Nor’East

June 27 - October 12

“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…

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

June 27 - October 4

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,…

2020 Biennial

November 7, 2020 - February 28, 2021

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 CMCA Biennial is the longest running statewide juried exhibition in…

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