Rockland, Maine, December 13, 2019 – The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland is announcing an open call for submissions to its 2020 Biennial exhibition. Submissions will be accepted online through the CMCA website from January 1 through April 3, 2020.

The CMCA Biennial is an open juried competition for artists at all stages of their career who have a strong connection to the state of Maine. Art in all mediums is accepted for review. The CMCA 2020 Biennial is sponsored by The VIA Agency, Portland, ME.

“We are extremely grateful to The VIA Agency for their support of the 2020 Biennial,” says CMCA Executive Director Suzette McAvoy. “Their generous sponsorship makes it possible for us to waive submission fees for all entering artists and to engage two outstanding independent jurors, Kate McNamara and Nina Johnson-Milewski. Given the coincidence with Maine’s Bicentennial, we anticipate a particularly large response to this statewide celebration of contemporary Maine art.”

The CMCA Biennial is the longest running statewide juried exhibition in Maine, dating back to 1978. Jurors for the 2020 edition are Nina Johnson-Milewskiowner, founder, and director of Nina Johnson Gallery, Miami, Florida, and Kate McNamaraan independent curator and educator based in Providence, Rhode Island, where she is Visiting Critic at the Rhode Island School of Design and Creative Director of My HomeCourt, a nonprofit organization working with contemporary artists to revitalize city parks.

Sponsored by The VIA Agency, the CMCA 2020 Biennial will open in November 2020 and run through February 2021.

For more information and submission guidelines, visit: CMCA Artist Members are eligible to submit additional images for consideration. To join as an artist member, visit

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CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages.

Location: 21 Winter Street, Rockland, MaineHours: November through May, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5pm; June through October, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 12 to 5pm. Closed Federal holidays. Admission: $8; Seniors (65+) and students with ID $6; children under 18 free; CMCA members free.

Images (from top):
2020 CMCA Biennial
2018 CMCA Biennial installation view