November 21, 2019, Rockland, ME — The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) has been awarded a lead project grant of $7,500 from the Maine Bicentennial Commission. The grant will support the presentation of the exhibition, S.B. Walker: Nor’east at CMCA in summer 2020. The exhibition, a photographic portrait of Maine, is part of CMCA’s celebration of the state’s 200th Anniversary.

Since early 2014, photographer S.B. (Sam) Walker has travelled more than 100,000 miles throughout Maine, a well-used DeLorme atlas at his side, in an attempt to render a truly nuanced visual record of contemporary American life. On the face of it, Walker’s project appears to be a rational, census-like undertaking akin to the vast photographic surveys conducted in the 19th and early 20th centuries. In reality though, the photographer says, “it is a windy road dictated by intuition, serendipity, and strange happenings.”

“We are thrilled this project and exhibition has received a Bicentennial Community Grant,” says CMCA director Suzette McAvoy. “Sam Walker’s work celebrates the diversity and complexity of Maine today, and in its sweeping scale, will serve as an important historical document in years to come.”

S.B. Walker (b. 1987) lives and works in Portland, Maine. His photographs have been exhibited internationally and can be found in public and private collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Fitchburg Art Museum; Smith College Museum of Art; David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University; Houston Museum of Fine Arts; Peabody Essex Museum; The Thoreau Institute; and Paul Sack Photographic Trust. His projects have been featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The GuardianSmithsonian Magazine, Photo District News, Lens Culture, Hyperallergic, and Aperture, among other publications.

About Maine Bicentennial Commission
Formed to ring in Maine’s 200th Anniversary, the commission has a mission centered on three goals: 1) to explore Maine’s history from the many perspectives of its multiple past and current populations; 2) to celebrate Maine’s present people, places, institutions and economy; and 3) to envision the public and private actions that will enhance Maine’s future prosperity. For more information, visit

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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.

S.B. Walker, from the forthcoming exhibition Nor’East, to be shown summer 2020 at Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland.