Rockland, ME, June 10, 2019—The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites the public to its 2019 Distinguished Lecture presented by artists Alex Katz and David Salle on Tuesday, July 23, 5:30pm, at The Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street, Rockland, Maine. Tickets are $15 CMCA Members, $20 Non-members and are available for purchase online at or by calling 207-701-5005. A reception and book signing will immediately follow the lecture at CMCA.

Two of the most esteemed contemporary artists of our time, Alex Katz and David Salle have been friends for more than thirty-five years. In that time they have had hundreds of conversations on art, philosophy, culture, and life. CMCA is honored to welcome the two iconic artists for an evening of lively and candid conversation as they discuss looking at art through the lens of history, fashion, and aesthetics.

Alex Katz is one of the most prolific and influential painters of today. He has had more than 200 solo exhibitions in many of the world’s major museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Tate Gallery in London, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and most recently at l’Orangerie in Paris, where he was invited to exhibit his series of paintings of water lilies alongside those of Monet. Katz is also the author of the recently published, Looking at Art with Alex Katz (Laurence King Publishing, 2018), a book that has been described as “a walk through art history in the company of America’s foremost painter.”

David Salle is an internationally renowned painter and printmaker who helped define postmodern sensibility. He is also a prolific writer on art. His essays and reviews have appeared in Artforum, Art in America, Modern Painters, The Paris Review, Interview, and numerous exhibition catalogs and anthologies. His recent collection of critical essays, How to See (W.W. Norton, 2016), has been called “a master class in contemporary art by one of the preeminent painters of our time.” Salle’s work has been exhibited worldwide, including solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

Now in its 6th year, the CMCA Annual Distinguished Lecture brings to Maine some of the leading artists and cultural thinkers of today. Past presenters include Dr. Lonnie Bunch, newly appointed Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution; Jerry Saltz, Pultizer Prize winning art critic at New York magazine, and John Yau, poet, art critic, and weekend editor for the global online art magazine Hyperallergic. For additional information about this year’s lecture or CMCA, please visit or call 207-701-5005.


Located in the heart of downtown Rockland’s burgeoning arts district, CMCA is Maine’s leading contemporary art center, presenting a year-round schedule of exhibitions and educational programs for the community.

Summer hours: Monday – Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 12-5pm. Closed Federal Holidays. Admission is $8; $6 for seniors and students with ID; free for CMCA members and visitors under 18. For more information, please visit