Rockland, ME, January 24, 2020—The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) will host the first Artist Toolbox Talk on Sunday, February 2, at 3pm. Presented by artist and program administrator Kim Bernard, the Artist Toolbox Talk provides an introduction to critical skills artists need to represent themselves and advance professionally in the changing dynamics of today’s arts and culture sectors.

Topics covered include photographing your work, websites, gallery representation, pricing, net-working, and small business basics. A question and answer period will follow the 1 hour slide presentation. The event is free for CMCA members, others with admission. No pre-registration is required.

The Artist Toolbox is a new statewide initiative designed by CMCA, with support from the Roxanne Quimby Foundation, to provide professional development skills to artists. In its pilot year, the program will take the form of a series of informative presentations and intensive weekend workshops offered free-of-charge or at a nominal fee to artists and arts organizations across the State of Maine. Short “how-to” videos and additional speakers are also being planned.

Program administrator, artist Kim Bernard of Rockland, received her BFA from Parsons School of Design in 1987, and her MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2010. She mentors emerging artists individually, and teaches professional development workshops to artists nationally.

Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions across the U.S., including at the Portland Museum of Art, Currier Museum of Art, Fuller Craft Museum, Harvard University, The Art Complex Museum, and University of New Hampshire Museum of Art. She is the recipient of awards from The Kindling Fund, the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Maine Arts Commission, the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation, Harvard University Elson Family Arts Initiative, and a Piscataquis Region Artist Advancement Grant. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Physics Department at Harvard University, and at the University of New England.

For additional information about CMCA’s Artist Toolbox program, please visit:



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: Artist Toolbox Talk at CMCA