Rockland, ME, May 1, 2020  — The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland is offering a new online art history course to the public. Titled “Look Closer: A Thematic Survey of Art History,” the two-part, ten-session course will be taught by CMCA Associate Curator Bethany Engstrom, PhD, through Zoom, beginning Thursday, May 14, 5:30 to 7:30pm, and continuing weekly through July 16. Participants may register for either Part I or Part II, or both five-week sections.

Designed for the general audience, “Look Closer” explores the evolution of themes in art from ancient times to the present, selectively surveying the visual arts of Europe, Asia (India, China, Japan), Africa, and the Americas. Led by Dr. Engstrom, who has taught at Unity College and the University of Maine at Orono and Augusta, the class will meet once a week for an engaging slide lecture and discussion focused on a specific topic. Readings will be provided and participants are encouraged to take part in the discussions.

The course fee is $50 CMCA members; $75 non-members for Part I or Part II individually or $90 CMCA members; $115 non-members for both sections. Pre-registration is required and a Zoom meeting link will be emailed prior to first meeting. For more information and to register, 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. NOTE: CMCA is temporarily closed to the public in accordance with CDC guidelines, anticipated reopening July 1, 2020.

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Below: Look Closer: A Thematic Survey of Art History, offered by CMCA on Zoom beginning May 14.