Rockland, ME —The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites the public to attend an informative panel discussion on Arctic artist residencies with four artists included in the current exhibition, Melt Down. The event will take place on Sunday, May 19, at 3pm, and features artists Jonathan LaurenceJustin LevesqueJim Nickelson, and Shoshannah White, with discussion moderator Suzette McAvoy, CMCA Director.

The artists will share images of work created while in residency in the Arctic region, as well as entertaining tales and experiences of their adventures. They will also offer information and advice for other artists interested in attending an Arctic residency program.

Through their experiences recording and responding to the visible and visceral markers of irrefutable change in the Polar Regions, the artists in “Melt Down” bring these physically remote places and the compelling need for action to a wider audience. Their work provides a route for inspiring awareness and response when overwhelming data and science have failed to motivate.

The event is free to CMCA members, others with admission. Participants are encouraged to stay following the talk for refreshments and further discussion.

“Melt Down” will be on view at CMCA through June 9. For further information about the exhibition and accompanying programs, please 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.