Rockland, ME, July 10, 2020 — The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland will host a virtual Tuesday Talk on July 21, from 5:30 to 6:30pm, with four of the artists whose work is on view in the current exhibition, Skirting the Line: Painting between Abstraction and Representation.

The talk, which is free of charge and open to the public, will feature artists Meghan Brady, Inka Essenhigh, Anne Neely, and Hannah Secord Wade in conversation with scholar and curator Amy Rahn. Ms. Rahn’s research and work focuses on postwar painting and women artists, in particular the historical consequences of women artists’ networks of understanding and camaraderie. She is currently an Associate Professor of Art History and Director of the Danforth Gallery at the University of Maine at Augusta. 

The talk will include a live virtual tour of the exhibition at CMCA as the panelists discuss the works on view. To join the talk on Zoom or Facebook Live, register online at 

Meghan Brady received her BA from Smith College and her MFA from Boston University. She was a 2019 and 2017 recipient of an Ellis Beauregard Foundation Grant, a 2018 Hewnoaks Summer Fellowship, and a 2019 MacDowell Colony Fellowship. Her work was recently featured in a solo exhibition, Reversible Roles at the University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, ME. Brady lives and works in Camden, ME.

Inka Essenhigh received her BFA from Columbus College of Art & Design and her MFA from School of Visual Arts, NYC. Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the country and internationally, including recently at the Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA; Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, IL; Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, VA; Jacob Lewis Gallery, NYC; Columbus College of Art & Design, Canzani Center, Columbus, OH; Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; and Pace Prints, NYC. Essenhigh lives and works in St. George, ME, and New York City.

Anne Neely received her BA from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. She has been awarded residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts, the Ballinglen Arts Foundation, and the Cill Rialaig Arts Center. Her work has recently been featured in a solo exhibition at CUE Art Foundation, NYC, curated by Sarah Sze; and a solo exhibition, Water Stories at the Museum of Science, Boston. Other recent exhibitions include Cove Street Arts, Portland, ME, and Lohin Geduld Gallery, NYC, as well as numerous additional venues throughout the U.S. She splits her time between home and studios in Jonesport, ME, and Boston, MA.

Hannah Secord Wade received her MA Fine Art from Chelsea College, London, and her BA from Hampshire College, Amherst, MA. She has been a resident at the Arteles Creative Center, Open Wabi, and The Sam and Adele Golden Foundation. Her work has been featured in various publications including Boooooooom!, Design Crush, and Style for Mankind. She lives and works in Woolwich, ME.

Amy Rahn is a teacher, curator, and scholar of American modern and contemporary art. Her dissertation on New York School painter Joan Mitchell reconsidered the artist’s years in Paris from 1955 to 1965 as a condensing, transnational moment in her career when she bridged her painting practices in New York and in Paris. Rahn authored an essay on a Mitchell painting from the 1960s for the forthcoming 2020 Joan Mitchell retrospective exhibition catalogue co-published by SFMoMA and Yale University Press. 



CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages on site and online.

Location: 21 Winter Street, Rockland, MaineHours: July through October, Monday – Saturday, 11am to 5pm; Sunday, noon to 5pm. Closed Federal holidays. Admission: $5 Special reopening price; children under 18 free; CMCA members free.

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1) Installation view of the exhibition, Skirting the Line: Painting Between Abstraction and Representation at CMCA this summer. (Photo: Dave Clough)
2) Tuesday Talk | Discussing the Line: Artists on the Border of Abstraction