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June 2016

Jonathan Borofsky: Particle Soul

June 26, 2016 - August 21, 2016
Main Gallery, 21 Winter Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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Recognized for his large public works installed around the world, Jonathan Borofsky (b. 1942) is a leading sculptor and printmaker who lives and works in Ogunquit, Maine. For the exhibition Particle Soul, referring to the idea of human interconnections, Borofsky will create a site-specific, large-scale installation consisting of brightly colored, translucent sculptures of the human figure, along with a large outdoor sculpture of figures in the courtyard. Member's Opening: June 26, 2016; 11am-1pm Public Opening: June 26, 2016; 2-5pm borofsky.com…

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September 2016

Don Voisine: X/V

September 2, 2016 - October 30, 2016
Main Gallery, 21 Winter Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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Featuring work created in the past fifteen years by Don Voisine (b.1952), a native of Fort Kent, Maine, now based in Brooklyn, New York, the exhibition X/V provides an in-depth and introspective look at the abstract works of the artist. Rooted in the language of architecture, Voisine’s paintings, prints and drawings convey a sense of shifting spatial interactions through the use of symmetry, color, surface, and precise, hard-edged forms. Opening reception: September 2, 2016; 5-8pm donvoisine.com    

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February 2017

Sam Cady | Parts of the Whole

February 18, 2017 - June 18, 2017
Main Gallery, 21 Winter Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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“The world is emblematic. Parts of speech are metaphors, because the whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson The first full-scale retrospective of the work of artist Sam Cady, this exhibition presents a broad selection of the artist’s emblematic shaped and rectangular paintings created over four decades, as well as a sampling of drawings, studies, and recent “fragments,” painted abstractions culled from the remainders of the shaped canvases. Ever tuned to seeing aesthetic possibility in…

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June 2017

The Honor and Glory of Whaling | Staged Reading

June 10, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Main Gallery, 21 Winter Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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An epic tale that follows the fate of legendary New England fishing captain Robby Foerster and his boat, The Northern Star. After a fatal first encounter with heroin—the "Great White Whale" of the modern commercial fishing community—Robby falls deeply into addiction. The past becomes the present and Robby and his boat in a delusion become Ahab and the Pequod, leading the audience on a thrilling chase to kill the white whale and rid the town of the drugs that are…

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John Walker | From Seal Point

June 24, 2017 - October 29, 2017
Main Gallery, 21 Winter Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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For more than two decades, artist John Walker has been painting the view from his property at Seal Point, Maine, and his tough, lush, muscular paintings from this place have been described as “existential images.” Seal Point is for Walker what Mont Saint Victoire was for Cezanne, a subject to be revisited time and again until, as the artist says, “one knows more about it than anyone else. That is what Seal Point is to me.” For the first time,…

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November 2017

Materiality | The Matter of Matter | Gallery I

November 11, 2017 - February 11, 2018
Main Gallery, 21 Winter Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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Jackie Brown, installation view, Materiality exhibition

  You begin with the possibilities of the material. –Robert Rauschenberg The question of how and why an artist uses materials has long been a topic of consideration in art history. Today, many artists are looking to this question and seeking to find a balance between what they use to make work and the concepts behind them. Providing agency to the materials themselves, artists are looking at materials as a means of communication, whether they are expanding on traditional media…

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March 2018

John Moore | Resonance

March 3, 2018 - June 17, 2018
Main Gallery, 21 Winter Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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This survey exhibition of paintings and drawings by John Moore (b. 1941) is the artist's first solo exhibition in a Maine museum, and his first at CMCA (then Maine Coast Artists) since the group exhibition, Looking at the Land, in 1993. A highly esteemed teacher and painter, with more than forty-two solo exhibitions to his credit, Moore has lived and worked in Belfast, Maine, for more than a decade, first seasonally and more recently full-time, since retiring from the University…

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June 2018

John Bisbee | American Steel

June 30, 2018 - October 14, 2018
Main Gallery, 21 Winter Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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American Steel is the first solo exhibition in Maine of sculptor John Bisbee’s work in nearly a decade. Bisbee, a resident of Brunswick, Maine, is celebrated for his masterful work created exclusively from forged and welded nails, transforming their simple form into sculptures that defy the imagination. As Glenn Adamson writes in the catalog essay accompanying the exhibition, “We hear a lot these days about the decline of American manufacture. Communities in the so-called ‘rust belt’ are struggling to cope…

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March 2019

Ellis-Beauregard Fellows | Wade Kavanaugh + Stephen B. Nguyen

March 23, 2019 - June 16, 2019
Main Gallery, 21 Winter Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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In partnership with the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation, CMCA presents the inaugural exhibition of the 2018 Ellis-Beauregard Fellows—artist team Wade Kavanaugh (Bethel, Maine) and Stephen B. Nguyen (Portland, Maine). Kavanaugh and Nguyen were selected as the first recipients of the Fellowship award through a blind jury process from a pool of more than 200 applicants by jurors Jeffrey Peabody, Vice President and Director, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York City, and Alison de Lima Greene, Isabel Brown Wilson Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Museum of…

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Melt Down

March 23, 2019 - June 9, 2019
Main Gallery, 21 Winter Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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  “If engaging with climate is not a matter of winning, but more a matter of character and style, then the making of art, story, and literature also becomes part of our responses.” —Per Espen Stoknes, What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming How do we confront what climate strategist Jorgen Randers calls “the burden of ‘Big Grief,’” when nature is increasingly destroyed around us? The artists in Melt Down present evidence of the undeniable impact of…

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Gallery Talk | Kavanaugh + Nguyen

March 23, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Main Gallery, 21 Winter Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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Join us for a gallery talk with artists Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen, preceding the opening reception for their installation. Working as collaborators for more than a decade, Kavanaugh and Nguyen were selected as recipients of the first Ellis-Beauregard Foundation Fellowship award from a pool of more than 200 applicants by jurors Jeffrey Peabody, Director, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York City, and Alison de Lima Greene, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Kavanaugh and Nguyen’s…

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September 2021

CMCA 2021 Distinguished Lecture | Chris Newell

September 10, 2021 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Main Gallery, 21 Winter Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
$20 – $25

Friday, September 10 | CMCA's Main Gallery, 21 Winter St., Rockland | $20 CMCA members, $25 non-members Chris Newell, Executive Director at the Abbe Museum & Senior Prater to the Wabanaki Nations will present CMCA’s annual Distinguished Lecture on Friday, September 10, 2021. The talk will take place at 5 pm at CMCA's Main Gallery, 21 Winter Street; a public reception will immediately follow at CMCA. The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites the public to its 2021 Distinguished…

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Artist Talk | David Row + Suzette McAvoy

September 12, 2021 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Main Gallery, 21 Winter Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States

Sunday, September 12 | 2-4pm Free to the public Mask are required; regardless of vaccination status. Join us for a dialogue between artist David Row and guest curator Suzette McAvoy, discussing the artist's landmark solo exhibition, The Shape of Things.  This closing event will be followed by a reception where David will sign copies of the newly released catalog accompanying the exhibition (cover image above). This event will be held in-person in CMCA's Main Gallery and streamed live to Facebook.…

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January 2022

Walk the Line

January 29 - May 8
Main Gallery, 21 Winter Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States

Walk the Line features an exceptionally diverse range of works by eight Maine and Maine-connected artists who share a central use of linear or geometric forms in their compositions. Seen together, these artists underscore the expressive power of the line through works that span assemblage, photography, textile, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and artist books. Artists featured in the exhibition include Paolo Arao, Grace DeGennaro, Clint Fulkerson, John Houck, Jennie C. Jones, Jeff Kellar, Paula McCartney, and Will Sears. Walk the Line…

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