CMCA announces ‘Biennial’ artists

Apr 16, 2014

Rockport — The Center for Maine Contemporary Art has announced the 28 artists whose work will be included in the 2014 “CMCA Biennial” exhibition. A quarter of them live and work on the Midcoast.

The artists are Jeffery C. Becton of Deer Isle; Emily Brown of South Montville; Stephanie Cardon of Cushing; Cole Caswell, Adriane Herman, John Knight, Adam John Manley of Portland; Anne-Claude Cotty of Stonington; Cynthia C. Davis of Harpswell; Scott Davis of Rockland; Susan Dewsnap of Lewiston; Leah Gauthier of Brunswick; Lauren Gillette of York; Linda Mahoney of Waldoboro; Fred Michel of Westbrook; Munira Naqui of Falmouth; Sean Patrick O'Brien of Freeport; Jordie Oetken of Skowhegan; Jan Owen and Dennis Pinette of Belfast; Shannon Rankin of Rangeley; Meryl H. Ruth of Cumberland; Bridget Spaeth of Brunswick; Barbara Sullivan of Solon; Daphne Taylor of Montville; Sharon Townshend of Pownal; Jennifer Wilkey of Wiscasset; and Jeff Woodbury of South Portland. More than 475 artists submitted work for this year's Biennial.

CMCA has held juried biennial exhibitions since 1970. The jurors for the 2014 Biennial were Jennifer Gross, chief curator of the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Mass.; and Deborah Weisgall, arts and culture writer for The New York Times, The Atlantic, Esquire and The New Yorker. Upon completing their review, Gross and Weisgall noted that "this Biennial grew to encompass work that uses a range of materials in a surprising array of forms." They said the exhibition "offers a sense of what artists working in Maine, many of whom are beginning their careers, are thinking, feeling, and seeing: what has captured their attention — and ours."

The 2014 “CMCA Biennial” exhibition will be on view at CMCA from Sept. 27 through Dec. 7. CMCA’s major media sponsor this year is Maine Home + Design magazine, 2014 major media sponsor. The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is a nonprofit organization advancing contemporary art in Maine through exhibitions and educational programs. The galleries and shop will open for CMCA's 62nd season Saturday, May 24. For more information, visit cmcanow.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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