The public is invited to join artist Dozier Bell of Waldoboro and new Center for Maine Contemporary Art director Suzette McAvoy of Belfast for a conversation about Bell’s work featured in the current CMCA exhibition “Momenta: A Decade of Paintings and Drawings.”

The discussion will take place Sunday, Sept. 12 at 2 p.m. at CMCA, 162 Russell Ave. Admission is free.

The work in “Momenta” marks a shift for Bell from a long-standing interest in reflecting an inner spiritual and psychological life to reflections upon her experiences in eastern Germany a few years ago. As always, a sense of the past persists in the present in her images, and Bell references more universal issues of family, racial and national memories. Bell is a painter of landscapes and skies who usually works in acrylic on linen; and charcoal on acetate.

Bell graduated magna cum laude from Smith College and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She earned a master of fine arts degree at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied with Neil Welliver. She also has studied with artist Yvonne Jacquette of New York and Searsmont, whose work is currently on view at CMCA in the exhibition “Yvonne Jacquette: Aerials.”

Bell received an honorary doctor of fine arts degree from Maine College of Art in 1997, as well as a Rockefeller Foundation residency fellowship in Bellagio, Italy; a residency at the Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, N.Y.; a Fulbright Fellowship at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany; and two MacDowell Colony residencies in Peterborough, N.H. She also received two Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants and, in 2009, an Adolph and Ether Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grant.

Since 1987, when she first exhibited in “Six Young Maine Painters” curated by Neil Welliver at Maine Coasts Artists (now CMCA), Bell has participated in 55 group shows nationwide and 27 solo exhibitions (including 10 in various New York City galleries). She has a solo exhibition at the Aucocisco Gallery in Portland beginning Oct. 1. A Maine native, Bell is married to artist and art critic Ken Greenleaf.

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