After receiving more than 900 entries for the 2011 Portland Museum of Art Biennial exhibition, the Portland Museum of Art announced that 66 works by 47 artists have been selected for the show. Several of the artists live and work in the Midcoast.

During the summer, artists submitted more than 3,600 works of art to be considered by a panel of three jurors: Jim Kempner, owner and director of Jim Kempner Fine Art in New York; David Row, a painter based in New York and Maine; and Joanna Marsh, the James Dicke Curator of Contemporary Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. The jurors spent a weekend in September viewing images and selecting the work for the 2011 Biennial, which will be on view from April 7 through June 5 at PMA.

Each Biennial is uniquely formed by the jurors’ collective vision and the work presented to them. As a series, the biennial exhibitions create a visual record of Maine’s evolving contemporary art scene and testify to the profound influence that the landscape, traditions and people of Maine continue to have on living artists. Maine has nurtured artists for centuries, and its influence reaches far beyond its borders.

The majority of Biennial artists are full-time Maine residents and a number of them are part-time or have spent significant time exhibiting, making work and studying in Maine. Of the 47 artists chosen, only six have participated in previous Biennial exhibitions. Their work is created in media ranging from painting, drawing, printmaking and photography to sculpture, installation and video. This blend of influences and experiences enriches the state’s artistic community and defines its art scene as one that reflects a diversity of traditions – both established and new.

A full-color catalogue will be published in conjunction with the exhibition and will be available in the Museum Store next spring. The 2011 Portland Museum of Art Biennial is made possible by the William E. and Helen E. Thon Endowment Fund.

Midcoast artists selected for the 2011 Biennial are Jeremy Barnard of Friendship and Georgetown, Mass.; Sarah Faragher of Stockton Springs; Kathleen Galligan of Bristol; Lauren O’Neal of Vinalhaven and Cambridge, Mass.; Rebecca Rivers of Searsport; and Liv Kristin Robinson of Belfast, who also was selected for the 1998 Biennial.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to