The Center for Maine Contemporary Art has received a $50,000 general operating grant from the Quimby Family Foundation of Portland. This marks CMCA’s second year of funding from the Quimby Family Foundation; last year, CMCA received $35,000 in general operating support from the foundation.

The support of the Quimby Family Foundation has been critical to CMCA’s rebuilding this past year, said Suzette McAvoy, director of CMCA.

“The fact that the foundation has fully funded our request for a second year is a huge vote of confidence in CMCA, its programs and its mission of advancing contemporary art in Maine. We are extremely grateful to the Quimby family and the Foundation’s board of trustees for their belief in the value of CMCA to the statewide arts community,” McAvoy said.

In a letter notifying CMCA of the award, Hannah Quimby wrote that the foundation’s board members have spent the last few months reviewing applications and making some very difficult decisions, a process that becomes more challenging each year as the number of proposals received continues to increase. Additionally, the economic climate remains challenging and the majority of our applicants have a greater need than ever.

“The Center for Maine Contemporary Art was selected to receive funding because your goals and mission most closely align with our foundation’s funding goals. We are truly inspired by the work that you have been doing in the state of Maine,” Quimby wrote.

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art intends to use some of the funds from the Quimby award to redesign and update its website in order to offer more online services to member artists and the public. It also will use the grant money to hire part-time support staff and to expand the ArtLab education program.

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art was founded in 1952 as Maine Coast Artists, a nonprofit exhibition space devoted to showing the work of contemporary artists in Maine. In its nearly 60-year history, CMCA has shown the work of hundreds of artists including many who have reached national prominence such as Lois Dodd, Alex Katz, John Walker, Neil Welliver, Yvonne Jacquette and Alan Magee.

This year, CMCA will present 13 exhibitions in its four galleries and will show the work of 117 artists. In addition, this year CMCA added a new hands-on studio classroom called ArtLab to its educational programming for children and has inaugurated an artist’s residency program for installation artists.

For more information about CMCA, visit cmcanow.org or in person at 162 Russell Ave. CMCA is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.