Toshiko Mori, an award-winning international architect with longstanding ties to Maine, has been selected to design the new Center for Maine Contemporary Art facility in the downtown arts district of Rockland.

Announcement of the appointment was made by Marilyn Moss Rockefeller, Chairwoman of the CMCA Board of Trustees. Trustees Charlotte Dixon and Peter Gross will serve as co-chairs of the Building Committee, which will oversee the development of the new location.

“The board is thrilled that Toshiko has agreed to serve as our architect for this important undertaking,” Rockefeller said, adding that Mori and her associates will begin work immediately, once environmental and engineering surveys on the existing structure at 21 Winter St. have been completed.

Current plans call for the redesigned facilities to be ready for the opening of the 2015 season, when CMCA will move from its longtime Rockport location to the larger premises in Rockland.

“I am honored and privileged to be asked to design a new Center for Maine Contemporary Art. We have a long relationship with arts institutions and artists in our work and personal life,” said Mori. “I have been associated with Midcoast Maine in the last 30 years, and I am especially excited to make a contribution to promote contemporary arts in Maine.”

Mori is the Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at Harvard University‘s Graduate School of Design. She has been active internationally since the early 1980s through her firm Toshiko Mori Architect, based in New York City. Her firm has worked on a broad range of programs including urban, civic, institutional, cultural, residential, museum and exhibition design.

Toshiko Mori Architect has won two International Art Critics Association Awards for “Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay” Exhibition and “Josef and Anni Albers: Designs for Living” Exhibition, both at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. The most recent of the firm’s many awards is the 2013 AIA New York Chapter Interior Honors Award for the Sean Kelly Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in New York City.

In Maine, where she and her husband, artist James Carpenter, have long maintained a home in the Midcoast area, Mori has designed a number of private residences and supervised the redesign of the interior spaces of the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland.

“Toshiko and her team have extensive experience working with museum and gallery spaces, particularly in the area of contemporary art,” said CMCA Director Suzette McAvoy. “We are so fortunate to have them overseeing the newly envisioned CMCA in Rockland.”

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (originally called Maine Coast Artists), was founded in 1952 by a small group of dedicated artists and has occupied its current location in the old Rockport firehouse since 1967. Throughout its 61-year history, CMCA has been committed to presenting high quality contemporary visual art; to showing the work of Maine artists at all stages of their careers; and to providing educational programs aimed at making art an integral part of Maine life.

The nonprofit CMCA is located at 162 Russell Ave., Rockport. Exhibition galleries are currently open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call

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