Each year, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art presents a lecture by one of today's most distinguished and entertaining voices in contemporary art. This year's lecturer is artist Tucker Nichols. His lecture, titled I Don’t Know How Else To Say This, will take place Sunday, Aug. 14, at 6 p.m. at CMCA, 21 Winter St.

Tickets are $10, $8 for CMCA members, and can be purchased at cmcanow.org. Seating is limited to 100, so early reservations are encouraged.

Having spent summers on North Haven his entire life, Nichols will discuss his time spent in Maine in relation to other artists who have painted along the Maine coast, providing examples that focus on the idea that art is a vague language for things we don’t know how to put into words. He will talk about his projects exploring the theme of making art as a way of thinking about and expressing thoughts and feelings that can not be achieved otherwise.

Nichols was born in Boston and now is based in Northern California. He received his bachelor’s degree in art history from Brown and master’s in Chinese paintings from Yale. His work has been featured at the Drawing Center in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Denver Art Museum, Den Frie Museum in Copenhagen and the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. He also has produced work for Facebook and Yahoo, among others.

Nichols’ drawings have been published in McSweeney's, The Thing Quarterly, Nieves Books and the Op-Ed pages of The New York Times. He is co-author of the books “Crabtree” (with Jon Nichols) and “This Bridge Will Not Be Gray” (with Dave Eggers). He is represented by ZieherSmith in New York and Gallery 16 in San Francisco. For more information on him and his work, visit tuckernichols.com.

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