ROCKLAND — The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA), 21 Winter St., hosts an artists reception for its 2023 Biennial Saturday, Jan. 28, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. The event is preceded by a performance from Biennial artist Shane Charles at 2 p.m. and will include refreshments in the lobby.

The 23rd edition of the CMCA Biennial explores a spectrum of new developments in contemporary art and features artworks by 35 artists, including 23 artists who live and work in Maine and 12 artists with significant connections to Maine communities who reside outside the state. These artists were chosen from a pool of 423 individual submissions by jurors Misa Jeffereis, assistant curator at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, and Sarah Montross, senior curator at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Mass.

“The artists participating together form a resounding chorus of perspectives, reflecting the pivotal moment in which we exist — the societal inequities we push against, our understanding of time and our transience on Earth, the drive to understand one’s identity and lineage, and our relationship to the environment and our place within it,” Jeffereis said.

Montross said, “There is a certain fragility and resourcefulness within this Biennial: artworks that resemble or use scrim, string, patchwork, and connective tissues. There are cast-off parts or fragments brought together through collage and assemblage. This sense of connectivity — of small, individual parts joining to re-form into a whole — extends to people: artists convey intimate, private worlds, memories, and interpersonal relationships, both real and imagined, through touch, familial closeness, and tender humor.”

The 2023 CMCA Biennial is organized by CMCA’s curatorial team, Executive Director and Chief Curator Timothy Peterson and Curatorial Associate and Exhibitions Manager Rachel Romanski, and made possible by grants from the Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additional support is provided by generous individual donors to CMCA’s Suzette McAvoy Exhibition Fund.

For a full list of Biennial artists and more information, visit