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CMCA awarded bicentennial grant for 'Nor’East' exhibition

Nov 23, 2019
Images from the "S.B. Walker: Nor'East" exhibition to be shown summer 2020 at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland.

Rockland — The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) has been awarded a lead project grant of $7,500 from the Maine Bicentennial Commission. The grant will support the presentation of the exhibition, "S.B. Walker: Nor’east" at CMCA in summer 2020. The exhibition, a photographic portrait of Maine, is part of CMCA’s celebration of the state’s 200th anniversary.

Since early 2014, photographer S.B. (Sam) Walker has traveled more than 100,000 miles throughout Maine, a well-used DeLorme atlas at his side, in an attempt to render a truly nuanced visual record of contemporary American life. On the face of it, Walker’s project appears to be a rational, census-like undertaking akin to the vast photographic surveys conducted in the 19th and early 20th centuries. In reality though, the photographer says, “it is a windy road dictated by intuition, serendipity and strange happenings.”

“We are thrilled this project and exhibition has received a Bicentennial Community Grant,” said CMCA director Suzette McAvoy. “Sam Walker’s work celebrates the diversity and complexity of Maine today, and in its sweeping scale, will serve as an important historical document in years to come.”

S.B. Walker (b. 1987) lives and works in Portland. His photographs have been exhibited internationally and can be found in public and private collections, and his projects have been featured in numerous publications.

For more information about the Maine Bicentennial Commission, visit

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