CMCA’s McAvoy is juror

River Arts calls for ‘Abstract’

Dec 10, 2013

Damariscotta — River Arts, a nonprofit art center on Route 1, invites Maine artists to submit work for its upcoming “Abstract” juried exhibition. The exhibition dates are Dec. 20 through Jan. 16, with an opening-day reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Submissions should be dropped off Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 14, for jurying on Sunday, Dec. 15.

Juror for the Abstract Exhibition will be Suzette McAvoy, director and curator of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport. McAvoy has served as director and curator of CMCA since September 2010. She previously served as chief curator of the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland; and has more than 30 years experience in the art field. She has lectured and written extensively on the art and artists of Maine, and has organized national traveling exhibitions of the work of Louise Nevelson, Alex Katz, Kenneth Noland, Lois Dodd, Karl Schrag and Alan Magee.

Prior to moving to Maine in 1988, she was the director of the University of Rhode Island Art Galleries. She also has worked at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University; and the Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. McAvoy received a B.A. in Art History from William Smith College and an M.A. in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program. She lives in Belfast.

All media, styles and subjects are welcome to be submitted. All work entered must be for sale. Wall-hung work maximum size is 60 inches in height and 42 inches in width; for safety reasons, Plexiglas or other non-glass option should be used for work over 34 inches, excluding pastels. Early submissions are accepted within usual gallery hours.

Artists may submit up to three works for an entry fee of $20, $15 for members. Artists will be notified by email or phone of the juror’s decision. Submissions may not have been shown at River Arts previously. Entry forms are available online at and at the gallery when submitting. Queries and requests may be directed to River Arts at 563-1507 or by email at

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

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