The Center for Maine Contemporary Art will officially reopen this spring with its anticipated 2010 Biennial Juried Exhibition. More than 650 artists entered, jurying is complete and excitement is building for the exhibition’s opening on Saturday, May 29. Curatorial consultant Bruce Brown has announced that an exhibition of photographs by Meggan Gould will run concurrently with the Biennial, May 29 to July 17.

Prior to the official reopening, the annual school exhibition will showcase art by students from local schools May 1 through 9.

CMCA’s recent annual appeal was the most successful of its 58-year history, and the organization expresses sincere appreciation for the community’s generosity and encouragement. Also supporting CMCA’s efforts are two new board members, Dorothy Foote of Rockport and Mark Wethli of Brunswick.

A former CMCA board member, Foote is executive director of the Community School in Camden. She holds a doctorate from the University of Maine in education and psychology and has spent many years in nonprofit leadership, the banking industry and teaching. Foote was appointed to the Department of Education’s Shared Youth Vision Council and as an advisor to the commissioner for the Department of Education on the Truancy and Dropout Committee. She also is a board member of the Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast.

Wethli is a painter and public artist, and he is the A. LeRoy Greason Professor of Art at Bowdoin College. He holds bachelor of fine arts and master of fine arts degrees from the University of Miami. Wethli’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and he has received several fellowships and awards. His work is included in numerous private and museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Portland Museum of Art.

Other plans for the 2010 season include three solo exhibitions, by Yvonne Jacquette, Dozier Bell,and Will Barnet; a sound installation by Nate Aldrich and Zach Poff; and the exhibition “Maine Photographers: Ten Years Later.” The Annual CMCA Auction is planned for Sunday, Aug. 1, and the always-popular “Work of the Hand” crafts show and sale will open on Saturday, Oct. 2.

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art, 162 Russell Ave., is a nonprofit organization advancing contemporary art in Maine through exhibitions and educational programs. In-season hours will be Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to