The 65 works by 47 artists selected for the 2011 Portland Museum of Art Biennial will go on view Thursday, April 7 at the downtown museum. The show, which will run through June 5, includes work by several Midcoast residents.

The Portland Museum of Art Biennial showcases the best in today’s art world by artists associated with Maine, from digital video to painting, installation to photography, sculpture to prints and more. As a series, the Biennial exhibitions create a visual record of Maine’s evolving contemporary art scene and testify to the profound influence that the landscape, traditions and people of Maine continue to have on living artists.

Midcoast artists selected for the 2011 Biennial include Rebecca Rivers of Searsport; Jeremy Barnard of Friendship and Georgetown, Mass.; Sarah Faragher of Stockton Springs; Lauren O’Neal of Vinalhaven and Cambridge, Mass.; and Liv Kristin Robinson of Belfast, who also was selected for the 1998 PMA Biennial.

A full-color catalog has been published in conjunction with the exhibition and will be available in the Museum Store. The 2011 Portland Museum of Art Biennial is made possible by the William E. and Helen E. Thon Endowment Fund, with corporate support from Norton Insurance and Financial Services, Inc.; and media support from the Portland Phoenix. For more information, call 775-6148 or visit portlandmuseum.org.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.