The Center for Maine Contemporary Art has announced its plans for the 2012 CMCA Biennial Exhibition. The show will be held at CMCA, 162 Russell Ave., Sept. 22 through Nov. 4 and will be co-curated by CMCA director Suzette McAvoy and independent curator Daphne Anderson Deeds.

This year, the CMCA Biennial will take the form of a tightly selected exhibition with a maximum number of 15 artists represented. There will be five artists invited to participate and up to 10 open submission slots. Submissions are open to artists with strong ties to Maine, either as permanent or seasonal residents of the state.

The selection process will not be anonymous and is by nature a subjective selection. This Biennial is not conceived as a survey exhibition, but rather as a focused look at work that jurors think reflects CMCA’s mission of advancing contemporary art in Maine. The open submission process is intended to introduce CMCA to work it may not be familiar with and which it may consider for future shows, even if not selected for the Biennial. The maximum number of 15 artists was determined by CMCA’s physical limitations and its desire to show multiple works by the selected artists.

Up to eight works, created in the past three years, may be submitted. Entries must include one 8-by-10-inch color printout per piece, for a maximum of eight images in total. Artist members of CMCA may submit up to four additional images (either details or other works) for a maximum of 12 images.

Art will not be judged on the quality of the printouts, which may be laser or inkjet prints; jurors will seek additional information and follow up individually with artists whose body of work they are interested in. Images on CDs or in any other format will not be accepted, with the exception of video work, which may be submitted in the form of an online link.

A current résumé with mailing address, phone number and email address, as well as an artist statement (up to 300 words) and a brief description of the recent work with title, date, medium and dimensions, must also be included. Submission materials should be addressed to CMCA Biennial, P.O. Box 147, Rockport, ME 04856. No emails or phone calls will be accepted. The deadline for receipt of submissions is March 1. Notification of the final selection will be made by email to all applicants by 5 p.m. on April 2.

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is a nonprofit organization advancing contemporary art in Maine through exhibitions and educational programs. Galleries are open seasonally, May through November. For more information, visit