The winners of the 2011 New England Art Awards, picked by 2,866 people plus 10 art writers, were announced March 1 at the Art Awards Ball at The Burren. Rockport’s Center for Maine Contemporary Art received awards, while Rockland’s Farnsworth Art Museum was named as a finalist. Midcoast artists also served as subjects for award-winning writing.

CMCA’s exhibit “Embedded” by Steve Mumford received both People’s and Critic’s Choice awards in the Artists category; and Ethan Hayes-Chute’s “Stopgap and Steadfast” show at CMCA won both the People’s Choice and Critics’ Pick awards in the Promising New Talent category. Carl Little’s book “Eric Hopkins: Above and Beyond” about the Rockland and North Haven artist, got the Critic’s Pick in the Art Writer category; and another piece of writing with a Midcoast connection, Edgar Allen Beem’s “Wyeth Family Genius” in The Saturday Evening Post, was the Critic’s Pick winner in the Essay by a Local Writer about Locally-made Art category. The Farnsworth’s “Paul Caponigro: The Hidden Presence of Places” was a finalist in the Career Survey category.

The New England Art Awards is an open-source, democratic, community contest organized by the New England Journal of Aesthetic Research to honor the best art made in New England; local writing about local art; and exhibits of New England art organized in New England.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@villagesoup.com.