The downtown Farnsworth Art Museum and Rockport’s Center for Furniture Craftsmanship have announced a collaborative design competition and exhibition. The challenge, which goes out to all Maine artisans and artists, is to design benches for the museum’s galleries. Completed versions of the top 18 design entries will be exhibited at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship’s Messler Gallery from Jan. 18 to April 3. The Farnsworth will then make a select number of purchase awards from the exhibition to furnish its galleries.

The deadline for entries is Aug. 1. Any material or combination of materials is permissible, and seating must be sufficiently moveable to accommodate flexible use within the museum’s galleries. Individual units can be designed to seat anywhere from two to five people and must be available for the Farnsworth to purchase at a retail price not to exceed $3,300. Submissions may consist of images of completed work, prototypes, models or renderings.

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