The Center for Maine Contemporary Art has announced an open call for submissions to the 2018 CMCA Biennial exhibition. Submissions will be accepted online through the CMCA website beginning Monday, Jan. 1, through April 2.

The CMCA Biennial is an open juried competition for artists at all stages of their career who have a strong connection to the state of Maine. Work in all media is accepted for review. The 2018 CMCA Biennial is sponsored by First National Bank.

CMCA Director Suzette McAvoy said the art center is grateful to First National Bank for its support of the 2018 Biennial.

“Their generous sponsorship of the exhibition makes it possible for CMCA to waive submission fees for all entering artists, and to engage two terrific outside jurors, Kate Green and Robin Williams,” McAvoy said. “We eagerly anticipate a wonderful response to the open call for submissions."

The CMCA Biennial typically takes place in the fall of even numbered years. The concept of an open juried competition at CMCA dates back to 1978, when then director Ben Goldsmith presented the inaugural Juried Exhibition. It was the only continuing statewide juried exhibition until the Portland Museum of Art introduced its first biennial in 1998.

Jurors for the upcoming 2018 CMCA Biennial are Kate Green, director of Marfa Contemporary, Marfa, Texas; and Robin K. Williams, Ford Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit in Michigan. The biennial will be held at CMCA from November through February 2019.

Green is an art historian, curator and critic. She holds an MA in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College; and a doctorate in art history from the University of Texas at Austin. She has taught art history courses at the University of Texas and Trinity University; and also has worked as a curator and educator at Artpace, Dia Art Foundation and MoMA PS1. Her writing has appeared in Art In America, and Frieze.

Williams co-curated with Jens Hoffmann “Sonic Rebellion: Music As Resistance,” which explores music and art as vehicles of social change. Formerly the Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow of Latin American Art at the Blanton Museum of Art, as well as a Curatorial Fellow at the Visual Arts Center in Austin, Texas, Williams currently is completing her doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin with a dissertation titled “Joan Jonas’s Visual Language.” She has published several academic and critical essays including “A Mode of Translation: Joan Jonas’s Performance Installations,” which appears in Stedelijk Studies #3, The Place of Performance (2016).

For more information and submission guidelines, visit CMCA artist members are eligible to submit additional images for consideration. To join as an artist member, visit the website.

CMCA, founded in 1952, is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events and educational programs for all ages. Located at 21 Winter St., CMCA’s current hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $8; $6 for those older than 65 and for students with ID; and free for those younger than 18 and CMCA members. For more information, call 701-5005.

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