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CMCA 2012 Biennial Artists announced

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ROCKPORT - The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport has announced the list of artists for the CMCA 2012 Biennial Exhibition. Co-curators Suzette McAvoy, director of CMCA; and Daphne Anderson Deeds, an independent curator from Connecticut, have chosen 17 artists for the exhibition.

'There were 415 artists who submitted to the 2012 Biennial and more than 3,350 individual works in a wide range of mediums,' said McAvoy. 'After thorough review and much difficult decision making, Daphne and I ultimately selected ten artists from the open submissions and invited seven others to participate.'

The seven invited artists are Tom Butler, Rockland; Lauren Fensterstock, Portland; Cassie Jones, Brunswick; Luc Demers, Portland; Lisa Kellner, Rangeley; David Stess, Cherryfield; and Kitty Wales, Vinalhaven.

The 10 selected artists are Kenny Cole, Monroe; Grace DeGenarro, Yarmouth; Lynda Litchfield, Cape Elizabeth; Robin Mandel, Cushing; James Marshall, Brunswick; Jonathan Mess, Jefferson; Benjamin Potter, Belfast; Kate Russo, Rockland; Aaron Stephen, Portland; and Erik Wiesenburger, South Portland

'We were remarkably compatible jurors,' said Deeds, 'with the shared vision for a Biennial that would represent a careful selection of artists. As our review of invitees and submissions evolved, we sought a balance of concepts, volume, color and texture for the exhibition as a whole. Thanks to 17 exceptional artists, we are thrilled with the results of our efforts.'

McAvoy added, 'We are very grateful for the opportunity to see a broad sampling of the work being done in Maine at this time. The creativity and level of quality we saw in the art submitted were exceptional, and speak to the vitality of the state's contemporary art scene.'

The 2012 Biennial Exhibition will be on view at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport from Sept. 29 through Dec. 2, 2012.

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is a nonprofit organization advancing contemporary art in Maine through exhibitions and educational programs. It is located at 162 Russell Ave., Rockport, Maine. CMCA will open for its 60th anniversary season on May 19. For more information, visit


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