Portland Museum of Art
Portland Museum of Art Biennial
Opening November 5, 1998, the Portland Museum of Art Biennial will feature artwork from 56 contemporary artists who have significant ties to the State of Maine. In celebration of the uniqueness and variety ofthe visual arts in Maine, the Biennial will allow the public an opportunity to view artwork from emerging and established artists associated with the state. The Biennial will be on view through January 3, 1999.
More than 7,000 slides by 900 artists were submitted for consideration this spring. From this group, a panel ofjurors chose 56 artists who will be showcased in the exhibition. The panel included: Will Barnet, renowned painter; Rachel Rosenfield Lafo, senior curator at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, Massachusetts; and Bridget Moore of the DC Moore Gallery in New York City. The two-day jurying resulted in a varied selection of works including painting, sculpture, photography, prints, and installation art.
A Jurors Prize and one or more purchase prizes, to be announced
this fall, will bring works from the Biennial exhibition into the
Portland Museum of Art's permanent collection.
Among the artists to be included in the Portland Museum of Ari Biennial are: John Bisbee, Alan Bray, Paul D'Amato, Brett Bigbee, Sam Cady, Tonee Harbert, Anne Harris, Celeste Roberge, Michael Shaughnessy, Abby Shahn, Robert Solotaire, Alice Spencer, and Mark Wethli. Lucy White, Todd Bernard, and Tamaki Honda are a few of the emerging artists who will have their works exhibited at the Museum for the first time. A list of all the artists is attached.
The Portland Museum of Art Biennial is coordinated by Jessica Nicoll, Chief Curator, Aprile Gallant, Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, Jessica Skwire, Curatorial Assistant and Julia Kirby, Biennial Intern. A 64-page illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition.
From top to bottom: Daniel Heyman, On the Way to Fred's, 1998, gouache on paper, 54 x 45 inches; Robert Solotaire, 138th Street Bridge, 1996, oil on paper, 30 x 36 inches; Paul D'Amato, Woodfords Club, Portland, 1997, color photograph, 16 x 20 inches.
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