2023 CMCA Biennial Submission Guidelines


Jurors:
Misa Jeffereis is Assistant Curator at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, where she is organizing an exhibition by Mona Chalabi in fall 2022. She curated Alia Farid: At the Time of the Ebb (2022) and the Great Rivers Biennial 2020, featuring Kahlil Robert Irving, Tim Portlock, and Rachel Youn; co-curated Shara Hughes: On Edge (2021); and has programmed the Street Views outdoor video projection series with exhibitions by Jonathas de Andrade, Oliver Laric, Jennifer West, and Marina Zurkow. Jeffereis holds a Masters in Art History from Hunter College in New York.3  3  
Sarah Montross is Senior Curator, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum where she has worked since 2015. She has curated exhibitions including Jeffrey Gibson: INFINITE INDIGENOUS QUEER LOVE (2021) and Visionary New England (2020, MIT Press catalogue). She also manages the curation of the 30-acre sculpture park through organizing new sculptural commissions and rotating loans of large-scale sculptures, including installations by Letha Wilson, Wardell Milan, and Leeza Meksin. She earned her Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. 

Exhibition Dates: January 28 – May 7, 2023

Who May Apply: Artists with a strong connection to Maine (i.e., full or part-time residents, exhibiting, creating artwork or studying in Maine, alumni of statewide artist residency programs), working in any medium. Collaborative groups are welcome to apply together. Artist cannot apply more than once. If you are applying as a collaborative, individual artist applications will not be accepted. Students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program are not eligible.

*Please note: as we receive many applications, preference will be given to artists who have not exhibited at CMCA within the past two years, including the 2020 Biennial. 

How to Apply: Applications will be accepted online only through CMCA’s Submittable form which will go live on June 1.

Submission to the 2023 CMCA Biennial is free of charge, thanks to a grant from the Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation.

Applications will be accepted from June 1 – August 15. You will be prompted to create an account and:

Complete the application. Please provide your contact information, including your mailing address, email, phone number and website. Please describe your Maine connection if your mailing address is outside Maine.

Submit a current resume PDF. Please do not exceed 3 pages. Please title file: Lastname_resume.

Submit a current artist statement PDF. Please do not exceed 150 words. Please title file: Lastname_statement

Work in all mediums created within the past two years will be considered. For video, performance, sound or installation works, please consider the physical layout and structure of the CMCA galleries and note any technical requirements. Artists are responsible for tech equipment beyond what CMCA currently owns. Project proposals will be considered for new work. Please upload your proposal materials in one document in the project proposal section. A floor plan of CMCA for reference can be found here. For questions regarding this please contact Rachel Romanski, Curatorial Associate and Exhibition Manager, at rromanski@cmcanow.org.

Upload up to 6 images, video and/or audio clips. Up to two of the images may be details. CMCA Artist Members* may submit an additional 4 images, either details or other work.
File formats accepted: jpg, pdf, mp3, mp4, mov. Images must be 1920 pixels on the longest side. Audio and video files must not exceed 10mb. Links to video are also accepted.
Please title files: number_last name_title_year of work. Works must be numbered in the order you would like them viewed. For numbers 1-9, please add a zero in front. For example: 01_Doe_Untitled_2022.jpg or 02_Doe_Untitled_detail_2022.jpg.

Submit an image description list PDF, including title, date, medium, and dimensions in inches (height x width x depth) in numerical order corresponding with the uploaded images. You may also include a brief background description (50 words or less) related to the images and any special requirements.

Please include photo credit if applicable. Please title file: Lastname_imagelist

Applicants will be notified of selections on or by September 15, 2022 by email.

For assistance, please contact Rachel Romanski at rromanski@cmcanow.org. This information is also located on our website here.

Works submitted for the Biennial must be available for the duration of the exhibition if selected. If submitting a proposal, representative work examples may be submitted if noted on the image description list.

Work must be exhibition ready. Artists are responsible for the delivery and pick up of their work to and from CMCA.
*To become an Artist Member, visit: http://cmcanow.org/support/membership/. Artist Members receive unlimited free admission for one year, listing on our online Artist Directory, discounts on workshops, lectures, and classes, and 10% discount on CMCA Gift Shop purchases. Please note: membership login on the CMCA website is separate from the submission application.

Exhibition curation: The 2023 CMCA Biennial will be curated by Executive Director and Chief Curator, Timothy Peterson in collaboration with Rachel Romanski, Curatorial Associate and Exhibitions Manager.

2022 CMCA Artist Residency

Presented in collaboration with the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation

Submission Guidelines


Residency dates: This is a 4-6 month residency beginning September 15, 2022 and ending no sooner than January 15 and no later than March 15, 2023.

Who May Apply? We are seeking proposals for the development of a public art offering/project to take place outside the walls of CMCA in Rockland. Examples of a public art offering include, but are not limited to: off-site exhibition, performance, lecture series, mural, workshop, etc.

The selected artist will have the support of CMCA staff in developing a successful residency and resulting public project. This support includes help with contracting for off-site space for your project.

Preference will be given to artists who identify as Black, Indigenous, Asian/Pacific Islander, Latinx, or alternately identified persons of color who live year-round in Maine. Additional preference will be given to artists who have experience presenting public art, exhibition(s) or project(s) that directly engaged audiences.

Goal: The CMCA Artist Residency was developed to offer an artist the opportunity to devote significant time to furthering their practice in the development a public project that will engage audiences beyond CMCA’s footprint.

Lodging, Studio Space, Residency Requirements: The residency offers dedicated housing (a one-bedroom apartment provided by Ellis-Beauregard Foundation located in the foundation’s administrative building) and a separate studio space in Rockland for a period of four months, between July 1-October 31. The artist is encouraged to live/work in Rockland throughout the four-month period, in part or for the full duration. We do ask for minimum in-town residency of 40 days spaced throughout the four-month period.

Honorarium: The selected artist will receive a monthly $1,200 honorarium, totaling $4,800 for the full four-month residency. The honorarium is intended to help cover costs of food, mileage, living expenses, etc.

Public Project Budget: The selected artist will have access to a budget of up to $5,000 to produce the proposed public art project in Rockland. Examples of eligible expenses include, art materials, space rental for your public offering, honoraria for collaborators, guest speakers, etc. The project budget will be developed by the artist in collaboration with the CMCA Executive Director, who will supervise the distribution of funds.


How to Apply: 

To complete the application: Please provide your contact information, including your mailing address, email, phone number and website. Please describe your proposed public art offering in up to 250 words in a PDF: it’s format/structure (i.e., off-site mural, performance, exhibition, community activity(ies), arts based educational offering, etc.).

Submit a current resume PDF: We are seeking artists who have a record of exhibitions, performances, public art works and/or related activities. Please title the file: Lastname_resume

Submit a draft budget PDF: Please submit a draft budget for use of project budget of up to $5,000. Please title the file: Lastname_budget

We understand that projects will likely evolve from conception to realization, so we are happy to receive an initial idea that you will develop to fruition during your residency.

Submit a current artists statement PDF: Please do not exceed 150 words. Please title the file Lastname_statement.

Upload up to 6 images, video and/or audio clips. Up to two of the images may be details. File formats accepted: jpg, pdf, mp3, mp4, mov. Images must be 1920 pixels on the longest side. Audio and video files must not exceed 10mb. Links to video are also accepted. Please title files: number_last name_title_year of work. Works must be numbered in the order you would like them viewed. For numbers 1-9, please add a zero in front. For example: 01_Doe_Untitled_2022.jpg or 02_Doe_Untitled_detail_2022.jpg.   

Submit an image description list PDF, including title, date, medium, and dimensions in inches (height x width x depth) in numerical order corresponding with the uploaded images. You may also include a brief background description (50 words or less) related to the images and any special requirements.

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