Initially founded as an artists’ cooperative called Maine Coast Artists in 1952, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art functioned as a series of pop-ups for the first 15 years, having no permanent site. Early shows included works by Alex Katz and Louise Nevelson.
In 2016, the center moved to a new glass and corrugated metal space in downtown Rockland, designed by architect Toshiko Mori. CMCA remains a non-collecting institution, which means it does not maintain a permanent collection Instead, it shows work by national and emerging artists associated with Maine.
The auction offers up 50 works by 50 artists. Here are a few of my favorites. As they say, bid now, bid often here.
Emilie Stark-Menneg, Love Potion, 2017 • Courtesy of CMCA
Ingrid Ellison, Open the Floodgates, 2016 • Courtesy of CMCA
K. Min, Summer #45, 2017 • Courtesy of CMCA
John Bisbee, Midsize American Grid, 2017 • Courtesy of CMCA
Brooke Nixon, Snowy Day, 2017 • Courtesy of CMCA
Elizabeth Fox, Changing Room, 2009 • Courtesy of CMCA