Artists awards were announced at the opening reception for the 2012 Mill-ennial exhibition at the Saco on Thursday, April 5. Artist’s awards included a jurors' award of merit and a purchase prize, enabling a work from the exhibition to enter the collection of the Saco Museum.

The jurors' award was selected by 2012 Mill-ennial jurors Ron Crusan, Director of the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Berri Kramer, President of the Heartwood School of Art, Kennebunk; and Andy Verzosa, Director of Aucocisco Galleries, Portland. The award went to Tyson Jacques for his oil paintings The Imperative Series: Self-Portrait and The Imperative Series: Portrait of My Father. The purchase prize, selected by the Collections Committee of the Dyer Library and Saco Museum, went to Diane Bowie Zaitlin for her encaustic collage Multiple Choice B. Both of the winning artists’ work is on view at the Saco Museum through June 10.

The Mill-ennial was conceived by the Saco Museum as an ongoing series of exhibitions showcasing new work by living artists connected to Saco, Biddeford, and Old Orchard Beach. In recognition of the fact that the Cities on the Saco are part of a single creative community, the exhibition will be on view simultaneously in two downtown Main Street locations: the Saco Museum and Engine (, a new community arts organization in Biddeford that is “committed to designing, launching, and promoting community-based arts programming.” 48 works by 20 artists connected to Saco, Biddeford, and Old Orchard Beach are on view at the Saco Museum and Engine from April 6 through June 10, 2012.

The 2012 Mill-ennial was organized by the Saco Museum in cooperation with Engine ( Presentation and promotion of the 2012 Mill-ennial was made possible, in part, with an Arts Visibility grant from the Maine Arts Commission.

Pictured: Tyson Jacques, The Imperative Series: Self-Portrait, 2010, oil and graphite on canvas, 60 x 72;

Engine Information: Engine’s exhibit space is located at 265 Main Street, Biddeford, right across the street from McArthur Public Library. Free admission; handicapped accessible. Hours: Tuesday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to noon. For additional information, please call (207) 229-3560 or visit