THE 2012 MILL-ENNIAL: Celebrating the Art and Artists of the Cities on the Saco
April 6 through June 10, 2012
The Saco Museum is pleased to present the 2012 Mill-ennial, the second in this series of juried biennial exhibition of local contemporary art. 48 works by 20 artists connected to Saco, Biddeford, and Old Orchard Beach were selected by the jurors and are on view at the Saco Museum and Engine in Biddeford, from April 6 through June 10, 2012.
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. The works on display present a full range of artistic media, from traditional painting and photography to assemblage sculpture. 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 (www.feedtheengine.org), a new community arts organization in Biddeford that is "committed to designing, launching, and promoting community-based arts programming."
The jurors considered the unique qualities of each exhibit space when selecting the works: large-scale painting by Rachael Eastman and Jurors' Award-winner Tyson Jacques, for instance, suit the large walls of the Saco Museum's main gallery, while three-dimensional work by Benjamin Lambert and Nora Tryon, among others, are a good fit with Engine's store-front windows and light-filled space.
Following is the complete list of 2012 Mill-ennial artists, including those whose work is displayed at the Engine and the Saco Museum:
Peter T. Bennett
Pat Campbell *
Donna L. Caron *
Michele A. Caron
Sally Orth Chandler *
J. Mark Koerber
Benjamin Lambert *
Nora Tryon *
Diane Bowie Zaitlin
*Denotes work will be exhibited at Engine
Exhibition checklist: http://www.sacomuseum.org/PDF/Mill-ennial2012Checklist.pdf
The jurors for the 2012 Mill-ennial were 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 jurors awarded the Juror's Prize, presented to artist Tyson Jacques on Thursday, April 5, and they will also contribute to the exhibition catalogue, which will be at the Saco Museum gift shop, at Engine, and online by April 5, 2012.
Also awarded was a Purchase Prize, enabling a work of art from the exhibition to become part of the Saco Museum's permanent collection. This award, selected by the Saco Museum's Collections Committee, went to Diane Bowie Zaitlin for her encaustic "Multiple Choice B."
The 2012 Mill-ennial was organized by the Saco Museum in cooperation with Engine (www.feedtheengine.org). Presentation and promotion of the 2012 Mill-ennial was made possible, in part, with an Arts Visibility grant from the Maine Arts Commission.