Generations Exhibit 2023
The 65th Anniversary of the Maine Art Gallery
In 2023 the Maine Art Gallery will celebrate the 65th anniversary of its founding by noted artist and writer, Mildred Burrage (1890-1993). To recognize this anniversary, we will mount an exhibition from May 6th to June 10th titled Generations. This exhibition will combine work by select artists from the gallery’s founding years with a juried show of current members and invited artists.
The selected artists from our early years will include Burrage and the four jurors of the initial 1958 season’s exhibition: Gene Klebe, F.W. Saunders, William Kienbusch, and William Thon. In addition, we expect to include the work of another five-ten early participants, including Marguerite Zorach, Dahlov Ipcar, John Heliker, Laurence Sisson, and Stephen Etnier. We intend to draw on work by these artists in private collections and galleries.
The anniversary exhibition will also feature photographic portraits by David Etnier of several of the early artists. In addition, we will display historical memorabilia from the founding period. Carl Little, the prominent Maine-based art writer and critic, will help curate the historical section of the show and jury the contemporary art.
"Mica Abstraction" by Mildred Burrage
We plan to augment the exhibition with special events, including a gala opening party, artists talks and other programming about the gallery and the artists whose efforts built the foundation which has served the Maine Art Gallery these past 65 years. Highlights will include a lecture by Earle Shettleworth, Maine State Historian and a personal friend of Mildred Burrage, who was entrusted with cataloguing her letters, files, and ephemera.
We believe that this show will inspire interest from art lovers throughout New England because of the quality of the work and the importance of these Maine artists to our cultural history.
Artist Members of Maine Art Gallery:
Generations is open to all Artist Members of the Maine Art Gallery. Entrants must be current members of the Gallery and membership is renewed annually. Original fine art in any media may be submitted, including drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, fiber, photography, jewelry and sculpture. Each artist may submit up to three works of art which must be the artist’s own original work created within the last three years. Any work that has been previously exhibited at the Maine Art Gallery is not eligible. Giclee prints and other reproductions are not eligible.
Entry fees are not refundable and the decision of the juror is final. All works entered must be original creations by the artist and must be show-ready upon delivery to the Maine Art Gallery. Work that is different from the submitted entry will not be exhibited. The entry fee for this show is $15.00 per artist member.
Original Art Only:
Only original or originally printed works will be admitted; photocopies, color, or computer-generated copies are not acceptation for entry. Giclee reproductions are not eligible.
Diptychs and Triptychs:
Works created in two or three sections will be considered and judged as one entry.
New Works Please:
Works submitted must have been created during the last three years. Work accepted into previous Maine Art Gallery exhibits is not eligible.
All two-dimensional entries, with the exception of gallery wrapped canvases, must be framed with either glass or plexiglass. Frames and canvases must be wired and ready to hang (i.e., with two sturdy eye screws or similar hardware and steel wire securely attached). Sawtooth hangers, clip frames or unstable frames will not be accepted.
Two-dimensional work must not exceed 4 feet in either length or width, including the frame. Sculptural work must fit through a standard doorway. Some pedestals are available or the artist must supply their own.
All work must be for sale. Maine Art Gallery will take a 35% commission.
Submission Guidelines for Generations:
You must be an Artist Member of the Maine Art Gallery to be considered for this exhibit. Membership is renewed annually. If you are unsure of your membership status, please contact Cecelia Ludwig, Membership Chair: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are not a member and would like to join, please go to our Membership & Donation page.
Submit up to three jpegs to be considered by the juror:
Attach the jpeg files along with the information below to email@example.com.
Guidelines for submitting images:
· Jpegs need to be titled with your last name and title of the piece. Example: Coates-Summer-Greens.
· Images should be 1 to 3 megabytes in size.
· Recommended pixel size is about 900 width or height, but not to exceed 1,800 in either dimension.
· Do not send thumbnails.
Within the email you have submitted with your images please include the following information:
City, State, Zip
MAG Member: YES / NO
Information about your jpeg submissions:
For each submission, please include the following information:
Dimensions (H x W, add depth if 3D)
Submission of your entry fee constitutes your understanding of, and agreement to, the juried show guidelines and to the following conditions:
All work submitted is my own original artwork.
My entry fee is non-refundable.
If my work sells, Maine Art Gallery takes a commission of 35% and I have priced my work accordingly.
I grant Maine Art Gallery permission to use images of my artwork and/or my name in promoting this exhibit in print, broadcast and online media and marketing materials.
The Maine Art Gallery is not responsible for technical or computer failures, including problems accessing the Internet, any other computer error, or malfunction, or for late, lost illegible or misdirected entries. Make sure you send your entry to the correct email account according to the directions above. You will receive a reply confirming your entry.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5. LATE WORK WILL NOT BE JURIED.
Dates to Remember:
Deadline for submitting Jpegs and Email Information: April 5, midnight.
Run of Exhibit: May 4 – June 10. Gallery open Thursday – Sunday, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Note that exhibit closes on a Saturday, June 10.
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 6, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Drop off Accepted work: Sunday, April 30, 11:00AM – 4:00PM and Monday May 1, 11:00AM – 4:00PM
Pick Up Unsold Work: June 11, 11:00AM – 4:00PM, June 12, 11:00AM – 4:00PM
Meet Our Juror:
Born in New York City, Carl Little holds degrees from Dartmouth (BA in English), Middlebury (MA in French) and Columbia (MFA in writing). Little is the author of more than 30 art books, including The Watercolors of John Singer Sargent, Edward Hopper’s New England, and Paintings of Maine. He has written monographs on Dahlov Ipcar, Joel Babb, Jeffery Becton, Beverly Hallam, and Irene Olivieri. His book Eric Hopkins: Above and Beyond won the first John Cole Prize from the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance in 2012. He edited his brother David Little’s Art of Katahdin and co-authored Art of Acadia and Paintings of Portland with him. Their fourth collaboration, The Art of Penobscot Bay, is due out in the fall from Islandport Press.
Little writes for Art New England, Hyperallergic, Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, The Working Waterfront, Island Journal and Ornament. He helped produce several Maine Masters films, including the award-winning Imber’s Left Hand.Prior to joining the staff at the Maine Community Foundation in 2001 as director of communications and marketing, Little directed the public affairs office at College of the Atlantic and oversaw the Ethel Blum Gallery. He retired from MaineCF in 2021.
In 2021 the Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation honored Little with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his art writing. He lives and writes on Mount Desert Island.