Listings below are ordered in ascending order from their end dates, so exhibitions, performances, applications, and events closing soonest are toward the top, and those events for which you have the most time to see (or to plan) are toward the bottom.

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Meet the Residencies – info session for artists
Maine College of Art | January 17, 2018 through January 17, 2018

Representatives from Maine artist residencies will offer an overview of their various programs.



Community Event, Performance

Miracle Medicine Show
SPACE Gallery | January 18, 2018 through January 18, 2018

A night of personal storytelling through the lens of five people in recovery.



Community Event, Film Screening

Tom of Finland
SPACE Gallery | January 19, 2018 through January 19, 2018

A biopic exploring the life and work of one of the most influential and celebrated figures of twentieth century gay culture.



Community Event, Family Event

Kids Open Studio Workshops: Confetti Orbs/Disco Balls
SPACE Gallery | January 20, 2018 through January 20, 2018

Kids will get to design their own shapes and build them out of cardboard, then add shiny paper confetti to creat a party-ready piece of art.



Community Event, Exhibition

Women’s March Anniversary Celebration
SPACE Gallery | January 21, 2018 through January 21, 2018

An intersectional feminist celebration including video from the Women’s March on Washington D.C., protest posters, performance, spoken word, and more.



Community Event, Film Screening

The Road Movie
SPACE Gallery | January 22, 2018 through January 22, 2018

A found footage compilation of dashboard cameras in Russian automobiles capture a range of spectacles through the windshield.



Discussion/Talk, Film Screening

Zero Weeks – Sneak Preview
SPACE Gallery | January 25, 2018 through January 25, 2018

Weaving powerful stories together with insightful interviews from policy makers, economists, researchers and activists to lay out a compelling argument for guaranteed paid family leave for every American.



Studios, Tour, Workshop/Class

Fugitive Spectator Redux
Steel House South | January 27, 2018 through January 27, 2018

Fugitive Spectator Redux will be an evening of interactive performance and direct experience hosted by Ariel Hall and Nathan Davis. Your smartphones will prompt you to engage with fellow attendees and your surroundings in novel and provocative ways.



Art Opening, Discussion/Talk, Exhibition

Jennifer Locke
Grant Wahlquist Gallery | January 12, 2018 through January 27, 2018

Working in performance, video, installation, and still imagery, Jennifer Locke creates physically intense sculptural actions that activate the relationships between camera, audience, and architecture.




Hewnoaks Alumni Exhibition at Gallery 49 at Oxbow Brewing Co., Portland, ME
Gallery 49, Oxbow Brewing Co. | January 4, 2018 through January 28, 2018

The Hewnoaks Artist Colony presents an exhibition of work by alumni of the Hewnoaks Residency program.




Model Citizens: Art and Identity in the United States, 1770-1830
Portland Museum of Art | September 10, 2017 through January 28, 2018

Model Citizens: Art and Identity in the United States, 1770-1830 presents works from the PMA’s permanent collection by the most celebrated artists of the early United States alongside portrait miniatures, samples, and silhouettes.



Community Event, Discussion/Talk

Artist Talk with Spencer Keeton Cunningham
SPACE Gallery | January 29, 2018 through January 29, 2018

Cunningham is a nomadic artist whose work encompasses large-scale murals, film, and sculpture. A member of the Colville tribe based in Northeastern Washington, his work focuses on enviironmental and social issues.



Community Event, Exhibition

Waiting Room
SPACE Gallery | January 17, 2018 through February 2, 2018

In the Window at SPACE! Heavily inspired by Gray’s grandmothers, Waiting Room is a mixed-media installation depicting the sensations of loss, loneliness, and anticipation of martality that both women currently feel.




Call for Applications: 2018 Visiting Critic with The Chart
The Chart | December 29, 2017 through February 10, 2018

The Chart welcomes submissions for its Visiting Critic program in the summer of 2018.

This pilot residency program will invite one visual arts critic and writer to Maine for a week of investigation of place, critical engagement and discussion, and the creation of reciprocal relationships among artists, writers, and publications. This program is aimed at critics and writers with a contemporary focus on equity, cultural care, and a spirit of tenderness and generosity.



Studios, Tour, Workshop/Class

CMCA: Center for Maine Contemporary Art | November 11, 2017 through February 11, 2018

Providing agency to the materials themselves, artists are looking at materials as a means of communication, whether they are expanding on traditional media and narratives or utilizing everyday objects to construct new forms. Exploring these concerns in their work, the artists included in the exhibition, all with ties to Maine, are also considering why they choose to work with certain matter in our current material culture and social climate, and the role that these materials play within it.




CMCA: Center for Maine Contemporary Art | September 25, 2017 through February 14, 2018

A sculptor who works with unlikely materials, ranging from rebar to sequins to milk, Heather Lyon’s (b. 1975) most recent work includes task-based performance videos, which question interpersonal relationships and the ways we negotiate longing, loss, desire, power and vulnerability.




Off the Wall
Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA | January 18, 2018 through February 23, 2018

Curated by Jaime DeSimone, Off the Wall pays homage to Eva Hesse’s groundbreaking work and investigates how contemporary artists continue to explore this liminal space between painting and sculpture.



Call for Art/Entries, Reading

ARTWORD 2018: Ekphrasis at the PMA
Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance | January 1, 2018 through February 28, 2018

We invite Maine writers of all poetry styles and levels of experience to submit ekphrastic work inspired by art in the PMA. Authors of selected poems will read them at the museum on Friday, April 13, 2018 in an auditorium program and in the galleries beside the work that inspired them.



Art Opening, Discussion/Talk, Exhibition

Henri Paul Broyard | TWELVE
Grant Wahlquist Gallery | February 2, 2018 through March 10, 2018

Grant Wahlquist Gallery is pleased to present “TWELVE” a solo exhibition of paintings by Henri Paul Broyard—the artist’s first. The show will run from February 2 through March 10, 2018.



Community Event, Exhibition

Past Tense
SPACE Gallery | January 17, 2018 through March 10, 2018

A group show curated by Dave Eassa featuring works by three Baltimore-based painters, each deal with autobiographical narratives. They mine memory, conversations, relationships, events, family artifacts, people, and places to build a visual language that works to analyzes one’s self.



Community Event, Exhibition

Stop and Smell the Roses Sometimes
SPACE Gallery | January 17, 2018 through March 10, 2018

If all else fails, find the Sun. In times when it seems increasingly easy to become overwhelmed with a current climate of negativity, take some time to remember the good with an installation and new paintings by Baltimore-based artist Dave Eassa. A small act that keeps the wheels turning.




Eliot Porter’s Nature
Portland Museum of Art | December 22, 2017 through March 18, 2018

Eliot Porter (United States, 1901-1990) is one of the best-known and most-beloved photographers in the American tradition. Porter worked extensively with the Sierra Club, publishing hundreds of images in books and portfolios in the 1960s and 1970s.



Art Opening, Exhibition

Meghan Brady: New Misfits
Perimeter Gallery at Chase’s Daily | January 18, 2018 through March 18, 2018

Perimeter Gallery is pleased to present New Misfits, a series of room-sized acrylic paintings on paper and Tyvek by Camden artist Meghan Brady. The exhibition opens Thursday, January 18, with a reception that evening from 6 to 8 pm, and continues through March 18.



Studios, Tour, Workshop/Class

Rona Pondick and Robert Feintuch: Heads, Hands, Feet; Sleeping, Holding, Dreaming, Dying
Bates College Museum of Art, Olin Arts Center | October 27, 2017 through March 23, 2018

A couple since the mid-1970s, when they met in school, sculptor Rona Pondick and painter Robert Feintuch share interests in making work that uses the body to pursue psychologically suggestive meanings. Each uses their self, though neither makes traditional self-portraits. This remarkable exhibition, the first to present a substantial body of each of their work together, includes nine sculptures and a series of prints by Pondick and twelve paintings by Feintuch.



Call for Art/Entries

CMCA Biennial Exhibition: call for art
Center for Maine Contemporary Art | January 1, 2018 through April 2, 2018





Matt Demers: Nest
Leonard R. Craig Gallery at Unity College | January 25, 2018 through April 7, 2018

A body of work by Matt Demers exploring and interpreting the composition of wasp and hornet nests in his personal style of decisive brushstrokes, collage, and abstract mark making.




The 2018 Portland Museum of Art Biennial
Portland Museum of Art | January 26, 2018 through June 3, 2018

This is the 10th Biennial exhibition at the PMA and the second Biennial that will be organized by an independent curator who will spend nearly a year visiting artist studios. Funded through the generous bequest of William E. Thon, the PMA Biennial is intended to highlight artists with meaningful connections to Maine and enrich the cultural lives of the people of the state.



Studios, Tour, Workshop/Class

CMCA 2018 Distinguished Lecture: Dr. Lonnie G. Bunch III, “The Challenge of Building a National Museum”
The Strand Theatre | July 24, 2018 through July 24, 2018

One of the nation’s leading figures in the museum community, Dr. Bunch will speak on “The Challenge of Building a National Museum.” Established in 2003 by an Act of Congress, the National Museum of African American History and Culture opened its stunning new building, designed by architect David Adjaye, on September 24, 2016. Located on the National Mall, the NMAAHC encapsulates the powerful narrative of African Americans and their significant journey to and within the United States.