You Can’t Get There From Here: The 2015 Portland Museum of Art Biennial

October 8, 2015 to January 3, 2016

You Can’t Get There From Here: The 2015 Portland Museum of Art Biennial

The 2015 PMA Biennial, You Can’t Get There From Here, highlights Maine’s artistic legacies in the making. Curated by Alison Ferris, this year’s Biennial provides a comprehensive overview of the many facets of Maine’s contemporary art scene. The exhibition is on view through January 3, 2016.

“We are so honored to work with Alison on this year’s biennial. She is a curator of uncommon depth of knowledge about contemporary art, whose unique perspective and sensitivity towards the art and artists of Maine have given her incredible insight into the possibilities for this exhibition,” says PMA Chief Curator Jessica May.

As the 2015 Biennial began to take shape, Ferris became captivated by the beloved Maine saying, “you can’t get there from here,” and found inspiration in the parallels between the phrase and the creative process of visual artists. This inspiration influenced a diverse collection of artworks for the Biennial that present a comprehensive and cohesive narrative about the state and the artists connected to it.

You Can’t Get There From Here includes established Maine artists who have created notable new bodies of work and those who have traveled outside of Maine and are becoming known outside its borders. The Biennial will also represent the first major institutional appearance for several young, emerging artists, representing the next wave of Maine artists and affording them the opportunity to make initial introductions with national art audiences.

Image Credits:
1. Jeremy Frey (Passamaquoddy Tribe, born 1978), Urchin Basket, 2007, brown ash, sweetgrass, dyes, 4 x 8 inches. Abbe Museum, Museum purchase, Diane Kopec Collection Fund, 2007-03-001   
2. Brett Bigbee (United States, born 1954), Josie Over Time¸ 2011-15, oil on linen, 13 3/8 x 12 1/8 inches. Private Collection, courtesy Alexandre Gallery, New York. © Brett Bigbee. Photo credit:  Jay York.
The 2015 Portland Museum of Art Biennial is made possible by the William E. and Helen E. Thon Endowment Fund.

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