LEWISTON – The Maine Crafts Association, in collaboration with USM’s Atrium Art Gallery in Lewiston, announces a call for entries for “The Inspired Hand IV,” a statewide juried biennial exhibition of work in all media by MCA members. The exhibition will represent the best of MCA members in an inspired perspective of contemporary crafts in the state. The exhibition will include work in ceramic, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and stone.

The deadline for submitting work is May 15. The exhibition is open to members of the Maine Crafts Association. For more information, contact Lynn Thompson at 449-1362.

Entries will be juried on the overall quality of the work submitted. Only work produced since Jan. 1, 2007, is eligible to be exhibited. The number of pieces exhibited by each artist will depend on the number of artists selected for the exhibition. Work may be two- or three-dimensional and in any craft medium.

Only digital images of work may be submitted, by e-mail or disk. Submissions must be emailed or postmarked on or before May 15 to [email protected] or Lynn Thompson, Maine Crafts Association, PO Box 376, Boothbay ME 04537. Submission Form must be completed and accompany submission.

Jurors for the exhibition are Mimi Dunn, MCA past president, collector, craft advocate, and partner in Digitry Company; Dan Reardon, former CEO of Bass Shoes, retired senior business consultant to L.L. Bean, and early manager of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts retail operations; and Susan Strickler, executive director of the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester N.H.

Exhibition dates are Jan. 22 through March 26, 2010. For more information, go to www.mainecrafts.org and search “opportunities.” The Maine Crafts Association, a statewide nonprofit organization founded in 1983, is dedicated to the support and encouragement of Maine craft artists. Long noted for its outstanding educational and exhibition programs, MCA is committed to promoting and advocating for contemporary crafts throughout Maine.

The Atrium Art Gallery, located in the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College, features year-round exhibitions of sculpture, painting, drawing, and contemporary crafts. In 2000, the Atrium in collaboration with the Maine Crafts Association, presented The Inspired Hand, an invitational exhibition of 60 craft artists from around the state. The success of that exhibition led to the continuation of The Inspired Hand series in 2004, 2006, and now 2010.

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