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Bob Keyes has written about the arts in Maine since 2002. He’s never been much an artist himself, other than singing in junior high school chorus and acting in a few musicals. But he’s attended museums, theaters, clubs and concert halls all his life, and cites Bob Dylan as most influential artist of any kind since Picasso. He lives in Berwick.

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Posted: October 7, 2015

PMA biennial “You Can’t Get There from Here” opens Thursday

Written by: Bob Keyes
“Profane Maine,” by Stacy Howe.

“Profane Maine,” by Stacy Howe.

The biennial is back. The Portland Museum of Art opens “You Can’t Get There from Here” on Thursday, featuring the work of 32 artists from Maine or with ties to Maine. The exhibition is a survey of contemporary art, and it’s always interesting to see what artists have come up with for the show.

This year’s exhibition is curated by Alison Ferris, a former curator at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick and curator of the Kohler Art Center in Wisconsin.

“I definitely feel it’s an immense honor and a privilege,” she said. “I want this show to be the best it can be for the sake of the artists.”

As any curator would be, Ferris is anxious about the response to the exhibition. She’s chosen 32 artists, many of whom are widely known in Maine and elsewhere. Others are just starting their careers. Media range from painting and sculpture to photography and digital arts.

It is on view through Jan. 3.

“You Can’t Get There from Here: The 2015 Portland Museum of Art Biennial”

WHEN: Opens Thursday, on view through Jan. 3

WHERE: Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square

HOURS: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with hours extended to 9 p.m. Friday. Beginning Columbus Day, the museum is closed Mondays.

ADMISSION: $17 adults, $15 seniors and students, $11 ages 13 to 17, free 12 and younger and museum members; free after 5 p.m. Fridays

INFO: 207-775-6148 or


Brett Bigbee, South Portland
John Bisbee, Brunswick
Bradley Borthwick, Belgrade
Meghan Brady, Camden
Thomas Brennan, Hinesburg, Vermont
Gideon Bok, Camden
Jeffrey Clancy, Madison, Wisconsin
Christine Collins, Roslindale, Massachusetts
Jeremy DePrez, Houston, Texas
Lois Dodd, New York
Jeremy Frey, Indian Island
Ken Greenleaf, Waldoboro
Susan Hartnett, New York
Anna Hepler, Eastport
Stacy Howe, Portland
Justin Kirchoff, Eliot
Michael Kolster, Brunswick
Caroline Lathan-Stiefel, Avondale, Pennsylvania
George Mason, Nobleboro
Emily Nelligan, Winstead, Connecticut
George Neptune, Bar Harbor
Dennis Pinette, Belfast
Randy Regier, Wichita, Kansas
Noriko Sakanishi, Portland
Theresa Secord, Waterville
Warren Seelig, Rockland
Owen Smith, Orono
Sarah Sockbeson, Indian Island
Miles Spadone, South Portland
Emilie Stark-Menneg, Brunswick
Richard Van Buren, Perry
John Walker, Brookline, Massachusetts

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