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Saco Museum Accepting "Mill-Ennial 2012" Applications
Saco Museum Accepting "Mill-Ennial 2012" Applications

The Saco Museum is now accepting applications for the 2012 Mill-ennial, a juried biennial exhibition of contemporary art connected to the Cities on the Saco. All artists who can demonstrate a significant connection to Saco, Biddeford, and Old Orchard Beach are invited to submit images of their work, in any medium, for consideration by the jurors. The postmark/drop-off deadline for submissions is October 31, 2011. The exhibition is a collaboration between the Saco Museum and Engine, a new community arts organization in Biddeford. Artwork juried into the exhibition will be shown at the Saco Museum or at Engine's new exhibition space (to be announced Fall 2011), with film or performance pieces presented at City Theater in Biddeford. The exhibition will be on view April 6 through June 10, 2012.

The Mill-ennial was conceived by the Saco Museum as an ongoing series of exhibitions showcasing new work by living artists connected to Saco, Biddeford, and Old Orchard Beach. These cities on the Saco have overlapping histories of industrial and creative activity, and the Mill-ennial seeks to celebrate that history by exhibiting work not only at the Saco Museum but also in the mill district as part of this inter-city installation. The exhibition is open to work in all media, including performance, conceptual, film, video, and installation art. The Saco Museum and Engine will provide the primary exhibit spaces, with the stage at Biddeford's 500-seat City Theater set aside as a performance venue for selected works.

The jurors for the 2012 Mill-ennial are Andy Verzosa, Director of Aucocisco Galleries in Portland; Ron Crusan, Director of the Ogunquit Museum of American Art; and Berri Kramer, a fabric artist and the President of Heartwood College of Art in Kennebunk.

To apply for the Mill-ennial, artists must complete a Call for Entries form and submit a CD with digital images of their work, along with a $10 entry fee that will help to support the presentation of the exhibition. The call for entries is available for download on the Saco Museum's website at or artists may pick up a copy at the Dyer Library, Saco Museum, or any of several downtown Saco and Biddeford locations. Artists may also call (207) 283-3861 or e-mail to ask for a copy to be sent by mail. Good luck!