Saco, Maine—The Saco Museum is pleased to present the 2012 Mill-ennial, the second in this series of juried biennial exhibition of local contemporary art.  48 works by 20 artists connected to Saco, Biddeford, and Old Orchard Beach were selected by the jurors and will be on view throughout the exhibition. The exhibition is on view at the Saco Museum and Engine in Biddeford, from April 6 through June 10, 2012. Artist’s awards, including a juror’s prize and one or more purchase prizes (enabling artwork from the exhibition to be acquired for the Saco Museum’s permanent collection) will be announced at the FREE public opening reception on Thursday, April 5, at both Engine and the Saco Museum, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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. The works on display present a full range of artistic media, from traditional painting and photography to assemblage sculpture. In recognition of the fact that the Cities on the Saco are part of a single creative community, the exhibition will be on view simultaneously in two downtown Main Street locations: the Saco Museum and Engine (, a new community arts organization in Biddeford that is “committed to designing, launching, and promoting community-based arts programming.”

The jurors considered the unique qualities of each exhibit space when selecting the works: large-scale painting by Rachael Eastman and Tyson Jacques, for instance, suit the large walls of the Saco Museum’s main gallery, while three-dimensional work by Benjamin Lambert and Nora Tryon, among others, are a good fit with Engine’s store-front windows and light-filled space.

Following is the complete list of 2012 Mill-ennial artists, including those whose work is displayed at the Engine and the Saco Museum:

Susan Amons

Peter T. Bennett

Sarah Bowen*

Pat Campbell *

Donna L. Caron *

Michele A. Caron

Sally Orth Chandler *

James Chute

Laura Dunn

Rachael Eastman

Tanya Fletcher

Tyson Jacques

J. Mark Koerber

Benjamin Lambert *

Cheryl Lichwell

Heath Paley

Robin Puleio

Richard Smukler

Nora Tryon *

Diane Bowie Zaitlin

*Denotes work will be exhibited at Engine

The jurors for the 2012 Mill-ennial were Ron Crusan, Director of the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Berri Kramer, President of the Heartwood School of Art, Kennebunk; and Andy Verzosa, Director of Aucocisco Galleries, Portland. The jurors will be present at the opening reception to award the Juror’s Prize, and they will also contribute to the exhibition catalogue, which will be at the Saco Museum gift shop, at Engine, and online by April 5, 2012.

The 2012 Mill-ennial was organized by the Saco Museum in cooperation with Engine ( Presentation and promotion of the 2012 Mill-ennial was made possible, in part, with an Arts Visibility grant from the Maine Arts Commission.

Image captions: 1) Rachael Eastman, Presence (Summer), 2011, oil on canvas over box panel, 40 x 30 x 2 inches; 2) Tyson Jacques, The Imperative Series: Self-Portrait, 2010, oil and graphite on canvas, 60 x 72 x 2 1/2 inches; 3) Benjamin Lambert, Fish or Man, 2010, earthenware, glaze, and acrylic, 30 x 10 x 8 inches; 4) Nora Tryon, Family Tree Series, 2011, installation (acrylic on canvas, wood, and stone), variable dimensions.

Dyer Library/Saco Museum Information:  The Dyer Library/Saco Museum is located at 371 Main Street (Route 1) in historic downtown Saco, Maine.  Free parking. Museum is handicapped accessible.  Regular museum hours: Tues, Wed, Thurs 12 – 4 pm; Friday 12 – 8 pm (FREE from 4 – 8 pm); Saturday 10 am – 4 pm; and Sunday 12 – 4 pm (June-December only).  Regular admission: Adults $5; Seniors & Students $3; Children (7 – 18) $2; Children 6 and under, no charge.  Admission is ALWAYS FREE to DL/SM Card holders and their guests. Group tour rate available for groups of 8 or more.  Group tours must be scheduled in advance. For additional information, please call 283-3861, ext. 114 or visit

Engine Information: Engine’s exhibit space is located at 265 Main Street, Biddeford, right across the street from McArthur Public Library. Free admission; handicapped accessible. Hours: Tuesday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to noon.  For additional information, please call (207) 229-3560 or visit