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The ICA at Maine College of Art Presents American Genre: Contemporary Painting, Curated by Michelle Grabner

The exhibition is built on a triad of traditional painting genres: still life, landscape, and portraiture.

Amy Bennett, “Nothing New Under The Sun” (2016)

The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art is pleased to announce American Genre: Contemporary Painting curated by artist, writer, and curator Michelle Grabner.

American Genre: Contemporary Painting is an exhibition built on a triad of traditional painting genres: still life, landscape, and portraiture. Fifty-two paintings by fifty-two American artists offers a critical balance to the conditions of atemporality, affected responses, and the material turn shaping much of contemporary painting discourse. Alternatively, this exhibition employs historically recognized groupings of subject and forms.

Artists include:

Still Life: Gina Beavers, Dana DeGiulio, Wendy Edwards, Francesca Fuchs, Hope Gangloff, Evan Gruzis, Angelina Gualdoni, Magalie Guerin, Jessica Halonen, Jonn Herschend, Tucker Nichols, Aliza Nisenbaum, Walter Robinson, Roger White, Griff Williams, Kelly S. Williams, Emi Winter, and Mathew Zefeldt.

Portraiture: Herman Aguirre, Lucas Ajemian, Deborah Brown, Kristin Calabrese, Brian Calvin, Susanna Coffey, Angela Dufresne, Andreas Fischer, Howard Fonda, Richard Hull, José Lerma, Keith Mayerson, Frank J. Stockton, Henry Taylor, Storm Tharp, and Kehinde Wiley.

Landscape: Dan Attoe, Peter Barrickman, Amy Bennett, Michael Berryhill, Patrick Chamberlain, Ann Craven, Paula Crown, Cynthia Daignault, Rackstraw Downes, Mari Eastman, Shara Hughes, Brad Killam, Eva Lundsager, Tyson Reeder, John Riepenhoff, Claire Sherman, Gail Spaien, Spencer Sweeney, and Emily Sundblad.

The exhibition will close with a one-day symposium featuring a panel discussion moderated by Barry Schwabsky on September 15, 2017.

An opening reception will be held on Thursday, July 20, between 5-8pm.

For more information or to request an interview, visit meca.edu/ica.

American Genre: Contemporary Painting continues at Maine College of Art (522 Congress Street, Portland, Maine) through September 15.