Maine painters awarded prizes in Biennial

At the members� opening reception for the 2009 Portland Museum of Art Biennial last week, Purchase Prizes were awarded to three painters in the show. Recipients are Mary Aro for her paintings “Trailer Home on Polka Valley Road,” “Microwaves,” and “End of the Burn;” Julianna Swaney for her drawings “Wolfgirl,” “Beebeard,” and “Central Park,” March 6, 1890; and Sean Foley for his painting “Accuser.” The Purchase Prizes are chosen by select members of the Museum�s Collection Committee and will become part of the Museum�s permanent collection. The three jurors were Elizabeth Burke, art consultant and former co-director of Clementine Gallery in New York; Dan Graham, a video, installation, and performance artist based in New York; and Denise Markonish, curator at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams.

2009 Portland Museum of Art Biennial,” Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME. Through June 7, 2009 at the Portland Museum of Art.

Related reviews:
Elena Sarni’s review in Big Red and Shiny.
A Biennial to Bitch About


  1. Thanks for the review Sharon. Good to see some Maine news out there. The review from the Bollard that you linked to really panned the Biennial, so I may think twice about heading down for a peak.

  2. for a different take on this show, read the review on Big Red and Shiny

  3. I added a link above to the Big Red & Shiny review–thanks for the tip.

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