New York-based architect Toshiko Mori has been tapped to design a new home for the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA). The non-collecting museum, a fixture in the harbor village of Rockport since its founding by a group of local artists in 1952, has chosen a new site 10 miles south of its current location in the commercial center of Rockland, where it plans to open in 2015.
No stranger to Maine’s rocky coastline, or its thriving art scene, Mori has shared a house in the midcoast with her husband, the artist James Carpenter, for 30 years. She has also completed a number of projects in the area, including the redesign of the interior spaces of the Farnsworth Art Museum, just across the street from CMCA’s proposed site. “With the Farnsworth, the new CMCA and the nearby Strand Theater, we hope to create a triangle for the arts,” says Suzette McAvoy, CMCA’s director. “CMCA exhibits artists with a strong connection to Maine, and our aim is to bring a higher profile to the staggering quality of contemporary art happening here.”