Title

Exit Interview: Suzette McAvoy

Authors

Will Grunewald

Source

Down East

Date

1-2021

Pages

54-58, 60-61

Abstract

Interview with Suzette McAvoy, retiring director of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland. Describes McAvoy's 1988 arrival in Maine to become chief curator of Rockland's then-struggling Farnsworth Art Museum. Details how she revamped and revitalized that institution, which in turn sparked a shift in the community from a declining fishing town to a thriving destination for artists and art lovers. Describes McAvoy's tenure as director at CMCA beginning in 2010, where she spearheaded a similar turnaround, eventually moving the entire organization into a new building designed to maximize art exhibition potential. McAvoy also discusses the enduring appeal of Maine to artists, what constitutes Maine contemporary art, and the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on museums and galleries.

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