Art in the Lobby 2017-18

4th of July
Raul Sirén | a solo exhibition
October 18 – November 28

Artist Statement

I was born on Åland Island, Finland in 1945. Our family emigrated to the Philadelphia area at age 10. I graduated from University of Illinois in 1970 with a BFA in ceramics, and in 1972 I received my MFA in ceramics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

In 1972, my wife, young son and I moved to an abandoned farm in Brighton Plantation, Maine to “homestead” off the grid, where we still reside today, and where I built a pottery studio and a wood fired kiln. This exhibit of photographs is from our local West Athens 4th of July parade and play from 1998-2008. It was shown August 12, 2017 along with a slide show at the East Madison Square Garden in Maine.


Call to Artists for Art in the Lobby

Deadline for entry: September 1, 2017
Exhibition Period: October 2017 – September 2018
Location: Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square, Waterville, ME 04901

Download the Call for Artists entry form

About the Maine Film Center: The mission of the Maine Film Center is to enrich, educate and entertain the community through film and art. The Maine Film Center owns and operates Railroad Square Cinema, a community-based, mission-driven art house theater, and presents the annual Maine International Film Festival in July.

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Art in the Lobby provides an opportunity for Maine visual artists of various ages, media, and styles to exhibit their work in a high-profile venue. While our primary focus is film, we have always been committed to the promotion and incorporation of visual arts into our programs and venues, and we are excited to pursue new, multi-disciplinary programs and partnerships.


The Call to Artists is open to all artists residing in Maine. All work must be original and ready to be presented in a professional manner to the public at the time of delivery. (See Terms for Exhibition for details.)

Exhibition Schedule and Selection Process:

This call will cover exhibitions from October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. An exhibition may include one artist or a combination of artists. Eight exhibitions will be included in this time period. Each exhibition will last 5-6 weeks. All applications will be reviewed by a Selection Committee. The committee strongly encourages thoughtful group exhibition proposals. The committee may also recommend the combining of one or more proposals. Artists who have applied in the past may re-apply but must submit a new proposal. Decisions will be announced mid-September.


The Maine Film Center will retain a 30% commission on all sales. All sales must go through the Maine Film Center. All sold works must remain on exhibit until the end of the show.

Delivery and Insurance:

Artists are responsible for delivering their work to Railroad Square Cinema and picking up their work at the end of the show. The Maine Film Center will be responsible for the insurance of work on the premises, and Railroad Square Cinema is equipped with an alarm system.


The Maine Film Center will promote each exhibition via the Maine Film Center and Railroad Square Cinema websites (;, Facebook pages, and various marketing materials. All press releases and marketing done by the artist must be approved by the Maine Film Center Projects Manager.

All work entered will be considered available for promoting both the exhibition and the Art in the Lobby program as a whole. The Maine Film Center will host an artist reception at the cinema if the artist is interested.

Exhibition Hours:

The lobby is open 7 days a week during cinema business hours.

How to Apply:  

  1. Complete the attached entry form. (An electronic version of these materials is available at
  2. Send up to five JPG images. Images should be named using the following format: LAST NAME_TITLE.jpg. For example, an image of Jane Smith’s artwork titled “Promises” should be labeled Smith_Promises.jpg.
  3. Create a one-page document that includes the following: a one paragraph bio and a one paragraph statement on your entry. Group applications must include a statement on how the works are selected by the group to ensure quality of works submitted.
  4. Email your entry form, up to 5 images, and your one page bio/statement to by September 1, 2017.

Terms for Exhibition:

  1. All work must be professionally presented and ready to be installed. Works must be properly framed with a secure wire or hooks on the back. No saw-tooth hangers, clip-on or poster frames will be allowed. Artists wishing to exhibit work that is unframed or otherwise not traditionally framed should make this clear in the proposal.
  2. Delivery and pick-up of work is the responsibility of the artist, as is any packing and shipping of sold work.
  3. Installation of the exhibition will be managed by Maine Film Center staff and/or contractors in consultation with the artist. Maine Film Center retains final curatorial authority on the exhibition.
  4. Works delivered must be similar in nature and quality to images submitted in the proposal. Works to be exhibited are subject to final approval by the Maine Film Center Projects Manager.