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.