The Biddeford Public Art Committee (BPAC), a subcommittee of Engine, is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals on behalf of Thread, LLC. The building includes Elements: Books Beer Coffee and Engine on the main level; Caleb Johnson Architects + Builders, A Healthy Life, Biddeford Bead Lab, and A Therapeutic Massage on the 2nd floor, and four apartments on the third floor. The building is a hub of dynamic, creative energy.

Proposals are due March 20.



Requests for Proposals are sought for 265 Main Street Artwork commissioned by Thread, LLC, for a privately-owned property at the corner of Main and Jefferson Streets in downtown Biddeford. This Request for Proposals is being coordinated, at the request of Thread, LLC, by the Biddeford Public Art Committee (BPAC).

Project Description
The 265 Main Street Artwork is a commission of new work illustrating a general theme of healthiness and/or healthy living. The artwork can be conceptual or representational, but should be evocative and compelling either way. The artwork should be colorful, positive, and engaging.

Below is a photo of the side of the building that will be home to an artwork mural/installation. The black square does not have to remain nor does the art need to be confined to just that space.



Call for Art: The Rumpus Revival

Engine is calling for work for the annual Rumpus, entitled Revival, an egalitarian art show. Anyone can participate, professional artist or not, young or old. The Rumpus Revival will open from 5-8pm on March 27 at Engine, 265 Main Street across from McArthur Library.

Engine executive director Tammy Ackerman says, “As a community arts organization, we want to host a show that includes everyone that wants to be included. We want to see what kind of talent is out there has and it’s a fun, unintimidating way for people who make art either as a hobby or professionally to get involved. It’s a great way for the community to meet each other, too.”

People can enter up to two pieces of work, 2- or 3-dimensional. Freestanding pieces must have a pedestal provided. All work that will hang on the wall must have mounting hardware attached. Work can be dropped off between March 17 and 21 during regular hours at Engine, 265 Main Street. The show will run from March 27 through April 11, 2015.

Pickup: By April 15.

ARTIST / GALLERY CONSIGNMENT FORM: Each artist must fill out this agreement and deliver with your work. Download PDF form here. Be sure to enter your information on our Artwork Intake Web form.

We do reserve the right to decline work that does not meet our standards of ethics of subject matter or that isn’t properly constructed/mounted to be hung.

For more information on the Rumpus Revival, contact: Engine executive director Tammy Ackerman at either or 207-370-9130.

Hours: Tuesday – Friday 1pm-6pm and Saturday 11am-4pm


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AUTUS Q&A and Portfolio Review

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AUTUS is seeking new members. Join the founding members of the collective AUTUS–Sarah Baldwin, Julie K. Gray, Tina Guay, and Keiren Valentine–for a Q&A about their work and whom they hope to join their collective. The collective is interested in mid-career and emerging musicians, poets, visual artists, curators, designers. Bring a portfolio or links to your work for the collective to review. AUTUS will answer questions regarding membership, requirements, and discuss the ethos and aspirations of the collective.

April Vacation Makers Camp

April Makers Camp WebPlay, Explore and Create with Amanda Hawkins

Monday April 20 – Friday April 24
$250 Full week // $65 per day
Discounts available for members and additional family members.

Ages 7-11




Olena Babak: Portrait Drawing in Pencil & Charcoal
A 4-Day Intensive Workshop

April 18-19 & 25-26
Cost: $350 non-members / $320 Engine members

Engine is launching a Master Series of intensive workshops that are intended for artists who are looking to advance their skills or lay a solid foundation working with an accomplished professional artist. Olena Babak is the first of such professional artists we will bring to Engine for a four-day intensive workshop.

To register for this workshop, go to this link.