PORTFOLIO DAY WEB BANNEREngine will be hosting our first Portfolio Day, inviting artists in the community to present their artwork to a panel of guest reviewers. This event supports Engine’s mission to support aspiring and early-career artists by introducing them to established artists and professionals through an approachable format. High-school art students and early-career artists interested in a review are all welcome to sign up.

Please have a serious interest in pursuing an art career or already be working in that direction. Bring a print portfolio with original work or a digital portfolio (shown on your own device) of up to 10 pieces of your best work. We recommend that you come prepared as suggested, as professionally as possible, to get the most from this experience. Doing some research on how to prepare your portfolio as a student or as a practicing artist before your appointment is advised.

Guest reviewers are Ron Crusan, curator of Ogunquit Museum of Art and practicing artist; Stephen Burt, Creative and Fine Arts Chair at the University of New England; artist Mike Libby, and University of New England drawing adjunct and artist Alex Rheault. Our invited reviewers all bring a unique expertise that we are very excited about sharing with artists.

Sign up with Ron Crusan and Alex Rheault

Sign up with Stephen Burt and Mike Libby

Artists are encouraged to sign up soon to secure a space to present their portfolio. All artists, instructors, students, and supporters of the arts are invited to attend as well to meet new artists and observe.

Sessions start at 11:00am sharp. We encourage artists to bring contact info to leave with reviewers.

Reminder for high school students–National Portfolio Day in Boston will be in late October, early November. Get a head start on your portfolio preparation at Engine!












Join our 4th Annual RUMPUS 2016, an egalitarian art show! Anyone can participate, professional artist or not, young or old. RUMPUS 2016 will open from 5-7pm on Saturday, February 13 at Engine, 128 Main Street and run through 4pm on Saturday, March 19.

Engine executive director Tammy Ackerman says, “RUMPUS has been a great success the first two years with a ton of participation. It’s one of my favorite shows because you never know what is going to show up at your door and it’s great to see professional artists alongside aspiring artists, and kids.” The first RUMPUS was held in 2013.


  • 2D work dimensions, no dimension to exceed 100 inches
  • 3D work footprint dimensions not to exceed 36 inches diameter
  • One piece per artist
  • Work must have been created within the last two years
  • All works must be dropped off ready to hang / display, with all accompanying hardware provided. Hanging mechanisms must be secure and attached and ready to go.
  • Selected work will be hung in Engine’s front window displays and will be chosen by Engine staff.
  • All works must be dropped off and picked up at designated times.
  • Artists grant Engine permission to use images of the work to promote the exhibition.
  • Engine will retain a commission of 30% of the retail price of any work sold. All artwork sold will remain on view through the end of the exhibition.
  • Engine will pay artist fees from sales within 30 days of the end of the exhibition.

All work must be accompanied by the RUMPUS 2016 ArtWork Intake form, which can be filled out in advance or at the time of drop off.

Drop off times/dates:
Tuesday February 2 thru Friday February 5: 1pm-6pm
Saturday February 6: 11am-4pm

Pick up times/dates:
Saturday March 19: 4pm-5pm
Tuesday March 22 thru Friday February 24: 10am-6pm
Saturday March 26: 10am-4pm

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 RUMPUS 2016, contact: Engine executive director Tammy Ackerman at either or 207-370-9130.

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

Charting Biddeford’s Creative Rise

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Clare Tyrrell-Morin Art Guides, Vol. 1, No. 5: February 2016

“There is a short film, called Here Nor There, that perfectly captures the creative climate that is currently taking hold of Biddeford, Maine. It opens with a flat ocean, dappled sunlight, then switches to a woman in a long white dress walking past the towering brick walls of a mill. She is followed by other elegant beings who move in choreographed forms through a hypnotically beautiful film, juxtaposing their angular movements against the shabby storefronts of Main Street, the waterfront of Biddeford Pool, standing in abandoned rooms where yellowed wallpaper peels.”


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Engine presents PechaKucha Night Biddeford Vol. 13 on Wednesday, January 20. Doors open at 6:30pm with a reception and the event starts at 7:20pm.
Join us for a fun, enlightening evening with emcee Joshua Bodwell and nine of our community’s creative and engaging individuals. Hear their stories, challenges and inspirations, and why they do what they do. Presenters include: Judy Gray, Samantha Lindgren, Kathleen Pinard, Bryan Quincannon, Mitchell Rasor, Matthew Rogosienski, Joshua Smallwood, Taylor Turbide, and Carol Wilson.

PECHAKUCHA NIGHTS happen all over the world. PechaKucha is a simple presentation format where the presenter shows 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and presenters talk along to the images. The presentation format was devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture of Tokyo as a fun but focused way to present creative work. For more information and examples of presentations, visit

For more information, contact: Tammy Ackerman, or 207-370-9130.


Pine Tree Statement-Banner“THE PINE TREE STATEment” opens December 5, 2015, from 5-7pm at Engine, 128 Main Street in downtown Biddeford, and will show through January 23, 2016. The exhibition includes artists from Maine or with a connection to the state, and asks them to reimagine, reassign, reinvent, and take ownership of Maine’s iconography. “THE PINE TREE STATEment” was juried by Biddeford-based artist collective AUTUS. The opening will feature a performance by Waco Sparkler.

Participating artists: Darek Bittner, David Cadbury, Rachael Eastman, Helene Farrar, Tina (Guay) Johnson, Amanda Hawkins, Deborah Jellison, Samuel Johnson, Sarah Perea Kane, Michael Libby, Rachel McDonald, Sean O’Brien, Jill Osgood, John O’Shaughnessy, Savanna Pettingill, Gordon Pym, Kiera Reese, Roland Salazar, Ben Spalding, Hunter Wahl, and Catherine (Kitty) Winslow.

Maine is widely known as a tourist destination—a land of lighthouses, sailboats and seafood. From Thoreau’s idyllic Maine Woods, the noir scenes of Stephen King’s Shawshank Redemption, and Robert McCloskey’s wholesome Blueberries for Sal, Maine is often portrayed as a bucolic destination for visitors near and far. Maine, deemed Vacationland, in its catering to appeal to the seasonal tourists, has become the lobster caricature, the pot buoys on the side of the garage, and all the moose-themed paraphernalia available for sale. “The PINE TREE STATEment” invites all Maine artists and artists with a connection to the great state to. How do you represent all that Maine has to offer: the ocean, forests, lighthouses, animal life, and culinary treats? How can we paint lighthouses and seascapes in a new, more progressive way? How do you represent Maine’s iconographic imagery?

HASHTAG: #PineTreeStatement

AUTUS COLLECTIVE was founded in the fall of 2014 when the Biddeford Maine-based arts organization Engine brought together a small group of emerging artists to discuss how the cumulative energy of an artist’s collective might have a positive impact on not only the individual artists but also the community. Engine’s commitment to support AUTUS includes providing space for exhibitions with the goal of infusing new energy into Biddeford’s burgeoning art community.

TWITTER: @AutusCollective