SELF/selfie OPENS MAY 30

SELF/selfie: A visual investigation into the reflection of self opening May 30, 2014

Biddeford, ME – SELF/selfie, curated by Donna McNeil, will feature self-portraiture work from regional artists and a call for “selfies” from the international community.The exhibition opens at Engine on May 30th during the Biddeford+Saco ArtWalk and will run through Saturday, July 19, 2014.

The exhibition consists of two parts: SELF and selfie.

The exhibition SELF/selfie features 2D and 3D work by Cig Harvey, Jonathan Laurence, Aaron Stephan (courtesy of Aucocisco Galleries, Portland, ME), Julie K. Gray, Alan Magee, Nancy Andrews, Joseph Nicoletti, Alison Hildreth, Nathan Eldridge, Mark Wethli, Deborah Randall, Gina Siepel, and Shoshannah White among others artists from Maine and New England. The exhibition opens May 30 and will run through Saturday, July 19. Visit for artist biographies.

selfie includes “selfies” submitted by the international community via Instagram tagged with #SELFtheshow. View all the submissions on Tumblr at

As part of the exhibition SELF/selfie: a visual investigation into the reflection of self, Engine will host a panel discussion entitled, “From self portrait to selfie. Need to be seen.” on Thursday, July 10, at 6pm. The panel will include the exhibition curator Donna McNeil, social media guru Rob Gould of Social Social, MECA ‘14 graduate and creator of #ProjectSelfiePride Sabrina Volante, and Julie Longua Peterson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at University of New England. The panel will be moderated by Joshua Bodwell, co-founder of Engine and director of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance.

tarbox_logoSELF/selfie is generously sponsored by Tarbox Construction.

For more information: Contact Edwige Charlot at ENGINE or 207.370.9130. Gallery hours: Tuesday through Friday from 1pm-6pm and Saturdays 11am-4pm.

DONNA MCNEIL served for 10 years at the Maine Arts Commission, initially as Contemporary Art and Public Art Associate and the last four as Executive Director. She is currently the Maine representative for Artists in Context and is privileged to work as a private curatorial consultant with the Crewe Foundation. In addition McNeil offers professional development workshops for artists at MECA, Maine Media Workshops, College of the Atlantic and the University of Maine system. McNeil earned an MLA from Harvard University in Art History, a BFA in Painting from Syracuse University, a certificate of Leaders in State and Local Government from Harvard’s Kennedy School and was honored to be selected as Commencement Speaker at the Maine College of Art. She has devoted a lifetime to the support of the arts holding executive positions in museums, galleries and the performing arts. McNeil has served on numerous grants panels including the Piscataquis Artist Advancement Grant, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Baker Artist award, the MacArthur Foundation and others.