September 13, 2013

Renowned architect to design arts center in Rockland

New York-based Toshiko Mori has a home in the midcoast and supervised the redesign of the interior of the Farnsworth Art Museum.

By Bob Keyes bkeyes@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art has chosen Toshiko Mori to design its new building in Rockland.

The arts center, which has made its home in Rockport since its inception in 1952, plans to move to Rockland in 2015. The arts center plans to renovate an existing building at 21 Winter St., and has begun a $4 million fundraising campaign.

Mori is an award-winning architect with ties to Maine. She is the Robert P. Hubbard Professor at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. She has been active internationally since the early 1980s through her firm Toshiko Mori Architect, based in New York City.

She has won two International Art Critics Association Awards. She and her husband, the artist James Carpenter, have a home in the midcoast, and she supervised the redesign of the interior spaces of the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland.

"I am honored and privileged to be asked to design a new Center for Maine Contemporary Art. We have a long relationship with arts institutions and artists in our work and personal life. I have been associated with midcoast Maine in the last 30 years, and I am especially excited to make a contribution to promote contemporary arts in Maine," Mori said in a statement.

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