• Best Doc Award

    Best Doc Award

    We're thrilled to announce we have won
    the Vermont PBS Award for Best Documentary
    from the "Made Here" Film Festival
    So great to get this citation from the judges:
    This film is a delight. Mayers is a compelling character, lively, intelligent and interesting. But what makes it award-worthy is its intelligent and playful stylistic approach, its story arc and pacing, and its avoidance of some of the foibles of bio-pics. Overall an excellent, fun and relevant documentary.

    See the film at this Vermont International Film Festival Site for the Shorts 4 program between May 5th & May 9th
    It's free -- pay as you can

    for more info about the film, please visit

  • Monson Arts Residency

    Monson Arts Residency

    I'm pleased to be in Monson, ME at the Monson Arts Residency from Oct - Nov. 2020. Pictured: my studio before I messed it up.
    For more info see Monsonarts.org

  • Women Respond

    Thank you to Harlow Gallery for First Place Prize
    in the "Women Respond" show!

    Aug. 2nd - Sept. 7th
    Harlow Gallery
    100 Water St.
    Hallowell, ME

  • Free Fall(t): Projection-cleansing for Women

    At the CMCA Biennial, Rockland, ME,
    Opening 11/3/18 5-7 PM, running through 3/3/2019.
    The piece is a pun on "projection," creating a physical shape for people's "projections" onto women's bodies. We use video projection to wash away some of those words used to describe women.



    INFLUX 2018, an experimental art installation at the Pepperell Mill Campus, a former textile mill in Biddeford, Maine. Installations and performances placed throughout the mill, including video installation by Anita Clearfield & Geoffrey Leighton, "Labor Weave/Capital Warp."

    On view Sept 14th - Oct 13th
    hours: Monday - Friday 10 - 4p

    Opening night! Friday Sept 14th 5 - 8p

    Biddeford/Saco ArtWalk: Friday Sept 28th 5 - 8p
    Artist Walk/Talk : A Self-Guided Tour w/ Influx Artists

    Closing Day: Saturday Oct 13th 12 - 4p

  • Help Us Fund a New Film in Production!

    Help Us Fund a New Film in Production!

    Still want to help us fund our new film Natasha Mayers: an Un-still Life? Tax-deductible donations can be made out to Union of Maine Visual Artists and sent to

    UMVA, c/o Jackie Bennett, Treasurer
    PO Box 51
    Walpole, ME 04573

    press about our campaign on
    Maine Today Media

  • Before the Flood

    Before the Flood

    Maine Jewish Museum
    267 Congress St.
    Portland, ME
    July 13th - September 5th
    Opening Reception July 13, 5-7 PM

  • Light in the Dark: Art as a Sane Voice in an Insane World"

    Light in the Dark: Art as a Sane Voice in an Insane World"

    Two of my paintings in fine company in this group exhibit, including above:
    "Before the Flood: Hands Up, Don't..." oil and ink on canvas, 60" x 48" (2016)

    "Light in the Dark: Art as a Sane Voice in an Insane World"
    Curated by Rachel McDonald
    UMVA Gallery at CTN
    519 Congress St.
    Portland, ME
    Opening Friday April 7th, 5-8 PM
    Featuring: Franklin Ahrens, Brendan Bullock, Matt Blackwell, Michael Branca, Crystal Cawley, Anita Clearfield, Kenny Cole, Jeannie Hutchins, Scott Minzy, Natasha Mayer, and Vivien Russe.

  • Nasty Women

    Nasty Women

    "Nasty Women New Haven"
    The Institute Library
    845 Chapel St.
    New Haven, CT.
    3/9 - 4/8
    Opening Reception: 3/9 6-8 PM

  • Hewnoaks

    Artist Residency
    August 27th - September 2nd
    Will be shooting underwater footage/projecting it/painting it



    Neurotica -- a group art exhibition at the UMVA Gallery at CTN
    516 Congress St.
    Portland, ME
    April 1 - 30
    M - F 12-5
    Opening Reception April 1, 5-8 PM


    USM/UMVA Collaborations
    January 28 - March 6
    USM Art Gallery, Gorham Campus
    Opening: Thursday, January 28, 5-7 PM
    Artist Talks 6-7 PM

  • "Let There Be Light: 2015 Menorah Invitational Show"
    Maine Jewish Museum
    267 Congress St., Portland
    November 12 - December 30, 2015
    Mon. - Fri. 10-2
    Sundays 1-5

  • Exhibition

    Maine Jewish Museum
    267 Congress St., Portland
    "Maine Synagogues"
    Opening May 21, 5-7pm
    through July 6 (M-F 10-2 and Sunday 1-5)


    January 16 - April 4
    Opening Friday, Jan. 16, 6-8 pm
    Atrium Art Gallery
    University of Southern Maine Lewiston-Auburn
    51 Westminster St.
    Lewiston, ME 04240


    Featuring some of my work with the
    Artists’ Rapid Response Team (ARRT!)
    at Uri-Eichen Gallery
    2101 S. Halsted
    June 13 - July 5
    see: http://www.uri-eichen.com


    Harlow Gallery
    April 4-26
    Wed. - Sat. 12-6 PM.
    Opening Friday 4/4, 5-8 PM

  • PORT CITY POEMS, Contemporary Poets Celebrate Portland, Maine

    Edited and with an Introduction by Marcia F. Brown

    I have a poem in this new anthology that contains the work of 39 area poets writing on themes inspired by the City of Portland. It's a project of the Portland Poet Laureate Program in association with the nonprofit Maine Poetry Central. All proceeds from the sale of books will go to Maine Poetry Central for the furtherance of its programs to advance awareness and enjoyment of poetry in the State of Maine. Available at local book stores...


    University of New England -- Biddeford
    July 1st -- August 5th
    Opening Reception
    Thursday, July 11th, 5-7 PM

    Campus Center
    UNE -- Biddeford
    11 Hills Beach Road
    directions at http://www.une.edu/directions/#biddeford


    I'll be the Video Artist in Residence at Ghost Ranch (Georgia O'Keeffe's Abiquiu, New Mexico) during A Room of Her Own Foundation's Retreat for Women Writers.
    August 12 - 18, 2013


    Columbus Museum of Art
    Columbus, Ohio
    9/30 - 12/31/12
    Video by Anita Clearfield & Geoffrey Leighton


    Jurors: Dan Mills & Gail Skudera
    Atrium Gallery, USM, Lewiston, ME.
    Jan. 18 - March 23, 2013
    Opening Friday, Jan. 18, 6-8 PM


    Curated by Robyn Holman/Juried by Joel Babb & James Strickland
    USM Lewiston-Auburn Atrium Gallery
    51 Westminister St., Lewiston
    November 9-December 14
    Opening: Friday, November 9, 6-8 PM


    Recent paintings -- curated by Meghann Gipson

    Opening Reception: June 29th, 5-8 PM, Friday Art Walk

    June 29th - July 25th
    Monday thru Friday 7 to 7
    Saturday 8 to 4

    Forage Market
    180 Lisbon Streeet


    University of New England
    8/2 - 8/31
    Curated by Diane Noble
    Opening Reception Thursday, August 2nd, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

  • For those who have been asking....here's the poem I read at the MassArt Graduation:


    All Mass Art students worth their bacon
    know the best place to ask big
    art questions is at
    THE PIG,
    “The Squealing Pig” Bar and Restaurant that is;
    you can tell by the name that
    there will be struggle,
    that it takes a lot of Guiness
    and countless nights of dissecting
    George’s definition of
    the “signifier”
    for a true MassArt student to reach the core of the truth of truths
    that must be asked by each artist
    sitting here today: that is:
    why should we celebrate getting a degree in…art
    when there is so much suffering?

    Isn’t that the question? No matter how many curators put
    a label next to our work to explain its relevance in a post-modern context
    or how many theses we write on civilizations remembered for their art,
    it all comes down to that moment, after a day in the studio
    adding cobalt blue that costs $60 a tube to a painting that still
    looks like Gerhard Richter puked…
    and then his puke painted it,
    that you will drool into your beer at the Pig and ask THE question:
    how do I
    measure the worth of my artistic effort
    in the unbearable
    Larger Scheme of Things?

    Of course, there’s always Chucky Fullovit who waves
    his Tuscan fries in your face and gushes about happiness, that all
    that matters is how great it feels to discover the exploding properties
    of acrylic gel medium when torched in his installations, but you know if happiness
    were the ultimate value here, you wouldn’t be listening to him at the Pig
    and scraping by working at Home Depot for the rest of your life, when
    you took out just as many Stafford loans as the MBA grads and enjoy
    the feeling of leather upholstery in a BMW as much as anyone.

    Marjorie Meaningful may make a case for how her wheat-paste posters,
    body work happenings, and model eco houses will change lives, but even if
    there weren’t a zillion artists
    and the chances of making an impact were better,
    as the night wears on, we sag onto the bar
    tasting the unsavory nature of an art degree;
    this odd need to “express things,”
    gives off a desperate aroma
    of children chasing unicorns while
    grownups are doing real work
    like providing medicine or shelter or…food.

    When “Last call,” squeals The Pig bartender and you wake
    to find yourself at graduation and you survived the final
    critique and thesis and the answer feels close now
    and the speaker, she’s going to turn this poem around, get
    to the yes that reaffirms that yes, there is value for art,
    that yes, an answer is coming and yes, that
    degree about to descend on you like the Artist God’s anointed word
    was worth all you suffered for it, except you know what?
    I can’t do that
    for you.

    There’s no objective reason to make art. In the end it’s just you
    and that white white canvas, that
    camera on your shoulder, that pink plastic mouse
    you picked up from the gutter that you want to go home
    and cover with blue polka dots and swing from the gallery ceiling
    to a video of your mother singing “Beat It,”
    and the only meaning comes from what you choose to do.
    Create. Destroy. Act. Sit there.

    It’s always lousy weather when we leave the Pig. Foggy.
    We’re artists so we don’t know where we’re going
    and there are no rides home. We only know
    we’re headed toward what we fear most --
    That’s what we do for society. They’re too afraid. It’s up to us
    because graduating today means we’re mastering the ability to be afraid
    and still take a step…

    In the face of great sorrow
    and horrors that can never be described
    we walk out the door,
    or crawl through the window,
    inch along the edge
    of society,
    full of fear and hopelessness,
    and we leap

    not just once
    but with

    Now it’s really Last Call.
    It’s never been scarier, darker
    or more troubled out there --
    the kind of world
    where we artists
    do our best.

    Anita Clearfield/May, 2012


    Celebrating the late artist Carlo Pittore (1943-2005), by showing over two dozen artists inspired by the figure. Curated by Susan Drucker.

    May 9 - June 1
    Opening Reception: May 14th, 5-7 PM
    Closing Reception: June 1, First Friday Art Walk, 5-8 PM

    Aucocisco Galleries
    89 Exchange Street
    Portland, Maine 04101


    A group exhibition curated by Natasha Mell-Taylor

    When: Nov. 12 – December 1, 2011
    with an Opening Reception on Saturday, November 12, from 6-9 PM Gallery hours are Wednesdays from 12-3 and Saturday’s from 4-6;
    All other times by appointment only.

    Where: a large space gallery
    1608 N. 21st Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19121

  • Memento Mori -- Remember Your Mortality

    Wednesday, October 19 through Sunday, October 23
    Gallery Hours: 2 to 6 pm

    Performance Events: 7 to 11 pm Friday and Saturday, Sunday 4 to 7 pm
    Suggested donation: $10

    Mobius Gallery
    55 Norfolk St
    Cambridge, MA


  • "ArtinMe"

    Maine statewide juried exhibition
    Jurors: Lois Dodd, Nancy Wissemann Widrig and John Wissemann,

    BRAF Gallery, One Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor, Maine

    Sat., OCTOBER 1 - Sat., NOVEMBER 19

    Hours: October: Daily 10am-5pm, Sundays: 11am 4pm
    November: Fridays & Saturdays: 10am-5pm, Sundays: 11am-4pm

  • 2011 Boston Young Contemporaries Exhibition

    This juried exhibition includes video:
    Tree Arts: Peach Tree Repair

    808 Commonwealth Ave.
    Boston, MA 02215

    Opening July 15th
    Gallery Hours 11-2