Andres A. Verzosa is owner and director of Aucocisco Galleries in Portland, Maine, one of the leading commercial art galleries in the state. In its fourteen-year history under Verzosa’s direction, Aucocisco has gained widespread critical recognition. The gallery currently represents some of the most respected contemporary artists in Maine. The gallery’s primary focus has been on presenting mid career artists, along with emerging newer artists. All artists have a significant connection to the state of Maine or, quite simply, Maine plays a significant role in their identity as visual artists. Verzosa grew up in Portland, attended both the University of Maine and Maine College of Art. In addition to Verzosa’s work with Aucocisco, he’s committed to community building around the arts. Verzosa is a trustee of the Maine College of Art, a board member of the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, the Tides Institute & Museum, and founder of Portland’s “First Friday Art Walk”, past president of the Portland Arts and Cultural Alliance and former board member of the Quimby Family Foundation. Last year Verzosa orchestrated a free reading of Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco at Portland’s Merrill Auditorium, co-curated “Maine Women Pioneers III” at the University of New England Art Gallery and is co-editor of “Maine Art Now”, scheduled for publication by the University of Maine Press in the Fall 2014.