American Treasures: Maine Voices

  • Winslow Homer, Seven Boys in a Dory, 1873; watercolor on paper, anonymous gift, 1999
  • George Bellows, The Teamster, 1916, oil on canvas, Bequest of Mrs. Elizabeth B. Noyce, 1997
May 18, 2013 - January 12, 2014
Rothschild Gallery

For most of the artists who have worked in Maine during the past century and a half, the state’s striking physical beauty has been its primary attraction. To be sure, the state’s stunning coastline as well as its verdant forests, rushing streams, tranquil ponds and lakes, and picturesque mountains have inspired countless painters, printmakers and photographers. With the advent of abstraction in the early twentieth century, however, and particularly with the multiple languages of form embraced by American artists after World War II, Maine’s physical attributes may have been less important as a source for subject matter than the peaceful lifestyle and modest cost of living offered to those who decided to live here, whether as summer or year-round residents.

This exhibition offers a full range of responses that a number of nationally, indeed in some cases internationally, significant artists have had as a result of their decisions to live and work in Maine. Whether George Bellows’ scene of boat builders in Camden, N.C. Wyeth’s bold depiction of Monhegan, Louise Nevelson’s fanciful depiction of meadows near Rockland, or Alex Katz’s abstract rendition of wildflowers in a field, these works are ample demonstration of the diverse voices that Maine’s artists have brought to the larger and ongoing narrative of the history of American art.

American Treasures consists of several related exhibitions: Small Treasures, Other Voices, Maine Voices (opens May 18), and three that will open on June 1: New Visions, New Languages; Visions of the Land and Sea; and Family and Friends. The overarching exhibition will celebrate Maine’s role in American art by displaying the very best among the over 13,000 works in the museum’s collection. On view, through a series of themed exhibitions, will be paintings, photographs and sculpture by many of America’s most important artists.


American Treasures is sponsored by: A.E. Sampson & Son, Houses & Cottages by Eric E. Allyn, The Grasshopper Shop of Rockland, Wickham Skinner Fund, and an anonymous gift
The Primary Media Sponsor of American Treasures is Maine Home + Design





Community Partners for American Treasures include Breakwater Vineyards and  Fixtures Designer Plumbing Showroom.

Additional support provided by: Bar Harbor Bank & Trust; Cafe Miranda, Carol Emery, Esquire; Country Inn at Camden/Rockport; Maine Coast Construction; Silverio Architecture & Design; and Waterman’s Beach Lobster.