Press Releases

11/13/15 2:14pm
ROCKLAND — The Farnsworth Art Museum has appointed Jean Joransen Ellis as its new Director of Development. Ellis will become a member of the museum’s senior staff beginning the end of November and will lead all of the Farnsworth’s philanthropic efforts, including the annual fund and individual and institutional giving.
07/24/15 10:30am
(Rockland, ME) On Friday, August 7, during the First Friday art walk, there will be a special mural unveiling for the Farnsworth-led mural arts project on Oak Street, in downtown Rockland. The gathering will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., on Oak Street, between Main and Union Streets. This is the sixth consecutive year, that the Farnsworth participates in First Fridays, thanks to a sponsorship from The First, N.A. During First Fridays, the museum is open free of charge to the public from 5 to 8 p.m.
07/08/15 9:36am
(Rockland, ME)  The Farnsworth Art Museum, in downtown Rockland, Maine, is pleased to announce the receipt of a $3 Million gift from the Wyeth Foundation in honor of Julie and Charlie Cawley. The gift was announced at an event honoring the Cawleys, on Tuesday, June 30, at the museum’s Wyeth Center.
06/18/15 8:59am
(Rockland, Maine) – The Farnsworth Art Museum has received a $5,000 grant from the Emily and William Muir Fund and the Knox Fund for Youth Arts of the Maine Community Foundation to engage Knox County youth in the conception and execution of a mural on a prominent outdoor wall in downtown Rockland this summer.
05/08/15 10:33am
Farnsworth Art Museum to Receive  National Endowment for the Arts Grant— Award is among 1,023 Made Nationally
04/03/15 2:06pm
(Rockland, ME) Thanks to the New Markets Tax Credit program, the museum has secured the necessary funding to begin major capital improvements to their Rockland and Cushing properties. This will unfortunately necessitate the Farnsworth to close to the public from April 13 through May 15. The museum will reopen to the public on Saturday, May 16 and resume regular hours. While undergoing structural upgrades, the Olson House in Cushing will remain closed throughout the 2015 season, and will reopen to the public on Memorial Day weekend 2016.  
04/03/15 9:37am
The Farnsworth Art Museum is pleased to announce it has secured the necessary funding to begin major capital improvements to their Rockland and Cushing properties. The project received financing through Maine’s New Markets Tax Incentive Program allocated by CEI Capital Management, LLC, and federal New Markets Tax Credit funds that were allocated by the Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation, of Boston, with the investment of U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation.
12/23/14 11:33am
Farnsworth Extends Major Shaker Exhibition (Rockland, ME) Due to the popularity of the show, and to facilitate an increase in school group visits, the Farnsworth Art Museum will be extending the exhibition The Shakers: From Mount Lebanon to the World through March 8, 2015. The show of approximately 100 works opened in June 2014 and was organized in partnership with the Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon in New Lebanon, New York; and the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village Museum in New Gloucester, Maine.
09/12/14 7:58am
(Rockland, ME) On Saturday, October 4, to celebrate both the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare and the 125th anniversary of the Rockland Shakespeare Society, the Farnsworth Art Museum will open a new exhibition entitled Edwin Austin Abbey’s Shakespeare. This exhibition will feature approximately thirty works of America’s foremost illustrator of Shakespeare’s plays from the collection of the Yale University Art Gallery, in New Haven, Connecticut. The exhibition will be on display in the museum’s Crosman Gallery through January 4, 2015.
05/06/14 9:12am
The Farnsworth Art Museum, in Rockland, Maine, is proud to announce the Shakers of Sabbathday Lake as the recipients of the 2014 Maine in America Award. The award is presented by the Farnsworth’s Presidents Council to honor an individual or group who has made an outstanding contribution to Maine’s role in American art. This year’s presentation will occur during the Farnsworth Art Museum’s Summer Gala, which will take place on Friday, July 11, at The Strand Theatre, in Rockland. The previous winners of the Maine in America Award were John Wilmerding (2006), Andrew Wyeth (2007), Will Barnet (2008), Robert Indiana (2009), Alex Katz (2010), Paul Caponigro (2011) and Dahlov Ipcar (2012).