On Tuesday, October 4, the Farnsworth Art Museum launched a collaborative, school/museum art project titled Stories of the Land and Its People: An Arts-Integrated School Initiative for Midcoast Maine. Over the academic year, the Farnsworth will work closely with the Hope, Appleton, Lincolnville and Islesboro schools to bring more art experiences into fourth and seventh-grade classrooms, as well as trips to the museum for guided tours. The October 4 kickoff event brought over 200 students, teachers and administrators to the Farnsworth and downtown Rockland for a series of exploratory exercises, involving observing, journaling, and art making.
The Farnsworth Art Museum, in Rockland, Maine, is pleased to announce that they have received a $5,000 grant from the Bangor Savings Foundation for their Julia’s Gallery for Young Artists program. The funds from The Bangor Savings Foundation will go toward the production of a teen-made, arts video created by the students of Julia's Gallery for Young Artists.
Farnsworth Director Christopher J. Brownawell stated “Julia’s Gallery for Young Artists at the Farnsworth provides an invaluable service to midcoast teens. These funds, donated by the Bangor Savings Foundation, will help us to continue offering free video programming to these students, who have already shown such great promise over the past year."
On Saturday, May 6, the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine, will open a major exhibition in the museum’s Morehouse Wing, entitled Paul Caponigro: The Hidden Presence of Places. The opening will be celebrated at a members-only preview and reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Paul Caponigro: The Hidden Presence of Places will run through October 9, 2011. The primary media sponsor for the exhibition is Maine Home + Design.
(Rockland, ME) The Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine, is proud to announce Paul Caponigro as the recipient of the 2011 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 Saturday, June 25, on the museum grounds. The previous winners of the Maine in America Award were John Wilmerding (2006), Andrew Wyeth (2007), Will Barnet (2008), Robert Indiana (2009) and Alex Katz (2010).
(New York City, NY) On Monday, November 29 at the Adelson Galleries in New York City, well wishers and bidders packed the East 82nd Street gallery for an auction of museum- quality art works to benefit the Farnsworth Art Museum's Andrew Wyeth Memorial Endowment. Twelve pieces, contributed by individuals specifically for the auction, were sold at the event. The evening's highlight was the sale of Jamie Wyeth's early work, Portrait of Andrew Wyeth, which fetched an impressive $2.4 million, a record amount for a Jamie Wyeth painting. The live auction was preceded by a high-profile reception celebrating the life and artistic legacy of Andrew Wyeth, which attracted attendees including famed artist Jamie Wyeth and his wife Phyllis, antiques expert Leigh Keno and David Rockefeller, Sr.
(Rockland, ME) From November 8 through 29, Adelson Galleries in New York City will host an online auction of museum quality art works in support of the Farnsworth Art Museum’s campaign for the Andrew Wyeth Memorial Endowment. The works, generously donated by artists, collectors and philanthropists with an interest in sustaining the mission of the Farnsworth, include Jamie Wyeth’s 1960 portrait of his father Andrew Wyeth; Andy Warhol’s 1977 self-portrait, Self Portrait with Skull; an Andrew Wyeth 1984 watercolor of Helga, From the Back; a Leon Kroll oil painting; a John Marin watercolor as well as other important works by American artists.
(Rockland, ME) The Farnsworth Art Museum, in Rockland, Maine, is proud to announce Alex Katz as the recipient of the 2010 Maine in America Award. The award is granted 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 Maine in America Summer Gala, which will take place on Saturday, June 26, on the museum grounds. The previous winners of the Maine in America Award were John Wilmerding (2006), Andrew Wyeth (2007), Will Barnet (2008) and Robert Indiana (2009).
(Rockland, ME) The Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine, is proud to announce that it has formed a strategic alliance with New York City’s prestigious Lincoln Center Institute, becoming one of only eight sites worldwide to host the Institute’s International Educator Workshop. Beginning in July 2010, the Farnsworth will host the annual one-week workshop for educators, artists, school or arts administrators, curriculum developers, and college and university professors from New England and Canada and beyond.
On New Year’s Day, 2010, at 7:30 a.m., NBC’s “TODAY” showwill broadcast a profile of artist Robert Indiana, which will feature the Farnsworth Art Museum’s ongoing exhibition Robert Indiana and the Star of Hope. The report will focus on Indiana’s famous HOPE sculpture which the artist created in 2008.
Responding to a letter from a long-time friend of the museum criticizing the use of chemical pesticides on its lawns, in 2008 the museum administration directed its lawn are contractor to suspend the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides anywhere on campus.
The commitment proved to be an initial step in a greening process for the museum. Beginning with that choice, the Farnsworth resolved to become a leader in environmentally sustainable practices through modifications to the museum’s practices.