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.
Farnsworth Art Museum Appoints New Director
(Rockland, ME) Richard Aroneau, President of the Board of Trustees of the Farnsworth Art Museum, announced today the appointment of Christopher J. Brownawell as Director. Brownawell, who will join the museum on February 1, 2010, is currently the Director of the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland, a position he has held since 1993.
Andrew Wyeth Memorial Endowment Campaign
(Rockland, ME) The Farnsworth Art Museum is pleased to announce an endowment campaign in celebration of the life and artistic legacy of Andrew Wyeth. The Andrew Wyeth Memorial Endowment, a $12 million campaign, will provide funds to support the maintenance and operation of four of the museum’s properties: the Olson House in Cushing, the Wyeth Study Center, the Wyeth Center, and the Wyeth Research Center.
On Saturday, May 23, 2009, Governor John Baldacci proclaimed July 12 as Wyeth Day throughout the State of Maine, and urged all citizens to honor N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, Betsy James Wyeth and Jamie Wyeth who have collectively served this state for almost ninety years. On Sunday, July 12, the Farnsworth Art Museum will be celebrating Wyeth Day with three very special events: A presentation with Stanford professor Wanda Corn, special docent tours, and the opportunity to record oral histories.
The City of Rockland, the new Rockland Main Street (formerly Rockland Downtown Alliance), and the Farnsworth Art Museum have collaborated on a project to renovate, and make into a public art space the park at the corner of Main Street and Park Street, next to the Brass Compass restaurant in downtown Rockland. There will also be a formal dedication of the park as Winslow-Holbrook Memorial Park, in honor of two World War I veterans from Rockland who died in battle. The first work of art to be displayed will be the most recognizable American sculpture of all time: Robert Indiana’s LOVE. The sculpture is scheduled to be installed on Wednesday, June 17.
On Tuesday, March 24, 2009, the Honorable Wilfred P. Moore, Q.C., LL. D., Senator from Nova Scotia, made a statement, to begin the sitting of the Canadian Senate, in tribute to Andrew Wyeth. His statement, which can be read in its entirety here, included the following passage about the Farnsworth Art Museum:
“Andrew Wyeth had a relationship with the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine that began in 1944. This jewel of the coast of Maine has standing exhibitions of paintings by Mr. Wyeth and his family, and the museum has mounted an exhibition in tribute to him, which is set to open on May 22. If any honorable senators are in the area, I urge them to view that exhibit; it will give your heart a lift.”
On Monday, June, 15, the Farnsworth Art Museum will be installing two large sculptures by artist Robert Indiana in conjunction with the museum’s exhibition Robert Indiana and the Star of Hope. The first of the two works of art, EAT, which stands twenty feet high and contains close to 400 flashing LED lights, will be installed on the roof of the museum, over the Museum Store, near the corner of Main and Elm Streets. The installation work will be done by Burr Signs, located in Yarmouth, ME.
The Farnsworth Art Museum is proud to announce Robert Indiana as the recipient of the 2009 Maine in America award. The award, now in its fourth year, is granted by the Farnsworth Art Museum’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 June 27, on the museum grounds. The previous winners of the Maine in America award were John Wilmerding (2006), Andrew Wyeth (2007), and Will Barnet (2008).
The New England Museum Association has announced their 2008 publications design awards and Mary Margaret Sesak, art director at the Farnsworth Art Museum, was honored. The design competition recognizes excellence in design, production and effective communication in all aspects of museum publishing. Entries are judged by a panel experienced in publication, design, marketing and communications. Awards are given to those entries that most effectively present their message to the intended audience. There were 209 publications from 70 museums entered in nineteen categories.
Sesak was honored for her 2008 design for the Farnsworth’s Annual Fund development packet that included a DVD about the Farnsworth by cinematographer Dale W. Schierholt of Owls Head.