(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.
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.