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Daniel Minter, Visual Storyteller

The Annual Stephen May and Kathryn B. Wilson Lecture

August 23, 2023 @ 1:00 pm 2:00 pm EDT

Daniel Minter is an American artist known for his work in the mediums of painting and assemblage. He is a visual storyteller and accomplished illustrator. Minter’s artwork reflects abiding themes of displacement and diaspora; ordinary/extraordinary blackness; spirituality in the Afro-Atlantic world; and the (re)creation of meanings of home. Minter’s paintings, carvings, block prints, and sculptures have been exhibited both nationally and internationally at galleries and museums. He is the co-founder and creative visionary of the Portland Freedom Trail, a system of granite and bronze markers that constitutes a permanent walking trail highlighting the people, places, and events associated with the anti-slavery movement in Portland. Minter’s work also marks the Malaga Island Trail which remembers the Black, European and Native American residents of the island who were forcibly removed by the state of Maine in 1912. He has illustrated over a dozen children’s books, including, Blue, published in 2022, and was commissioned twice to create Kwanzaa stamps for the U.S. Postal Service. Minter teaches at the Maine College of Art. In 2020, his book entitled, Going Down Home with Daddy won a 2020 Caldecott Honor. He is also co-founder of the Indigo Arts Alliance with Marcia Minter. 

Tickets to the talk will include museum admission.

The Stephen May and Kathryn B. Wilson Lecture focuses on the art of the book, past and present. Katie and her husband, Stephen, had a vision and passion to ensure the future growth and accessibility of the Farnsworth library, created through the bequest of the museum’s founder, Lucy Copeland Farnsworth. The library is the only publicly accessible library in the state of Maine devoted solely to art.

This program will take place both in person, in the Farnsworth Auditorium and virtually on Zoom. The cost is the same. Please register for either the in-person or the virtual program below.

Cost: $10; $8 for Farnsworth members