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Picturing Maine: the Wyeth Family in Historical Context with Victoria Wyeth & Margaret Creighton

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June 28 @ 10:00 am 4:00 pm

Andrew Wyeth Turkey Pond (detail) 1944, tempera on panel - Farnsworth Art Museum, Maine
Andrew Wyeth, Turkey Pond (detail) 1944, tempera on panel, 32 1/4 x 40 1/4 inches, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Wyeth in memory of Walter Anderson, 1995.2

Course Description:

Maine is more than the easternmost state; it is an imagined region that has captivated artists, writers, and promoters for over two centuries. This intensive workshop looks at the evolving idea of Maine and Mainers, with a focus on the work of the Wyeth family.

In addition to the Wyeth family, workshop lectures will touch briefly on other twentieth century Maine artists, including Marsden Hartley, Lois Dodd, and illustrator Robert McCloskey. Throughout the week, the class will discuss the meaning of Maine (and Mainers) through selections of short fiction, poetry, and comedy routines. Let this course be a fun and refreshing experience — don’t be surprised if Victoria and Margaret even invite you to dinner during this special week!


Our instructors for the week are lecturer Victoria Wyeth (Andrew Wyeth’s granddaughter, Jamie Wyeth’s niece, and N. C. Wyeth’s great-granddaughter) and Margaret Creighton, Professor Emerita of American history, Bates College.

Victoria Wyeth has lectured extensively throughout the United States and abroad. She’s given gallery talks and lectures at Wyeth museum exhibitions from Tokyo to Paris. Since her first gallery talk in June, 1995, she has interspersed discussions of subject matter and technique with direct quotes from her from her grandfather and her uncle, in addition to many personal memories and family stories.

Professor Creighton, whose family roots are in Maine, has written a number of books on American history. Her recent teaching, which has included courses like Back East, Out West, Down South and Imagining Maine, has focused on the curious way regional myths relate to lived experience.

Class Details:

The class will run Monday through Thursday in the Farnsworth Art Museum’s auditorium. Friday will be an offsite day visit to Wyeth related sites, led by the instructors. A class syllabus will be provided prior to the start of the class, with reading updates to include Maine short fiction.

Recommended pre-reading:

Registration includes daily admission to the museum, breakfast pastries and coffee, and a midweek catered lunch. All registrants will also receive a special souvenir from the Farnsworth Museum Retail Store and the Learning & Engagement team!

Lodging and all transportation, including offsite visits, are the responsibility of each course participant. All other meals beyond the catered lunch and morning snacks are on your own. It is the responsibility of the participant to obtain trip insurance if they so choose. The course will run with a minimum of 20 registrants.

Cost: $1,095; $995 for members

16 Museum Street
Rockland, Maine 04841 United States
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