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Andrew Wyeth: Maine Legacy

February 22, 2020 – February 28, 2021

Exhibition Dates

February 22, 2020 – February 28, 2021

Exhibitions are free with admission.


Andrew Wyeth embraced the state of Maine and painted the world he saw there from the late 1920s through 2008 —almost half of Maine’s 200 years of statehood. Spanning two of the Farnsworth’s galleries, the exhibition Andrew Wyeth: Maine Legacy highlights paintings completed during Andrew Wyeth’s years in Maine.

Few artists have successfully captured Maine’s spirit; Andrew Wyeth, however, has become synonymous with the state’s identity. He has been recognized in Maine with multiple awards, honorary degrees, and a proclamation that each year “Wyeth Day” be celebrated on July 12th, his birthday, to honor his and his family’s long lasting ties with Maine, and their many contributions to the State’s artistic and cultural heritage.

The Farnsworth’s Wyeth Study Center Gallery opens Saturday, February 22, with an exhibition highlighting the artist’s Maine portraits in tempera, watercolor and pencil, with an overview and discussion of Andrew’s mediums. Selected audio recordings from friends and models are included in the exhibition.

The Hadlock Gallery opens Saturday, March 14, with a show that highlights Andrew’s paintings of architecture, weather, and landscape completed in tempera, and watercolor during his 70+ years in Maine. Also included in the exhibition is an early drawing pad, from 1938, done in ink and pencil. It features figures and scenes he made from the Port Clyde area.

This exhibition is part of the Farnsworth’s Maine 200 bicentennial celebration First to Hail the Rising Sun. Funding for First to Hail the Rising Sun: Maine Through the Eyes of its Artists is provided by Camden National Bank, the Premier Sponsor of our bicentennial exhibitions; and by donors to our exhibition development and education fund.


Premier Sponsor of our Bicentennial Exhibitions