Portland, Maine offers numerous temptations for the visitor – the burgeoning restaurant scene alone makes the city an obvious destination – but whatever brings you here, the Portland Museum of Art should be up near the top of your reasons for sampling a little of what this great town has to offer.
Founded in 1882 as the Portland Society of Art, the Portland Museum of Art’s expansive art collection dates from the 18th century to the present. This diverse archive of works includes the largest European art collection in Maine, a wide selection of contemporary works, and the State of Maine Collection. Works by a wide array of artists, such as Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Dale Chihuly, Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, Robert Indiana, Louise Nevelson, Winslow Homer, Rockwell Kent, Louise Nevelson, and Andrew Wyeth are on display here.
Located downtown in Portland’s arts district, the Portland Museum of Art displays its collections in three interconnected and architecturally significant buildings: the McLellan House (1801), the L. D. M. Sweat Memorial Galleries (1911), and the Charles Shipman Payson Building (1983). These three buildings, along with the Winslow Homer Studio in Scarborough, form the Portland Museum of Art campus and an art experience unlike any other in the nation.
Current and upcoming exhibits include:
The Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America – January 30, 2015 to April 26, 2015
This exhibit seeks to capture the initial moments of a country looking to define itself. The chosen artworks, largely painted between 1750 and 1904, cover a wide swath of America’s adolescence and are significant in that they helped create the American Dream.
Rose Marasco: index – April 24, 2015 to December 6, 2015
Rose Marasco is perhaps Maine’s most-prolific living photographer, having lived and photographed in Portland and its surrounding communities for more than 35 years. Rose Marasco: index is the photographer’s first-ever retrospective, and the latest exhibition in the PMA’s Circa series.
Directors’ Cut: Selections from the Maine Art Museum Trail – May 21, 2015 to September 20, 2015
Directors’ Cut: Selections from the Maine Art Museum Trail at the Portland Museum of Art presents highlights from Maine’s most-renowned museums—bringing the best art Maine has to offer together in one place for the first time.
2015 Portland Museum of Art Biennial – October 8, 2015 to January 3, 2016
The 2015 Portland Museum of Art Biennial is the ninth in an ongoing series of exhibitions showcasing new or recent work by living artists. Unlike previous Biennial exhibitions, this exhibition will not include a call for entries.
The Portland Museum of Art
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