Beginning on Thursday, June 19, the Portland Museum of Art (PMA) will launch a new program called Third Thursdays. On the Third Thursday of every month, the PMA will be open in the evening with live music, food and drink, and special programming from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Thursday, June 19, dance to the sounds of steel drums with the band Island Beats. The evening’s program from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. is “State of Contemporary Art in Maine,” a panel discussion hosted by PMA Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Jessica May about contemporary art in Maine and its influence on our cultural identity. The panel will include Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Co-Director Katie Sonnenborn, Center for Maine Contemporary Art Director Suzette McAvoy, and John Michael Kohler Art Center Curator Alison Ferris, and will address both the practice of art-making in Maine as well as its position within the broad spectrum of contemporary art practice in the United States and internationally.
During the warm summer months, the museum’s Joan B. Burns Sculpture Garden on High Street will be open for visitors and members to enjoy. Regular museum admission will apply; free for PMA members. For more information, visit portlandmuseum.org