The Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America
January 30—April 26, 2015
Organized by the New-York Historical Society, The Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America will feature 52 marine paintings and 10 maritime artifacts that explore the ways in which the early history and culture of the United States were inextricably bound to the sea. The Atlantic Ocean, in particular, loomed large in the American consciousness as a geographical barrier between Old and New Worlds; the conduit for the global exchange of ideas, people, and things; and the basis for national economic activities as well as personal fortunes. Ranging in date from around 1750 to 1904, the works will include portraits of seafarers and vessels, seascapes and harbor views, naval battle scenes, and images of leisure and labor on the water.
Youth Art Month
February 28—March 29, 2015
For more than 20 years, the Portland Museum of Art has partnered with the Maine Art Education Association to present the annual Youth Art Month exhibition each March. This popular show of K-12 student artwork from across the state coincides with National Youth Art Month, which was started in 1961 with the goals of emphasizing the value of art education for all children and encouraging support for quality school art programs. The Youth Art Month exhibition at the PMA is an annual tradition that is eagerly anticipated by visual arts educators, students, and museum audiences. With artwork from Greenville to Skowhegan to York, it is truly a statewide event with more than 100 teachers and students participating each year.
Directors’ Cut: Selections from the Maine Art Museum Trail
May 21—September 20, 2015
From Ogunquit to Bangor, the museums on the Maine Art Museum Trail showcase more than 53,000 works of art, from ancient to contemporary, in collections featuring works by the many artists associated with Maine, such as Marsden Hartley, Winslow Homer, Alex Katz, Rockwell Kent, John Marin, and Louise Nevelson. This exhibition will feature works chosen by the museum directors on the Trail and will highlight a variety of work including paintings, sculpture, works on paper, and photography. The Trail museums include: Bates College Museum of Art (Lewiston), Bowdoin College Museum of Art (Brunswick), Colby College Museum of Art (Waterville), Farnsworth Art Museum (Rockland), Ogunquit Museum of American Art (Ogunquit), Portland Museum of Art (Portland), and University of Maine Museum of Art (Bangor). In 2015, the Monhegan Historical and Cultural Museum (Monhegan Island) will join the Trail.
2015 Portland Museum of Art Biennial
October 8—December 31, 2015
The 2015 Portland Museum of Art Biennial is the ninth in an ongoing series of exhibitions showcasing new or recent work by living artists. Through a generous bequest by beloved Maine artist William Thon and his wife, Helen, the Biennial began in 1998 and has become a centerpiece of the PMA’s exhibition calendar for artists, audiences, and arts professionals in the state of Maine and beyond. The 2015 Biennial will be organized by nationally recognized guest curator Alison Ferris, Curator of the John Michael Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin and former Curator at the Bowdoin Arts Museum and Assistant Director at Maine Arts Commission. Unlike previous Biennial exhibitions, this exhibition will not include a call for entries.