Portland Museum of Art

Portland, ME

1-207-775-6148 or 1-800-639-4067



Tim Rollins and K.O.S.'s A Midsummer Night's Dream (8/1/16)

Directors' Cut: Selections from the Maine Art Museum Trail 6/30/15)

The Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America (2/16/15)

Aaron T Stephan: To Borrow, Cut, Copy, and Steal (10/3/14)

Richard Estes' Realism (5/6/14)

American Vision: Photographs from the Collection of Owen and Anna Wells (3/10/14)

Fine Lines: American Drawings from the Brooklyn Museum (3/10/14)

Neither / Nor: American Dream, Exiled Hero; essay by Mark Bessire (10/10/13)

Lois Dodd: Catching the Light (2/8/13)

The Making of an Artist: Mildred G. Burrage's Early Years; essay by Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. (5/14/12)

Maine Moderns: Art in Seguinland, 1900-1940 (8/25/11)

Rackstraw Downes: Onsite Paintings, 1972-2008 (1/14/11)

False Documents & Other Illusions (11/23/10)

John Haberle: American Master of Illusion (11/12/10)

American Moderns: Masterworks on Paper from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 1910-1960 (7/20/10)

Winslow Homer and the Poetics of Place (7/20/10)

Jay Connaway and the Landscape of New England (11/27/09)

Call of the Coast: Art Colonies of New England at the Portland Museum of Art (7/16/09)

Call of the Coast: Art Colonies of New England at the Portland Museum of Art -- Introduction: The Call of the Coast; essay By Thomas Denenberg and Amy Kurtz Lansing (7/16/09)

American Menagerie (8/28/08)

"Miss O'Keeffe" - Photography and Fame; essay by Susan Danly (7/5/08)

Georgia O'Keeffe and the Camera: The Art of Identity (7/5/08)

The Powerful Hand of George Bellows: Drawings from the Boston Public Library (4/29/08)

Robert Henri & His Circle: The Allure of the Maine Coast; article by Jessica Nicoll (12/1/07)

A Legacy From Maine: The Elizabeth B. Noyce Collection; article by Jessica Nicoll (12/1/07)

Vividly True to Nature: Harrison Bird Brown, 1831-1915 (12/26/06)

American ABC: Childhood in 19th-Century America (9/22/06)

A Century of Maine Prints: 1880s - 1980s (9/6/06)

The Quiet Landscapes of William B. Post (7/6/06)

Rockwell Kent: The Mythic and the Modern (4/4/05)

Margaret Bourke-White: The Photography of Design, 1927-1936 (10/22/04)

Monet to Matisse, Homer to Hartley: American Masters and their European Muses (4/20/04)

Diane Arbus: Family Albums (4/14/04)

Calico & Chintz: Early American Quilts from the Smithsonian American Art Museum (4/7/04)

A Solitude of Space: The Paintings of Thomas Crotty (10/29/03)

Charles Frederick Kimball, 1831-1903: Painting Portland's Legacy (8/9/03)

"The Real Pioneer of Art in this City": Charles Codman and the Rise of Landscape Painting in Portland, Maine, essay by Jessica Nicoll (7/ 12/03)

Eliot Porter: The Color of Wildness (6/9/03)

A Solitude of Space: The Paintings of Thomas Crotty (6/9/03)

Fairfield Porter: A Life in Art, 1907-1975 (6/9/03)

Diamonds, Rifle Rangers and Rock Slides: Codman's "Native" Landscapes, essay by Jessica Skwire Routhier (2/6/03)

Charles Codman: The Landscape of Art and Culture in 19th-Century Maine (11/26/02)

Paul Caponigro: New England Days (4/8/02)

Bernard Langlais -- The New York Years: 1956-1966; essay by Aprile Gallant (1/28/02)

Bernard Langlais: Independent Spirit (1/24/02)

William Thon (1906-2000); essay by Susan C. Larsen (1/22/02)

William Thon: A Retrospective (12/7/01)

My Family, My Life, My Art; essay by Dahlov Ipcar (10/3/01)

To Be Modern: The Origins of Marguerite and William Zorach's Creative Partnership, 1911-1922; essay by Jessica Nicoll (10/3/01)

Harmonies and Contrasts: The Art of Marguerite and William Zorach (8/16/01)

Dahlov Ipcar: Seven Decades of Creativity (8/16/01)

American Impressionism: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum (3/11/01)

In Search of the Promised Land: Paintings by Frederic Edwin Church (11/28/00)

Will Barnet: A Timeless World (10/5/00)

North and South: Berenice Abbott's U.S. Route I (7/18/00)

N. C. Wyeth: Precious Time (5/7/00)

Hamilton Easter Field: Pioneering American Modernism (3/30/00)

Recollected Images: Chansonetta Stanley Emmons (1/25/00)

In Praise of Nature: Ansel Adams and Photographers of the American West (12/3/99)

The Grand Moving Panorama of Pilgrim's Progress (8/16/99)

Cut from the Cloth of Life: The Fabric Collages of Elizabeth B. Noyce (7/26/99)

John Singer Sargent (7/8/99)

Love and the American Dream: The Art of Robert Indiana (7/8/99)

James Fitzgerald in Maine (7/8/99)

"New Acquisitions 1998" at the Portland Museum of Art (3/9/99)

Caring for a Collection (3/9/99)

Bearing Witness: Contemporary Works by African American Women Artists (3/9/99)

Will Barnet Prints (9/15/98)

Portland Museum of Art Biennial (7/21/98)

Modern Color: Maine Watercolors by Carl Gordon Cutler (4/27/98)

Winslow Homer: Facing Nature (4/7/98)

Journeys over Water: The Paintings of Stephen Etnier (3/31/98)

Impressionist and Modern Works on Paper (1/4/98)

Andrew Wyeth (7/97)

First Retrospective of Landscapes by American Master and Maine Artist Alex Katz (6/97)

Elizabeth B. Noyce Collection Memorial Exhibition (10/97)

Diamond Cove: Landscape and Leisure in 19th-Century America(7/28/97)


About the Portland Museum of Art

The Portland Museum of Art, founded in 1882, is the cultural heart of Portland, Maine and the state's largest public art institution. The Museum's three architecturally significant buildings unite three centuries that showcase the history of American art and culture. The Museum's collection includes decorative and fine arts dating from the 18th century to the present. The heart of the Museum's collection is the State of Maine Collection, which features works by artists such as Winslow Homer, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Louise Nevelson, and Andrew Wyeth. The Museum has the largest European collection in Maine. The major European movements from Impressionism through Surrealism are represented by the Joan Whitney Payson, Albert Otten, and Scott M. Black collection, which include works by Auguste Rodin, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Edvard Munch, and René Magritte. The Elizabeth B. Noyce Collection, a 1996 bequest of 66 paintings and sculptures, transformed the scope and quality of the Museum's American collection, bringing to the Museum its first paintings by George Bellows, Alfred Thompson Bricher, Abraham Walkowitz, and Jamie Wyeth, and adding masterpieces to the collection by Childe Hassam, Fitz Hugh Lane, and N. C. Wyeth.

Originally founded as the Portland Society of Art, the Museum used a variety of exhibition spaces until 1908. That year Mrs. Margaret Jane Mussey Sweat bequeathed her three-story mansion, now known as the McLellan House, and sufficient funds to create a gallery in memory of her late husband, Lorenzo de Medici Sweat. Noted New England architect John Calvin Stevens designed the L. D. M. Sweat Memorial Galleries, which opened to the public in 1911.

Over the next 65 years, as the size and scope of the exhibitions expanded, the limitations of the Museum's galleries, storage, and support areas became apparent. In 1976, Maine native Charles Shipman Payson promised the Museum his collection of 17 paintings by Winslow Homer. Recognizing the Museum's physical limitations, he also gave $8 million toward the building of an addition to be designed by Henry Nichols Cobb of I. M. Pei & Partners. Construction began on the Charles Shipman Payson Building in 1981, and within two years the $8.2 million facility was opened to the public.

Mr. Payson's gift of the Homer paintings served as a catalyst for the Museum's expansion as well as for significant long-term loans and outright gifts to the Museum. In direct response to the Payson gift, the 1979 gift of the Hamilton Easter Field Art Foundation Collection added more than 50 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper to the collection. In 1991, the Joan Whitney Payson Collection of 20 Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works of art was given to the Museum on permanent loan.

The Portland Museum of Art, located at Seven Congress Square, Portland, ME, is easily reached from Exit 6A, I-295 North or South. Follow signs to the Downtown Arts District. For hours and fees please see the museum's website. (information revised 2/15)

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