Posts Tagged ‘Farnsworth Art Museum’

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Art Exhibits

July 16, 2018

Visit Maine museums this summer

Maine is fortunate to have several amazing art museums and other venues to view art work by outstanding artists. Some of my favorite artists and art work are on display throughout the summer and into the fall. I hope that you take time to visit one or more of the following and consider taking your students to the shows. Check them out. Please note: these are not the only shows at these locations nor are they the only locations and shows taking place this summer. Support your local art venue!

  • Bates College Museum of Art (Lewiston) – Amazing Maine artist Dahlov Ipcar created art until she passed earlier this year. “Dahlov Ipcar: Blue Moons & Menageries” includes a wide variety of her art work. Read the story of how she impacted a Maine child who now as an adult curated the show. June 1 – October 6
  • Center for Maine Contemporary Art (Rockland) – Brunswick artist John Bisbee is an inspiration to all, especially those who are dyslexic. In his first solo show “John Bisbee: American Steel” in 10 years, he forges and welds nails in amazing ways. It is a powerful show. In a recent article from the Portland Press Herald John tells about his present work – stretching himself in many ways and even including text. June 30 – October 14
  • Monhegan Museum of Art & History – Celebrating the museums 50th birthday with 80 of the artists who came to the island to create and were awed and inspired by its indescribably light and rugged beauty. July 1 – September 30
  • Portland Museum of Art  – “Painter and Poet”. At a young age, Ashley Bryan noticed the lack of children’s books with African American characters. Through his work as an artist, author, and educator, he has committed himself to filling that void in black representation by creating books about the African and African American experiences. The show includes drawings, paintings and puppets. Consider taking your students to see Ashley’s amazing art work, sure to inspire. Ashley is a kind and gentle giant who lights up a room when he walks into it. At age 95 he continues creating. August 3 – November 25
  • Farnsworth Art Museum“Stories of the Land and Its People”  includes artwork created by 162 students in grades 4 and 7 from Appleton, Lincolnville, and Hope Schools. A wide variety of work that is based on the study a variety of subjects including Maine studies, science, environment, poetry, and geography. May 20 – September 9
  • Colby College Museum of Art (Waterville) – John Marin exhibit “Modern Wonder” includes a wide breath of Marin’s work. He looked at towering skyscrapers and bustling streets of Manhattan and rollicking waters and windy coast of Maine and saw great forces at work. June 5 – August 19
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Education at the Farnsworth

June 23, 2018

Summer Opportunities

The Farnsworth Art Museum, located in Rockland, has a full schedule of opportunities this summer and into September.

On May 20 over 585 visitors attended the opening event of the yearlong Stories of the Land and Its People 2018 exhibition. Attending the event included students, families, educators, artists, and community members. The event kicked off at the Strand Theatre in Rockland with a red carpet entrance and three original performances by 4th grade students at Lincolvnille Central School, Appleton Village School, and Rockland’s South School. Everyone enjoyed poetry readings, films, puppet shows, and collaborative projects by over 165 midcoast students. Eighteen educators and artists were honored at the stage. The exhibition is on view until September 9 with a special tour on July 11, 1:30.

Stories of the Land and Its People program includes 4th and 7th grade students who used the art experience to study a variety of subjects including Maine studies, science, environment, poetry, geography, and more! The exhibit includes interactive stations, digital work and touchable items created for visitors to enjoy. The museum provides this arts in education program free of charge to Mid-coast Maine schools. Funding is provided by several organizations including the Maine Arts Commission.

The Farnsworth’s Stories of the Land and Its People program was developed and led by Andrea L. Curtis, Arts in Education Program Manager, and celebrates its 7th year working with local Maine schools.

Teaching artist Scot Cannon leading students in performance. Photo credit: Michael O’Neil

Other Farnsworth Art Museum learning opportunities this summer include:
  • Special Gallery Tour: Ai Weiwei Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold. Wednesday, June 27, 1 p.m. Meet in the Main Lobby at the museum
  • The Wyeth Experience, Fridays and Saturdays through, July through September, 9:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Tour begins at the Wyeth Center. The tour includes an intimate look at select Wyeth works at the Farnsworth’s Wyeth Center, and continues by van to the Olson House for an in-depth tour.
  • Raising the Stakes Poetry Writing Workshop with Kathleen Ellis, Monday – Friday, July 9 – 13, 9 a.m. – noon, Gamble Education Center.
  • Intro to Plein-Air Watercolor with Annie Bailey, Monday – Friday, July 9 – 13
    10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Gamble Education Center.
  • Wyeth Day Lecture: Christina’s World at 70, Thursday, July 12, 2 p.m.,
    The Strand Theatre.
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Poetry is Risky Business

May 31, 2018

Poetry Writing Workshop – Farnsworth Art Museum

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Winter Windows Project

April 15, 2018

Farnsworth Art Museum

The Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland announces a unique opportunity: Winter Windows Project – Deadline for submission of ideas: June 1, 2018. Submission information.

Farnsworth Winter Windows is a Farnsworth Art Museum project designed to showcase the work of Maine artists in our Main Street windows through temporary installations of original artwork. The Museum seeks proposals from artists to create a site-specific installation for display in the windows of the Farnsworth Art Museum from November 23, 2018 to January 15, 2019.  This initiative will add an exciting component to the downtown streetscape during the holiday months, coinciding with Rockland’s Celebration of Lights and the Farnsworth’s Share the Wonder Celebration. The finalist will received a $2,500 award, inclusive of all expenses involved in the project.

Who Can Apply

Individuals, or teams of artists in Maine are eligible to apply for participation. Participants must be 18 years or older. All media will be considered. The project invites submissions from artists including but not limited to architects, filmmakers, graphic designers, painters, photographers, sculptors, textile designers, and woodworkers. Artists may submit proposals individually or as a group. One submission per artist, please.

Proposals

Proposals should include a one-page written description of the concept for the work, including dimensions and materials; one to three sketches of the proposed work (e.g. front view, detail); and one-page artist resume.  Artist teams may submit a single-page resume for each team member.  The entire proposal, consisting of the description, sketches and resume(s) must be submitted as a PDF document.  Sketches must accurately represent the work proposed; works not accurately represented may be disqualified. Entries should be complete by June 1, 2018. The finalist will be informed by August 1, 2018.

The Space

The Main Street window space is 82 inches high by 464 inches wide and 36 inches deep. The space comprises the four pairs of windows to the immediate right of the Farnsworth Administrative entrance, directly on Main Street.

VIEW and DOWNLOAD a schematic of the space.

Review

Proposals will be reviewed by Michael K. Komanecky, Farnsworth Chief Curator; Anneli Skaar, Farnsworth Creative Director; and Tom Weis. Weis is a designer, educator and cofounder of Steel House in Rockland. Weis holds a master’s degree in industrial design from the Rhode Island School of Design, where he also teaches. His work has appeared in the Cooper Hewitt National Design MuseumTime Magazine and The New York Times.

The jury will announce the winning entry on August 1, 2018

Installation

The finalist will meet with Farnsworth staff in August to see the Main Street window space, and to discuss installation requirements and parameters, including the schedule.  The finalist is responsible for delivering and installing the work in the Main Street windows, and for removing the work following the end of the project.  If there are any substantial changes to the work during fabrication, including those that do not conform to the accepted proposal or space limitations, the finalist must consult with the Farnsworth curatorial staff. Works that differ markedly from the proposal submitted may be disqualified from the project.  Installation will take place from November 13-21, 2018, and will be unveiled on November 23.

PLEASE NOTE:

Although proposals in all mediums are encouraged, thorough consideration should be taken to the fact that this is a temporary installation. Please use common sense in submitting designs with minimal impact on the space and that can be easily be removed at the end of the display period. If you have questions regarding limitations, please feel free to direct them to the email on this page. Submissions that are deemed unrealistic or potentially harmful to the space will not be considered.

If you have any questions about program participation, please EMAIL.

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Congrats Shirley Stenberg

January 17, 2018

Knowledgeable AND ‘salt of the earth’

Ellen Goldsmith, this year’s Chair of the Docents, with Shirley at the December meeting. Photo by Vas Prabhu

I love meeting people who I consider ‘salt of the earth’. People who are filled with fundamental goodness. One such person, who I was fortunate to meet many years ago, is Shirley Stenberg.

While studying for her MA masters degree at USM Shirley developed instructional materials about each of the three well known Wyeth family artists; N.C., Andrew, and Jamie. The materials were developed for the use of teachers to help prepare their students for a field trip to the Wyeth Center at the Farnsworth Art Museum. Shirley’s creation of the Teacher’s Manual for those materials and her accumulated knowledge about the Wyeth painters had brought about her truly informed background about them and their works, which became a valuable resource for the Farnsworth during Shirley’s tenure as a Docent. All the while learning, Shirley became an “authority” on the three Wyeths.

In December at a luncheon, Shirley was recognized for her quarter-century of volunteer service by the Farnsworth Art Museum Docents. She was presented with a lifetime membership to the Farnsworth. For several years Shirley had been a Community Representative to the Education Committee of the Board of Trustees and she served twice as the chair of the Docents.

I had the opportunity to meet Shirley many years ago when I was teaching middle school students not to far from the Farnsworth. I quickly learned of Shirley’s knowledge which equaled her ability to connect with young adolescents. She was fabulous!

I understand that Shirley received a standing ovation after her remarks. Much deserved by someone who is ‘salt of the earth’!

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Happenings at the Farnsworth

December 7, 2017

Art Museum in December

The Farnsworth Art Museum has several opportunities during December.

  • On a Mountain in Maine opens on December 17th in the galleries.
  • Art Talk: Unexpected Journeys: Louise Nevelson and Pedro Guerrero, Thursday, December 7, 2pm
  • Membership: 20% discount through December 15 – use code GIFT365 at checkout
  • Art Talk and Film: Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes: When Art Danced with Music, Thursday, December 28, 2pm
  • Dramatic Reading: All She Must Possess, Saturday, December 30, 2pm. New play about the famed art-collecting Cone Sisters of Baltimore.
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Farnsworth Art Museum

November 22, 2017

Part-time position

 Position:  Education Assistant

Reports to: Director of Education; with daily supervision by Arts in Education (AEP) Manager

Status: Part-time, non-exempt.  20 hours/wk. Subject to six-month review, annual review

Position Description:  The Education Assistant will support the Arts in Education Program Manager, in the operations of, but not limited to, the Stories project, Multi-Visit Units project, the Arts in Education Online (AE-Online) project, the Educator Cohort Professional Development opportunities for local teachers, and the annual student art exhibition.  Please visit: www.farnsworthartsineducation.org or www.farnsworthmuseum.org for more information.

The qualified candidate should enjoy working with people and should have strong organizational skills, including attention to details and multi-tasking skills. The art of anticipating the needs of the program is essential.  She/he should be interested in arts education and helping teachers, students and teaching artists feel welcome and valued partners of the museum, while tackling the diversity of administrative duties required for successful partnerships.

Job Qualifications/Specifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Excellent organization skills
  • Administrative experience including scheduling, communications, and documentation
  • Computer experience; MS Office including Excel, PowerPoint and basic graphics
  • Previous work experience that is art related is a plus
  • Experience in use of technology: camera, social media, etc.
  • Previous work experience that is art related is a plus
  • Strong people skills, patience, active listening, professional demeanor in representing the museum on phone, in emails, and in person
  • Ability to lift up to 30 lbs. of supplies, walk stairs etc.

General Environment:

  • Office /studio environment
  • Working in multiple locations: the Arts in Education office (Julia’s Gallery), the Education office in the museum, museum galleries, museum studios in the Gamble Center, and occasional fieldwork

Responsibilities:

  • Assist the AEP Manager and teaching artists with installation and de-installation of the annual student exhibition. Activities include painting, hanging, label-making, printing, editing, cataloguing, and coordinating the return of artwork to schools
  • Collect and catalogue participant permissions, rosters, evaluations, registrations, transportation requests, and other forms from teachers, teaching artists, and other partners, following-up when required
  • Coordinate facilities reservations and needs, including internal museum scheduling and processes
  • On select Wednesday evenings assist the AEP Manager and teaching artists in FAM Educator Cohort Workshops by prepping materials, pre-/post- communications with artists and participants, set up, take down and clean up
  • Computer work, including excel charts, reports, and data entry into a non-profit database, to keep track of programs and catalogue participant information and AEP engagements
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Education

Please send cover letter, and resume to: Rebecca Flanagan HR Manager, Farnsworth Art Museum at rflanagan@farnsworthmuseum.org

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