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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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Arts Education Exchange

September 20, 2017

Friday, October 6

Does your organization provide some type of visual or performing arts education programming?

If so, YOU’RE INVITED to join the Arts Education Exchange on Friday, October 6, 1:00 – 4:30 at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland.

The Maine Arts Commission has planned an opportunity for community arts centers/organizations, visual and/or performing arts focused schools, museums, and galleries who offer education programs to meet for an afternoon of idea exchange.

PURPOSE

The purpose will be to meet and learn from each other by sharing information and resources, exchanging ideas about education programs, and collaborative thinking. This will be a great networking opportunity.

This first Arts Education Exchange will take place at the Farnsworth Art Museum on Friday, October 6, 2017, 1:00 – 4:30 and hopefully, in the future the gathering will take place at other locations in the state.

If you are interested in attending please complete the ARTS EDUCATION EXCHANGE REGISTRATION. If you can not attend on October 6 but are interested in future exchanges please complete the survey at the registration link and indicate your interest. If you have questions please contact Argy Nestor, Maine Arts Commission Director of Arts Education at argy.nestor@maine.gov.

DATE

Friday, October 6, 2017

This date is also when the last First Friday of the year will take place in Rockland, sponsored by the Arts in Rockland (AIR).

TIME

1:00 – 4:30

The Maine Arts Commission is excited to offer this opportunity and grateful to the Farnsworth Art Museum for hosting this event.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • The Farnsworth Art Museum is located at 16 Museum Street, Rockland. Driving directions THIS LINK.
  • The Farnsworth education staff invites you to visit the museum at no cost – come early or stay late (open 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., The Wyeth Center closes at 5:00 p.m.).
  • Consider staying into the evening for Rockland’s last First Friday, organized by the Arts in Rockland (AIR). At 8 p.m.
  • The Farnsworth is showing a First Friday Film at the Strand Theatre, Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art. More details located HERE.

If you have questions please contact Argy Nestor at argy.nestor@maine.gov.

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Farnsworth to Unveil Mural

August 31, 2017

During September First Friday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Farnsworth to Unveil Mural – During September First Friday

On Friday, September 1, during the First Friday art walk, there will be a special mural unveiling of a new mural arts project on School Street, on the wall of the Grasshopper Shop in downtown Rockland, which is a partnership between the Farnsworth’s Education Department and mural director Alexis Iammarino. The gathering will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m., on School Street, between Main and Union Streets, with a public remarks scheduled for 6 p.m. This is the eighth consecutive year that the Farnsworth has participated in First Fridays, thanks to a sponsorship from the First National Bank. During First Fridays, the museum is open free of charge to the public from 5 to 8 p.m.

The mural arts project has been made possible thanks in part to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The purpose of this community project is to engage local youth in creating public art in downtown Rockland. The project has been guided by local community mural artist Alexis Iammarino. She was joined by Canadian-born mural artist Melissa Luk, who has created mural projects on multiple continents, most recently in the west-African nation of Gabon. The mural was also completed with help of local artists and volunteers of all ages, the youngest of which was 7 and the oldest 80 years old. The mural unveiling will celebrate the efforts of all those involved, give the public the opportunity to meet the artists, and toast this new addition to the cultural vibrancy of Rockland’s downtown. Free ice cream will be provided by the Grasshopper Shop.

For more information on this project, please visit the museum website at www.farnsworthmuseum.org or call the museum’s Education Department at 207-596-0949.

Contact: David Troup, ext 128, dtroup@farnsworthmuseum.org

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Stories of the Land and Its People

July 13, 2017

Farnsworth Art Museum

Student Art Exhibition, May 21, 2017 to September 10, 2017 in the Crosman Gallery

Stories is a project-based, arts-integrated learning experience at the Farnsworth Art Museum.  Museum educators, classroom teachers, students, and teaching artists collaborate to explore curricular standards though inquiry-based learning in the classroom, at the museum, and during field trips into our local communities.

This exhibition highlights student learning and artwork from this yearlong partnership. Thanks to the Farnsworth Art Museum for  providing the following resources that provide a clear picture of their program.

From the opening of “Stories”

Stories of the Land and Its People, a project of the Farnsworth Art Museum’s Arts in Education Program, is generously supported by the Arthur K. Watson Charitable Trust, Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Chichester duPont Foundation, Mattina R. Proctor Foundation, Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation, Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation, two anonymous contributors, and in-kind support provided by Partners for Enrichment.

 

 

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