Posts Tagged ‘Portland Museum of Art’

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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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FREE Admission PMA

April 2, 2018

Everyone 21 and younger

The Portland Museum of Art is proud to announce that it is changing its admission policy to offer free, unlimited admission to everyone age 21 and under beginning on April 11, 2018, opening the museum’s doors in perpetuity to teens and youth everywhere. The program is made possible through the vision and generosity of Susie Konkel, a leading philanthropist and advocate for youth in Maine and the region, and will include other benefits, all named in her honor as the Susie Konkel Pass.

All visitors age 21 and under will receive free admission automatically when they visit the PMA, but young people or their guardians can also increase their level of engagement by signing up for the, which will provide the holder opportunities to attend special events including select free screenings of PMA Films, ways to stay up to date on museum happenings, and more.

“I’m honored to work with the staff at the PMA to ensure that every child in the Maine community and throughout the world can feel the joy and wonder that comes from experiencing magnificent works of art,” shares Konkel. “It’s my hope that children, teens, and young adults alike will discover the many ways that art appreciation can enrich their lives, and also feel inspired and empowered to share their voices with the world. I’m incredibly gratified to help the PMA share its wonderful collection with children far and wide.”

The Susie Konkel Pass reflects the collective passion and dedication of the museum and Konkel to widely share the power of art to transform lives and offer all youth access to lasting arts experiences. Additionally, Konkel and the museum envision that removing admission costs will result in freedom at the PMA for young people and their families as a whole, including:

1. Freedom for teens and young adults to use the museum as a safe and inspirational hang-out spot, where they are always welcome, can enjoy arts experiences, and be themselves at any time.

2. Freedom for low-income families to explore the arts and culture in new and different ways, regardless of who they are, how they live, or the economic hurdles they face.

3. Freedom for college and university students to use the PMA as a place to study, relax, and engage with the community as young adults.

4. Freedom for new Mainers to immediately feel a part of their community, to feel represented and respected, and to express themselves in an inclusive environment.

5. Freedom for parents to have more opportunities to enrich their children’s lives, supplement their growth and education, and set them on the path for a lifetime of arts appreciation.

Each year, 11,000 visitors under the age of 21 visit the museum, either through existing relationships with the museum or by being charged admission. Buoyed by a nearly 20% increase in website traffic for visitors ages 18-24 over the past two years, an redesigned Winslow Homer High School Fellow program, Teen Nights at the museum, and collaborations with MECA and USM, the PMA began thinking about a new way to deepen the engagement of young adults.

Susie Konkel had long seen the PMA as a place to reset and recharge, and with the successful completion of Your Museum, Reimagined over this same time period, she was encouraged by the increasingly diverse base of visitors looking to the PMA as a cultural center that reflects their values and lifestyles, and serves their communities.

The PMA’s commitment to broadening its audiences and the people it serves has been a top priority in recent years, and the Susie Konkel Pass is a natural step in that progression. The museum has been looking to build upon a growing Family-level membership base, new family programs, and special events for children, and by offering free admission to all visitors 21 and under, the Susie Konkel Pass becomes the most recent of other transformative moments, programs, and events at the museum including Art for All, Free Fridays, 2017’s Your Museum, Reimagined and Lights Across Congress, and 2018’s Art in Bloom. Together, the PMA and Konkel hope to establish the PMA as an indispensable resource for future generations.

PMA BACKGROUND

With an extensive collection and nationally renowned exhibitions, the Portland Museum of Art (PMA) is the cultural heart of Maine. The PMA boasts significant holdings of American, European, and contemporary art, as well as iconic works from Maine—highlighting the rich artistic tradition of the state and its artists. The museum brings it all to life with unparalleled programming. From special events, Free School Tours, and a commitment to family activities, to PMA Films, curator talks, and exclusive tours of the Winslow Homer Studio—it’s all happening at the PMA.

The museum is located at Seven Congress Square in downtown Portland.

Summer Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Winter Hours: Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, and $10 for students with I.D.
There is always free admission for everyone age 21 and under, provided by the generosity of Susie Konkel. Admission is free for all, every Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

No admission is required to visit the PMA Café and PMA Store.

Winslow Homer Studio tours are available by reservation. For more information, call (207) 775-6148 or visit the Portland Museum of Art website.

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Youth Art Month

March 16, 2018

Portland Museum of Art

The annual statewide Youth Art Month exhibit at the Portland Museum of Art is underway and you won’t want to miss seeing it. Members of the Maine Art Education Association provide one piece of art work from each school that they teach. Nine hundred people attended the official opening and to see the impressive work that represents students in PK-grade 12 from all parts of the state. This is the 24th celebration and the show has over 100 pieces and will remain on display until April 1.

Ted Simpson, grade 4, Ocean Ave. Elementary School, “Froggy in the Tree”, Teacher – Sally Mitchell

 

Alyssa McNeill, grade 8, Westbrook Middle School, “Be Happy”, Mixed Media, Teacher – Abby Jacobs

Taylor Hagerty, grade 9, Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, “Broken Time”, newspaper, collage, acrylic paint, Teacher – Cindi Kugell

Rachel Johnson, grade 11, Brunswick High School, color pencils, Teacher – Colleen Kearney-Graffam

 

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Teen Night – PMA

January 20, 2018

Free Friday

Friday, January 26, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Portland Museum of Art – Teen Night

 Learn more 

Come to the Portland Museum of Art (PMA) for a Teen Night edition of Free Friday! Young adults ages 13-19 will have all-access to the PMA, as well as free food, a raffle and giveaways, complimentary tickets to a special screening of Faces Places at 6 p.m., and art projects designed and run by our Homer High School Fellows. It’s also the opening day of the 2018 PMA Biennial featuring a diverse array of contemporary Maine artists.

Enjoy a night just for you at the PMA to hang out, express yourself, and explore the museum with art, free food, film, and peers who share the same interests. Check in at the Teen Table when you arrive. For more information contact Martha Schnee, Teen Programs Assistant.

 

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Happenings at PMA

December 1, 2017

Portland Museum of Art upcoming eventsThe Portland Museum of Art (PMA) has several opportunities for young people and families during the month of December. The information is below and linked to the PMA site.

2017 Copper Beech Tree Lighting – Friday, December 1, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., tree lighting ceremony begins at 6 p.m.Portland Poet Laureate Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, the Sea Change Chorale, and The Marshmallow Cart join us for the lighting of the copper beech tree. Come inside for art-making activities as well as special gallery talks and Day Without Art installations to honor World AIDS Day. Free and open to the public!

Noontime Talks

December 1: Nan Goldin with Jessica May

December 15: “Ahead of her Time: Nancy Hemenway Barton’s Lume III” with Anne B. Hill, curator of The University of New England Art Gallery.

December 22: Mindfulness in the Galleries: Winter Solstice

Nye Documentary

Bill Nye: Science Guy
Friday, December 8, 2 p.m.
Friday, December 8, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 9, 2 p.m.
Sunday, December 10, 2 p.m.
This documentary gets the best of both worlds, building a personal story of the likable, trustworthy Nye, as well as offering a serious, hopeful love letter to science itself.”—Common Sense Media

School Vacation Week

December 27, 28, 29: PMA Family Films

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Portland Museum of Art

November 3, 2017

Teachers, we appreciate you!

Teacher and Educator Open House

Thursday, November 9

Drop-in any time between 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. – Free

You are our best allies when it comes to sharing the PMA collection with Maine youth, and this free Open House shows our appreciation. Teachers in any subject from Pre-K to high school, as well as homeschoolers, are invited to visit the PMA.

 

  • Participate in interactive gallery activities such as poetry writing, contour line drawing, and mini-school tours.
  • Learn about the time-honored tour technique, Visual Thinking Strategies.
  • Ask docents and staff about our tour themes and formats.
  • Network with educators across grades and disciplines.
  • Learn about the Peggy L. Osher Art Study and Collection Committee Conference Room (3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. only).
  • Enjoy complimentary refreshments.
  • Receive complimentary PMA Highlights Catalog and other classroom freebies.

Please remember—educators are always welcome to visit the PMA free of charge to assist in field trip planning.

For more information please CLICK HERE.

Deadline to register is November 6.

Questions, contact Louisa Donelson, Associate Educator for Youth Learning.

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Portland Museum of Art

June 1, 2017

Summer Job for Teens

Portland Museum of Art is accepting applications from teens for a part-time paid job call the Homer High School Fellowship. These positions offer high school students the opportunity to learn about the museum industry through the development of youth and teen programs. This seven-week fellowship program is designed to foster creative thinking, to build community, and to use the PMA collection for inspiration and idea building. For more information on the job and for application materials, please CLICK HERE.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Creates new ways for teen audiences to engage with the museum and its works of art through the creation of interpretative materials and programs.
  • Participates in discussions about ways in which PMA programming could attract teen audiences.
  • Assists Learning and Interpretation staff in design and execution of drop-in art activities for youth, teen, and family audiences.
  • Attends PMA public programs (artist and curator talks, daily tours, etc.) to learn about the museum’s collection and exhibitions and to better understand how the museum makes the collection and exhibitions accessible to the public.
  • Participates in visits to working artists’ studios and visits the Winslow Homer Studio at Prouts Neck to learn about the importance of place in Homer’s work, and to link the process of observing with the process of creating.
  • Works on special projects in the Learning and Interpretation department with museum staff serving as mentors.

Questions about the Fellowship should be directed to Louisa Donelson, Associate Educator for Youth Learning (207) 775-6148, ext. 3226, ldonelson@portlandmuseum.org

For more information on the PMA’s teen programs visit www.portlandmuseum.org/teens

 

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