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Portland Museum of Art Open House

March 10, 2017

Teachers, we appreciate you!

In appreciation of teachers the Portland Museum of Art is having an Open House, just for you!

Image credit: Side x Side Summer Arts Institute, June 2016. Photos by Joel Ellis Brown and Tonee Harbert.

Image credit: Side x Side Summer Arts Institute, June 2016.
Photos by Joel Ellis Brown and Tonee Harbert.

Thursday, March 23
Drop in any time between 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Free; registration is strongly encouraged.
R.S.V.P. by March 10 to Louisa Donelson, Associate Educator for Youth Learning, at ldonelson@portlandmuseum.org.

Teachers, you are our best allies when it comes to sharing the PMA collection with Maine youth and we want to show our appreciation with a free Open House. Teachers in any subject, Pre-K to 12, as well as homeschoolers are invited to visit the newly reinstalled PMA.
Participate however you like, for as long as you like.

  • Join in interactive gallery activities such as haiku writing or
    contour line drawing.
  • Explore our reinstalled galleries, which now host 20% more art.
  • Learn about our new school tour themes from staff and docents
  • Network with educators across grades and disciplines.
  • Tour the new Peggy L. Osher Art Study and Collection Committee Conference Room (3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. only).
  • Enjoy complimentary refreshments.
  • Receive complimentary classroom resources.

Note: educators are always welcome to visit free of charge to assist in field trip planning. Information on parking can be found here.

Student and teacher programming at the PMA is made possible by Unum.

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Portland Museum of Art

February 3, 2017

Open house

The Portland Museum of Art invites you to their free open house on Saturday, February 4, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. They’ve completing changes to the museum and they’d like you to see if first. All are welcome at no cost!

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You’re invited… for an all-day Open House with free admission for everyone to the Portland Museum of Art. Gallery talks with community members, and all-ages games and art-making activities. Explore an entirely new PMA and discover the strength and new visual presentation of the museum’s collection, which features 20% more art on view—often in new and surprising places—themed galleries, and interactive, multimedia kiosks.

These events also mark the public openings of the museum’s spring exhibitions: The Thrill of the Chase: The Wagstaff Collection of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum, The Mistress and the Muse: Selections from the Isabelle and Scott Black Collection, and Artist’s Choice: Photographs from the Judy Glickman Lauder Collection.

Activities throughout the day include:
Community Highlights Catalog – Reimagine your favorite work of art in the PMA. Using a variety of drawing and collage materials, create your own version of your favorite work in the collection and leave it behind to be added into our community-created highlights catalog.
Community Voices – We are inviting community members to share personal responses to their favorite work in the collection. Hear unique 15-minute perspectives on the collection.

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For more information please contact Louisa Donelson at ldonelson@portlandmuseum.org or call 207.699.4885.

Admission for the Community Open House is courtesy of TD Bank and TD Charitable Foundation.

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Big Fun Friday

November 21, 2016

What a day!

I had the pleasure of participating in three very different events last Friday. The STEM Summit, the 3-day reading of Moby Dick, and an amazing dance performance at Thornton Academy.

STEM SUMMIT

screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-9-04-05-pmMy morning started at Colby College at the STEM Summit “Building Bridges: Developing Partnerships to Build Capacity for STEM Education in Maine”. I was a member of a panel including Lindsey Pinchbeck, SweetTree Arts; Brett Elwell, EverFi; Hannah Walden, Maine Central Institute; Kate Cook Whitt, Thomas College; and Eva Szillery, Maine Mathematics Science and Engineering Talent Search. The session was called “Addressing STEM From Differing Perspectives for Students” and below is the description. I had the chance to share some of the amazing Maine arts educators work happening in STEAM in Maine!!

Designing engaging STEM learning experiences cannot be done through one-size-fits all approaches. This panel showcases the wide variety of ways learners can access STEM, through the arts, sports, coding, and others. Learn about the opportunities that are available to Maine’s teachers and how you can participate in these innovative approaches to STEM learning and teaching.

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Irwin Gratz

PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART

From there I headed south to the Portland Museum of Art to participate in the three-day non-stop reading of the classic Moby Dick. It was fun and a fairly intense experience. We had to read from the book that they provided. For those of you who have read the book the language can be challenging and the sentences a mile long. It has been some time since I read to my own sons or my middle school students so reading out loud felt like a new experience. By the end my eyes were bouncing!

Interestingly enough, from PBS radio, Irwin Gratz read not to long before my scheduled 10 minutes. And, not long after me Julie Richard read. What I loved most but wasn’t able to appreciate it (since I was looking down to follow along in the book) was behind the reader on the large screen were rotating images of a graphic novel of Moby Dick.

FALL INTO DANCE

img_4394My last stop of the day was at Thornton Academy in Saco for the Fall Into Dance concert. Participating schools: Thornton Academy, Berwick Academy, Studio for the Living Arts, Collective Motion, Community Dance Project, New England Dance Project. Last years performance raised $2,650 and the funding was awarded to MSAD #33 for a dance education residency which will take place in two weeks. I was stunned when I read on the giant check the amount of $3575.00. Look for the information in the future and begin conversations with your colleagues about possibilities of having a teaching artist at your school next school year.

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Announcing the amount of $3575.00 being given to the Maine Arts Commission to disperse as a dance education grant.

 

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Portland Museum of Art

November 10, 2016

Educational opportunities

Great stuff happening in the near future at the Portland Museum of Art that you don’t want to miss!

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  1. Portland’s first ever Moby-Dick Marathon Reading. On Thursday, November 17, the PMA kicks off a four-day, marathon-style reading of Herman Melville’s masterpiece in the Bernard Osher Foundation Auditorium. The book will be read (and perhaps on some cases, performed!) aloud by curators, artists, fishermen and women, writers, students, business leaders, special guests, and more. CLICK HERE for more details.
  2. shrunken-treasures-cover_scott-nashPMA Family Day with Scott Nash. Illustrator, author, and designer Scott Nash visits to share drawing tips and tricks. These workshops encourage kids and their grown-ups to experiment with unique sketching techniques—including some that Scott even uses when imagining and illustrating his books such as Shrunken Treasures. After the art-making, visit the exhibition Of Whales in Paint: Rockwell Kent’s Moby-Dick to explore how various artists and writers across time have represented the iconic story of Moby-Dick. CLICK HERE for more details.
  3. Now on view Kent, Matisse, and more… In the 1930s the pioneering French artist Henri Matisse began to produce book illustrations and artist books. Over the next two decades, he completed a dozen book projects, working with a variety of printing techniques to explore the relationship between image and text—both visually and thematically. This exhibition, provided by the Bank of America Art in our Communities program, presents four of Matisse’s art books, revealing the artist’s dynamic and multifaceted relationship with literature, creativity, and visual expression. CLICK HERE to learn more.matisse_brand
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Portland Museum of Art

September 30, 2016

Two opportunities

Polly Apfelbaum (United States, born 1955), Night Flowering, 2009, multicolor woodblock print on paper, 16 x 16 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Durham Press.

Polly Apfelbaum (United States, born 1955), Night Flowering, 2009, multicolor woodblock print on paper, 16 x 16 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Durham Press.

IN CONVERSATION: CONNECTING PAINTING AND PRINTMAKING
Saturday, October 1, 3 p.m.
Free for members, MECA students, and Skowhegan School of
Painting and Scultpure alumni, $8 general public
Bernard Osher Foundation Auditorium

Since 1964, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Scultpure has brought together diverse and talented groups of artists for concentrated periods of artistic creation, interaction, and growth. In the spirit of the discursive environment of Skowhegan’s rural Maine campus, artist Polly Apfelbaum (Skowhegan resident faculty, 1999) and art historian Faye Hirsch will engage in a conversation inspired by the PMA exhibition Skowhegan at Seventy. Join us in exploring how the printmaking process sparks a spirit of inquiry and experimentation in the studio, and delve into the intersection between printmaking and painting in contemporary practice.

Pre-registration strongly encouraged. Click here for tickets.

Henri Matisse, (France, 1869 - 1954), Icare (Icarus) 8 of 20 in "Jazz" (detail), 1947, stencil, lithograph, pochoir on arches, 16 1/2 x 25 1/2 inches. Ex2.2016.9. Bank of America Collection. 2016 Succession H. Matisse/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Henri Matisse, (France, 1869 – 1954), Icare (Icarus) 8 of 20 in “Jazz” (detail), 1947, stencil, lithograph, pochoir on arches, 16 1/2 x 25 1/2 inches. Ex2.2016.9. Bank of America Collection. 2016 Succession H. Matisse/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

BOOK ARTS: A PANEL DISCUSSION
Friday October 21, 4 p.m.
Free for members and MECA students; $8 general public
Bernard Osher Foundation Auditorium

The vast world of book arts spans from the medieval bookbinding and letterpress tradition to today’s installation art; limited edition, hand-made books; modern novel constructions. Join us to explore the history of book arts, the nuances of the realtionships between the visual and textual, and the various printing and writing processes.

Moderated by Yale’s Jae Jennifer Rossman and featuring panelists Susan Webster, Stuart Kestenbaum, and Rebecca Goodale.

Pre-registration encouraged. Click here for tickets.

 

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Teen Opportunity PMA

May 18, 2016

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The PMA has an interesting summer fellowship position available for a teenager. The position lasts 7 weeks, for a total of approximately 105 hours, July 11 to August 26. If you are an educator who knows of a student who may be interested in this type of opportunity please share this link with them and encourage them to apply. 

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Position: Homer High School Fellow

Department: Learning and Interpretation

Division: Audience Engagement and Communications

Reports To: Associate Educator for Youth Learning

GENERAL SUMMARY

Under the general supervision of the Associate Educator for Youth Learning, this position offers high school students the opportunity to learn about the museum profession 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. The Homer High School Fellow will be one of eight fellows who will collaborate on projects and programs.

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 the National Convening for Teens in the Arts at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.
  • Participates in a visit to 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.
  • Complies with all Portland Museum of Art safety rules and procedures.
  • Regular attendance at the workplace is required.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY

None

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

Applicants must be rising high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors or seniors.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • A high school student highly motivated in the visual arts.
  • Comfortable working with museum visitors of all ages, including children, teens, and adults.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and cooperatively with coworkers and a variety of individuals contacted in the course of work.
  • Interest in working with children.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion.
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check.
  • Ability to obtain a work permit if under 16 years old.

Internship Period and Hours

Tentatively July 11 through August 26, 2016

The Homer High School Fellows will work at the PMA and offsite daily for a total of approximately 105 hours. Tentatively, five hours a day for three days a week. Some weekend and evening hours required.

WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS

A majority of the work is performed in a museum or gallery setting or in a normal office environment not subject to extremes of noise, temperature, odor, etc. Operates computer, printer, photocopier, and other office equipment. Uses various hand tools, art supplies, and paper cutters. Local and regional travel required.

TERMS

The Homer High School Fellow position is a temporary part-time, hourly, non-exempt, employment-at-will position. Work is tentatively scheduled for July 11, 2016 – August 26, 2016, the specific schedule to be determined. The Homer High School Fellows will work at the PMA and offsite daily for a total of approximately 105 hours. Tentatively, five hours a day for three days a week. Some weekend and evening hours required.

APPLY

Please submit completed PMA Application for Employment and Supplementary application for Homer High School Fellows (available at the website) http://www.portlandmuseum.org/about/employ.shtml to HHSF.pma.042016@portlandmuseum.org or mail to Business Manager, Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland, ME 04101. The deadline for applications is June 5, 2016.

The Portland Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants shall receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, veteran status, status as a whistleblower, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

 

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Maine Art Education YAM Exhibits

February 26, 2016

Two shows – two locations

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Rose Davis, Grade 8, Mt. Ararat Middle School

Portland: For more than 20 years, the Portland Museum of Art (PMA) has collaborated with the Maine Art Education Association to celebrate student artwork with the Youth Art Month exhibit. This annual observance emphasizes the value of art education and encourages support for quality school art programs. At the PMA, this annual event comes with a reception and an exhibition that showcases artwork in a variety of media by K-12 students throughout the state.

Screen Shot 2016-02-25 at 8.23.07 PMThis year marks the 22nd annual exhibition and features artwork by more than 100 students. The opening is scheduled for Saturday, March 5, 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the PMA. There is no cost to attend. It is always a treat to see the student work displayed in the museum.

 

Presentation of Certificates:
4:30 p.m.: grades K, 1, 2, 3 certificates
5:30 p.m.: grades 4, 5, 6, 7 certificates
6:30 p.m.: grades 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 certificates

Screen Shot 2016-02-25 at 8.22.58 PMAugusta: The Maine Education Association and Maine Art Education Association are once again partnering to celebrate Youth Art Month. Thirty pieces of artwork will be on display. The opening of the show will be on Sunday, March 6, 1:00 to 2:30.

Presentations will be at 1:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

 

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