Bowdoin College exhibit features iconic artists

More than 200 years of Maine art history are on display at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. It’s an exhibition that features some of the most famous works by many of the state’s most iconic artists. “The visual arts have an amazing history in our state, both local talent and those who discovered Maine on their travels,” Frank Goodyear told WMTW. The museum’s display includes art from approximately 70 of the most talented artists in Maine history with works dating back to the earliest days of statehood. From 1820 to 200 years later, with works inspired by the dark days of COVID-19 and the beginning of the pandemic. “It brings together the history of the state from its past in the 19th century to the present day, but using art to tell the story,” said Ann Collins Goodyear. Ann Collins Goodyear and her husband, Frank, are co-directors of the museum as well as curators of the exhibit. “I feel , that this was an exhibit that managed to capture not only Maine’s History, but his sense of the importance of the continued achievements of so many creative, extraordinary artists in our midst,” said Collins Goodyear. More than 100 works from paintings to photographs to hand made Wabanaki baskets, are interspersed throughout the room in succession. The goal is to show the artist’s evolving relationship with Maine and its landscape as times and styles change over the decades. “As I walk through the exhibit, I find that in each piece art has lessons in observation that make me look in a new way at this beautiful world around me and this beautiful state we are lucky enough to call home.” Collins Goody ear said. The show features acclaimed artists such as Wyeth, Homer and Wegmen. The Goodyears advertise even some lesser-known names that still feature prominently in Maine history. “It shows that artists have a lot to reveal about this place and these lands,” Goodyear said.

More than 200 years of Maine art history are on display at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

It’s an exhibition that features some of the most famous works by many of the state’s most iconic artists.

“The visual arts have an incredible history in our state, both local talent and those who discovered Maine on their travels,” Frank Goodyear told WMTW.

The museum exhibit features art from approximately 70 of the most talented artists in Maine history with works dating back to the earliest days of statehood.

From 1820 to 200 years later, with works inspired by the dark days of COVID-19 and the beginning of the pandemic.

“It brings together the history of the state from its past in the 19th century to the present day, but uses art to tell the story,” Ann Collins Goodyear said.

Ann Collins Goodyear and her husband Frank are co-directors of the museum as well as curators of the exhibition.

“I feel this is an exhibit that has managed to capture not only the history of Maine, but also a sense of the importance of the continued achievements of so many creative, extraordinary artists in our midst,” said Collins Goodyear.

More than 100 works from paintings to photographs to handmade Wabanaki baskets are displayed in the room in succession.

The goal is to show the artist’s evolving relationship with Maine and its landscape as times and styles changed through the decades.

“As I walk through the exhibit, I find that in each piece of art there are lessons of observation that make me look in a new way at this beautiful world around me and this beautiful state we are lucky enough to call home,” Collins Goodyear said.

The show features acclaimed artists such as Wyeth, Homer and Wegmen. The Goodyears advertise even some lesser-known names that still feature prominently in Maine history.

“It shows that artists have a lot to reveal about this place and these lands,” Goodyear said.

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