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With an extensive collection and nationally renowned exhibitions, the Portland Museum of Art is the cultural heart of Portland, 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 members-only events, Free School Tours, and a commitment to family activities to PMA Movies, curator talks, and exclusive tours of the Winslow Homer Studio—it’s all happening at the PMA.
The Portland Museum of Art creates outstanding exhibitions and educational programs to inspire our audiences. We embrace our rich past, dynamic present, and vibrant future to be a vital arts center for the city, region, and nation. Leveraging the strength of our collection, scholarship, and geographic location, we will excel in these distinct areas:
The ongoing exploration of the creative culture of the state of Maine within the
context of American art and culture.
The interpretation of European modernism through our collection and programs.
The presentation of progressive exhibitions beyond our collection that address local and global issues.
The integration of our unique architectural campus into the fabric of Portland and the state of Maine.
The Portland Museum of Art strives to engage our audiences in a dialogue about the relevance of art and culture to our lives. Aspiring to facilitate this conversation through exhibitions, programs, and partnerships, we dedicate ourselves to serving and supporting our local and national community. In order to provide a learning environment for our audiences, we commit ourselves to good governance, professional development, and fiscal responsibility.
Summer is finally here, and I’d like to welcome back our visitors who spend their winters out of state. Additionally, I’d like to thank those who live in Maine year-round and braved the elements to attend The Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America and our stellar programming this winter. The support you provide is invaluable, and we’re all going to have a wonderful summer together.
This summer’s major exhibition, Directors’ Cut: Selections from the Maine Art Museum Trail, is in full swing, and it is a true event: a rare exhibition that encompasses the art, the institutions, and the spirit of Maine under one roof, confirming the vitality of cultural tourism in our state. As PMA Director, this exhibition is close to my heart, and it cheers me to see such an enthusiastic response to it.
Perfectly coinciding with Directors’ Cut is our latest Circa exhibition, Rose Marasco: index. Rose Marasco is a Maine cultural institution unto herself, and her photographs over the last four decades offer profound insight into the evolution of an artistic career. We are very proud of this show, and with good reason—it’s a remarkable retrospective of one of our state’s finest artists.
With so many great events at the PMA this summer, I hope you mark your calendars and join us! Attend a #ThirdThursPMA if you can. Some of my happiest memories from last summer involve spending time
in the sunshine in the Joan B. Burns Garden with members, visitors, and PMA staff during #ThirdThursPMA, and I can’t wait to make it an annual tradition—as much a part of Maine summer as lobster rolls and trips to the islands.
You’ll find the Fiscal Year 2014-15 Annual Report here. The PMA is thriving, and this Annual Report will help put your museum’s achievements in context, while sharing the opportunities that lay ahead. I encourage you to take the time to learn more about the year we’ve had and start getting excited about what is to come.
Our future is bright, and we thank you for your support.
Mark H. C. Bessire, Director
Members enable the PMA to provide spectacular programming, unique exhibitions, and remarkable events. They believe in the transformative power of the arts. They value community. If this sounds like you, we invite you to explore the many levels of membership available at the PMA and become a part of something special.
Originally founded as the Portland Society of Art, the Museum used a variety of exhibition spaces until 1908. That year Mrs. Margaret Jane Mussey Sweat bequeathed her three-story mansion, now known as the McLellan House, and sufficient funds to create a gallery in memory of her late husband, Lorenzo de Medici Sweat. Noted New England architect John Calvin Stevens designed the L. D. M. Sweat Memorial Galleries, which opened to the public in 1911.