Monthly Archives: January 2011

College Night 2011

By Leah Appleton
Marketing and Public Relations Intern

In 2010 the Portland Museum of Art hosted its first annual College Night at the Museum. Boasting more than 400 people, it was a huge success! For months, we have been planning the 2011 College Night, which is coming up on Thursday, February 3. We have been tweaking and fine-tuning the details of last year’s party to redesign the event into a fresh iteration. This year the dynamic evening will feature live music by local bands we love, Phantom Buffalo (just back from their tour of France and Brussels!) and Theodore Treehouse, free food and drink, and interactive art projects.

As if none of this were incentive enough, a raffle featuring prizes from favorite (and extremely generous) local businesses, including Rogues Gallery, Bull Feeney’s, Find, Green Elephant, and many others rounds out the night. We will have hundreds of goody-bags for people to take home, so those attending better be prepared to have free stuff coming out their ears.

There are so many reasons to be excited about this event. Not only will it be great way for college students to experience the museum for free, but to do so while meeting other students. The PMA will temporarily be transformed into a melting pot of Maine’s young collegiates! Think of it as Facebook, but in real life! While all these young brains snack and schmoose amongst our fantastic current exhibitions, they will be introduced to a plethora of local businesses-all the info a new kid in town could use from coffee to consignment. Not to be left to consumption, silk screening and drawing projects will offer an outlet to react to the art that inspires them around the building.

This event promises to be a unique museum-going experience for anyone, whether you have visited us once or one thousand times. We hope you will come and enjoy the Museum in a whole new way. See you there!

College Night is on Thursday, February 3 and will take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. It’s free to Maine college students with their student I.D. Non college students are welcome for $5 at the door.

The Friends of the Collection

By Margaret Burgess
Associate Curator of European and Modern Art

As the associate curator of European and modern art and curatorial liaison for the Friends of the Collection here at the Portland Museum of Art, it has been my pleasure to organize the exhibition The Lay of the Land: A Celebration of Art Acquired by the Friends of the Collection (1983-2010), on view on the Fourth Floor of the Museum through May 8. The exhibition, focusing on landscapes that have been acquired with the support of the Friends, honors the group and recognizes its profound and enduring legacy at the Portland Museum of Art.

This endeavor has been exciting for me on many fronts. Firstly, it is has provided an opportunity to celebrate the Friends, a group that I have gotten to know over the course of my two years here at the Museum. At events and lectures, openings and day trips, I have enjoyed meeting loyal benefactors of the Friends of the Collection. This exhibition is in honor of this crucial Museum constituency! I have particularly appreciated working with and getting to know the Friends of the Collection committee comprised of Peggy Osher (now Honorary Chairperson), David Bischoff, Rosalyne Bernstein, and Barbara Schenkel. Our brainstorming sessions, and their input and encouragement have meant a great deal.

Secondly, in preparation for the exhibition, seeking out—in the Museum’s galleries, art storage rooms, and databases—all the works that have been acquired thanks to the Friends since the group’s founding in 1983 was a continually intriguing process. I discovered more than 200 works in diverse media and by a spectrum of artists which demonstrated to me not only the impressive impact that the Friends have been able to make on the collections, but also revealed collecting tastes over time. Making selections from the great wealth of works for this special installation was one of my favorite aspects of the project. We hope you enjoy the juxtapositions of classic and contemporary landscapes.

(Image credit: John Calvin Stevens (United States, 1855–1940), Joe Pie Weed (Delano Park), 1908, oil on canvas, 14 1/16 x 18 1/16 inches, Portland Museum of Art, 1997.20.)