Welcome to the Portland Museum of Art!

Spring is the season for growth and blossoming, and at an art museum, it's a wonderful occasion to prepare for the year to come. The new additions to our collection are among the developments that I'm most excited about, as the collection is the heart of the PMA and central to our mission to enrich lives through the acquisition, preservation, and interpretation of the visual arts.

Maine philanthropists Owen and Anna Wells generously donated 69 photographs from their impressive collection, including works by Ansel Adams, Margaret Bourke-White, and Eliot Porter. I hope you had the opportunity to see some of this work in our recent exhibition American Vision: Photographs from the Collection of Owen and Anna Wells, so you can share in our excitement.

In addition, we have made several notable purchases that fill gaps in our collection and fit our mission to support the ongoing role of Maine in American art history. For example, we have spent years waiting and searching for a painting by Maine native and Winslow Homer contemporary Eastman Johnson. At long last, the right one became available—a fabulous painting titled The Quiet Hour, circa 1877—and it became a PMA favorite the moment it went on display.

The PMA has also purchased Alex Katz's Ada and Neil, Maine (Study for Lawn Party), 1965. The subject matter is a painting of Neil Welliver and Ada Katz in a casual Maine setting, which makes it quite relevant to our collection. Lawn Party, which is in the Museum of Modern Art's collection, is considered a pivotal work, and this piece formed part of the study for it.

Finally, we are happy to inform you that the PMA will launch a new website this spring, ensuring our visitors a consistent and elegant experience from your living room to our galleries.

Visit soon and visit often. See you at the PMA!


Mark Bessire
Director