Past Events

Thursday
January 23, 2014
12:00 pm
Join Jessica May, Curator of Contemporary and Modern Art, for a lecture on the Circa exhibition, "Aaron T Stephan: To Borrow, Cut, Copy, and Steal."
Monday
February 17, 2014
11:00 am
Discover the feeling of falling in love with the painted surface through these guided activities.
Thursday
February 20, 2014
11:00 am
Discover the feeling of falling in love with the painted surface through these guided activities.
Saturday
March 29, 2014
11:00 am
Tuesday
April 1, 2014
6:30 pm
In this talk, Rachel Danzing, Conservator of Paper at the Brooklyn Museum, will discuss some of the different ways conservators examine drawings in order to understand how the artist made them, how the artists’ techniques varied, and how the drawings may have changed over time.
Thursday
May 1, 2014
11:00 am
Visitors are invited to study and discuss one work of art on view in the galleries. Conversation continues over lunch in the PMA Café.
Friday
May 23, 2014
11:30 am
Visitors are invited to study and discuss one work of art on view in the galleries. Conversation continues over lunch in the PMA Cafe by Aurora Provisions.
Wednesday
June 4, 2014
11:00 am
11 a.m. on select Wednesdays, PMA staff discuss artwork on display, offer insights, and share behind-the-scenes stories.
Wednesday
June 4, 2014
11:30 am
What Do You Think?: 11:30 a.m. on select Thursdays. Visitors are invited to study and discuss one work of art on view in the galleries. Conversation continues over lunch in the PMA Cafe.
Friday
June 6, 2014
3:00 pm
Designed for all ages, the PMA Art Cart encourages visitors to sit and draw in the galleries-finding inspiration on the walls around them!
Wednesday
June 11, 2014
4:00 pm
Join us for a rare evening with Alex Katz, one of America’s foremost painters. Katz is best known for his bold portraits of his family and friends, as well as images of Central Maine. Over his long and productive career, Katz has consistently depicted his subjects with a recognizably cool, detached style; his oftentimes large-scale paintings convey elegance through their crisp forms and palette.
Friday
June 13, 2014
12:00 pm
Curator Talks: Noon on select weekdays. Join PMA curators as they provide lectures on special exhibitions.
Wednesday
June 18, 2014
12:00 pm
This summer, the PMA is teaming up with the Portland Public Library's Brown Bag Lecture Series to offer three afternoons of literature, art, and discussion. Portland Public Library's Brown Bag Lecture Series features reading and question-and-answer sessions with authors from Maine and afar. On select Wednesdays, start at the Library and join the author lectures, then head to the PMA for free admission and a tour of works that relate to the themes in the books. Conversation continues with tea and cookies at the PMA Cafe.
Thursday
June 19, 2014
3:00 pm
Designed for all ages, the PMA Art Cart encourages visitors to sit and draw in the galleries-finding inspiration on the walls around them!
Thursday
June 19, 2014
4:00 pm
Join us for a lively panel discussion hosted by PMA Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Jessica May about contemporary art in Maine and its influence on our cultural identity.
Friday
June 20, 2014
12:00 pm
Noon on select weekdays. Join PMA curators as they present lectures on special exhibitions.
Friday
June 20, 2014
3:00 pm
Members at the Contributing, Donor, and Patron levels are invited to enjoy an exclusive tour of <em>Richard Estes' Realism<em> with Jessica May, PMA Curator of Contemporary and Modern Art. J
Wednesday
June 25, 2014
10:00 am
Designed for all ages, the PMA Art Cart encourages visitors to sit and draw in the galleries-finding inspiration on the walls around them!
Wednesday
June 25, 2014
11:00 am
11 a.m. on select Wednesdays, PMA staff discuss artwork on display, offer insights, and share behind-the-scenes stories.
Saturday
June 28, 2014
10:00 am
Each month this summer, the PMA will host a day devoted to families and for kids of all ages to discover art and ideas together! From open to close, families will fill all parts of the museum, from hands-on activities in the Great Hall, to Family Guides in the galleries, to special offerings in the PMA Store and the PMA Cafe by Aurora Provisions.
Wednesday
July 9, 2014
11:00 am
11 a.m. on select Wednesdays. Museum staff discuss artwork on display, offer insights, and share behind-the-scenes stories.
Friday
July 11, 2014
5:00 pm
5 p.m. on select Free Fridays. Artists share their processes through interactive, one-time-only events.
Wednesday
July 16, 2014
11:00 am
11 a.m. on select Wednesdays. Museum staff discuss artwork on display, offer insights, and share behind-the-scenes stories.
Wednesday
July 16, 2014
12:00 pm
Program begins at noon at the Portland Public Library and at 1:30 p.m. at the PMA.
Friday
July 18, 2014
12:00 pm
Noon on select weekdays. Join PMA curators as they provide lectures on special exhibitions.
Friday
July 18, 2014
5:00 pm
Designed for all ages, the PMA Art Cart encourages visitors to sit and draw in the galleries-finding inspiration on the walls around them!
Wednesday
July 23, 2014
10:00 am
Designed for all ages, the PMA Art Cart encourages visitors to sit and draw in the galleries-finding inspiration on the walls around them!
Saturday
July 26, 2014
10:00 am
Each month this summer, the PMA will host a day devoted to families and for kids of all ages to discover art and ideas together! From open to close, families will fill all parts of the museum, from hands-on activities in the Great Hall, to Family Guides in the galleries, to special offerings in the PMA Store and the PMA Cafe by Aurora Provisions.
Friday
August 1, 2014
5:00 pm
Join the 2014 Homer High School Fellows as they present their art in this mini-exhibition. Come down to the studio and speak with the students, hear about their experience, and learn more about the 2014 class and the program.
Friday
August 1, 2014
6:00 pm
Drop in and draw! The PMA Art Cart is a great way to be creative in the museum. We supply the colored pencils, paper, and other supplies—you do everything else!
Tuesday
August 5, 2014
6:30 pm
Hear internationally known art writer, social activist, and curator Lucy Lippard talk about her life and work.
Thursday
August 7, 2014
11:30 am
Visitors are invited to study and discuss a work of art on view in the galleries. Conversation continues over lunch in the PMA Café.
Friday
August 8, 2014
12:00 pm
Join Curator of Contemporary and Modern Art Jessica May as she talks about this renowned artist and his retrospective, Richard Estes’ Realism.
Saturday
August 9, 2014
1:00 pm
Join Ted Connelly on a tour through the works of Richard Estes.
Monday
August 11, 2014
10:00 am
All week long PMA members can enjoy special offer and programs throughout the museum.
Monday
August 11, 2014
11:00 am
Join Cecilia Ziko, Production Design Assistant as she shares insights, behind-the-scenes stories, and artwork with visitors.
Tuesday
August 12, 2014
2:00 pm
Join fellow Friends of the Collection for a private tour of Richard Estes’ Realism. Hear from Jessica May, Curator of Contemporary and Modern Art, about the extraordinary paintings in the exhibition.
Wednesday
August 13, 2014
10:00 am
Designed for all ages, the PMA Art Cart encourages visitors to sit and draw in the galleries-finding inspiration on the walls around them!
Thursday
August 14, 2014
11:00 am
Join PMA Docents and other members as you learn about the influence of Cezanne on artists at the PMA.
Thursday
August 14, 2014
6:30 pm
For this member-only event, join Curator of Contemporary and Modern Art Jessica May as she talks about this renowned artist and his retrospective, Richard Estes’ Realism. May will talk about Estes’ most iconic works, from his well-known urban Photorealist landscapes to epic natural scenes inspired by Maine. Learn more about the range and depth of this artist’s career and work.
Saturday
August 16, 2014
10:00 am
Come to the opening of the new PMA Family Space exhibition. PMA Family Space: Playing with Collections is a great installation which encourages families to explore art together. Discover the hidden details in works by Pablo Picasso, Joan Arp, and Mildred Burrage. Then get creative, make your own masterpiece, and display it alongside other incredible artworks.
Saturday
August 16, 2014
10:00 am
Each month this summer, the PMA will host a day devoted to families and for kids of all ages to discover art and ideas together! From open to close, families will fill all parts of the museum, from hands-on activities in the Great Hall, to Family Guides in the galleries, to special offerings in the PMA Store and the PMA Cafe by Aurora Provisions.
Wednesday
August 20, 2014
12:00 pm
This summer, the PMA is teaming up with the Portland Public Library’s Brown Bag Lecture Series to offer three afternoons of literature, art, and discussion. Portland Public Library’s Brown Bag Lecture Series features reading and question-and-answer sessions with authors from Maine and afar. On these select Wednesdays, start at the Library and join the author lectures, then head to the PMA for free admission and a tour of works that relate to the themes in the books. Conversation continues with tea and cookies at the PMA Café.
Thursday
August 21, 2014
5:00 pm
Listen to jazz by the Stephen Page jazz duo then mix it up with AIGA's Cocktails & Creatives. This social mixer, in collaboration with AIGA Maine, will give you an opportunity to rub elbows with individuals in our creative community. Meet new people, and be inspired.
Thursday
August 21, 2014
5:00 pm
Designed for all ages, the PMA Art Cart encourages visitors to sit and draw in the galleries-finding inspiration on the walls around them!
Friday
August 22, 2014
6:00 pm
Join Susan Rudy on a tour through the works of Richard Estes.
Saturday
August 23, 2014
1:00 pm
Join Susan Neal on a tour through the PMA's collection.
Wednesday
August 27, 2014
10:00 am
Designed for all ages, the PMA Art Cart encourages visitors to sit and draw in the galleries-finding inspiration on the walls around them!
Friday
August 29, 2014
6:30 pm
Join Susan Rudy on a tour through the works of Richard Estes.
Saturday
August 30, 2014
1:00 pm
Join David Murray on a tour through the works of Richard Estes.
Wednesday
September 3, 2014
11:00 am
Join Hana Firestone, MECA Graduate student, as she shares thoughts and insights about a work from the PMA collection or a special exhibition.
Thursday
September 4, 2014
11:30 am
Visitors are invited to study and discuss a work of art on view in the galleries. Conversation continues over lunch in the PMA Café.
Saturday
September 6, 2014
1:00 pm
Join Ted Connelly on a tour through the works of Richard Estes.
Friday
September 12, 2014
12:00 pm
Join Jessica May, Curator of Contemporary and Modern Art, for a lecture on the Circa exhibition, "Aaron T Stephan: To Borrow, Cut, Copy, and Steal."
Saturday
September 13, 2014
11:00 am
Since 1908, the Portland Museum of Art has been located at the center of the Portland peninsula in the block bordered by High, Spring, Oak, and Free Streets. As the museum looks to the future, its plans are informed by an urban setting rich with more than two centuries of history. Using maps, prints, architectural drawings, and photographs, State Historian Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. will trace the evolution of the museum’s surroundings from a fashionable Federal Period residential area to the present day commercial crossroads of Congress Square. Central to this story are the buildings that comprise today’s museum Portland campus: the McLellan House, the Clapp House, the L.D.M. Sweat Memorial Galleries, and the Charles Shipman Payson Building. Their history and architecture are the special focus of this illustrated journey both backward and forward in time.
Thursday
September 18, 2014
5:00 pm
Join the #ThirdThursPMA crowd as we head back to school with a special party for artists, creators, and craftspeople of all kinds! The folks at Artist & Craftsman Supply will take over the museum, offering soft-linoleum printing for all ages and sketching activities in the galleries. Get creative while listening to the progressive sounds of hip-hop instrumentalists Jaw Gems as they play a rare set in the Selma Wolf Black Great Hall, and start the school year in style. It’s going to be the party of the season.
Saturday
September 27, 2014
10:00 am
Each month, the PMA hosts a day devoted to families and for kids of all ages to discover art and ideas together! From open to close, families will fill all parts of the museum, from hands-on activities in the Selma Wolf Black Great Hall, to Family Guides in the galleries, to special offerings in the PMA Store and the PMA Cafe by Aurora Provisions.
Saturday
September 27, 2014
1:00 pm
Join Sy Epstein on a tour through French Impressionism work in the PMA collection.
Tuesday
September 30, 2014
6:00 pm
Director’s Circle members are invited to attend a private reception and viewing of Treasures of British Art 1400-2000: The Berger Collection. Enjoy special access to the exhibition and hear from Kate Stuart, Curator of the Berger Collection at the Denver Art Museum.
Wednesday
October 1, 2014
10:00 am
The PMA invites members to attend a private viewing of Treasures of British Art 1400-2000: The Berger Collection. Considered one of the most significant collections of British art in the U.S., The Berger Collection includes works from a religious panel of the 14th century and royal portraits of the 16th century to abstract landscapes of the 20th century.
Wednesday
October 1, 2014
6:00 pm
The PMA invites members to attend a private viewing of Treasures of British Art 1400-2000: The Berger Collection. Considered one of the most significant collections of British art in the U.S., The Berger Collection includes works from a religious panel of the 14th century and royal portraits of the 16th century to abstract landscapes of the 20th century.
Thursday
October 2, 2014
11:30 am
Visitors are invited to study and discuss a work of art on view in the galleries. Conversation continues over lunch in the PMA Café.
Friday
October 3, 2014
12:00 pm
Join Jessica May, Curator of Contemporary and Modern Art, for a lecture on the Circa exhibition, "Aaron T Stephan: To Borrow, Cut, Copy, and Steal."
Saturday
October 4, 2014
1:00 pm
Experience the PMA in new ways with Gallery Talks. Engage with works of art, learn about the various artists, and explore different cultures and ideas. Led by PMA docents and special guests; talks last 45 minutes.
Tuesday
October 7, 2014
6:00 pm
Join fellow Contemporaries members for a behind-the-scenes tour of the newly restored Kotzschmar Organ, installed in Portland’s Merrill Auditorium.
Wednesday
October 8, 2014
4:00 pm
Join us for this overview of Treasures of British Art 1400-2000: The Berger Collection with guest lecturer Amelia Rauser, associate professor of art history at Franklin & Marshall College, to prepare for bringing your students to see this spectacular exhibition.
Thursday
October 9, 2014
6:30 pm
This talk by specialist of British art Amelia Rauser will focus on the portraits in Treasures of British Art 1400–2000: The Berger Collection and the clothes the sitters are wearing. Clothing from the Renaissance to the 18th century expressed cultural norms that indicated character and individuality. This talk will look at fashion and its history with special attention to how gender and class are conveyed through clothing. Rauser is the author of Caricature Unmasked: Irony, Authenticity, and Individualism in 18th-Century English Prints (2008), which examines the origins of political caricature in 18th-century England. Her new project, Living Statues: Neoclassical Culture and Fashionable Dress in the 1790s— London, Paris, Naples, is a study of the emergence of a radical style of undress in the 1790s and its connection to contemporary aesthetic, political, and scientific thought. She is an associate professor of art history at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA.
Friday
October 10, 2014
5:00 pm
Artist Aaron T Stephan has designed a one-night-only audio walk titled “As If." Use the PMA Voices cell-phone tour to record your own personal tour and interpretation of the work on view, as prompted by the artist’s “as if” scenarios.
Saturday
October 11, 2014
10:00 am
Employees of Corporate members are invited to participate in the PMA’s Corporate Appreciation Weekend, with free admission, discounts, events, and more.
Saturday
October 11, 2014
10:00 am
Each month, the PMA hosts a day devoted to families and for kids of all ages to discover art and ideas together! From open to close, families will fill all parts of the museum, from hands-on activities in the Selma Wolf Black Great Hall, to Family Guides in the galleries, to special offerings in the PMA Store and the PMA Cafe by Aurora Provisions.
Wednesday
October 15, 2014
11:00 am
Join MECA graduate student Sharon Portelance as she shares thoughts and insights about a work from the PMA collection or a special exhibition.
Thursday
October 16, 2014
3:00 pm
Members at the Contributing, Donor, and Patron levels are invited to an exclusive tour of Treasures of British Art 1400-2000: The Berger Collection and afternoon tea in the McLellan House.
Thursday
October 16, 2014
5:00 pm
Bring the kids for a family-friendly evening of music and theater! Students and faculty from 317 Main, a community music center in Yarmouth, will perform, and Naked Shakespeare will stage theatrical scenes in the galleries. Or leave the kids and home and enjoy a scary movie (Dead of Night) in the Bernard Osher Foundation Auditorium!
Thursday
October 16, 2014
6:00 pm
Acorn Productions of Westbrook will present Naked Shakespeare in the PMA. Speaking in the tradition of the Bard, these performances are produced in non-traditional venues without sets, lights, and costumes, allowing the audience's imagination to take center stage.
Friday
October 17, 2014
12:00 pm
Join Karen Sherry, Chief Curator and Curator of American Art, for this talk about the special exhibition "Treasures of British Art 1400-2000: The Berger Collection."
Saturday
October 18, 2014
11:00 am
Acorn Productions of Westbrook will present Naked Shakespeare in the PMA. Speaking in the tradition of the Bard, these performances are produced in non-traditional venues without sets, lights, and costumes, allowing the audience's imagination to take center stage.
Wednesday
October 22, 2014
11:00 am
Join MECA faculty member Honour Mack as she shares thoughts and insights about a work from the PMA collection or a special exhibition.
Friday
October 24, 2014
5:00 pm
Discover the feeling of falling in love with the painted surface through these guided activities.
Saturday
October 25, 2014
8:30 am
Spend a day exploring the Colby College Museum of Art with fellow Director’s Circle members along with PMA curators and staff.
Saturday
October 25, 2014
1:00 pm
Experience the PMA in new ways with Gallery Talks. Engage with works of art, learn about the various artists, and explore different cultures and ideas. Led by PMA docents and special guests; talks last 45 minutes.
Wednesday
October 29, 2014
11:00 am
Join MECA graduate student John Gardiner as he shares thoughts and insights about a work from the PMA collection or a special exhibition.
Thursday
October 30, 2014
6:30 pm
The PMA is pleased to welcome Director and Chief Curator of the Smith College Museum of Art and former Chief Curator of the Portland Museum of Art Jessica Nicoll and the Carolyn Muzzy Director and Chief Curator of the Colby Museum of Art Sharon Corwin in a discussion with PMA Director Mark Bessire about museum collections and how they are presented to the public. Learn how two college art museums have increased their connections to students, faculty, and their public audiences through new installations.
Saturday
November 1, 2014
1:00 pm
Experience the PMA in new ways with Gallery Talks. Engage with works of art, learn about the various artists, and explore different cultures and ideas. Led by PMA docents and special guests; talks last 45 minutes.
Tuesday
November 4, 2014
2:00 pm
Join fellow Friends of the Collection for a private tour of Treasures of British Art 1400-2000: The Berger Collection. Hear from Karen Sherry, Curator of American Art and Director of Collections, about the extraordinary works from one of the most significant collections of British art in the United States.
Wednesday
November 5, 2014
11:00 am
Join MECA graduate student Judith Schneider as she shares thoughts and insights about a work from the PMA collection or a special exhibition.
Thursday
November 6, 2014
11:30 am
Visitors are invited to study and discuss a work of art on view in the galleries. Conversation continues over lunch in the PMA Café.
Friday
November 7, 2014
12:00 pm
Join Mark Bessire, PMA Director, for this talk about Untitled (Hooking Buck Head Down), ​one of the more unique and eye-catching works at the PMA!
Saturday
November 8, 2014
10:00 am
Each month, the PMA hosts a day devoted to families and for kids of all ages to discover art and ideas together! From open to close, families will fill all parts of the museum, from hands-on activities in the Selma Wolf Black Great Hall, to Family Guides in the galleries, to special offerings in the PMA Store and the PMA Cafe by Aurora Provisions.
Saturday
November 8, 2014
1:00 pm
Experience the PMA in new ways with Gallery Talks. Engage with works of art, learn about the various artists, and explore different cultures and ideas. Led by PMA docents and special guests; talks last 45 minutes.
Friday
November 14, 2014
12:00 pm
This fall, PMA curators invite colleagues from the field of art history to study works in the PMA collection and to discuss key issues of 20th century art.
Saturday
November 15, 2014
9:30 am
This fall, PMA curators invite colleagues from the field of art history to study works in the PMA collection and to discuss key issues of 20th century art. This includes a members-only coffee and culture talk.
Saturday
November 15, 2014
1:00 pm
Experience the PMA in new ways with Gallery Talks. Engage with works of art, learn about the various artists, and explore different cultures and ideas. Led by PMA docents and special guests; talks last 45 minutes.
Wednesday
November 19, 2014
11:00 am
Join MECA graduate student Regan Chase as she shares thoughts and insights about a work from the PMA collection or a special exhibition.
Thursday
November 20, 2014
5:00 pm
It’s date night at the PMA! Local Flames is hosting a mixer in the McLellan House, with jazz by Michael Beling. This rare opportunity to enjoy spirits and music in a beautiful, historical setting is the perfect place to meet a special someone (or bring your special someone!).
Friday
November 21, 2014
12:00 pm
Join Jessica May, Curator of Contemporary and Modern Art, for a lecture on the Circa exhibition, "Aaron T Stephan: To Borrow, Cut, Copy, and Steal."
Saturday
November 22, 2014
1:00 pm
Experience the PMA in new ways with Gallery Talks. Engage with works of art, learn about the various artists, and explore different cultures and ideas. Led by PMA docents and special guests; talks last 45 minutes.
Saturday
November 22, 2014
1:00 pm
Discover the feeling of falling in love with the painted surface through these guided activities.
Friday
November 28, 2014
10:00 am
Members can take double their usual discount in the PMA Store for a total of 20% off during these special holiday sale days. Not a member? Become one today.
Saturday
November 29, 2014
10:00 am
Members can take double their usual discount in the PMA Store for a total of 20% off during these special holiday sale days. Not a member? Become one today.
Sunday
November 30, 2014
10:00 am
Members can take double their usual discount in the PMA Store for a total of 20% off during these special holiday sale days. Not a member? Become one today.
Wednesday
December 3, 2014
11:00 am
Join Learning and Interpretation Assistant Meghan Quigley as she shares thoughts and insights about a work from the PMA collection or a special exhibition.
Thursday
December 4, 2014
11:30 am
The book-club experience comes to art with this ongoing series, in which visitors are invited to study one work on view and then share their opinions over lunch in the PMA Café.
Friday
December 5, 2014
10:00 am
Members can take double their usual discount in the PMA Store for a total of 20% off during these special holiday sale days. Not a member? Become one today.
Friday
December 5, 2014
5:00 pm
Gary Green’s current love and subject of study is "Looking at Landscapes," and he brings this passion to the PMA, making large-format photographic portraits of people looking at the glorious landscapes on view on the 3rd floor contemporary salon wall.
Friday
December 5, 2014
6:30 pm
Join us for caroling and our spectacular Copper Beech Tree lighting ceremony. It’s one of Portland’s most-cherished holiday traditions!
Saturday
December 6, 2014
10:00 am
Members can take double their usual discount in the PMA Store for a total of 20% off during these special holiday sale days. Not a member? Become one today.
Saturday
December 6, 2014
1:00 pm
Experience the PMA in new ways with Gallery Talks. Engage with works of art, learn about the various artists, and explore different cultures and ideas. Led by PMA docents and special guests; talks last 45 minutes.
Sunday
December 7, 2014
10:00 am
Members can take double their usual discount in the PMA Store for a total of 20% off during these special holiday sale days. Not a member? Become one today.
Friday
December 12, 2014
12:00 pm
Join Karen Sherry, Curator of American Art and Director of Collections, for a lecture on the major exhibition, Treasures of British Art 1400-2000: The Berger Collection.
Saturday
December 13, 2014
10:00 am
Once a month, PMA Family Days shines a spotlight on all the ways the museum gets families engaged with art together. Take advantage of the PMA's family guides and stroller kits, enjoy a kid-friendly meal in the PMA Café, take a 1 p.m. Family Walk & Talk through the galleries, and investigate the PMA Family Space—all while letting your inspiration run wild with the Pop Up Studio, PMA Art Cart, and Family-Day-exclusive arts and craftsmaking activities. Come when you want, stay as long as you want, and bring the kids. Let’s have some fun.
Thursday
December 18, 2014
5:00 pm
Join your mates for a frosty pint, and discuss how chuffed you are for Treasures of British Art 1400-2000: The Berger Collection. We'll have Celtic music and sea shanties by The Galley Rats, a trivia quiz hosted by Sean Higgins, and beer tasting with Rising Tide Brewery, Foundation Brewing Company and Bunker Brewing Company.
Friday
December 19, 2014
12:00 pm
Join Jessica May, Chief Curator, for a talk about the work of Philip Pearlstein, the realist painter famous for his casual yet powerful figures.
Saturday
December 20, 2014
1:00 pm
Experience the PMA in new ways with Gallery Talks. Engage with works of art, learn about the various artists, and explore different cultures and ideas. Led by PMA docents and special guests; talks last 45 minutes.
Saturday
December 27, 2014
1:00 pm
Experience the PMA in new ways with Gallery Talks. Engage with works of art, learn about the various artists, and explore different cultures and ideas. Led by PMA docents and special guests; talks last 45 minutes.
Tuesday
December 30, 2014
11:00 am
Discover the feeling of falling in love with the painted surface through these guided activities.
Friday
January 2, 2015
12:00 pm
Join Karen Sherry, Curator of American Art and Director of Collections, for a lecture on the major exhibition, Treasures of British Art 1400-2000: The Berger Collection.
Saturday
January 3, 2015
1:00 pm
Experience the PMA in new ways with Gallery Talks. Engage with works of art, learn about the various artists, and explore different cultures and ideas. Led by PMA docents and special guests; talks last 45 minutes.
Wednesday
January 7, 2015
11:00 am
Join Development Assistant Kayli Heyse as she shares thoughts and insights about a work from the PMA collection or a special exhibition.
Thursday
January 8, 2015
11:30 am
The book-club experience comes to art with this ongoing series, in which visitors are invited to study one work on view and then share their opinions over lunch in the PMA Café.
Saturday
January 10, 2015
10:00 am
PMA Family Days shine a spotlight on all the ways the museum gets families engaged with art together. Take advantage of the PMA's family guides and stroller kits, enjoy a kid-friendly meal in the PMA Café, take a 1 p.m. Family Walk & Talk through the galleries, and investigate the PMA Family Space—all while letting your inspiration run wild with the Pop Up Studio, PMA Art Cart, and Family-Day-exclusive arts and craftsmaking activities. Come when you want, stay as long as you want, and bring the kids. Let’s have some fun.
Saturday
January 10, 2015
1:00 pm
Join PMA Docent Ted Connelly on a trip back in time, as he walks you through the galleries and focuses on work that provides a glimpse into what life was like in the 19th century.
Friday
January 16, 2015
12:00 pm
Join Jessica May, Chief Curator, for a talk about the realist paintings of Philip Pearlstein.
Tuesday
January 20, 2015
3:00 pm
Major foundation and corporate members are invited to join us for a cozy afternoon reception in the PMA's McLellan House to celebrate the incredible support the museum receives from these benefactors. Guests will enjoy refreshments, live acoustic music, and conversation with the PMA Director, curators, and education staff.
Wednesday
January 21, 2015
11:00 am
Join Visitor Experience Associate Robert Bennett as he shares thoughts and insights about a work from the PMA collection or a special exhibition.
Friday
January 23, 2015
12:00 pm
Join Jessica May, Chief Curator, for a lecture on the Circa exhibition, "Aaron T Stephan: To Borrow, Cut, Copy, and Steal."
Saturday
January 24, 2015
1:00 pm
Join PMA Docent Ted Connelly on a trip back in time, as he walks you through the galleries and focuses on work that provides a glimpse into what life was like in the 19th century.
Wednesday
January 28, 2015
6:00 pm
Join fellow Director's Circle members for a preview of "The Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America," with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.
Thursday
January 29, 2015
7:30 am
Enjoy a breakfast in the Selma Wolf Black Great Hall, take in a private viewing of "The Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America," and socialize with PMA staff and fellow Corporate members.
Thursday
January 29, 2015
10:00 am
Be the first to see "The Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America" with this Open House, exclusive to PMA Members.
Thursday
January 29, 2015
6:00 pm
This Evening Reception for "The Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America," gives members a chance to see the exhibition, socialize, and enjoy hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.
Saturday
January 31, 2015
11:00 am
Portland artist Aaron T Stephan discusses his Circa exhibition "Aaron T Stephan: To Borrow, Cut, Copy, and Steal" at this Artist Talk—the only one he will host for the duration of the exhibition.
Thursday
February 5, 2015
11:30 am
The book-club experience comes to art with this ongoing series, in which visitors are invited to study one work on view and then share their opinions over lunch in the PMA Café.
Thursday
February 5, 2015
7:00 pm
This year's Contemporaries Winter Bash: Ship to Shore is the year's first "can't miss" event.
Friday
February 6, 2015
12:00 pm
Join Jessica May, Chief Curator, for a lecture on the Circa exhibition, "Aaron T Stephan: To Borrow, Cut, Copy, and Steal."
Friday
February 6, 2015
4:00 pm
Come to the PMA and shop til your heart's content at Sweet Art—a collaborative pop up shop between the PMA and MECA. Famed illustrator and MECA professor Scott Nash has asked his students to create an entire product line for the PMA store, and it will be available for two weeks only, through February 22!
Saturday
February 7, 2015
11:00 am
David Lazarus, artist and scrimshaw carver from Nantucket, gives a talk on scrimshaw carving from Nantucket’s extensive history of carving to modern ecological concerns over the importation of ivory and use of alternative materials.
Saturday
February 7, 2015
1:00 pm
Following his morning lecture, David Lazarus, artist and scrimshaw carver from Nantucket, will demonstrate scrimshaw techniques and help visitors create their own scrimshaw designs.
Saturday
February 7, 2015
1:00 pm
Experience the PMA in new ways with Gallery Talks. Engage with works of art, learn about the various artists, and explore different cultures and ideas. Led by PMA docents and special guests; talks last 45 minutes.
Saturday
February 14, 2015
10:00 am
PMA Family Days shine a spotlight on all the ways the museum gets families engaged with art together. Take advantage of the PMA's family guides and stroller kits, enjoy a kid-friendly meal in the PMA Café, take a 1 p.m. Family Walk & Talk through the galleries, and investigate the PMA Family Space—all while letting your inspiration run wild with the Pop Up Studio, PMA Art Cart, and Family-Day-exclusive arts and craftsmaking activities. Come when you want, stay as long as you want, and bring the kids. Let’s have some fun.
Tuesday
February 17, 2015
11:00 am
The PMA Pop Up Studio transforms a visit to the PMA from one that is based primarily in the observation of art to one that is also based in the creation of art, giving you the opportunity to stand at an artist’s easel and breathe life into whatever inspiration you discover in the galleries.
Wednesday
February 18, 2015
11:00 am
The PMA Pop Up Studio transforms a visit to the PMA from one that is based primarily in the observation of art to one that is also based in the creation of art, giving you the opportunity to stand at an artist’s easel and breathe life into whatever inspiration you discover in the galleries.
Thursday
February 19, 2015
11:00 am
The PMA Pop Up Studio transforms a visit to the PMA from one that is based primarily in the observation of art to one that is also based in the creation of art, giving you the opportunity to stand at an artist’s easel and breathe life into whatever inspiration you discover in the galleries.
Thursday
February 19, 2015
5:00 pm
Do you have happy feet? Well, keep them happy at the PMA with a special evening of dance in the Selma Wolf Black Great Hall! Aquarius Ballroom Dance Studios hosts "Broadway goes Ballroom," an evening of demonstrations and lessons of classic dances from Broadway musicals. No partner is necessary!
Friday
February 20, 2015
11:00 am
The PMA Pop Up Studio transforms a visit to the PMA from one that is based primarily in the observation of art to one that is also based in the creation of art, giving you the opportunity to stand at an artist’s easel and breathe life into whatever inspiration you discover in the galleries.
Friday
February 20, 2015
12:00 pm
Join Andrew Eschelbacher, Susan Donnell and Harry W. Konkel Assistant Curator of European Art, for a lecture on "The Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America".
Saturday
February 21, 2015
11:00 am
James L. Nelson, Education Coordinator at the Maine Maritime Museum, gives an illustrated presentation about the naval War of 1812 and the impact it had on Maine.
Saturday
February 21, 2015
1:00 pm
Experience the PMA in new ways with Gallery Talks. Engage with works of art, learn about the various artists, and explore different cultures and ideas. Led by PMA docents and special guests; talks last 45 minutes.
Wednesday
February 25, 2015
11:00 am
Join Maintenance Helper- AV Tim Burns as he shares thoughts and insights about a work from the PMA collection or a special exhibition.
Wednesday
February 25, 2015
4:00 pm
Join us for this overview of The Coast and the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America and discover the connections between art and social studies for your classroom.
Friday
February 27, 2015
12:00 pm
Elizabeth Smith will discuss Frankenthaler’s pioneering work in printmaking—specifically in woodcuts—considering an example in the museum’s collection. She will also contextualize Frankenthaler’s practice with that of other artists of her generation on view in the PMA's galleries, ranging from Anthony Caro and Louise Nevelson to Lois Dodd and Alex Katz.
Saturday
February 28, 2015
9:30 am
PMA curators invite colleagues from the field of art history to study works in the PMA collection and to discuss key issues of 20th century art. This includes a members-only coffee and culture talk.
Saturday
February 28, 2015
1:00 pm
Experience the PMA in new ways with Gallery Talks. Engage with works of art, learn about the various artists, and explore different cultures and ideas. Led by PMA docents and special guests; talks last 45 minutes.
Wednesday
March 4, 2015
11:00 am
Join Visitor Experience Associate Ann Merrill as she shares thoughts and insights about a work from the PMA collection or a special exhibition.
Thursday
March 5, 2015
11:30 am
The book-club experience comes to art with this ongoing series, in which visitors are invited to study one work on view and then share their opinions over lunch in the PMA Café. Eastman Johnson's intimate, pensive scene of a woman and a child in a hayloft was painted around 1877 in a Kennebunk barn. Note the richness of the palette and similarity to the work of Rembrandt van Rijn, and share your thoughts.
Saturday
March 7, 2015
1:00 pm
Experience the PMA in new ways with Gallery Talks. Engage with works of art, learn about the various artists, and explore different cultures and ideas. Led by PMA docents and special guests; talks last 45 minutes.
Thursday
March 12, 2015
6:30 pm
Join USS Constitution historian Matthew Brenkle as he explores the ship's history through the eyes of 19th-century artists.
Saturday
March 14, 2015
11:00 am
Urban Agriculture is on the rise! Community Gardens bring neighbors together to grow food and foster a sustainable community. Join this panel of experts of local sustainability in their discussion on the importance of Community Gardens.
Saturday
March 14, 2015
1:00 pm
Experience the PMA in new ways with Gallery Talks. Engage with works of art, learn about the various artists, and explore different cultures and ideas. Led by PMA docents and special guests; talks last 45 minutes.
Sunday
March 15, 2015
10:00 am
The Maine Jewish Film Festival welcomes a group of distinguished women filmmakers to a timely panel discussion on their work.
Sunday
March 15, 2015
2:30 pm
Attorney Sandra Forman offers free legal advise to independent filmmakers in the PMA Café
Tuesday
March 17, 2015
12:30 pm
Members of the Director's Circle are invited to a collaborative tour of The Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America with Andrew Eschelbacher, Susan Donnell and Harry W. Konkel Assistant Curator of European Art, and representatives from the University of Southern Maine’s Osher Map Library
Tuesday
March 17, 2015
6:00 pm
Members of the Director's Circle are invited to a collaborative tour of The Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America with Andrew Eschelbacher, Susan Donnell and Harry W. Konkel Assistant Curator of European Art, and representatives from the University of Southern Maine’s Osher Map Library
Wednesday
March 18, 2015
11:00 am
Join Peggy L. Osher Director of Learning and Interpretation Jennifer DePrizio as she shares thoughts and insights about a work from the PMA collection or a special exhibition.
Wednesday
March 18, 2015
6:00 pm
Contemporaries members are invited to a collaborative tour of The Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America with Andrew Eschelbacher, Susan Donnell and Harry W. Konkel Assistant Curator of European Art, and representatives from the University of Southern Maine’s Osher Map Library
Thursday
March 19, 2015
5:00 pm
Join the folks at Experience Maine Maritime, check out The Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America and get to know people who share your passion for the ocean and for maritime life in Maine! C.C. & the Swingset will perform their unique, acoustic take on swing music.
Saturday
March 21, 2015
10:30 am
Members at the Contributing, Donor, and Patron levels are invited to take a walk through the PMA’s major exhibition The Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America with Andrew Eschelbacher, Susan Donnell and Harry W. Konkel Assistant Curator of European Art.
Saturday
March 21, 2015
1:00 pm
Experience the PMA in new ways with Gallery Talks. Engage with works of art, learn about the various artists, and explore different cultures and ideas. Led by PMA docents and special guests; talks last 45 minutes.
Thursday
March 26, 2015
6:30 pm
Learn about bees, our great pollinators, and the national and local issues that concern them and our food supply. Maine honey and mead tasting to follow.
Friday
March 27, 2015
12:00 pm
Join Andrew Eschelbacher, Susan Donnell and Harry W. Konkel Assistant Curator of European Art, for a lecture on "The Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America".
Saturday
March 28, 2015
10:00 am
This March, the PMA partners with the Portland Children’s Film Festival for a movie-oriented Family Day. The PCFF was conceived and organized by the East End Community School parents and teachers who believe in the value of bringing the community together to create and celebrate film. The PMA will honor children’s creativity through art and filmmaking on Saturday, March 28. This PMA Family Day includes hands-on activities from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., a screening of The Boy and the World at 11 a.m., a noon tour of the Youth Art Month exhibition, and at 1 p.m., a film-inspired art activity with the folks from Side x Side. Mix and match, visit the galleries, and make your itinerary!
Tuesday
March 31, 2015
6:30 pm
Join us this spring for the PMA’s annual Photography Fund Lecture with presenter Duane Michals, one of the great photographic innovators of the last century.
Thursday
April 2, 2015
11:30 am
The book-club experience comes to art with this ongoing series, in which visitors are invited to study one work on view and then share their opinions over lunch in the PMA Café. What does Gilbert Stuart's regal portrait of Major General Henry Dearborn say about the sitter, and how did Stuart achieve this? Look closely and discuss your thoughts about this portrait.
Thursday
April 2, 2015
6:00 pm
The PMA is pleased to once more host the Architalx Lecture series, in which esteemed professionals in the fields of architecture and design share their expertise with local audiences. On this evening, Stephen Kopp and Monica Adair of New Brunswick's Acre Architects, LLC are the guests.
Saturday
April 4, 2015
11:00 am
Learn about the Portland Food Co-op’s unique mission and what makes food co-ops so integral to a sustainable community.
Saturday
April 4, 2015
1:00 pm
Experience the PMA in new ways with Gallery Talks. Engage with works of art, learn about the various artists, and explore different cultures and ideas. Led by PMA docents and special guests; talks last 45 minutes.
Wednesday
April 8, 2015
11:00 am
Join Visitor Experience Associate Briana Balboni as she shares thoughts and insights about a work from the PMA collection or a special exhibition.
Thursday
April 9, 2015
6:00 pm
The PMA is pleased to once more host the Architalx lecture series, in which esteemed professionals in the fields of architecture and design share their expertise with local audiences. On this evening, Barbara Wilks of New York City's W Architecture & Landscape Architecture, LLC is the guest.
Friday
April 10, 2015
4:30 pm
Please join the PMA for a public reception for its annual Art in Process student-art exhibition. The Art in Process program connects the art of Winslow Homer to high school classrooms across the state.
Friday
April 10, 2015
5:00 pm
Artist Interventions take place at 5 p.m. on select Free Fridays. Artists reveal elements of their creative processes and involve PMA visitors in collaborative, art-making experiments in these exclusive events. Join local artist Shoshannah White for this unique event.
Saturday
April 11, 2015
11:00 am
This year the museum will once again be a hosting venue for Slow Art Day, in which people all over the world visit local museums and galleries to look at art slowly. Participants look at five works of art that we have chosen, and then meet in the PMA Café to discuss them. Come by yourself or with a group, focus on the art, and savor the joy of looking.
Saturday
April 11, 2015
11:00 am
Join Andrew Eschelbacher, the PMA’s Susan Donnell and Harry W. Konkel Assistant Curator of European Art, as he talks about Romanticism and images of the sea as these ideas relate to The Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America and the PMA's collection.
Saturday
April 11, 2015
1:00 pm
Experience the PMA in new ways with Gallery Talks. Engage with works of art, learn about the various artists, and explore different cultures and ideas. Led by PMA docents and special guests; talks last 45 minutes.
Thursday
April 16, 2015
5:00 pm
#ThirdThursPMA is thrilled to welcome local non-profit Architalx—established in 1987 for the purpose of providing educational programs in the field of architecture and design in Portland and Maine—as they host a gathering. At 7:30 p.m. architect Scott Simons will give an encore presentation of his PechaKucha 7-minute talk, and the Night Caps will play an eclectic set of music.
Friday
April 17, 2015
10:00 am
Members may now bring up to two guests for free during certain days throughout the year! Please join us and share the PMA with friends and family during our first Member Extra Guest Weekend from April 17 through April 19.
Saturday
April 18, 2015
10:00 am
Members may now bring up to two guests for free during certain days throughout the year! Please join us and share the PMA with friends and family during our first Member Extra Guest Weekend from April 17 through April 19.
Saturday
April 18, 2015
1:00 pm
Experience the PMA in new ways with Gallery Talks. Engage with works of art, learn about the various artists, and explore different cultures and ideas. Led by PMA docents and special guests; talks last 45 minutes.
Sunday
April 19, 2015
10:00 am
Members may now bring up to two guests for free during certain days throughout the year! Please join us and share the PMA with friends and family during our first Member Extra Guest Weekend from April 17 through April 19.
Tuesday
April 21, 2015
11:00 am
The PMA Pop Up Studio transforms a visit to the PMA from one that is based primarily in the observation of art to one that is also based in the creation of art. This week, we invite kids and their caregivers to create 3D paper flowers and add them to our collaborative bouquets. Next, use colorful pastels to draw a still-life of your creation to take home.
Tuesday
April 21, 2015
3:00 pm
The PMA is growing. As the museum evolves into a truly 21st-century institution, we want to hear from as many voices as we can—and no voice is more important to us than those who actually grew up in the 21st century. If you are between the ages of 14 and 18, we'd like to hear from you. This Call for Teens involves a brief gallery tour and discussion about future events and what is possible at the PMA. Bring your ideas. Tell us who you are, and what you'd like to see. And yes, there will be snacks.
Wednesday
April 22, 2015
11:00 am
Join Content Writer and Editor Robert Ker for a special family-friendly PMA Pick for April school vacation week. He will discuss Bernard Langlais' "Indian Jungle Scene" for an all-ages audience alongside the hands-on activities of the PMA's Pop-Up Studio: "Focus on Fauna."
Wednesday
April 22, 2015
11:00 am
The PMA Pop Up Studio transforms a visit to the PMA from one that is based primarily in the observation of art to one that is also based in the creation of art. This week, we invite kids and their caregivers to create 3D paper flowers and add them to our collaborative bouquets. Next, use colorful pastels to draw a still-life of your creation to take home.
Thursday
April 23, 2015
11:00 am
The PMA Pop Up Studio transforms a visit to the PMA from one that is based primarily in the observation of art to one that is also based in the creation of art. This week, we invite kids and their caregivers to create 3D paper flowers and add them to our collaborative bouquets. Next, use colorful pastels to draw a still-life of your creation to take home.
Thursday
April 23, 2015
6:00 pm
The PMA is pleased to once more host the Architalx lecture series, in which esteemed professionals in the fields of architecture and design share their expertise with local audiences. On this evening, Gary Hilderbrand of Cambridge, Massachusetts' Reed Hilderbrand, LLC is the guest.
Friday
April 24, 2015
12:00 pm
Join Andrew Eschelbacher, Susan Donnell and Harry W. Konkel Assistant Curator of European Art, for a lecture on "The Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America".
Saturday
April 25, 2015
1:00 pm
Experience the PMA in new ways with Gallery Talks. Engage with works of art, learn about the various artists, and explore different cultures and ideas. Led by PMA docents and special guests; talks last 45 minutes.
Thursday
April 30, 2015
6:00 pm
The PMA is pleased to once more host the Architalx lecture series, in which esteemed professionals in the fields of architecture and design share their expertise with local audiences. On this evening, Jeff Kovel of Portland, Orgeon's Skylab Architecture is the guest.
Friday
May 1, 2015
10:00 am
Members can take double their usual discount in the PMA Store for a total of 20% off during these special sale days. Not a member? Become one today.
Saturday
May 2, 2015
10:00 am
Members can take double their usual discount in the PMA Store for a total of 20% off during these special sale days. Not a member? Become one today.
Sunday
May 3, 2015
10:00 am
Members can take double their usual discount in the PMA Store for a total of 20% off during these special sale days. Not a member? Become one today.
Wednesday
May 6, 2015
11:00 am
Join Visitor Experience Associate Raffaella Reimer as she shares thoughts and insights about a work from the PMA collection or a special exhibition.
Saturday
May 9, 2015
10:00 am
Families will always find welcoming staff and worlds to explore at the Portland Museum of Art, but PMA Family Days are uniquely devoted to those with young children. Grab an interactive family guide to the museum. Look, listen, and share during gallery talks designed especially for kids and their adults. Make your own art through individual and collaborative projects at PMA Pop-Up Studios. Keep your eyes open for special guests and collaborators from the Maine community. PMA Family Days have something for all ages and interests, and remember—children 12 and under always get into the PMA for free. Come when you want, and stay as long as you want. Let’s have some fun.
Saturday
May 9, 2015
1:00 pm
Join PMA Docent Ted Connelly on a trip back in time, as he walks you through the galleries and focuses on work that provides a glimpse into what life was like in the 19th century.
Friday
May 15, 2015
12:00 pm
Join artist Rose Marasco for a special talk about her celebrated Circa exhibition Rose Marasco: index.
Saturday
May 16, 2015
1:00 pm
Join PMA Docent Ted Connelly on a trip back in time, as he walks you through the galleries and focuses on work that provides a glimpse into what life was like in the 19th century.
Monday
May 18, 2015
6:00 pm
For the first time ever, the best art that the museums of Maine have to offer will be under one roof, and Director’s Circle members can be among the very first people to experience it.
Wednesday
May 20, 2015
10:00 am
Members are invited to attend an exclusive open-house viewing of Directors' Cut: Selections from the Maine Art Museum Trail. Come see the exhibition before the general public!
Wednesday
May 20, 2015
6:00 pm
Members are invited to attend an evening reception for Directors' Cut: Selections from the Maine Art Museum Trail. It's Maine's biggest arts event of the summer, and the evening reception is the place to be. Enjoy light hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, and the company of your fellow members, along with some of the best art that Maine has to offer.
Thursday
May 21, 2015
7:30 am
Leaders in Maine’s business and foundation community are invited to Mornings at the Museum and a private viewing of Directors’ Cut: Selections from the Maine Art Museum Trail. Enjoy breakfast at the PMA, network, and take in the very best that Maine’s art institutions have to offer.
Thursday
May 21, 2015
5:00 pm
The year's first outdoors #ThirdThursPMA takes place in the Joan B. Burns Garden, with Zimbabwean music by Maine Marimba. It's going to be one of the biggest parties of the year, and we hope you will join us.
Friday
May 22, 2015
12:00 pm
Join PMA Director Mark Bessire for a curator talk on the major exhibition Directors' Cut: Selections from the Maine Art Museum Trail. This exhibition features special highlights from the eight museums of the Maine Art Museum Trail—all hand-chosen by the museum directors, so expect the PMA Director to have some unique insight. This is going to be a must-see talk for one of Maine's biggest art exhibitions ever.
Friday
June 5, 2015
12:00 pm
Join George Kinghorn, Executive Director and Curator at the University of Maine Museum of Art, for a curator talk on the major exhibition Directors' Cut: Selections from the Maine Art Museum Trail.
Saturday
June 6, 2015
11:00 am
PMA Chief Curator Jessica May spent several months working with photographer Rose Marasco to distill four decades of photographs into the retrospective Rose Marasco: index. Join May and Marasco for a conversation, available only to PMA members, about the exhibition as well as Marasco’s career and practice.
Friday
June 12, 2015
12:00 pm
Join Ramey Mize, Anne Lunder Leland Curatorial Fellow at the Colby College Museum of Art, for a curator talk on the major exhibition Directors' Cut: Selections from the Maine Art Museum Trail.
Friday
June 12, 2015
6:00 pm
Join Gail Beals on a tour through the works of Winslow Homer and a talk about his profound influence on American art.
Wednesday
June 17, 2015
11:00 am
Join Security Officer Aaron Berger as he shares thoughts and insights about a work from the PMA collection or a special exhibition.
Thursday
June 18, 2015
5:00 pm
June's #ThirdThursPMA showcases Maine as a cultural destination and the PMA as the cultural heart of Portland, Maine, with an evening full of music, movies, art, and discussion—all of this, plus specialty cocktails!
Thursday
June 18, 2015
6:00 pm
This panel discussion, which is held in conjunction with Directors’ Cut: Selections from the Maine Art Museum Trail, outlines the importance of cultural tourism in Maine and explores the ways to attract visitors to our arts institutions. PMA Director Mark Bessire welcomes Abbe Levin of the Maine Office of Tourism, Tracy Michaud Stuzman of the Department of Tourism and Hospitality USM, and Peter Twachtman of the Migis Hotel Group.
Friday
June 19, 2015
12:00 pm
Anne and Frank Goodyear, Co-Directors at Bowdoin College Museum of Art, present a curator talk on the major exhibition, Directors' Cut: Selections from the Maine Art Museum Trail.
Friday
June 26, 2015
12:00 pm
Join artist Rose Marasco for a special talk about her celebrated Circa exhibition Rose Marasco: index.
Friday
July 10, 2015
12:00 pm
Join Ed Deci, Director of the Monhegan Museum of Art and History, for a discussion on Directors' Cut: Selections from the Maine Art Museum Trail.
Thursday
July 16, 2015
5:00 pm
July's #ThirdThursPMA toasts summer in Maine and the initial creative spark that can lead to dazzling fireworks. Our partners for the evening, The Libra Foundation, brings hundreds of interns to the state every year with its Summer in Maine program to show some of America's brightest young minds the beauty and inspiration that Maine presents. From the major exhibition Directors' Cut: Selections from the Maine Art Museum Trail to the music of Portland's "ELEVATE" dance party out in the Joan B. Burns Garden to events and activities aimed at sparking your imagination, this evening offers a relaxed social atmosphere and an entire state's worth of inspiration.
Thursday
July 16, 2015
5:00 pm
Everyone at the museums on the Maine Art Museum Trail worked incredibly hard to bring together the major exhibition Directors’ Cut: Selections from the Maine Art Museum Trail. “Spark: Arts in Action!” is a chance for them to kick back, get a little bit silly, and have some fun with art. Bates College Museum of Art and Monhegan Museum of Art and History provide activities for the July 16 event, which coincides with #ThirdThursPMA.
Friday
July 17, 2015
12:00 pm
Join Dan Mills, Director of the Bates College Museum of Art, for a talk on Directors' Cut: Selections from the Maine Art Museum Trail.
Saturday
July 18, 2015
10:00 am
Bring your little shutterbugs to July's PMA Family Day, which centers on photography-based activities—from crafts to games to gallery tours and more. Smile for the camera, everyone!
Tuesday
July 21, 2015
6:00 pm
For the last 20 years, Malcolm Rogers, Ann and Graham Gund Director at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, has pursued an agenda for the MFA focused on community engagement, accessibility, and scholarship. In discussion with Mark Bessire, Rogers will address the issues that museums face today while offering a thoughtful reflection on the ways in which museums can approach the interpretation of their collections. Join us for this rare opportunity to engage with one of the museum world’s most-revered leaders.
Friday
July 24, 2015
10:00 am
Members may now bring up to two guests for free during certain days throughout the year! Please join us and share the PMA with friends and family during our first Member Extra Guest Weekend from July 24 to July 26.
Friday
July 24, 2015
12:00 pm
Join Jessica May, Chief Curator, for a lecture on the Circa exhibition, "Rose Marasco: index".
Friday
July 24, 2015
6:00 pm
Join Barbara Schenkel on a history-based talk in the McLellan House.
Saturday
July 25, 2015
10:00 am
Members may now bring up to two guests for free during certain days throughout the year! Please join us and share the PMA with friends and family during our first Member Extra Guest Weekend from July 24 to July 26.
Saturday
July 25, 2015
1:00 pm
Join Barbara Schenkel on a history-based talk in the McLellan House.
Sunday
July 26, 2015
10:00 am
Members may now bring up to two guests for free during certain days throughout the year! Please join us and share the PMA with friends and family during our first Member Extra Guest Weekend from July 24 to July 26.
Friday
July 31, 2015
12:00 pm
Join Michael Komanecky, Chief Curator of the Farnsworth Art Museum, for a talk on Directors' Cut: Selections from the Maine Art Museum Trail.
Saturday
August 1, 2015
1:00 pm
Join Linda Frinsko for a talk on Maine-based sculptor Louise Nevelson (1899-1998).
Friday
August 7, 2015
12:00 pm
Join Curator Talk with Ron Crusan, Director of the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, for a talk on Directors' Cut: Selections from the Maine Art Museum Trail.
Saturday
August 8, 2015
1:00 pm
Join Mary Collins and David Karraker for a talk on modern and postmodern art from Directors' Cut: Selection from the Maine Art Museum Trail.
Wednesday
August 12, 2015
11:00 am
Join PMA Staff for thoughts and insights about Jenny Holzer's "Left Hand."
Thursday
August 13, 2015
6:00 pm
Join renowned art-historian John Wilmerding as he discusses the works and artists in A Magnificent Stillness: American Art from a Private Collection. Wilmerding will provide insight into landscape painting in the first part of the 19th century and still lifes in the latter part of the century, and frame the works in the context of the artists’ careers. During this special program, he will tie together these beautiful paintings and reveal the incredible insight of the private collectors.
Friday
August 14, 2015
10:00 am
The Colby College Museum of Art, the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, and the Portland Museum of Art offer a range of all-ages talks and activities centered around the major exhibition, "Directors' Cut: Selections from the Maine Art Museum Trail."
Friday
August 14, 2015
12:00 pm
Join Mark Bessire, PMA Director, for a talk on Directors' Cut: Selections from the Maine Art Museum Trail.
Wednesday
August 19, 2015
6:00 pm
Director's Circle members and their guests are invited to the first-ever Director's Circle end-of-summer cocktail party. Take in a private viewing of Directors' Cut: Selections from the Maine Art Museum Trail and enjoy the company of fellow Director's Circle members with drinks and food in the PMA's Joan B. Burns Garden.
Thursday
August 20, 2015
5:00 pm
This social mixer, in collaboration with AIGA Maine and featuring a beer tasting by Allagash Brewing Company, will give you an opportunity to rub elbows with Maine’s creative community. Listen to bluegrass, connect with new people, and explore the PMA galleries.
Friday
August 21, 2015
12:00 pm
Join Jessica May, Chief Curator, for a lecture on the Circa exhibition, "Rose Marasco: index".
Wednesday
August 26, 2015
11:00 am
Join Lead Designer Cecilia Ziko as she discusses Sphinx Candlestick, a highlight of the new decorative arts installation in the McLellan House.
Monday
August 31, 2015
10:00 am
Membership is the heart of the PMA, and we couldn't accomplish anything that we do without the support of our members. By way of thanks, we hope you join us for the second annual Member Appreciation Week, August 31 through September 6, for special offers and programs throughout the museum.
Tuesday
September 1, 2015
10:00 am
Membership is the heart of the PMA, and we couldn't accomplish anything that we do without the support of our members. By way of thanks, we hope you join us for the second annual Member Appreciation Week, August 31 through September 6, for special offers and programs throughout the museum.
Wednesday
September 2, 2015
10:00 am
Membership is the heart of the PMA, and we couldn't accomplish anything that we do without the support of our members. By way of thanks, we hope you join us for the second annual Member Appreciation Week, August 31 through September 6, for special offers and programs throughout the museum.
Wednesday
September 2, 2015
12:00 pm
Each month PMA staff will focus on a highlight
 of the museum collection in an interactive and informative gallery discussion. There is no better way to start this new program off than with September's selection, Benjamin Paul Akers' sculpture The Dead Pearl Diver, the PMA's first major purchase!
Thursday
September 3, 2015
10:00 am
Membership is the heart of the PMA, and we couldn't accomplish anything that we do without the support of our members. By way of thanks, we hope you join us for the second annual Member Appreciation Week, August 31 through September 6, for special offers and programs throughout the museum.
Thursday
September 3, 2015
6:00 pm
What are the opportunities and challenges of sustaining a career as a contemporary artist in Maine? Join moderator George Kinghorn, Executive Director and Curator of the University of Maine Museum of Art, for this lively panel discussion with Maine-based contemporary artists Lauren Fensterstock, Anna Hepler, and Philip Frey.
Friday
September 4, 2015
12:00 pm
Join Diana Greenwold, Curatorial Fellow, for a talk on All That Glitters, an installation of rarely seen decorative arts from the PMA collection, on view in the historic McLellan House.
Wednesday
September 9, 2015
12:00 pm
Each month PMA staff will focus on a highlight
 of the museum collection in an interactive and informative gallery discussion. There is no better way to start this new program off than with September's selection, Benjamin Paul Akers' sculpture The Dead Pearl Diver, the PMA's first major purchase!
Friday
September 11, 2015
12:00 pm
Join a PMA staff member for a talk on the Circa exhibition, "Rose Marasco: index."
Saturday
September 12, 2015
10:00 am
Join museum educators from across Maine for a day of art-making, storytelling, writing, and collaboration during PMA Family Day.
Wednesday
September 16, 2015
12:00 pm
Each month PMA staff will focus on a highlight
 of the museum collection in an interactive and informative gallery discussion. There is no better way to start this new program off than with September's selection, Benjamin Paul Akers' sculpture The Dead Pearl Diver, the PMA's first major purchase!
Thursday
September 17, 2015
5:00 pm
Join Allagash Brewing Company, The Bearded Lady's Jewel Box, and more for "Art History Happy Hour!"
Friday
September 18, 2015
12:00 pm
Join Phillippa Pitts, Associate Educator for Gallery Learning, for a talk on Directors' Cut: Selections from the Maine Art Museum Trail.
Wednesday
September 23, 2015
12:00 pm
Each month PMA staff will focus on a highlight
 of the museum collection in an interactive and informative gallery discussion. There is no better way to start this new program off than with September's selection, Benjamin Paul Akers' sculpture The Dead Pearl Diver, the PMA's first major purchase!
Friday
September 25, 2015
9:00 am
This symposium is a collaboration between the PMA and the Decorative Arts Trust. Laura Sprague, independent curator; Arlene Palmer Schwind, curator of the Victoria Mansion; and Diana Greenwold, Curatorial Fellow at the PMA, will address various aspects of the decorative arts in Portland from the early 19th century to the present. Coffee and refreshments will be served.
Friday
September 25, 2015
12:00 pm
Join Andrew Eschelbacher, Susan Donnell and Harry W. Konkel Assistant Curator of European Art, for a talk about George Braque's La pianiste.
Friday
September 25, 2015
5:30 pm
Join artist Rose Marasco for a special talk about her celebrated Circa exhibition Rose Marasco: index.
Wednesday
September 30, 2015
12:00 pm
Each month PMA staff will focus on a highlight
 of the museum collection in an interactive and informative gallery discussion. There is no better way to start this new program off than with September's selection, Benjamin Paul Akers' sculpture The Dead Pearl Diver, the PMA's first major purchase!
Friday
October 2, 2015
12:00 pm
Join Mollie Armstrong, Exhibitions Coordinator, for a talk on the exhibition A Magnificent Stillness: American Art from a Private Collection.
Tuesday
October 6, 2015
6:00 pm
Director's Circle members are invited to attend a private reception and viewing of You Can't Get There From Here: The 2015 Portland Museum of Art Biennial. This exhibition highlights Maine’s artistic legacies in the making, featuring established artists with strong Maine ties as well as the first major institutional appearance for several young, emerging artists—showcasing the next wave of Maine artists and affording them the opportunity to make initial introductions to national art audiences.
Wednesday
October 7, 2015
10:00 am
Members are invited to an exclusive preview of "You Can't Get There From Here: The 2015 Portland Museum of Art Biennial" before it opens to the public on October 8. This exhibition highlights Maine’s artistic legacies in the making, featuring established artists with strong Maine ties as well as the first major institutional appearance for several young, emerging artists—showcasing the next wave of Maine artists and affording them the opportunity to make initial introductions to national art audiences.
Wednesday
October 7, 2015
12:00 pm
Each month, PMA staff members focus on a highlight
 of the museum collection in an interactive and informative gallery discussion. October's selection is Lois Dodd's exquisite "Brook."
Wednesday
October 7, 2015
5:30 pm
Add to your art collection—or begin an art collection—with this private reception and preview of Maine College of Art’s major fall art sale, Collect. Contemporaries members will enjoy a short talk by MECA President Don Tuski and the exclusive opportunity to purchase work from the sale before it opens to the general public. If you’ve got an 
eye for modern art, this event is not to be missed!
Wednesday
October 7, 2015
6:00 pm
The PMA invites members to attend an Evening Reception for You Can’t Get There From Here: The 2015 Portland Museum of Art Biennial. This year’s Biennial highlights Maine’s artistic legacies in the making, presenting a comprehensive and cohesive narrative about the state and the artists connected to it. Be among the first to see this breathtaking overview of Maine’s contemporary art scene, and enjoy the company of your fellow members along with light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.
Thursday
October 8, 2015
7:30 am
Leaders of the corporate community are invited to breakfast, remarks from PMA Director Mark Bessire, and a private viewing of You Can't Get There From Here: The 2015 Portland Museum of Art Biennial. This exhibition highlights Maine’s artistic legacies in the making, featuring established artists with strong Maine ties as well as the first major institutional appearance for several young, emerging artists—showcasing the next wave of Maine artists and affording them the opportunity to make initial introductions to national art audiences.
Friday
October 9, 2015
12:00 pm
Join Andrew Eschelbacher, Susan Donnell and Harry W. Konkel Assistant Curator of European Art, for a talk about George Braque's La pianiste.
Saturday
October 10, 2015
10:00 am
We are pleased to invite employees of our
 Corporate Members to our annual Corporate Member Appreciation Weekend. Employees may bring their family or friends to the PMA, free of charge, and enjoy special exhibitions, the PMA collection, free PMA Movie passes (limit four), a complimentary gift bag (as supplies last), discounts in the PMA Store and PMA Café, discounts on individual membership, and more!
Sunday
October 11, 2015
10:00 am
We are pleased to invite employees of our
 Corporate Members to our annual Corporate Member Appreciation Weekend. Employees may bring their family or friends to the PMA, free of charge, and enjoy special exhibitions, the PMA collection, free PMA Movie passes (limit four), a complimentary gift bag (as supplies last), discounts in the PMA Store and PMA Café, discounts on individual membership, and more!
Monday
October 12, 2015
10:00 am
We are pleased to invite employees of our
 Corporate Members to our annual Corporate Member Appreciation Weekend. Employees may bring their family or friends to the PMA, free of charge, and enjoy special exhibitions, the PMA collection, free PMA Movie passes (limit four), a complimentary gift bag (as supplies last), discounts in the PMA Store and PMA Café, discounts on individual membership, and more!
Wednesday
October 14, 2015
12:00 pm
Each month, PMA staff members focus on a highlight
 of the museum collection in an interactive and informative gallery discussion. October's selection is Lois Dodd's exquisite "Brook."
Thursday
October 15, 2015
10:00 am
Rockland artist Warren Seelig’s work is inspired by materiality as a large but elusive idea that he says may be understood as the re-awakening of a primal force that lies deep in the mind and body of each of us. In this participatory experience, Seelig will enlist the public to help create a sculpture made of ordinary materials.
Thursday
October 15, 2015
4:00 pm
Facilitated discussions about works of art can teach students important observational and critical-thinking skills. In this workshop, we will explore open-ended teaching techniques that can be incorporated into any classroom—art, history, science, language arts, and math. Using the PMA collection and the You Can’t Get There From Here: The 2015 Portland Museum of Art Biennial, teachers will learn specific strategies to incorporate art into their classrooms to enhance the learning experience for their students.
Thursday
October 15, 2015
5:00 pm
#ThirdThursPMA is a monthly party in which the PMA stays open until 9 p.m. with live music, special programming, and collaborations with organizations throughout the community. It's the kind of event where you can stop in for a quick drink in the Joan B. Burns Garden before an evening on the town, or stay for hours and take in music, discussion, art, and more. It happens on the third Thursday of every month, is open to the public, and included in your museum admission—it's always free for members.
Thursday
October 15, 2015
6:00 pm
Join Alison Ferris, curator of You Can’t Get There From Here: The 2015 Portland Museum of Art Biennial, for a talk on this remarkable exhibition. Ferris will highlight the richness of contemporary art in Maine, with a distinct emphasis on how the variety of artistic processes and materials in the exhibition convey meaning to the viewer.
Friday
October 16, 2015
12:00 pm
Join special guest Catherine Whalen, Associate Professor at the Bard Graduate Center, for a talk on the work of Eve Peri titled "Eve Peri: Art, Craft, and Design."
Saturday
October 17, 2015
9:30 am
Enjoy coffee and pastries with fellow members followed by “The Maker’s Voice: What Artists, Craftspeople, and Designers Say About What They Do, and Why It Matters,” a presentation by Catherine Whalen, Associate Professor at the Bard Graduate Center. Catherine and her students are collecting oral interviews with influential designers and craftspeople and are making these materials available online to the public.
Wednesday
October 21, 2015
12:00 pm
Each month, PMA staff members focus on a highlight
 of the museum collection in an interactive and informative gallery discussion. October's selection is Lois Dodd's exquisite "Brook."
Thursday
October 22, 2015
6:00 pm
Please join the PMA as we welcome Michael Conforti, former Felda and Dena Hardymom Director of the Clark Institute for a lively discussion with PMA Director Mark H.C. Bessire. The program will focus on how museum collecting intersects with personal collecting, and the two will share a few stories about transformative gifts of art. A small reception will immediately follow the discussion.
Friday
October 23, 2015
12:00 pm
Join PMA Director Mark Bessire for a talk on highlights from the PMA collection.
Saturday
October 24, 2015
9:00 am
In collaboration with the Maine Humanities Council, the PMA will host a one-day program exploring one of the most contentious issues of our time: climate change. How has public conversation about climate change evolved over time? What cultural and historical factors have shaped its trajectory? How do scientists, artists, and humanities scholars influence the way we understand and talk about climate change today?
Wednesday
October 28, 2015
12:00 pm
Each month, PMA staff members focus on a highlight
 of the museum collection in an interactive and informative gallery discussion. October's selection is Lois Dodd's exquisite "Brook."
Wednesday
November 4, 2015
12:00 pm
Each month, PMA staff members focus on a highlight
 of the museum collection in an interactive and informative gallery discussion. November's selection is N.C. Wyeth's evocative "Dark Harbor Fishermen."
Thursday
November 5, 2015
4:30 pm
Join Five Fifty-Five for a special happy hour inspired by You Can’t Get There From Here: The 2015 Portland Museum of Art Biennial. Sip on “The Maine Allure,” a tart, refreshing, and visually stunning cocktail curated by 555’s bar aficionado Lori Leonard, while guest “art-tender” Jennifer DePrizio, the PMA’s Peggy L. Osher Director of Learning and Interpretation, stirs up conversation on contemporary art in Maine.
Friday
November 6, 2015
12:00 pm
Join Alison Ferris, exhibition curator, for a talk on You Can't Get There From Here: The 2015 PMA Biennial.
Saturday
November 7, 2015
10:00 am
Learn how to incorporate architecture into your art with guest artist Gideon Bok, an artist in You Can't Get There From Here: The 2015 PMA Biennial. In our Pop-Up Studio, you can draw places from memory, use observational skills and sketch the PMA gallery spaces, or design an imaginary place.
Tuesday
November 10, 2015
6:00 pm
This fall, the PMA presents a series of events for Contemporaries centered on building a private collection of art, with any budget. The first of these events is a discussion with PMA Chief Curator Jessica May and gallery representatives that centers on the differences between building a museum collection and a private collection, identifying and purchasing great art for less than $10,000, and how to engage galleries. A reception follows the discussion.
Wednesday
November 11, 2015
12:00 pm
Each month, PMA staff members focus on a highlight
 of the museum collection in an interactive and informative gallery discussion. November's selection is N.C. Wyeth's evocative "Dark Harbor Fishermen."
Thursday
November 12, 2015
6:00 pm
Join PMA Chief Curator Jessica May, Susan Donnell and Harry W. Konkel Assistant Curator of European Art Andrew Eschelbacher, and Curatorial Fellow Diana Greenwold for an insightful conversation about today’s art market and the best ways to build a private collection. At 7 p.m., a reception follows the discussion.
Friday
November 13, 2015
12:00 pm
Join Diana Greenwold, Curatorial Fellow, for a talk on All That Glitters, an installation of rarely seen decorative arts from the PMA collection, on view in the historic McLellan House.
Friday
November 13, 2015
5:30 pm
Join artist Rose Marasco for a special talk about her celebrated Circa exhibition Rose Marasco: index.
Saturday
November 14, 2015
11:00 am
Theresa Secord shares the tribal legacy of basketmaking and her own story as a basketmaker who learned ash and sweetgrass basketry. Learn about the world of today’s generation of Wabanaki basketmakers, their challenges, and the exciting directions in which they are taking this ancient traditional art. Stick around for a basketweaving demonstration by Jeremy Frey at 1 p.m.
Saturday
November 14, 2015
1:00 pm
Join Passamaquoddy basket weaver Jeremy Frey for a campfire-style demonstration of his craft. Frey is a specialist of ash fancy baskets, a traditional form of Wabanaki weaving, and his work appears in the Smithsonian as well as many other prominent museums around the country.
Tuesday
November 17, 2015
6:30 pm
Hear acclaimed interdisciplinary artist and educator, William Pope.L talk about his life and work.
Wednesday
November 18, 2015
12:00 pm
Each month, PMA staff members focus on a highlight
 of the museum collection in an interactive and informative gallery discussion. November's selection is N.C. Wyeth's evocative "Dark Harbor Fishermen."
Wednesday
November 18, 2015
5:30 pm
Weaving together art, flavor, and color, the Union at the Press Hotel (119 Exchange Street) hosts a special happy hour event inspired by You Can’t Get There From Here: The 2015 Portland Museum of Art Biennial. Join the PMA's Assistant Curator of American Art Diana Greenwold for a stirring conversation on contemporary art in Maine, while enjoying a cocktail that pays homage to the Wabanaki basketmakers featured in the 2015 PMA Biennial.
Thursday
November 19, 2015
10:00 am
On certain days throughout the year, members may bring up to two guests for free. Please join us and share the PMA with friends and family during Member Extra Guest Weekend from November 19 through November 22.
Thursday
November 19, 2015
5:00 pm
Join us for the opening party of the installation that everyone is going to be talking about this winter: Me, Mona, and Mao. Allagash Brewing Company, corporate sponsor of Me, Mona and Mao, kicks off the installation's run with a beer tasting in the Selma Wolf Black Great Hall. Check out the art, music by DJ mosart212, take part in an Artist Intervention by Stacy Howe, and more!
Thursday
November 19, 2015
5:30 pm
Portland artist Stacy Howe’s work is inspired by Surrealist ideas of dream imagery, games of chance, and the combination of seemingly incongruous ideas. Her fantastic drawings merge and flow apart, evoking a sense of the beautiful, the horrific and the absurd. In this participatory experience, centered around the opening of Me, Mona, and Mao, Howe will examine the relationship between a viewing public and the artist’s practice.
Friday
November 20, 2015
10:00 am
On certain days throughout the year, members may bring up to two guests for free. Please join us and share the PMA with friends and family during Member Extra Guest Weekend from November 19 through November 22.
Friday
November 20, 2015
12:00 pm
Join Jennifer DiPrizio, Peggy L. Osher Director of Learning and Interpretation, for a talk on Me, Mona, and Mao.
Friday
November 20, 2015
5:00 pm
Local publisher Islandport Press has reissued Christmas in Maine by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Robert P. Tristram Coffin, originally written in 1941. New woodcut illustrations by Portland artist Blue Butterfield accompany the classic text. Join the PMA Store, Islandport Press, and Butterfield to ring in the season with this new release of the holiday classic.
Saturday
November 21, 2015
10:00 am
On certain days throughout the year, members may bring up to two guests for free. Please join us and share the PMA with friends and family during Member Extra Guest Weekend from November 19 through November 22.
Sunday
November 22, 2015
10:00 am
On certain days throughout the year, members may bring up to two guests for free. Please join us and share the PMA with friends and family during Member Extra Guest Weekend from November 19 through November 22.
Thursday
December 3, 2015
12:00 pm
Each month, PMA staff members focus on a highlight
 of the museum collection in an interactive and informative gallery discussion. December's selection is Stuart Davis' "New York — Paris No. 2".
Friday
December 4, 2015
12:00 pm
Join Alison Ferris, exhibition curator, for a talk on You Can't Get There From Here: The 2015 PMA Biennial.
Friday
December 4, 2015
5:30 pm
Students from the Maine College of Art class “The Body in Context” take inspiration from Me, Mona, and Mao to create works of multimedia and performance art, and these interactive experiences will be shared with the public, “artist intervention” style, over the course of a two-hour period. The goal of this particular MECA class is to understand the complexity of who we are as individuals and as a collective.
Friday
December 4, 2015
6:00 pm
Portland’s Poet Laureate Gibson Fay-LeBlanc and young authors from The Telling Room share season-inspired poems, The Waynflete School Chorus sings carols, and The Marshmallow Cart serves up streetside S’mores—it’s all in anticipation of the spectacular lighting of the 100-year-old copper beech tree, a Portland winter tradition that is not to be missed.
Saturday
December 5, 2015
11:00 am
Christine Collins’ large-scale photographs of a compost pile are among the many highlights of You Can’t Get There From Here: The 2015 Portland Museum of Art Biennial. Part of a series titled “Reclamation,” her images are bold, colorful, and highly detailed—calling to mind Dutch paintings that also portray an agrarian lifestyle. In “Reclaiming the Landscape,” Collins talks about her work and the development of her ideas in relationship to the sustainable food movement and our shifting relationship to the natural world.
Sunday
December 6, 2015
2:00 pm
Please join us for the French family adventure film Belle & Sebastian, followed by a reception and activities for kids. Belle & Sebastian is an internationally acclaimed film set in the French Alps during WWII. This story of a resourceful, adorable boy and his dog will enchant the whole family. A reception follows the screening.
Thursday
December 10, 2015
12:00 pm
Each month, PMA staff members focus on a highlight
 of the museum collection in an interactive and informative gallery discussion. December's selection is Stuart Davis' "New York — Paris No. 2".
Friday
December 11, 2015
12:00 pm
Join Mark Bessire, PMA Director, for a talk on Me, Mona, and Mao.
Friday
December 11, 2015
5:00 pm
Come meet the people who make and design the products you love at the PMA Store's Maine Makers event.
Thursday
December 17, 2015
12:00 pm
Each month, PMA staff members focus on a highlight
 of the museum collection in an interactive and informative gallery discussion. December's selection is Stuart Davis' "New York — Paris No. 2".
Thursday
December 17, 2015
6:00 pm
Enter a spellbinding journey into the high-stakes world of art theft. Today, art theft is one of the most profitable criminal enterprises in the world, exceeding $6 billion in losses to galleries and art collectors annually. Drawing on his extensive experience as lead investigator in Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s famous 1990 heist, lecturer Anthony Amore will offer an exhilarating look at the black market of art theft and how it compromises some of the greatest treasures in the world.
Friday
December 18, 2015
11:00 am
Enter a spellbinding journey into the high-stakes world of art theft. Today, art theft is one of the most profitable criminal enterprises in the world, exceeding $6 billion in losses to galleries and art collectors annually. Drawing on his extensive experience as lead investigator in Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s famous 1990 heist, lecturer Anthony Amore will offer an exhilarating look at the black market of art theft and how it compromises some of the greatest treasures in the world.
Friday
December 18, 2015
12:00 pm
Please join PMA Chief Curator Jessica May for a talk on highlights from the PMA collection.
Friday
December 18, 2015
5:00 pm
Come meet the people who make and design the products you love at the PMA Store's Maine Makers event.
Tuesday
December 29, 2015
11:00 am
Join museum art educators for winter-themed art making in our Pop-Up Studio. Families are encouraged explore a variety of materials that relate to the season. Look, listen, and share during and all-ages gallery talk about the seasons in art. Do you still have tots in the stroller? Try out our new sensory art cards, which provide developmentally appropriate prompts for even the youngest visitors. Families will always find welcoming staff and worlds to explore at the Portland Museum of Art, but PMA Family Days are uniquely devoted to those with young children. Come when you want, and stay as long as you want. Let’s have some fun. Children under 12 are always free. 13-18 years receive half price admission.
Wednesday
December 30, 2015
11:00 am
Join museum art educators for winter-themed art making in our Pop-Up Studio. Families are encouraged explore a variety of materials that relate to the season. Look, listen, and share during and all-ages gallery talk about the seasons in art. Do you still have tots in the stroller? Try out our new sensory art cards, which provide developmentally appropriate prompts for even the youngest visitors. Families will always find welcoming staff and worlds to explore at the Portland Museum of Art, but PMA Family Days are uniquely devoted to those with young children. Come when you want, and stay as long as you want. Let’s have some fun. Children under 12 are always free. 13-18 years receive half price admission.
Wednesday
January 20, 2016
6:00 pm
Help us reopen the museum! Join us for a program and reception for the new exhibitions Masterworks on Paper: Highlights from the Portland Museum of Art and Duncan Hewitt: Turning Strange. In addition, we will toast the completion of the first phase of Your Museum, Reimagined, the museum’s collection access and reinstallation project, and explore the new Peggy L. Osher Art Study and Collection Committee Conference Room with family and friends.
Thursday
January 21, 2016
12:00 pm
Members are invited to a private viewing of Masterworks on Paper: Highlights from the Portland Museum of Art and Duncan Hewitt: Turning Strange. In addition, members can explore the new installation Modern Menagerie, the interactive learning space known as the Workshop, and the new Peggy L. Osher Art Study and Collection Committee Conference Room—it's all part of the first phase of Your Museum, Reimagined, the museum’s collection access and reinstallation project.
Thursday
January 21, 2016
6:00 pm
Members are invited to a private viewing of Masterworks on Paper: Highlights from the Portland Museum of Art and Duncan Hewitt: Turning Strange. In addition, members can explore the new installation Modern Menagerie, the interactive learning space known as the Workshop, and the new Peggy L. Osher Art Study and Collection Committee Conference Room—it's all part of the first phase of Your Museum, Reimagined, the museum’s collection access and reinstallation project, and explore.
Friday
January 22, 2016
7:30 am
Leaders of the business community are invited
 to breakfast and a private viewing of Masterworks on Paper: Highlights from the Portland Museum of Art. Enjoy remarks by PMA Director Mark Bessire and Susan Donnell and Harry W. Konkel Assistant Curator of European Art Andrew Eschelbacher.
Saturday
January 23, 2016
9:00 am
Join the PMA for a multigenerational event celebrating the opening of the new participatory space, The Workshop, and the new animal-themed gallery, Modern Menagerie. Families will get inspired through fun-filled activities based around the PMA collection, while exploring these new spaces that will transform the museum.
Saturday
January 23, 2016
11:00 am
Free to the public all day long, the Community Open House shows off the first phase of Your Museum, Reimagined. Throughout the day, the museum will offer a wide range of family activities inspired by Modern Menagerie, the PMA’s new animal-themed installation. Come and let the collection inspire you to create an animal mask, participate in a dramatic storytelling experience, and much more.
Friday
January 29, 2016
12:00 pm
Join Andrew Eschelbacher, Susan Donnell and Harry W. Konkel Assistant Curator of European Art, for a guided tour of the major exhibition, Masterworks of Art: Highlights of the Portland Museum of Art.
Saturday
January 30, 2016
1:00 pm
Over the course of an hour, delve into the impact of critical historical moments upon both art and artists themselves. What social, political, and even economic factors created the art we see at the PMA today.
Sunday
January 31, 2016
1:00 pm
Over the course of an hour, explore works of art and decide what’s work and what’s play? How and why do we know this? How does what was happening in history at that moment effect our decisions?
Thursday
February 4, 2016
1:00 pm
Each month, PMA staff members focus on a highlight
 of the museum collection in an interactive and informative gallery discussion. February's selection is Bernard Langlais' Untitled (Samoset Sculpture), which is part of the new installation, Modern Menagerie.
Thursday
February 4, 2016
7:00 pm
Brighten your winter with the Contemporaries! Join us at our annual bash to toast rarely seen works on paper from the PMA collection, including several by Pop art masters, brought to light by Masterworks on Paper: Highlights from the Portland Museum of Art. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres by Aurora Provisions and signature cocktails crafted by Portland Hunt & Alpine Club.
Friday
February 5, 2016
12:00 pm
Please join PMA Chief Curator Jessica May for a talk on the animal-themed installation Modern Menagerie.
Friday
February 5, 2016
6:00 pm
Spend one hour with the work of three artists whose interests overlap in sculpture, drawing, painting, music and the attempt to depict movement in artwork.
Saturday
February 6, 2016
1:00 pm
Spend one hour exploring the impact of the American Civil War upon one of Maine’s greatest artists: Winslow Homer.
Sunday
February 7, 2016
1:00 pm
Spend one hour exploring how the cultural, political, and social issues of a moment are preserved, and can be discovered, in art.
Thursday
February 11, 2016
1:00 pm
Each month, PMA staff members focus on a highlight
 of the museum collection in an interactive and informative gallery discussion. February's selection is Bernard Langlais' Untitled (Samoset Sculpture), which is part of the new installation, Modern Menagerie.
Thursday
February 11, 2016
6:00 pm
What is the relationship between one’s work as an artist and as a teacher? Join artist Duncan Hewitt in conversation with Diana Greenwold, Assistant Curator of American Art, for a discussion of his career as an artist and educator, and a reflection on the role teaching has had with his artistic production.
Friday
February 12, 2016
12:00 pm
Join Jennifer DiPrizio, Peggy L. Osher Director of Learning and Interpretation, for a talk on Me, Mona, and Mao: Art, Fame, and Visual Culture.
Friday
February 12, 2016
6:00 pm
Travel and tourism was a relatively new concept during the nineteenth century. Ordinary people began to have free time and were beginning to think about how to use their leisure to enhance their physical well being and their spiritual health. Over the course of an hour, see how artists played a role in popularizing travel both in the United States and abroad.
Saturday
February 13, 2016
1:00 pm
Spend one hour diving into seascapes by Renoir, Monet, Homer, and Kent. How do these artists grapple with the relationship between man and nature through evocative compositions, color, and moods.
Wednesday
February 17, 2016
11:00 am
Join Peaks Island illustrator Jamie Hogan for a day of activities inspired by sketchbooks and the exhibit Masterworks on Paper: Highlights from the Portland Museum of Art. Sketchbooks have long served artists as vessels of noticing, imagining, and sharing. Learn to make your own sketchbook and then bring it into the galleries to fill with drawings. Jamie will be on hand to share pages of her own sketchbooks and support you in starting your own.
Thursday
February 18, 2016
11:00 am
Take paper-dolls to the next level by making your own with instruction from artist Bridget McAlonan. Create simple or complex moveable paper doll puppets using new and recycled materials. Use your dolls as toys, pieces of art, or create multiple and make your own shadow puppet show – you can gather inspiration and learn how artists have drawn people over the years by checking out our exhibition Masterworks on Paper: Highlights from the Portland Museum of Art.
Thursday
February 18, 2016
1:00 pm
Each month, PMA staff members focus on a highlight
 of the museum collection in an interactive and informative gallery discussion. February's selection is Bernard Langlais' Untitled (Samoset Sculpture), which is part of the new installation, Modern Menagerie.
Friday
February 19, 2016
11:00 am
Join artist Sarah Yakawonis to explore the properties of paper. Sarah will teach participants the art of quilling – a technique where paper strips are rolled, looped, curled, to create unique shapes and designs. After exploring the qualities of paper, visit the Masterworks on Paper: Highlights from the Portland Museum of Art exhibition to see how various artists have worked on paper throughout the years.
Friday
February 19, 2016
12:00 pm
Please join Diana Greenwold, Assistant Curator of American Art, for a talk on highlights from the PMA collection.
Saturday
February 20, 2016
2:00 pm
Join a curator or museum educator in the PMA’s special exhibition, Masterworks on Paper: Highlights from the Portland Museum of Art, for a discussion and close look at fine examples of etchings featured in the show. Then, take a short walk over to the MECA studios to explore the hands-on process of etching. Please wear comfortable shoes for walking.
Thursday
February 25, 2016
1:00 pm
Each month, PMA staff members focus on a highlight
 of the museum collection in an interactive and informative gallery discussion. February's selection is Bernard Langlais' Untitled (Samoset Sculpture), which is part of the new installation, Modern Menagerie.
Friday
February 26, 2016
12:00 pm
Join Mollie Armstrong, Exhibitions Coordinator, for a talk on the exhibition Edward Curtis: Selections from The North American Indian.
Friday
February 26, 2016
5:00 pm
Inspired by the remarkable breadth of the PMA’s many works on paper that cannot be exhibited very often, we’ll look closely at several printmaking techniques and spectacular watercolor paintings as part of Free Friday at the PMA.
Saturday
February 27, 2016
1:00 pm
Over the course of an hour, delve into the impact of critical historical moments upon both art and artists themselves. What social, political, and even economic factors created the art we see at the PMA today.
Saturday
February 27, 2016
2:00 pm
Join a curator or museum educator in the PMA’s special exhibition, Masterworks on Paper: Highlights from the Portland Museum of Art, for a discussion and close look at fine examples of etchings featured in the show. Then, take a short walk over to the MECA studios to explore the hands-on process of etching. Please wear comfortable shoes for walking.
Sunday
February 28, 2016
1:00 pm
Spend one hour exploring the different ways in which different artists make us see landscapes. Compare and contrast different styles. Examine how individual paintings were put together. See more as we look together.
Thursday
March 3, 2016
1:00 pm
Each month, PMA staff members focus on a highlight
 of the museum collection in an interactive and informative gallery discussion. March's selection is Edward Hopper's "Pemaquid Light," a centerpiece of Masterworks on Paper: Highlights from the Portland Museum of Art.
Friday
March 4, 2016
12:00 pm
End your week with art! Each Friday at noon, join a curator, educator, scholar, or artist in the galleries. This week, hear Diana Greenwold, Assistant Curator of American Art, for a talk on the exhibition Duncan Hewitt: Turning Strange.
Saturday
March 5, 2016
11:00 am
Using the exhibition Masterworks on Paper: Highlights from the Portland Museum of Art as inspiration, explore the many ways that pencil and paper can interact. Create art that is big or small, in 2-D or 3-D, and realistic or abstract. We’ll provide materials, inspirational prompts, and instruction for kids and caregivers to make your own masterwork on paper to take home. Look, listen, and share during all-ages gallery talks.
Saturday
March 5, 2016
4:00 pm
Please join us for opening reception of the 22nd annual Youth Art Month exhibition at the PMA! March is National Youth Art Month, and the Portland Museum of Art and the Maine Art Education Association are pleased to collaborate on this special presentation of student artwork from across the state of Maine. Sharing this work by K-12 students allows the museum to recognize the value of art education for all children and to encourage public support for quality school art programs. This reception and certificate presentation runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday
March 6, 2016
1:00 pm
Spend one hour exploring the different ways in which different artists make us see landscapes. Compare and contrast different styles. Examine how individual paintings were put together. See more as we look together.
Thursday
March 10, 2016
1:00 pm
Spotlight Talks focus on one work every Thursday for a month. In March, the selection is Edward Hopper's "Pemaquid Light."
Friday
March 11, 2016
12:00 pm
The PMA is thrilled to welcome Karen Lemmey, Curator of Sculpture at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, to be our visiting scholar as part of the Barnet Scholar’s Weekend. Join Lemmey for a noontime talk about sculpture at the PMA.
Friday
March 11, 2016
5:30 pm
How would your favorite location in Portland – or artwork in the PMA collection look and feel with a 10-foot sea-level rise? Join Casco Bay High School student Maeve Holliday Porter to create your own art that explores the effects of climate change.
Saturday
March 12, 2016
9:30 am
The PMA is thrilled to welcome Karen Lemmey, Curator of Sculpture at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, to be our visiting scholar as part of the Barnet Scholar’s Weekend. PMA members are invited to join Lemmey in the PMA Café for an hour of coffee and conversation, followed by a lecture.
Saturday
March 12, 2016
1:00 pm
Spend one hour diving into seascapes by Renoir, Monet, Homer, and Kent. How do these artists grapple with the relationship between man and nature through evocative compositions, color, and moods.
Thursday
March 17, 2016
1:00 pm
Spotlight Talks focus on one work every Thursday for a month. In March, the selection is Edward Hopper's "Pemaquid Light."
Friday
March 18, 2016
12:00 pm
End your week with art! Each Friday at noon, join a curator, educator, scholar, or artist in the galleries. This week, hear Jochen Wierich, Curator of American Art, talk about highlights of the PMA collection.
Friday
March 18, 2016
6:00 pm
Join sculptor Duncan Hewitt as he walks you through his exhibition Duncan Hewitt: Turning Strange and discusses the work on display.
Sunday
March 20, 2016
1:00 pm
Over the course of one hour, delve into a variety of artworks with an eye for how artists choose to show of class, status, and socioeconomics in their work.
Thursday
March 24, 2016
1:00 pm
Spotlight Talks focus on one work every Thursday for a month. In March, the selection is Edward Hopper's "Pemaquid Light."
Friday
March 25, 2016
12:00 pm
End your week with art! Each Friday at noon, join a curator, educator, scholar, or artist in the galleries. This week, hear Phillippa Pitts, Associate Educator for Gallery Learning, talk about The Workshop activity, "Coloring the Landscape."
Friday
March 25, 2016
5:00 pm
In "Letters on Paper: The Art of Literature," March's PMA360, embark on literary excursions in the galleries, create a letterpress bookmark, and enjoy cocktails by a local guest bartender.
Saturday
March 26, 2016
1:00 pm
Spend one hour with the work of three artists whose interests overlap in sculpture, drawing, painting, music and the attempt to depict movement in artwork.
Thursday
March 31, 2016
1:00 pm
Spotlight Talks focus on one work every Thursday for a month. In March, the selection is Edward Hopper's "Pemaquid Light."
Friday
April 1, 2016
12:00 pm
End your week with art! Each Friday at noon, join a curator, educator, scholar, or artist in the galleries. This week, hear with Andrew Eschelbacher, Susan Donnell and Harry W. Konkel Assistant Curator of European Art, talk about the major exhibition Masterworks on Paper: Highlights from the Portland Museum of Art.
Saturday
April 2, 2016
11:30 am
Get a rare, personal look into the mind of a museum curator as he unveils the painstaking, delicate, and exhilarating process of combing through the museum’s collection to create Masterworks on Paper: Highlights from the Portland Museum of Art.
Saturday
April 2, 2016
1:00 pm
Spend one hour with the work of three artists whose interests overlap in sculpture, drawing, painting, music and the attempt to depict movement in artwork.
Thursday
April 7, 2016
1:00 pm
Each month, we focus on a highlight
 of the PMA collection for an interactive gallery discussion. April's work is Gertrude Käsebier's The Widow.
Friday
April 8, 2016
12:00 pm
End your week with art! Each Friday at noon, join a curator, educator, scholar, or artist in the galleries. This week, hear Diana Greenwold, Assistant Curator of American Art, and Jennifer DePrizio, Peggy L. Osher Director of Learning and Interpretation, for a talk on the exhibition Duncan Hewitt: Turning Strange.
Saturday
April 9, 2016
11:30 am
This year the museum will once again be a hosting venue for Slow Art Day, in which people all over the world visit local museums and galleries to look at art slowly. Participants look at works of art that we have chosen, and then meet in the PMA Café to discuss them. Come by yourself or with a group, focus on the art, and savor the joy of looking.
Sunday
April 10, 2016
1:00 pm
Travel and tourism was a relatively new concept during the nineteenth century. Ordinary people began to have free time and were beginning to think about how to use their leisure to enhance their physical well being and their spiritual health. Over the course of an hour, see how artists played a role in popularizing travel both in the United States and abroad.
Tuesday
April 12, 2016
6:00 pm
In celebration of the national “Week of the Young Child”, the Portland Museum of Art, the United Way of Greater Portland and the Greater Portland Early Childhood Directors Group are sponsoring the free screening of The Raising of America. This documentary seeks to encourage a national conversation that links early childhood relationships and environments to their impact on the biology of young children, and how these in turn influence adult outcomes as well as the future of the nation.
Thursday
April 14, 2016
1:00 pm
Each month, we focus on a highlight
 of the PMA collection for an interactive gallery discussion. April's work is Gertrude Käsebier's The Widow.
Friday
April 15, 2016
12:00 pm
End your week with art! Each Friday at noon, join a curator, educator, scholar, or artist in the galleries. This week, hear Diana Greenwold, Assistant Curator of American Art, talk about architecture and design at the PMA.
Friday
April 15, 2016
5:00 pm
Eat, drink, and be merry with the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association with April's PMA360.
Saturday
April 16, 2016
1:00 pm
Spend one hour with the work of three artists whose interests overlap in sculpture, drawing, painting, music and the attempt to depict movement in artwork.
Tuesday
April 19, 2016
11:00 am
Are you wondering what to do over school vacation? Join us at the museum for kid-friendly gallery tours, art making activities, interactive gallery games, and more.
Wednesday
April 20, 2016
11:00 am
Are you wondering what to do over school vacation? Join us at the museum for kid-friendly gallery tours, art making activities, interactive gallery games, and more.
Thursday
April 21, 2016
11:00 am
Are you wondering what to do over school vacation? Join us at the museum for kid-friendly gallery tours, art making activities, interactive gallery games, and more.
Thursday
April 21, 2016
1:00 pm
Each month, we focus on a highlight
 of the PMA collection for an interactive gallery discussion. April's work is Gertrude Käsebier's The Widow.
Friday
April 22, 2016
11:00 am
Are you wondering what to do over school vacation? Join us at the museum for kid-friendly gallery tours, art making activities, interactive gallery games, and more.
Friday
April 22, 2016
12:00 pm
End your week with art! Each Friday at noon, join a curator, educator, scholar, or artist in the galleries. This week, hear with Andrew Eschelbacher, Susan Donnell and Harry W. Konkel Assistant Curator of European Art, talk about the major exhibition Masterworks on Paper: Highlights from the Portland Museum of Art.
Thursday
April 28, 2016
1:00 pm
Each month, we focus on a highlight
 of the PMA collection for an interactive gallery discussion. April's work is Gertrude Käsebier's The Widow.
Friday
April 29, 2016
12:00 pm
End your week with art! Each Friday at noon, join a curator, educator, scholar, or artist in the galleries. This week, hear Jochen Wierich, Curator of American Art, discuss some of the highlights of the PMA collection.
Thursday
May 5, 2016
1:00 pm
Each month, we focus on a highlight
 of the PMA collection for an interactive gallery discussion. May's work is John Storrs' Study for Abstract Sculpture.
Thursday
May 5, 2016
5:30 pm
Join a curator or museum educator in the PMA’s special exhibition, Masterworks on Paper: Highlights from the Portland Museum of Art, for a discussion and close look at fine examples of lithographs featured in the show. Then, take a short walk over to the Maine College of Art studios to explore the hands-on process of lithograph making.
Thursday
May 5, 2016
5:30 pm
Over the course of a year, photographer Winky Lewis and poet Susan Conley exchanged inspiration and ideas to create a unique book of poems and images. Stop Here, This is the Place: A Year in the Motherland, centers on their experiences as mothers and documents a year in the lives of their two families. To commemorate the launch of their book, Lewis and Conley will read passages and share images.
Friday
May 6, 2016
12:00 pm
End your week with art! Each Friday at noon, join a curator, educator, scholar, or artist in the galleries. This week, hear George Neptune, Museum Educator at the Abbe Museum and 2015 PMA Biennial artist, discuss Edward Curtis: Selections from The North American Indian.
Friday
May 6, 2016
4:00 pm
Edward Curtis, whether romanticized or challenged for his “photographic odyssey” documenting North American Indian cultures, continues to influence our perceptions of Native identity. Join us as an interdisciplinary panel examines Curtis’ legacy from different perspectives. Panelists include the Abbe Museum’s Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko and George Neptune, as well as Darren J. Ranco, Ph.D, Chair of Native American Programs at the University of Maine, Orono.
Friday
May 6, 2016
6:00 pm
Spend one hour exploring how the cultural, political, and social issues of a moment are preserved, and can be discovered, in art.
Saturday
May 7, 2016
1:00 pm
Winslow Homer has been referred to as a part of the "DNA of American Art". Dig into this enigmatic man’s life and how his history and personality manifests itself within his celebrated works.
Thursday
May 12, 2016
1:00 pm
Each month, we focus on a highlight
 of the PMA collection for an interactive gallery discussion. May's work is John Storrs' Study for Abstract Sculpture.
Thursday
May 12, 2016
6:00 pm
The PMA and MOFGA collaborate for a panel discussion that will touch upon a wide variety of topics in the origins and evolution of the cocktail, especially its recent evolution back to its roots inspired by—and made delicious from—organic farms in Maine. During the event, you’ll have an opportunity to sample Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA)-inspired cocktails created by local bartenders.
Friday
May 13, 2016
6:00 pm
Hear Duane Paluska, sculptor and owner of ICON Contemporary Art in Brunswick, discuss Hewitt’s sculptures as well as his techniques and materials.
Saturday
May 14, 2016
1:00 pm
Winslow Homer has been referred to as a part of the "DNA of American Art". Dig into this enigmatic man’s life and how his history and personality manifests itself within his celebrated works.
Wednesday
May 18, 2016
6:30 pm
Join us this spring for the PMA’s annual Photography Fund Lecture with presenter Clifford Ross. Following an early career in painting and sculpture, Ross began his photographic work in 1994. He reached a major milestone with his Hurricane series, begun in 1996. The large-scale, black-and-white images depict dramatic ocean waves shot by Ross during hurricanes while in the water and tethered to an assistant on land. Ross is renowned for his high-resolution, single-shot landscape photographs, which have been exhibited throughout the world.
Thursday
May 19, 2016
1:00 pm
Each month, we focus on a highlight
 of the PMA collection for an interactive gallery discussion. May's work is John Storrs' Study for Abstract Sculpture.
Thursday
May 19, 2016
5:30 pm
Join a curator or museum educator in the PMA’s special exhibition, Masterworks on Paper: Highlights from the Portland Museum of Art, for a discussion and close look at fine examples of work in the show. Then, take a short walk over to the Maine College of Art studios to explore the hands-on process of woodblock making.
Friday
May 20, 2016
12:00 pm
End your week with art! Each Friday at noon, join a curator, educator, scholar, or artist in the galleries. This week, hear Diana Greenwold, Assistant Curator of American Art, and Jennifer DePrizio, Peggy L. Osher Director of Learning and Interpretation, for a talk on the exhibition Duncan Hewitt: Turning Strange.
Friday
May 20, 2016
5:00 pm
This May, it's Bike Night at the PMA! Together with Bicycle Coalition of Maine and Cyclemania, enjoy valet bike parking, free tune ups, music by mosart212, gallery talks, local beer, and more—all of this plus a free raffle to win a brand-new bicycle and helmet generously donated by L.L.Bean!
Saturday
May 21, 2016
11:00 am
Check out the exhibition Turning Strange, which features work by Maine artist Duncan Hewitt. Inspired by objects from everyday life, Hewitt carves sculptures of mundane items such as car windshields, ice skates, and mattresses. Try your hand at making a sculpture or a carving in our Pop-Up Studio. Kids and caregivers will be given materials, inspirational prompts, and instruction on how to transform mundane objects into art, just like Duncan Hewitt! Look, listen, and share during and all-ages gallery talks.
Thursday
May 26, 2016
1:00 pm
Each month, we focus on a highlight
 of the PMA collection for an interactive gallery discussion. May's work is John Storrs' Study for Abstract Sculpture.
Friday
May 27, 2016
12:00 pm
End your week with art! Each Friday at noon, join a curator, educator, scholar, or artist in the galleries. This week, hear Mollie Armstrong, Exhibitions Coordinator, discuss Edward Curtis: Selections from The North American Indian.
Wednesday
June 1, 2016
6:00 pm
There are more than a dozen major arts organizations in the process of ambitious expansion and reinstallation projects, including the PMA. What are the factors driving museums to rethink their buildings and collections? Join us for this special lecture featuring Robin Pogrebin, staff reporter at The New York Times, where she covers art and architecture for the Culture Desk.
Thursday
June 2, 2016
1:00 pm
Each month, we focus on a highlight
 of the PMA collection for an interactive gallery discussion. June's work is Robert Laurent's "Reclining Figure."
Friday
June 3, 2016
12:00 pm
End your week with art! Each Friday at noon, join a curator, educator, scholar, or artist in the galleries. This week, hear Andrew Eschelbacher, Susan Donnell and Harry W. Konkel Assistant Curator of European Art, for a talk on impressionism.
Saturday
June 4, 2016
1:00 pm
Winslow Homer has been referred to as part of the "DNA of American Art." Dig into this enigmatic man's life and how his history and personality manifests itself within his celebrated works.
Thursday
June 9, 2016
1:00 pm
Each month, we focus on a highlight
 of the PMA collection for an interactive gallery discussion. June's work is Robert Laurent's "Reclining Figure."
Friday
June 10, 2016
11:00 am
In addition to your member discount, take another 10$ off for a total of 20% off PMA-exclusive products, our wide selection of art books, and locally designed all-ages gifts.
Friday
June 10, 2016
12:00 pm
End your week with art! Each Friday at noon, join a curator, educator, scholar, or artist in the galleries. This week, hear Philippa Pitts, Associate Educator for Gallery Learning, for a talk on the "Inspired by the Everyday" installation in the PMA Workshop.
Saturday
June 11, 2016
11:00 am
In addition to your member discount, take another 10$ off for a total of 20% off PMA-exclusive products, our wide selection of art books, and locally designed all-ages gifts.
Sunday
June 12, 2016
11:00 am
In addition to your member discount, take another 10$ off for a total of 20% off PMA-exclusive products, our wide selection of art books, and locally designed all-ages gifts.
Thursday
June 16, 2016
1:00 pm
Each month, we focus on a highlight
 of the PMA collection for an interactive gallery discussion. June's work is Robert Laurent's "Reclining Figure."
Friday
June 17, 2016
12:00 pm
End your week with art! Each Friday at noon, join a curator, educator, scholar, or artist in the galleries. This week, hear Jessica May, Chief Curator, for a talk on the exhibition "Skowhegan at Seventy."
Friday
June 17, 2016
4:00 pm
Teens from the educational arts nonprofit A Company of Girls created one-of-a-kind apparel inspired by artworks from the PMA collection. Visit the galleries to view their designs and learn about their processes.
Saturday
June 18, 2016
11:00 am
Learn about the artistic processes teen artists used to create one-of-a-kind pieces of apparel inspired by works in the Portland Museum of Art. Visit the galleries to view their dresses displayed in front of the art that inspired them. The artists will then help you make your own art or apparel design inspired by the PMA collection. After you choose a work from the collection, they’ll help you create a series of visual interpretations through writing, sketching, pastels, and collage.
Saturday
June 18, 2016
1:00 pm
Spend one hour exploring the different ways in which artists make us see landscapes.
Wednesday
June 22, 2016
6:00 pm
Join PMA Director Mark Bessire and guest lecturer Ellen Roberts for a toast to the opening of this summer’s exhibition.
Thursday
June 23, 2016
7:30 am
By invitation, community leaders are invited to breakfast and a private viewing of O'Keeffe, Stettheimer, Torr, Zorach: Women Modernists in New York.
Thursday
June 23, 2016
11:00 am
Members are invited to preview the PMA’s major summer exhibition—O'Keeffe, Stettheimer, Torr, Zorach: Women Modernists in New York—before it opens to the public.
Thursday
June 23, 2016
1:00 pm
Each month, we focus on a highlight
 of the PMA collection for an interactive gallery discussion. June's work is Robert Laurent's "Reclining Figure." ""
Friday
June 24, 2016
12:00 pm
End your week with art! Each Friday at noon, join a curator, educator, scholar, or artist in the galleries. This week, hear Andrew Eschelbacher, Susan Donnell and Harry W. Konkel Assistant Curator of European Art, for a talk on the exhibition "Georges Braque: Surface and Space."
Friday
June 24, 2016
5:00 pm
Get inspired by the special exhibition O'Keeffe, Stettheimer, Torr, Zorach: Women Modernists in New York through an unexpected sense: sound. Imagine stepping into a Georgia O’Keeffe painting; what would you hear? Our Artist Intervention program invites sound designers into the galleries to help you realize your imaginings and share them with other PMA360 attendees.
Saturday
June 25, 2016
9:30 am
Have you ever wanted to practice yoga at the PMA? Now is your chance! Enjoy an hour-long, all levels yoga practice in the quiet of the Spring Street Garden before the museum opens for the day. Yogis must bring their own mats.
Saturday
June 25, 2016
7:00 pm
Members are invited to an evening reception and private viewing of O'Keeffe, Stettheimer, Torr, Zorach: Women Modernists in New York, in addition to a lecture with Ellen Roberts, Norton Museum of Art's Harold and Anne Berkley Smith Curator of American Art.
Tuesday
June 28, 2016
6:00 pm
Contemporaries members are invited to attend a private after-hours tour of "O'Keeffe, Stettheimer, Torr, Zorach: Women Modernists in New York."
Thursday
June 30, 2016
1:00 pm
Each month, we focus on a highlight
 of the PMA collection for an interactive gallery discussion. June's work is Robert Laurent's "Reclining Figure."
Friday
July 1, 2016
12:00 pm
End your week with art! Each Friday at noon, join a curator, educator, scholar, or artist in the galleries. This week, hear curatorial staff discuss the exhibition "O'Keeffe, Stettheimer, Torr, Zorach: Women Modernists in New York."
Thursday
July 7, 2016
1:00 pm
Each month, we focus on a highlight
 of the PMA collection for an interactive gallery discussion. July's work is Robert Indiana's "Seven".
Friday
July 8, 2016
12:00 pm
End your week with art! Each Friday at noon, join a curator, educator, scholar, or artist in the galleries. This week, hear Diana Greenwold, Assistant Curator of American Art, for the talk "Inside the McLellan House."
Friday
July 8, 2016
6:00 pm
Join Astrid Bowlby, Duncan Hewitt’s former student, for a discussion on the impact of the sculptor’s work on her own practice.
Saturday
July 9, 2016
11:00 am
Educators from the PMA and Maine Audubon bring you a Family Day that explores both the scientific and artistic sides of Maine animals and habitats. Inspired by works from our collection and the installation Modern Menagerie, we’ll use literature, storytelling, art making, and scientific inquiry to deepen our understanding of Maine-specific species, habitats, and the artworks they inspire. This Family Day is free for PMA members, Maine Audubon members, and kids 14 and under.
Saturday
July 9, 2016
1:00 pm
Spend one hour exploring the different ways in which artists make us see landscapes.
Wednesday
July 13, 2016
6:00 pm
Contemporaries members and their guests are invited to celebrate summer at the PMA with this annual cocktail party.
Thursday
July 14, 2016
1:00 pm
Each month, we focus on a highlight
 of the PMA collection for an interactive gallery discussion. July's work is Robert Indiana's "Seven".
Friday
July 15, 2016
12:00 pm
End your week with art! Each Friday at noon, join a curator, educator, scholar, or artist in the galleries. This week, hear artist Christopher Patch discuss the installation Modern Menagerie.
Friday
July 15, 2016
4:00 pm
Georgia O'Keeffe, Florine Stettheimer, Marguerite Zorach, and Helen Torr found space for creativity that was separate from their male counterparts. Each created unique paintings, contributing to the evolution of experimental avant-garde works in Manhattan. Join Dr. Fryd for a careful analysis of these artists' contributions to early American modernism.
Saturday
July 16, 2016
1:00 pm
Spend one hour exploring the different ways in which artists make us see landscapes.
Monday
July 18, 2016
1:00 pm
Over the course of an hour, delve into the impact of critical historical moments upon both art and artists themselves. What social, political, and even economic factors created the art we see at the PMA today.
Thursday
July 21, 2016
1:00 pm
Each month, we focus on a highlight
 of the PMA collection for an interactive gallery discussion. July's work is Robert Indiana's "Seven".
Friday
July 22, 2016
12:00 pm
End your week with art! Each Friday at noon, join a curator, educator, scholar, or artist in the galleries. This week, hear Jennifer DePrizio, Peggy L. Osher Director of Learning and Interpretation, discuss "Silence as a Way of Seeing."
Friday
July 22, 2016
5:00 pm
Get outside to check out music, activities, and art in the PMA’s Joan B. Burns Garden.
Saturday
July 23, 2016
9:30 am
Have you ever wanted to practice yoga at the PMA? Now is your chance! Enjoy an hour-long, all levels yoga practice in the quiet of the Spring Street Garden before the museum opens for the day. Yogis must bring their own mats.
Thursday
July 28, 2016
1:00 pm
Each month, we focus on a highlight
 of the PMA collection for an interactive gallery discussion. July's work is Robert Indiana's "Seven".
Thursday
July 28, 2016
6:00 pm
The PMA is proud to present a Women in Business Forum, in conjunction with the exhibition "O’Keeffe, Stettheimer, Torr, Zorach: Women Modernists in New York."
Friday
July 29, 2016
12:00 pm
End your week with art! Each Friday at noon, join a curator, educator, scholar, or artist in the galleries. This week, hear curatorial staff discuss the exhibition "O'Keeffe, Stettheimer, Torr, Zorach: Women Modernists in New York."
Saturday
July 30, 2016
1:00 pm
Led by PMA Docents, Gallery Talks are thematic explorations of the PMA collection and special exhibitions.
Thursday
August 4, 2016
1:00 pm
Each month, we focus on a highlight
 of the PMA collection for an interactive gallery discussion. August's work is Pierre-Auguste Renoir's "L'Estaque."
Thursday
August 4, 2016
6:00 pm
World-renowned art historian Emily Braun will offer an insightful analysis of aspects on the career of Georges Braque, shedding new light on his landscapes, still lifes, collages, and atelier paintings.
Friday
August 5, 2016
12:00 pm
End your week with art! Each Friday at noon, join a curator, educator, scholar, or artist in the galleries. This week, hear Director Mark Bessire discuss "The Changing PMA."
Saturday
August 6, 2016
1:00 pm
Spend one hour exploring the different ways in which we experience sculptures.
Wednesday
August 10, 2016
1:00 pm
Join our summer curatorial intern for a quick dive into the works of Dahlov Ipcar. Renowned as a painter and beloved as a children's book illustrator, meet (or re-meet) one of Maine's most iconic artists.
Thursday
August 11, 2016
1:00 pm
Each month, we focus on a highlight
 of the PMA collection for an interactive gallery discussion. August's work is Pierre-Auguste Renoir's "L'Estaque."
Thursday
August 11, 2016
6:00 pm
Join the Portland Museum of Art, the Maine Humanities Council, and the University of Maine School of Law for an intimate conversation between artist David Driskell and lawyer Melvyn Zarr on the Civil Rights Movement and its legacy, both in Maine and across the United States.
Friday
August 12, 2016
12:00 pm
End your week with art! Each Friday at noon, join a curator, educator, scholar, or artist in the galleries. This week, hear Diana Greenwold, Assistant Curator of American Art for a talk on the exhibition Duncan Hewitt: Turning Strange.
Friday
August 12, 2016
5:00 pm
It's a double header tonight when we combine art and baseball!
Saturday
August 13, 2016
9:00 am
Members at the Patron level are cordially invited to an exclusive tour of O'Keeffe, Stettheimer, Torr, Zorach: Women Modernists in New York and breakfast in the Selma Wolf Black Great Hall.
Saturday
August 13, 2016
1:00 pm
Spend one hour exploring the different ways in which artists make us see landscapes.
Monday
August 15, 2016
1:00 pm
Winslow Homer has been referred to as part of the "DNA of American Art." Dig into this enigmatic man's life and how his history and personality manifests itself within his celebrated works.
Wednesday
August 17, 2016
6:00 pm
Director's Circle members and their guests are invited to the second annual Director's Circle Summer Lawn Party.
Thursday
August 18, 2016
1:00 pm
Each month, we focus on a highlight
 of the PMA collection for an interactive gallery discussion. August's work is Pierre-Auguste Renoir's "L'Estaque."
Friday
August 19, 2016
12:00 pm
End your week with art! Each Friday at noon, join a curator, educator, scholar, or artist in the galleries. This week, hear Jessica May, Chief Curator, for a talk on the exhibition "Skowhegan at Seventy."
Friday
August 19, 2016
5:30 pm
The Homer High School Fellows, seven teens from greater Portland, spent the summer of 2016 learning about the PMA, and they've created this evening for their peers. It's Incoming Tide: A Night for Teens at the PMA.
Saturday
August 20, 2016
9:30 am
Have you ever wanted to practice yoga at the PMA? Now is your chance! Enjoy an hour-long, all levels yoga practice in the quiet of the Spring Street Garden before the museum opens for the day. Yogis must bring their own mats.
Saturday
August 20, 2016
11:00 am
The Homer High School Fellows will lead a day of Winslow Homer-inspired activities, art projects, and gallery talks. Gain inspiration through close observation of Homer’s paintings and etchings and then create works of art inspired by the sea. Over the summer of 2016, the Fellows were hired to create new opportunities for youth engagement while learning about Homer’s life and work.
Saturday
August 20, 2016
1:00 pm
Spend one hour diving into how artists grapple with the relationship between man and nature through evocative compositions, colors, and moods.
Monday
August 22, 2016
1:00 pm
Spend one hour exploring the different ways in which artists make us see landscapes.
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