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.
Wednesday
July 16, 2014
6:00 pm
Contemporaries Midsummer Party
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
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
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.
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.
Tuesday
December 2, 2014
6:00 pm
Director’s Circle members are invited to ring in the holiday season at the annual Holiday Open House.
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.
Thursday
January 15, 2015
5:00 pm
#ThirdThursPMA presents acclaimed indie-folk duo Arborea. Arborea is a Maine based band that has gained a worldwide fan base in the last 10 years. The band has been featured in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and NPR, and the PMA is proud to welcome them to the museum for a special one-night-only performance.
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".
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