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Established in 1983, the Friends of the Collection is a group of individuals whose generosity directly supports the acquisition process, conservation, and preservation of the PMA collection. The collection is the heart of the institution, and the Friends of the Collection remains instrumental in shaping and maintaining its more than 18,000 works of art.
The Friends of the Collection has historically supported the acquisition of many iconic objects, including Hiram Powers’ marble bust of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; Charles Frederick Kimball’s Coal Sheds, Topsham and Brunswick; Marsden Hartley’s Kinsman Falls; Marguerite Zorach’s Diana of the Sea; Celeste Roberge’s Rising Cairn; and Charles Duback’s The Coopers; among many others.
More recently, the Friends of the Collection has contributed to incredible acquisitions such as Alex Katz’s Ada and Neil, Maine (Study for Lawn Party) (1965); Ahmed Alsoudani’s Untitled (2013); Eastman Johnson’s The Quiet Hour (circa 1877); and Christopher Patch’s Migration (2015), a life-size installation of 37 collaged, papier-mâché bird sculptures inspired by the artist’s Life List of field observations. This group also helps to fund acquisition-related expenses, including the shipment of the Andrew Wyeth’s River Cove (1958), a recent gift made by David Rockefeller in memory of his son, Dr. Richard Rockefeller.
As the PMA embarks on the second phase of Your Museum, Reimagined, a multiyear project focused on improved access, the Friends of the Collection will be instrumental—perhaps more than ever—in providing the collection support and stewardship during this period of renewed dedication to the collection and its presentation in our galleries.
The Photography Fund was established in 1998 to support the acquisition and preservation of the photography collection at the museum, as well as related programming to enhance our audience’s understanding and appreciation of the medium.
Through the generous support of Photography Fund donors, the PMA has acquired important works by influential artists including Duane Michals, Arthur Fellig Weegee, Dorothy Warren, Berenice Abbott, Ernst Haas, and many more. As the PMA continues to flourish, the photography collection will embody the museum’s rich past and dynamic future.
The PMA is pleased to announce its 11th annual Photography Fund Lecture on Wednesday, May 18, featuring Clifford Ross. Following an early career in painting and sculpture, Ross began his photographic work in 1994 and reached a major milestone with his Hurricane series, which began in 1996. Ross is renowned for his high-resolution, single-shot landscape photographs, which have been exhibited throughout the world. All proceeds benefit the PMA’s Photography Fund.
Image, top: Alex Katz (United, born 1927), Ada and Neil, Maine (Study for Lawn Party) (detail), 1965, oil on board, 24 1/2 x 32 inches. Museum purchase with support from the Freddie and Regina Homburger Endowment for Acquisitions, Friends of the Collection, and the Harold P. and Mildred A. Nelson Art Purchase Endowment Fund, 2013.19. Images, middle, left to right: Eastman Johnson (United States, 1824-1906), The Quiet Hour (detail), circa 1877, oil on cavnas, 19 x 21 1/2 inches. Museum purchase with support from the Freddie and Regina Homburger Endowment for Acquisitions, Friends of the Collection, and the W.D. and M.L. Hamill Fund for American Art, 2013.18. Ahmed Alsoudani (Iraq, born 1975), Untitled (detail), 2013, acrylic and charcoal on canvas, 80 x 50 inches. Museum purchase with support from the Emily Eaton Moore and Family Fund, Friends of the Collection and Anonymous Donors, 2013.20. Andrew Wyeth (United States, 1917-2009), River Cove (1958), tempera on masonite, 48 x 30 5/16 inches. Gift of David Rockefeller in honor of his son, Richard Rockefeller, 2015.16.
Please consider supporting the Affinity Groups with a fully tax-deductible gift. Your generous contribution will directly support the acquisition process, conservation, and preservation of the PMA collection.
For more information about Affinity Groups, contact
Abegail Baguio, Director of Annual Giving, via email or
Eileen T. Gillespie, Chair
Peggy L. Osher, Honorary Chair
Judy Glickman Lauder, Chair
Matthew A. Budd
Barbara M. Goodbody
Betsy Evans Hunt
Susan B. Stoddard