Postwar and Contemporary

The PMA has one of the most lively postwar and contemporary art programs in Maine, offering viewers an ever-changing array of exhibitions of contemporary art as well as a suite of dynamic galleries with art from our permanent collection. Our permanent collection, new acquisitions, and exhibition schedule is primarily American art, with a strong but not exclusively regional focus and has particular depth in the tradition of American figurative practice in the postwar period. Among the most beloved works in our collection are Alexander Calder’s 1947 Snow Flurries III, Robert Indiana’s Four Star Love, 1961, Alex Katz’s Ada and Neil (Study for Lawn Party), 1965, as well as paintings by Fairfield Porter, Andrew Wyeth, Lois Dodd, and Yvonne Jacquette, and sculpture by Louise Nevelson and Bernard Langlais. The PMA’s collection of photographs spans the history of the medium, but has particular strength in the postwar period, including works by Abelardo Morrell, Jocelyn Lee, and Chuck Close.

In the postwar period, a number of artists’ schools and artist communities have transformed the creative legacy of Maine as well as brought in visiting artists who have dispersed their experiences in Maine to the broader art world. In part because of the tremendous creative influence of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, many young artists who came to Maine for a brief period have remained in the state as part or full-time residents. Similarly, the Maine Media Workshop (formerly Maine Photographic Workshop) and other institutions such as the Haystack School of Arts and Crafts have dramatically expanded the story of contemporary practice in Maine and northern New England. The PMA works closely with its sister institution, the Portland-based Maine College of Art, to create a dynamic creative environment for young artists in Maine.


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PMA membership is your ticket to the best art experiences in the state and beyond.

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Individual Membership: $60
Family Membership: $110

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