Affinity Groups

Friends of the Collection

Established in 1983, the Friends of the Collection comprises individuals whose generosity directly supports the acquisition, conservation, and care for the collection as well as related programming. The collection of more than 18,000 works of art is the heart of the institution, and the Friends of the Collection is instrumental in shaping and maintaining it. 

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.

"It is important to continue building the PMA collection and I am excited to be a part of [it] because I can contribute to the collection's growth."- Eileen Gillespie, PMA Trustee and Chair of Friends of the Collection


Images, top, left to right: Marguerite Thompson Zorach, Diana of the Sea, Paul Caponigro, Quartz Veins in Granite, Nahant, Massachusetts, Katherine Bradford, Woman FlyingImages, middle, left to right: Eastman Johnson, The Quiet HourAhmed Alsoudani, UntitledAndrew Wyeth, River Cove

Your Philanthropy makes a difference!

Gifts to Friends of the Collection are fully tax-deductible and directly support the acquisition process, care, and preservation of the PMA collection.

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Please contact Philanthropy at
(207) 699-4065

Friends of the Collection Committee

Eileen T. Gillespie, Chair