Portland Museum of Art, Prouts Neck Association, and Scarborough Land Trust Partner to Conserve the Winslow Homer Studio's Historic Views and Landscape

Contact:

Graeme Kennedy
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Seven Congress Square
Portland, Maine 04101
(207) 699-4887
gkennedy@portlandmuseum.org

September 8, 2014

Scarborough Land Trust Contact: Kathy Mills
Executive Director 
(207) 289-1199
kmills@scarboroughlandtrust.org

(Portland, Maine) On Friday, August 29, 2014, the land surrounding the Winslow Homer Studio in Prouts Neck, Maine, was acquired and permanently conserved through the cooperative efforts of the Portland Museum of Art (PMA), the Prouts Neck Association (PNA), and the Scarborough Land Trust (SLT). From this place, Winslow Homer enjoyed dramatic views of the ocean crashing against Maine’s rocky coast—views that inspired his greatest masterpieces and transformed marine painting in American art. In recognition of the importance of this location to America’s cultural heritage, the PMA worked together with the PNA and the SLT to ensure that this property is conserved in perpetuity as open, undeveloped space. PMA donated an easement to SLT on the .57 acre property.     

“This is a unique collaboration among these three organizations and unprecedented in PMA history,” said PMA Director Mark H.C. Bessire. “As the steward of this National Historic Landmark and property, the PMA is committed to protecting the same dramatic views of sea and sky that influenced Homer’s artistic vision, not unlike the views of Claude Monet’s Giverny or Georgia O’Keeffe’s views of New Mexico. We are deeply grateful to our partners in this arrangement for helping us to make it possible to permanently protect Homer’s viewshed for future generations to enjoy.”

“Scarborough Land Trust is thrilled to partner with the Portland Museum of Art and the Prouts Neck Association in the conservation of this iconic property,” said SLT’s President Paul Austin. “Winslow Homer captured the beauty of Prouts Neck like no other artist, and protecting Scarborough’s natural resources for the future is the core of our mission. This partnership reflects the deep and long-standing tie between Maine’s natural beauty and its artistic heritage.”   

Scarborough Land Trust conserves land for public benefit, and has protected more than 1,200 acres to date. Its mission includes the conservation of natural resources that have scenic vistas and historical significance. By holding a conservation easement on the Homer Studio property, the Land Trust ensures it will be permanently protected.

The Winslow Homer Studio is located on Prouts Neck, Maine, 12 miles south of the PMA. One of the most significant locations in the history of American art, the Studio is where the great American artist Winslow Homer (1836-1910) lived and painted many of his masterpieces from 1883 until his death. The museum purchased this National Historic Landmark in 2006 and embarked on a major restoration project. In 2012, the PMA opened the Studio to the public. Tours of the Studio offer visitors an extraordinary opportunity to walk in Homer’s footsteps and to see the iconic views of the coast of Maine that influenced his artistic vision.

(Image credit: Trent Bell Photography ©trentbellphotography)

SCARBOROUGH LAND TRUST

Founded in 1977, Scarborough Land Trust (SLT) works with many partners to conserve land through purchase and easements. From the state's largest salt marsh and miles of stunning coastline to vast upland acres of fields, forests and farmland, Scarborough has exceptional natural resources. It is one of the largest towns in southern Maine and has been the fastest growing town in the state. SLT has created trails on four of its properties that are open to the public year-round: Fuller Farm, Libby River Farm, Sewell Woods, and Broadturn Farm, which has one of the largest organic farms in Greater Portland. Currently, SLT is working on the purchase of the 135-acre Benjamin Farm property on Pleasant Hill Road. For more information visit www.scarboroughlandtrust.org

 

PMA Information

With an extensive collection and nationally renowned exhibitions, the Portland Museum of Art is the cultural heart of Maine. The PMA boasts significant holdings of American, European, and contemporary art, as well as iconic works from Maine—highlighting the rich artistic tradition of the state and its artists. The museum brings it all to life with unparalleled programming. From special members-only events, Free School Tours, and a commitment to family activities, to PMA Films, curator talks, and exclusive tours of the Winslow Homer Studio—it’s all happening at the PMA.

The museum is located at Seven Congress Square in downtown Portland.

Summer Hours (beginning May 30): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Winter Hours (through May 29): Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, and $10 for students with I.D. Children 14 and under are always free. Admission is free every Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. No admission is required to visit the PMA Café and PMA Store.

Winslow Homer Studio tours are available by reservation. For more information, call (207) 775-6148 or visit portlandmuseum.org. For more information on Your Museum, Reimagined, the PMA’s multiyear project focused on improved access to the museum’s collection, visit portlandmuseum.org/reimagined.
 

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