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  • 10 Jan 2014 4:47 PM | Anonymous

    Gift to the BCMA Includes Over 300 Works from the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection


    BRUNSWICK, Maine--Today the Bowdoin College Museum of Art announced its acquisition of 320 works of art from the celebrated collection of Dorothy and Herbert (Herb) Vogelundefineda gift that will dramatically enhance the Museum’s contemporary art holdings.  Comprising works by nearly 70 artists, such as Robert Barry, Lucio Pozzi, Edda Renouf, Julian Schnabel, James Siena, Pat Steir, and Richard Tuttle, Dorothy Vogel’s gift to the BCMA ranks among the largest contributions of objects from the Vogel Collection since their major gift to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. in 1992.  In addition to works by prominent modern and contemporary artists, the gift includes many works with which the Vogels lived personally for many years and rare examples of paintings by Dorothy and Herb Vogel themselves.  The Vogel Collection gift is among the most significant contributions to the BCMA in its more than 200-year history.


    “Having encountered the Vogel Collection ourselves as graduate students for the first time in the mid-1990s when an exhibition of selections from it was shown at the University of Texas at Austin, we recognize the enormous power of exposure to art to shape the sensibilities and even the lives of students,” said Frank Goodyear, Co-Director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.


    “There is nothing more important for campus museums than to challenge and inspire their audiences with ambitious artwork, and we feel strongly that the opportunity to see the works from the Vogel Collection here at Bowdoin, where students and the public can have a sustained experience with such material, has transformative potential,” continued Anne Collins Goodyear, Co-Director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.


    The gifted collection features the work of iconic artists and will enable the museum to represent the evolving history of minimal, post-minimal and conceptual art practice.  Works on paper comprise the majority of the gift, in addition to photography by Richard Long, ceramics by Michael Lucero, and sculpture by Merrill Wagner.  Encompassing works dating from the mid-20thcentury to the early-21st century, the gift to Bowdoin will present the full history of the Vogel’s collectingundefinedfrom Herb Vogel’s early acquisition of paintings by Giuseppe Napoli and Hank Virgona, to work acquired jointly by the pair during the past decade, such as drawings by Richard Tuttle and Lucio Pozzi. Works from the collection are now on view at the BCMA, with paintings by Pat Steir and works on paper by Edda Renouf included in Regarding the Forces of Nature, an installation focusing on the work of major women artists presented by the museum until February 9, 2014.


    “This donation represents a true highlight in the giving of our collection,” said Dorothy Vogel.  “I take pleasure knowing that artworks included here, by leading American artists, have the capacity to inspire many generations of audiences, from students to locals, to a broad range of international visitors.”


    Herb and Dorothy Vogel began collecting art in the early 1960s and created one of the world’s most notable collections of minimal, conceptual, and post-minimal art. The Vogels made a major gift from their collection to the National Gallery of Art in 1992. Sixteen years later, they launched The Dorothy and Herbert Collection: Fifty Works to Fifty States, in concert with the National Gallery of Art, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Through this undertaking, the Vogels distributed fifty works to one institution in each of the fifty states. Their extraordinary accomplishments as collectors and benefactors have been celebrated in two films by Megumi Sasaki, Herb and Dorothy (2008) and Herb and Dorothy 50 x 50 (2013) as well as in innumerable publications, including articles and interviews.


    About the Bowdoin College Museum of Art


    The collections of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art are among the most comprehensive of any college museum in the United States. Collecting commenced over 200 years ago with a major gift from the College’s founder James Bowdoin and his family that included Gilbert Stuart’s magnificent portraits of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.


    The Museum is housed in the landmark Walker Art Building, designed in 1894 by Charles Follen McKim. Located on the historic quadrangle of Bowdoin College, the building is graced by murals by John La Farge, Kenyon Cox, Elihu Vedder, and Abbott Thayer. A $20.8 million renovation and expansion in 2007 provided a stunning setting for objects as diverse as monumental Assyrian reliefs from Nimrud, Iraq, European old master paintings, and works by American modernists. The Museum is the centerpiece of Bowdoin’s vibrant arts and culture community and offers a wealth of academic and educational programs. The Museum is also a prominent summer venue for major exhibitions such as Edward Hopper’s Maine (2011), William Wegman: Hello Nature (2012), and Maurice Prendergast: By the Sea (2013).


    Fully accessible, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art is open to the public free of charge from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday; 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.


  • 07 Jan 2014 12:41 PM | Anonymous
    Picture of Health: Museums, Wellness & Healthy Communities  

    96th Annual NEMA Conference
    November 19 - 21, 2014


    Museums play an important role in the wellness of their audiences and communities. For years they've been havens for mental health, places for pause and pondering. But today museums are even more active venues for health, offering programs for Alzheimer patients and children with autism, promoting fitness through yoga classes, nutrition guidance, and First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative.


    Charles River, Boston, Credit- Tim Grafft MOTT.jpgJoin us for the 96th Annual NEMA Conference in Boston/Cambridge, the world hub of health care innovation, for a stimulating examination of how museums can contribute to community wellness and transformative well-being. The conference program will include dialogue between the medical community and museum field on ways our professions can collaborate on a common mission: to help individuals find health and wholeness.


    You are invited to contribute to the dialogue with a conference session proposal. Here is some food for thought as you develop your ideas.

    • Museums contribute to the emotional and intellectual well-being of their visitors by offering life-long learning opportunities as well as spaces for quiet contemplation and reflection.
    • Museum content engages individuals in deep, sometimes ineffable ways, assisting a meaningful, purpose-filled life.
    • How can the medical community better use museums as a prescription for physical and mental healing?
    • Museum spaces are increasingly used for active fitness programs like yoga, pilates, and walking.
    • What research can affirm the connection between museums and health?
    • How can museums better collaborate with the health, medical, wellness, and social care sectors?
    • Can museums afford to care about the health of their communities? Can they afford not to?

    jumping_schoolkids.jpgIn addition to theme-related sessions, we also welcome sessions exploring issues of technology, future leadership, and public accountability in museums. Sessions on professional development topics forindividuals such as networking, personal growth, and public speaking are also welcome. NEMA strives to offer sessions on topics including museum governance, administration, visitor services, volunteer management, human resources, education, exhibitions, curatorial and conservation, registration, membership, development, and marketing. In content and in format, all sessions should stimulate discussion, raise new ideas, debate solutions, and spark imagination. Join us and share your experience!

    A great conference begins with great NEMA members! Consider joining us in Boston/Cambridge as a session chair or presenter. To submit a proposal click here. Proposals must be received by February 3, 2014  

  • 07 Jan 2014 11:37 AM | Anonymous


    New student price is announced


    WHS-Piazza (Portland, Maine) Tickets go on sale to the public for Winslow Homer Studio tours on Monday, January 6. The spring tour season starts April 7 and runs through June 22. Visitors will experience the extraordinary opportunity of “walking in Homer’s footsteps” and seeing the same dramatic views of the sea that influenced Homer’s artistic vision. Tickets are $55 and $30 for PMA members and tours are 2.5 hours. New for 2014 is a $25 student price (with valid I.D.) Group tours are also available. Reservations are required and all tours leave from the Portland Museum of Art; please call (207) 775-6148. For more information and for hotel packages, visit


    One of the most significant locations in the history of American art, the Winslow Homer Studio, located at Prouts Neck, Maine, is where the great American artist Winslow Homer (1836-1910) lived and painted many of his masterpieces from 1883 until his death. A National Historic Landmark, the Studio is owned and operated by the Portland Museum of Art.


    (Image credit: Winslow Homer Studio.©trentbellphotography)

  • 06 Jan 2014 9:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The National Endowment for the Humanities has a traveling exhibition program called NEH On the Road. Currently, they are touring the exhibit "Spirited: Prohibition in America" which explores the history of Prohibition, from the early temperance movement through the passage and repeal of the 18th Amendment. It is being offered on loan to small and mid-sized museums and historical societies across the country. The traveling exhibits are typically no larger than 2,000 square feet and include low-security objects. Each museum receives the exhibit for 7 weeks, and NEH provides a grant of $1,000 to support public programs around the exhibition themes. 

    Spirited begins its national tour in June 2014 and is already almost fully booked – but there is one open slot, June 16 – August 11, 2017. If your museum or historical society is interested in hosting this exhibit, please contact Kathy Dowell, director of Arts and Humanities Programming at the Mid America Arts Alliance, which administers the NEH On the Road program. She can be reached at: (816) 421-1388 ext. 220  or email her at  

    NEH On the Road has never been in Maine, so they encourage applications for this and future exhibits.  You can find more information about Spirited and the NEH On the Road program here:
  • 06 Jan 2014 9:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Caught off guard by the extended holiday break season this year?   Need a few extra days to get back into the work groove?  

    The Archives Leadership Institute will now be accepting applications until Wednesday, January 15, 2014.

    Details about the application process and the ALI@Luther program can be found at  

    If you have been considering applying, but have questions, please look at the FAQs page or contact Sasha Griffin at

    The Archives Leadership Institute (ALI) at Luther College is a dynamic program that provides advanced leadership training and mentorship for 25 innovative archival leaders, giving them the knowledge and tools to transform the profession in practice, theory and attitude.  

    Participants selected as the 2014 Cohort will be notified by the end of February.

    The Archives Leadership Institute has been funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) since 2008 and was held at the University of Wisconsin Madison until 2012.  Luther College has been selected to develop and host ALI for years 2013, 2014, and 2015.

  • 20 Dec 2013 3:18 PM | Anonymous
    Project Description:

    The Society for American Archivists Diversity Committee is gathering case studies that illustrate diversity in the archival record and/or unique efforts to collect and document a variety of individuals, groups, and organizations. Consistent with the goals embedded in SAA's Strategic Plan, these case studies will be made available online on SAA’s website so that archivists, other information professionals, teachers, and communities can use them as resources and references. These case studies will help in carrying forward goals and activities embedded in SAA’s Strategic Plan.

    We are looking for submissions from archivists, cultural heritage communities, and other informaiton professionals that illustrate:

    • The broadest possible range of individuals, socio-economic groups, governance, and corporate entities in society;
    • Diversity of viewpoints on social, political, and intellectual issues, as represented both in archival records and among members of the profession;
    • Diversity in ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation;
    • Groups and segments of communities that have not been well-documented for a variety of reasons and thus have few extant records;
    • A variety of formats (for the previously mentioned groups) that are not being preserved.

    Submission Instructions:

    For more information, or to submit a Case Study on Diversifying the Archival Record, complete the form here:

  • 10 Dec 2013 4:01 PM | Anonymous member
    Yarmouth Historical Society seeks part-time administrative support for fundraising including membership, annual fund, sponsored programs and fundraising events.  18 hours per week. No phone calls please. Send an email requesting full job description to or go to, click About Us and see job description. Apply with cover letter and resume to by December 20, 2013.
  • 27 Nov 2013 12:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Maine Memory Network cataloger/production staff

    Maine Historical Society seeks a part-time project cataloger and
    production assistant for Maine Memory Network, a statewide digital museum
    ( This person is responsible for vetting all records
    added to MMN, managing the digital image archives, and doing production
    work related to MMN. This person will work as part of the MMN team and
    serve the requirements of the project as needed, including assisting the
    MMN curator, website testing, and other special projects. This position is
    part-time, grant-funded.
  • 25 Nov 2013 3:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Curator of Education

    Bar Harbor, Maine

    Type: Full Time, Experienced

    Required Degree: MA/MS

    Salary: Competitive with benefits and is commensurate with current salary structure

    Description: The Curator of Education is a highly visible position at the Abbe Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate,

    responsible for developing, coordinating, implementing, and evaluating programs and educational services for

    all museum audiences – children, adults, school groups, teachers, and regular museum-goers (seasonal and

    local). This individual is also a key member of the exhibits team to plan, organize, and implement exhibits and

    frequently serves as lead exhibit curator.

    The Curator of Education communicates the Museum's vision and mission and spearheads all educational

    initiatives in the institution; works closely with the President/CEO and carries out policies established by the

    President/CEO and the Trustees; serves as a primary content provider and liaison for museum-tribal

    partnerships and collaborations.

    The Curator may be assigned to other duties as required by the small museum environment, including Gala

    support, guest services support, etc.

    Organizational Relationships: This is a full-time, salaried position reporting to the President/CEO. The

    Curator of Education participates as part of the senior management team which includes the President/CEO,

    Director of Finance and Administration, and the Curator of Collections. In addition, the Curator serves on the

    Exhibits Team, the Education Team and Advisory Committee, and other teams, task forces, and work groups as

    assigned. The Curator of Education manages education volunteers and staff.

    Skills: The Curator of Education has a natural social aplomb in working with audiences and constituents and

    maintains the highest professional standards of discretion. Independent judgment, decision-making authority

    and common sense are essential prerequisites of the job. This individual must also have the highest standards

    of integrity, be outgoing, self-starting, well-organized, tactful, detail-oriented, innovative, and capable of

    working under pressure and meeting deadlines.

    Institutional Expectations:

    Every employee participates as a team member.

    Every employee is cognizant of our fundraising needs and is involved in the process.

    Requirements: An advanced degree in museum work or related field and a background in Native American

    studies, anthropology, and/or archaeology, plus three to five years experience in a museum setting. Thorough

    familiarity with classroom and museum-based learning, museum best practices, and Native concerns is a must.

    Computer proficiency required.

    Interested candidates should mail a resume or CV, cover letter, and salary history to: Cinnamon Catlin-

    Legutko - Abbe Museum - PO Box 286 - Bar Harbor, ME 04609. Or, email the package in pdf format to No phone calls, please.

  • 18 Nov 2013 9:13 AM | Anonymous
    The Old Berwick Historical Society and MSAD 35 were recently recognized for "organizational excellence" for their joint educational program, the Hike through History.  In a ceremony in Falmouth on November 14, Greg Paxton, director of Maine Preservation, presented the award to Vicki Stewart, representing the school district, and Nina Maurer and Nicole St. Pierre representing the historical society.

    Maine Preservation promotes and preserves historic places, buildings, downtowns and neighborhoods, strengthening the cultural and economic vitality of Maine communities. The Hike through History route travels through a district listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    According to the winning award nomination, "The South Berwick Hike through History, a unique local history program led by the Marshwood school system in collaboration with the Old Berwick Historical Society, has galvanized awareness of and public support for South Berwick's historic village over the past two decades, helping to stabilize a fragile corner of Maine's architectural heritage."

    For almost 20 years, the South Berwick Hike through History has been an annual event for South Berwick Central School.  For each stop on the Hike, the Old Berwick Historical Society has researched stories of real South Berwick citizens who lived or worked there. In recent years, younger children on the Hike have "met" local residents from the past, portrayed by older students, including eighth graders from Marshwood Middle School.

    In a recent joint project, the Old Berwick Historical Society and teachers of the two schools have incorporated improvements to the Hike, including better integration of curriculum goals; use of historic documents and artifacts from the society's Counting House Museum; development of teacher workshops and an eighth-grade training program; and creation of companion museum programs and a website of student resources, .

    Donors to the special planning project include the Marshwood Education Foundation, Kennebunk Savings, People's United Bank, Central School PTO, Maine Community Foundation, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and Davis Family Foundation.

    "We think the Hike through History is unique in New England," said Nina Maurer, project coordinator for the Old Berwick Historical Society. "Each year we are astonished by the remarkable achievements of students interpreters and the extraordinary outcomes of a hard-won collaboration between three schools, two museums, 60 teachers, dozens of business and property owners, town officials, and a phalanx of presenters and volunteers."

    "Both the eighth grade and third grade interpreters do a fantastic job, first conducting their own historical research, and then communicating what they learn to a younger audience," added Nicole St. Pierre, the historical society's project curriculum coordinator.

    Last spring, when the Hike's theme was "Journeys," children investigated a Native American bark canoe at a place on the river where Wabanaki Indians paddled 300 years ago.  They cared for a horse at the house of Sarah Orne Jewett, where the author learned to ride as a child in the 1850s.  At a building that was once a stagecoach tavern where Gen. Lafayette stopped on his visit to Maine in 1825, pupils staged a re-enactment of that event.

    Old Berwick Historical Society members have already begun "Adopt-a-Prop" fundraising for historic replicas students will use during "Trades," the theme of next year's Hike.  Over $1000 was raised for props at the society's recent fundraising event, the Lighting Up Fall.

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