PMA in the News

Portland Press Herald
September 13, 2015

Mark Bessire knew the Portland Museum of Art would have a pretty good summer when he opened the Wall Street Journal the morning of July 15 and found a package of stories about the Maine Art Museum read the article

Art New England
September 9, 2015

PMA director Mark Bessire says the biennial enables the PMA to show its support for the next generation of great artists. He is quick to point out that, “at one time, all art was contemporary.… read the article

Portland Press Herald
July 29, 2015

Three Maine museums have received nearly $1 million in federal funding for projects that include improving storage at the Monhegan Museum and Maine Historical Society and reinstalling the read the article

Bangor Daily News
July 28, 2015

SCARBOROUGH, Maine — Winslow Homer was a private man who crafted a workspace to reflect that. From the road, only a solitary window can be seen. But from the beach, his studio in Prout’s Neck read the article

Portland Press Herald
July 24, 2015

Standing alone in a field of billowing grass, a man dressed in tattered clothing makes his way to the undulate shore. Andrew Wyeth’s painting “Turkey Pond” invokes a strong sense of loneliness and read the article

Portland Press Herald
July 19, 2015

It’s that time of year again. Welcome to the annual Contemporaries Midsummer Bash. Borrowing on last summer’s urban block party theme, Wednesday evening’s soiree, held outside in the Portland read the article

The Wall Street Journal
July 15, 2015

Think of Maine: lobster, blueberries, jagged coastlines, verdant forests, meandering waterways, beaches, boating, lighthouses. The sun rising over the foaming ocean and setting behind craggy read the article

The Boston Globe
July 14, 2015

The biggest and most visited of all the institutions on the Maine Art Museum Trail is the Portland Museum of Art. If you’re coming from the south, Portland is the gateway to the rest of coastal read the article

Portland Press Herald
July 8, 2015

Mark Bessire, director of the Portland Museum of Art, called the barrier’s removal a “great step, and a symbol of how considerate planning and oversight” can improve the area. The museum owns a read the article

Art New England
July 1, 2015

Spread across Portland Museum of Art’s first-floor galleries are more than 100 works of art—all carefully selected by directors of the eight institutions along the Maine Art Museum Trail ( read the article