Maine’s Carnegie Libraries

In anticipation of her forthcoming exhibition of related paintings, artist Alison Rector will discuss the history of public libraries funded by Andrew Carnegie with Maine State Historian Earle G. Shettleworth. Maine is home to 20 Carnegie libraries, most of which still serve their original purpose, and “Maine’s Carnegie Libraries” will celebrate the beauty and history of these public library buildings. Shettleworth will present the architectural history of Carnegie’s buildings in Maine, while Rector will tell the story of her body of work, a long-term project making oil paintings inspired by those libraries. Since 2014, Rector has visited 18 of the Carnegie libraries in Maine and many others. She’s created over 40 paintings exploring a wide variety of these shared spaces. An exhibition of Rector’s work, The Value of Thought, will be on view at OMAA September 1 – October 31, 2017. This show is supported by Greenhut Galleries.





Alison Rector

Down East

Oil on linen

40 x 40 inches