In celebration of Maine’s bicentennial year and the museum’s 67th season, OMAA recognizes the distinguished role of Ogunquit’s artists as educators and founders of Maine’s visual and cultural heritage.
A reinstallation of the permanent collection highlights the Ogunquit Art Colony’s founding father, Charles Woodbury. Woodbury’s legendary Ogunquit Summer School of Drawing and Painting is distinguished for having provided classes, tutorials, and lectures for professional and novice artists from across the nation. Over the course of thirty-six summers, Woodbury enrolled hundreds of students in his classical art training program. One of the nation’s first private art schools, Woodbury accepted women as serious students of art.
This “living history” installation will trace the spirit of Maine Moderns and traditional instruction and highlight the extensive influence of Woodbury’s associates and students within the context of American Art history. The installation features selected favorites from the permanent collection as well as recent acquisitions, including paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, and archival materials.
The exhibition is organized by the Ogunquit Museum of American Art’s Curator Ruth Greene-McNally with special guest contributor Dr. Libby Bischof from the University of Southern Maine.