Program areas at Farnsworth Art Museum
Curatorial and Library -see schedule o2020 curatorial programsandrew wyeth: witches, ghosts, and mischief sept 21, 2019-april 12, 2020hadlock gallery at The end of each summer andrew wyeth engaged with Maine's shifting seasons. Responding to The annual cycle of death and rebirth wyeth blended carefully observed details with his imagination and memory. Many of The resulting paintings of storms, wet leaves, and peculiar figures became infused with an eeriness that can leave viewers unsettled and questioning. "oftentimes people will like A picture i paint because it's maybe The sun hitting on The side of A window and they can enjoy it purely for itself. It reminds them of some afternoon. But for me, behind that picture could be A night of moonlight when i've been in some house in Maine, A night of some terrible tension, or i had this strange mood. Maybe it was halloween. It's all there, hiding behind The realistic side." (p. 205, unknown terrain)the drama and excitement of halloween exhilarated wyeth who reveled in The scarecrows, pumpkins, costumes, and pranks of The night when spirits of The dead can supposedly mingle with The living. Equally attracted to The fictitious dr. jekyll and dracula as to The actual gruesome history of revolutionary war battles that occurred in his own Pennsylvania backyard, wyeth combined reality and fantasy in his paintings.katharine cobey: A difference voicerothschild galleryoct. 5, 2019- april 12, 2020 katharine cobey's words come from her understanding of what certain materials suggest as carriers of ideas. For her, writing poetry was an early means to expression. Currently, knitting is her creative pathway, A mind-to-hand work that she adapted for unusual materials as A means of constructing three-dimensional forms. Basic gestures of knitting, uncomplicated knit and purl stitches are The essential alphabet, The building blocks that give shape to cobey's materials and ideas.transforming The ordinary: women in american book cover designfebruary 8, 2020-march 21, 2021 Library gallery eliot porter: all The wild placesfebruary 29, 2020 through january 3, 2021 crosman galleryandrew wyeth: A Maine legacy february 22, 2020-january 9, 2021wyeth study center galleryandrew wyeth: A Maine legacymarch 14, 2020-february 28, 2021 hadlock gallerya home in new england, may 16, 2020-march 21, 2021 rothschild galleryandrew wyeth: witches, ghosts, and mischief sept 21, 2019-april 12, 2020hadlock galleryandrew wyeth: world war imarch 23 late 2020wyeth study center galleryslab city rendezvousapril 13, 2019 march 15, 2020crosman gallerykatharine cobey: A difference voicerothschild galleryoct. 5, 2019- april 12, 2020
Education program accomplishments - see schedule o education program accomplishmentsfiscal year 2020 was A tale of two different strategies. From october 2019 to march 2020, The Farnsworth's education programs continued to build upon their experience. The arts in education program continued to engage hundreds of students, The stories exhibition which featured The work of fourth and seventh graders, hung in The Museum's main building and enthralled visitors, tours continued, and The public was encouraged to interact with The Museum both online and in person through its programs. As we all know, this came to A screeching halt in mid-march. On march 16th, local schools shut their doors and began to transition to remote learning; The Museum's inquiry based learning program switched to an online platform as well. Within A few days, The arts in education program staff nimbly moved to supporting educators and students via zoom consultations, lesson planning collaborations, and teleconferencing. Docents provided content for video tours when The Museum reopened its doors in late june, and programming became virtual overnight. As The pandemic continued through The summer, online programming took center stage. Content offered via The Farnsworth website expanded, and with The addition of A "green room", programs became far more professional. In september, The arts in education program placed its 2020-2021 exhibition on hold and is operating from A position of service to support our local schools and partnering educators during The school year. They continue to provide online educational resources for all students.the studio arts programs and lecture series has grown and flourished during what many organizations have considered downtime. Online content has expanded with Art cannot be contained, an electronic newsletter that is distributed on A weekly basis to thousands of households. Interactive programming includes visual thinking strategies on social media and A collaboration with A local theatre group for A feature called The painting speaks. Studio classes for adults have transformed and geographically expanded during The pandemic. These classes have encouraged learning opportunities for individuals who are familiar with and interested in what The Museum has to offer, but reside outside The immediate area. Through The internet, they have been able to participate in classes that they would not normally be able to attend. Remote programs offered during summer/fall 2020 included field sketching, watercolor, poetry, visual thinking strategies, and graphite drawing. Lecture programs have continued to be offered to an enthusiastic population and special gallery tours have continued. During The summer of 2020, The education department was able to host an intern who worked remotely and assisted with programs as well as utilizing her technological and adadministrative skills. During fy 2020, The Museum has demonstrated its ability to adjust its educational programming to build content and connect with both on site and virtual audiences. Staff has utilized technology to fortify its infrastructure, posting years of content online, and continues to offer Museum level resources to public schools. This opportunity to hit A "reset button" will continue to assist educational programming well into The future.