New Exhibition at the Farnsworth Ashley Bryan: Beauty in Return

  • ROCKLAND, Maine
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  • May 23, 2022

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Ashley Bryan, Grape Pickers Sing to the Sun, 1992, 48 x 36 inches, Oil on canvas, Gift of the Ashley Bryan Center, 2021.13.1, © The Ashley Bryan Center
Farnsworth Art Museum

On Saturday, May 28, the Farnsworth Art Museum will open the exhibition Ashley Bryan: Beauty in Return. The show will be on display in the museum’s Rothschild Gallery through December 31, and recognizes the work of the Farnsworth’s 2022 Maine in America Award honoree: painter, printmaker, illustrator, author, puppet maker, poet, and storyteller Ashley Bryan.

Bringing together examples of the artist’s work from throughout his long career, including paintings, illustrations, puppets, and stained glass, the exhibition is a joyful celebration of the enduring power of art, and of the human spirit over adversity.

In conjunction with this exhibition, and in recognition and celebration of Ashley Bryan’s selection as the 2022 Maine in America Award recipient, multiple programs are scheduled throughout the summer. A virtual exhibition preview is planned for Wednesday, June 1 at 6 p.m., with guest curator Suzette McAvoy. On Wednesday, July 13, the Farnsworth will mark Bryan’s remarkable life on what would have been his 99th birthday with art-making activities for children under a tent on the museum grounds. Then, on Sunday, July 17, the museum will honor the artist with free admission and special programs all day long for members and the community. Museum patrons will celebrate the Maine in America Award throughout the summer with members-only events. Visit the Farnsworth website for additional information about events, or to join.

The museum is grateful to the collection of Oakland University School of Education and Human Services and curators Linda Pavonetti, Ed.D. and Jim Cipielewski, Ph.D., for their generous loan of works to the exhibition; and to the Ashley Bryan Center and its executive director, H. Nichols B. Clark, for their support, guidance, and assistance.

For more information please visit, or contact Farnsworth Communications and Marketing Manager David Troup at 207-390-6009.

David Troup
Farnsworth Art Museum

Farnsworth Art Museum
16 Museum Street
Rockland, Maine
About Farnsworth Art Museum

Celebrating Maine’s Role in American Art, the Farnsworth Art Museum offers a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America’s greatest artists. With 20,000 square feet of gallery space and over 10,000 works in the collection, there is always something new on view at the Farnsworth. The museum houses the nation's second-largest collection of works by premier 20th-century sculptor Louise Nevelson. Its Wyeth Center exclusively features works of Andrew, N.C. and Jamie Wyeth. The Farnsworth's library is also housed in its Rockland, ME, campus. Two historic buildings, the Farnsworth Homestead and the Olson House, complete the museum complex.

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