These days, you never know whom
you're going to see in Bangor, Maine. Pablo Picasso. Käthe Kollwitz.
That's because nearly two years ago, the University of Maine Museum of
Art went downtown. The move by the 58-year-old museum from the Orono
campus to Bangor provided an opportunity to increase educational
outreach and become a greater catalyst in Maine's creative economy. In
its larger, state-of-the-art exhibit area in historic Norumbega Hall,
the contemporary art museum, directed by Wally Mason, now hosts more
nationally recognized and permanent collection exhibits than ever
The University of Maine Art Collection was established by the late
Vincent Hartgen in 1946. Early on, it included works, primarily on
paper, by such artists as John James Audubon, Edward Hopper and James M.
Today, this is the only museum owned by the citizens of Maine that
houses a permanent fine arts collection. In the permanent collection are
more than 5,700 works by such masters as Georges Braque, Mary Cassatt
and George Inness. Also represented are such Maine artists as Berenice
Abbott, John Marin and Andrew Wyeth.