Vinalhaven artist wins Farnsworth award

Posted June 02, 2009, at 6:12 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Robert Indiana has been named the recipient of the 2009 Maine in America award for his contribution to Maine’s role in American art, the Farnsworth Art Museum announced Tuesday.

The award, which is in its fourth year, is granted by the Farnsworth Art Museum’s Presidents Council. The presentation will take place June 27 during the Maine in America Summer Gala on the museum grounds.

Previous Maine in America award winners were John Wilmerding (2006), Andrew Wyeth (2007), and Wil Barnet (2008).

Indiana, a painter and sculptor, was born Robert Clark in New Castle, Ind., but has lived on the island of Vinalhaven since 1978.

Later this month Indiana’s 1964 EAT sculpture will be shown for the first time since the 1964 World’s Fair atop the museum store on Rockland’s Main Street in conjunction with his Farnsworth show “Robert Indiana and the Star of Hope,” which opens June 20 and runs through Oct. 25.

Tickets to the Maine in America Summer Gala are $250 per person and help support the museum’s public programs. Seating is limited. Call 596-6457 ext. 117.

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