ROCKLAND, Maine — Maine’s Farnsworth Art Museum has announced a $12 million endowment campaign to sustain the artistic legacy of Andrew Wyeth.
The Rockland museum says funds for the Andrew Wyeth Memorial Endowment campaign will be raised in an auction of museum-quality art works donated by Wyeth family members, artists, collectors and others interested in honoring Wyeth and supporting the museum’s mission of celebrating Maine’s role in American art.
The auction will be at Sotheby’s auction house in New York City in October 2010.
The endowment will support the operation of the Farnsworth facilities that are devoted to the Maine-related work of Andrew Wyeth, as well as that of his father, N.C., and son Jamie.
Wyeth, whose work focused on coastal Maine and Pennsylvania’s Brandywine Valley, died at his Pennsylvania home on Jan. 16 at 91.