ROCKLAND — The Farnsworth Art Museum has announced Paul Caponigro as the recipient of the 2011 Maine in America Award. The award is presented by the Farnsworth’s Presidents Council to honor an individual or group who has made an outstanding contribution to Maine’s role in American art. This year’s presentation will occur during the Farnsworth Art Museum’s Summer Gala, which will take place Saturday, June 25, on the museum grounds. The previous winners of the Maine in America Award were John Wilmerding (2006), Andrew Wyeth (2007), Will Barnet (2008), Robert Indiana (2009) and Alex Katz (2010).
Caponigro stands among the foremost landscape photographers of our time. His first one-man exhibition took place in 1958 at the George Eastman House, one of the country’s most important photography museums. In 1960, Caponigro became a consultant for Polaroid Corporation in the photo research department. During this period, he also began teaching photography part-time at Boston University. Over the course of his career, Caponigro has lectured, taught and shown his works in museums, galleries and universities throughout the world. Today, his original photographs are found in major museum collections in the United States and abroad.
Caponigro first was introduced to Maine as a boy, when he came to the Gardiner area in the summers with his family. He immediately was taken by its natural beauty. His first photographs in Maine date from the very beginning of his career in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He has had a long relationship with the Maine Media Workshops, where he has taught regularly. After living in New Mexico and California for more than 20 years, in 1993 Caponigro returned to Maine to live in Cushing year-round.
The 2011 Farnsworth Art Museum Gala, the kickoff to the summer season on the midcoast, will feature a fabulous culinary experience by Swan’s Way of Lincolnville. Dress is cocktail attire, and cost is $250 per person. Sponsorships are available, but seating is limited, so reserve early. All proceeds help support the museum’s public programs. To make a reservation, call 596-6457, ext. 143.
The Farnsworth Art Museum celebrates Maine’s ongoing role in American art. It offers a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America’s greatest artists, with 20,000 square feet of gallery space and more than 10,000 works in the collection. The Farnsworth has one of the largest public collections of works by sculptor Louise Nevelson, while its Wyeth Center features works by N.C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth. Its two National Register historic sites, the Farnsworth Homestead and the Olson House, and Julia’s Gallery for Young Artists complete the museum complex. Visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org for more information on current exhibitions, programs and events.