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ORONO, Maine — The Wyeth Family Studio Art Center was dedicated on Sept. 29 at the University of Maine, honoring the legacy of the three generations of internationally recognized artists linked to the state’s visual arts tradition.
David Michaelis, the author of two national bestsellers, including “N.C. Wyeth: A Biography,” spoke on “Father. Mother. Front Porch. Easel, the Wyeth House of Masters.”
The Wyeth Center is UMaine’s new studio art facility, located in the recently renovated Stewart new media and art complex on campus. The more than $10 million renovation of Stewart, formerly a student dining facility, was made possible with funding from grants primarily from the Maine Technology Institute, state bonds and private support, which included contributions from Bangor Savings Bank and members of the UMaine Class of 1963.
The private donations also included the $1 million naming gift in honor of the Wyeth family made possible through the efforts of Maine business leader Charles Cawley and Bank of America.
The Wyeth Family Studio Art Center is part of a three-phase capital campaign to support UMaine’s visual arts education in the state and to recognize the longstanding, art communities across Maine.
The first phase of the UMaine capital construction campaign for the arts was completed in 2006 with the renovation of UMaine’s historic Lord Hall to house the art education and art history programs.
The Wyeth Center includes studios for painting, printmaking, photography and 3-D design, as well as classroom space. The Hartgen Drawing Studio is named in honor of the founder of the University of Maine Department of Art, artist Vincent Hartgen.
Also located in 43,600-square-foot building is the university’s new Innovative Media Research and Commercialization Center, home to the department of new media.