Marsden Hartley, Canoe (Schiff), 1915, Oil on canvas with painted frame, 39 3/4 x 31 7/8 in., 2 x 44 3/8 x 3 in., Vilcek Collection, 2015.05.01

On View | Marsden Hartley: Adventurer in the Arts
September 20 – November 19, 2021

The exhibition, developed in collaboration with the Vilcek Foundation, brings together over 35 paintings and drawings spanning 36 years of the American Modernist artist’s career. These artworks will be exhibited alongside a selection of Hartley’s personal effects—mementos from his travels, snapshots, and keepsakes—the remarkable assemblage adds intimacy and depth, as well as a deeper understanding of his art, life, and wanderlust. 

On View | An Adventurous Spirit: The Jane Costello Wellehan Collection
November 5, 2021 – March 19, 2022

This exhibition celebrates the transformative gift of a significant collection and generous endowment by Jane Costello Wellehan ’60 (1938 – 2019), an alumna with deep multigenerational ties to Bates. The collection, which focuses primarily on artists living and exhibiting in Maine, includes nearly 100 works in a variety of media with particular strengths in painting and ceramics.

Upcoming | Lesley Dill: Wilderness, Light Sizzles Around Me
January 21, 2022 – March 19, 2022

This exhibition features artist Lesley Dill’s ongoing investigation into the voices and personas of the American past. For Dill, the voices grew from early America’s obsessions with divinity and deviltry, on fears of the wilderness “out there” and inside us. Dill has created two and three-dimensional wall hangings and sculptures that give form to and incorporate the words of activists including John Brown, Sojourner Truth, Anne Hutchinson, and Dred Scott.

As a teaching museum at a liberal arts college, the Museum of Art and its exhibitions, collections, stewardship, and interpretation bring a world of ideas to campus that enhance the vitality of the intellectual and cultural life of Bates, the surrounding communities, and beyond.


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Monday and Wednesday open until 7:30PM, September through May
Closed between exhibitions, see exhibition page for dates.

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