Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2021
January 18, 2021

For Martin Luther King Day 2021, the Bates Museum of Art will offer a remote tour of our Lets Celebrate Ashley Bryan! exhibition featuring paintings, prints, drawings, and collages by the prominent African American artist, many of which have recently entered the museum’s permanent collection. This tour will be available through a Zoom link to both the Bates community and public at large. Guided by Caitlin Patton, Synergy Fellow for Museum Education and assisted by Anthony Shostak, Education Curator, the tour will provide information about Bryan’s life, influences, various techniques and mediums he used to create his work, as well as the exhibition’s central subject matter and themes which are centered on African American experience. The tour will last 40-60 minutes, ample opportunity for questions.

Evolve: a changing exhibition of work from the collection
October 21, 2020 – March 20, 2021

For much of the academic year, the museum is presenting an informal, changing exhibition of works from the collection. Rather than focusing on one theme or discipline, Evolve comprises artworks in a variety of media, including recent acquisitions, seldom seen objects, and those that are often incorporated into curriculum.

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Let’s Celebrate Ashley Bryan!
October 21, 2020 – March 20, 2021

97-year-old African American artist Ashley Bryan is one of Maine’s cultural treasures. He is internationally recognized for the dozens of books he has written and illustrated, including Beautiful BlackbirdThe Night Has Ears: African Proverbs, and Ashley Bryan’s ABC of African American Poetry. Bryan is also a gifted painter. This exhibition includes many of his paintings, prints, illustrations, books, and a video of Bryan reading/performing Beautiful Blackbird. 

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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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