Group Tours

Maine in America is the museum’s permanent collection that traces the development of art in Maine within the larger context of American art history, featuring such well-known artists as Fitz Henry Lane, George Bellows, Frank Benson, Mardsen Hartley, John Marin, Rockwell Kent, Lois Dodd, and Neil Welliver.Through this tour you will explore why artists have always been drawn to our state and how they have depicted its landscape and people.
 
Louise Nevelson (1899-1986) was a nationally-known artist and sculptor who grew up in Rockland, Maine. Best known for her installations and assemblages of stacked boxes filled with found wooden objects, Nevelson helped redefine modern American sculpture. The Farnsworth’s collection of Nevelson’s works is the second largest in the United States and spans six decades of the artist’s long career. Teacher resource packet with slides and posters is available.    
The Wyeths are a three-generation family of famous artists. Newell Convers (N.C.) Wyeth, most well-known for his book illustrations, son Andrew, who painted the iconic Christina’s World, and grandson James, have all been influenced by Maine and its people since N.C. brought his family to summer here in 1920. Participants can discover the common themes and shared artistic traditions as well as the differences in the distinct styles of each generation.  
The Farnsworth Homestead, an historic Victorian residence, was the home of William Farnsworth and his family in Rockland, Maine. Built in 1849, the home was designed in the architectural style known as Greek Revival. Lucy also left instructions that the family’s house be maintained with the original furnishings and be kept open to the public. Because of her generosity and foresight, we are fortunate to have a time capsule of Victorian life, complete with original furniture, where students learn about mid-nineteenth century lifestyles and customs of a merchant-class family.
 
The Olson House, located in Cushing, Maine, is the subject of numerous works of art by Andrew Wyeth, including Christina’s World, 1948, now owned by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Wyeth’s series of drawings, watercolors, and tempera paintings featuring Christina Olson, her brother Alvaro and the house itself, occupied Wyeth from 1939 to 1968.
 
The site was gifted to the Farnsworth Art Museum by John and Lee Adams Scully in 1991, and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995. Students will enjoy learning about the Olsons and life on a Maine saltwater farm during the first half of the twentieth century.