SPArC lecture series with Portland Museum of Art’s Mark Bessire on Nov. 29

Mark Bessire, director of Portland Museum of Art, comes to Saint Joseph’s College on November 29 as part of the college’s SPArC (Speakers, Performers, Artists and Culture) lecture series. Bessire will discuss historic Maine artist Winslow Homer and the impact Maine had on the prodigious painter’s work. In addition, Bessire will detail PMA’s recently completed project of renovating Homer’s National Historic Landmark studio on Prouts Neck in Scarborough.

In September, the Museum opened the Winslow Homer Studio and the museum-based exhibition Weatherbeaten: Winslow Homer and Maine. Both projects are significant, as they preserve Homer’s life and work as important parts of American art history. Homer (b. 1836) moved to Maine in 1883 and lived here until his death in 1910 at his Prouts Neck studio.

SPArC, a series started by Saint Joseph’s Art Department, stimulates artistic discourse in the Lakes Region by creating a platform that brings creative professionals to campus. Previous speakers include graphic designer Sean Wilkinson of Might & Main, a brand design firm in Portland. The series is free and open to the public. Bessire’s lecture takes place at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30) in Harold Alfond Hall, room 224, at Saint Joseph’s Standish campus. For more information on the series, contact Chris Sullivan at

November 12, 2012
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