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Inside the Artist Colonies of Cape Ann and Monhegan Island
At first glance, Cape Ann, Massachusetts and Monhegan Island, Maine seem to have little in common. One is a mainland peninsula with close ties to Boston and the other is among the most remote inhabited islands in the United States. However what unites the two places is a rich history of artist visitors and long-term residents that has caused both to be called "art colonies." Indeed, a significant number of artists have worked in both places and were often inspired by the specific topography and society of each place to produce distinctly different modes of art, as is the focus of the current exhibition Cape Ann & Monhegan Island Vistas. This virtual program unites the two institutions that partnered in making this exciting exhibition, the Monhegan Museum of Art & History and the Cape Ann Museum, and offers insight into these unique contexts for American art for friends and members of each museum to learn more about the other.

Jan 27, 2022 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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William L. Coleman
Director of Collections & Exhibitions @The Olana Partnership
Dr. William L. Coleman is an art historian and curator specializing in American landscape art. He is a member of the board of the Monhegan Museum of Art & History and currently serves as Director of Collections & Exhibitions for The Olana Partnership, working alongside New York State Parks to preserve and interpret the 90,000 object permanent collection, archives, and iconic buildings of the artist Frederic Church’s iconic 250-acre designed landscape in Hudson, New York. He was previously Associate Curator of American Art at the Newark Museum of Art. He has been a fellow of the Smithsonian Institution and the National Endowment for the Humanities and has published a variety of work on the history of art, architecture, and music.
Leon Doucette
Curatorial Assistant @Cape Ann Museum
Leon Doucette is an award-winning artist who has served on the Cape Ann Museum’s curatorial staff for over a decade. He was born and raised on Cape Ann and studied painting at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, NH. Upon returning to Gloucester in 2011, Leon joined the staff of the Cape Ann Museum. While working in tandem with curator Martha Oaks, Leon has become intimately acquainted with Cape Ann history and art. The pair is responsible for the care, interpretation, and exhibition of the Museum’s permanent collection, as well as its special exhibitions. Selected special exhibitions Leon has worked on include Marsden Hartley: Soliloquy in Dogtown (2012), John Sloan: Gloucester Days (2015), Drawn from Nature and on Stone: The Lithographs of Fitz Henry Lane (2017), and Homer at the Beach: A Marine Painter's Journey, 1869-1880 (2019). Leon’s curatorial perspective is uniquely informed by his “hands on” experience as a practicing painter.