The Linda G. and Donald N. Zillman Art Museum – University of Maine opens its five new galleries to the public on September 11. The new galleries, located on the second floor of 40 Harlow St., increase the museum’s exhibition space by 42% and allow the opening of nine new fall exhibitions.
The expansion project was made possible by a principal donation of $ 1.3 million from longtime benefactors of the Don and Linda Zillman Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Additional donations and pledges totaling over $ 300,000 were provided by individuals and foundations, including the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation, and the AR and Marylouise Tandy Foundation. The fundraiser was coordinated by the University of Maine Foundation.
“The expansion of the Zillman Art Museum is an exciting example of what is possible thanks to the vision and generosity of donors and community partners,” said UMaine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy. “This leadership and investment will impact UMaine Museum patrons of all ages, for generations to come.”
The new galleries feature an oversized and inviting glass entrance that welcomes visitors into the building. The five named galleries dramatically enhance the guest experience by providing space to further display the works of ZAM’s outstanding contemporary collection, as well as to mount additional exhibitions by contemporary artists of national significance.
“Don and Linda Zillman’s transformative gift and the contributions of many other donors have had a profound impact on the Zillman Art Museum and the advancement of its contemporary art mission,” said Museum Director and Curator George Kinghorn . “This expansion project ultimately benefits the citizens of Maine and visitors to our great state. ZAM is now an even bigger destination for those who wish to discover the art of our time.
Along with the opening of the new galleries, the museum will present nine new exhibitions which will open to the public on September 11. The fall exhibitions feature works by artists from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Miami and the Czech Republic.
Fall exhibitions open to the public on September 11 include: Anne Arnold: The Soul of It; Shona Macdonald: tender earth; Open objective: photographs from the collection; Sidney Russell: The big point; Emily Eveleth: Possessive future; Roman Franc: Look at the Birdie; Amy Stein: Domesticated; Inflorescence: works of the Collection.
The museum’s opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information or to request reasonable accommodation, call 207.581.3300.