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Maine PBS to Premiere Program on Bowdoin Museum of Art

Story posted June 02, 2004

Maine PBS will air "Bowdoin College Museum of Art," the newest episode in a series of seven programs about the Maine Art Museum Trail, at 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 9.

The half-hour program offers an inside look at the permanent collection of this encyclopedic museum in its charming college setting. Paintings by Rembrandt, Rene Magritte and Winslow Homer, among others, are showcased in the program.

Viewers will also learn about the role the Bowdoin College Museum of Art has played in the education of Bowdoin's scholars.

The show features interviews with museum director Katy Kline, curator Alison Ferris, and Professor of Classical Archeology Jim Higginbotham.

Videographer Nick Woodward won a New England Emmy Award in Outstanding Achievement in Program Videography for his work on Maine PBS programming, including his camera work for the Bowdoin Museum of Art episode.

"Bowdoin College Museum of Art" will be rebroadcast on June 12 at 3:30 p.m., and throughout the month.

View a clip of the show on Maine PBS's Web site at

Click here to find your local Maine PBS station.

Copies of the episode will be available for purchase at the Museum Shop after it plays on television during June.

Maine PBS is producing the series in conjunction with the Maine Art Museum Trail - a partnership of seven of Maine's leading art museums that began in 1997. The Maine Art Museum Trail was established in an effort to increase public access to museums, educate residents and visitors about Maine's cultural heritage and equip museums with the tools to be effective promoters of cultural tourism.

Future episodes will focus on museums at the University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor, the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, the Portland Museum of Art, and Bates and Colby colleges. The museums' collections contain more than 55,000 works ranging from ancient to modern art.

Maine PBS's production "The Ogunquit Museum of American Art," premiered in 2003 and featured the permanent collection in the scenic coastal village of Ogunquit. Paintings in the Ogunquit collection include pieces by John Marin, Charles Woodbury and Henry Strater. Interviews with curator Michael Culver, art historian DeWitt Hardy and painter Edward Betts of Kennebunk provided insight into the history of the museum.

Major funding for production of the "Bowdoin College Museum of Art" program on Maine PBS was provided by Highland Green, an adult resort community and golf club in Topsham, proudly supporting the arts in Maine.

Maine Public Broadcasting is the largest member supported organization in Maine, providing public television and radio services to audiences in Maine, New Hampshire, and New Brunswick through Maine PBS and Maine Public Radio. MPBC attracts more than half a million viewers and listeners each week, and is the only informational, cultural and educational institution available to all Maine people every day.

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