An ongoing film series featuring some of Maine’s most distinguished artists
sponsored by the Union of Maine Visual Artists


Support the Project

The MAINE MASTERS PROJECT is made possible through generous grants and donations of time and money from foundations, individuals and businesses that believe in our mission: to support a vital contemporary art community in Maine and to celebrate the artists who make this community so dynamic. This series represents part of the rich legacy of the art and artists of Maine.

We currently have thirteen completed films, with another seven in various stages of production (see Archives / In Production) awaiting necessary funding for completion. Please contribute what you can.

The Union of Maine Visual Artists is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit, educational organization so all donations are tax deductible. Please send your contributions to: UMVA Maine Masters, c/o Jackie Bennett, UMVA Treasurer, PO Box 51, Walpole, ME 04573-0051

Other projects in need of funding include artists selected by the Maine Masters Committee:

Artist Portraits: Ashley Bryan, Jon Imber, William Irvine, Yvonne Jacquette, Cabot Lyford, Natasha Mayers, Emily Nelligan, Carlo Pittore, Abby Shahn and J. Fred Woell

The Maine - New York Connection includes profiles of five painters whose artistic lives are deeply rooted in New York City as well as in Maine: Lois Dodd, Stephen Pace, William Thon, Joseph Fiore and David Driskell. Other films in production that highlight this connection are portraits of Ashley Bryan, Jon Imber, Yvonne Jacquette, Emily Nelligan and Carlo Pittore. We have opened the door to broadcasting in New York through a meeting with WNET, the NY public television station, which has expressed interest. Your contributions to help make this happen are greatly appreciated.

Our freely downloadable curriculum guide series represents our commitment to sharing these films with high school and college students. Through these portraits, students learn about the lives of active artists responding to the world around them. These guides provide an opportunity to study the social, political and geographical influences on these artists and to participate in art-making activities that lead to an understanding of materials.

Each profile costs $25-35,000 to produce, with distribution of the DVD and the development of a curriculum guide for the Maine Masters website an additional $10,000. However large or small your contribution may be, we are grateful for your support -- and for your commitment to celebrating the art and artists of Maine.


Sponsored by the Union of Maine Visual Artists, an educational organization promoting Maine art.

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