Illustration is an art form with an ancestral home in Maine. We have a rich legacy of attracting notable illustrators to our state such as Dahlov Ipcar, Ashley Bryan, Barbara Cooney, NC Wyeth, Rockwell Kent, and Francis Hamabe.
Fortunately, this legacy continues. In fact, we’d like to make the case that we’re currently living in a Golden Age of Illustration in Maine. Curators of this show at Illustration Institute believe that there are more illustrators living in our state, either year round or seasonally, than in any other time in history.
We heartily believe this is something to celebrate! Come explore the published work of over 80 historic and contemporary illustrators – old friends and new talent!
Hosted by Brick Store Museum | Curated by Illustration Institute
Supported by the Perloff Family Foundation, Davis Family Foundation & The Onion Foundation
Upcoming illustration programs:
Saturday, February 11, 2pm | Stephen Costanza Visits the Museum!
Stephen will be playing Joplin piano rags on his keyboard as well as a reading from his popular children’s book “King of Ragtime”. Stephen will show some current work and works in progress and host a Q&A. Open to the public, free!
Tuesday, February 14 | Joe Rosshirt Presents!
Students at Kennebunk High School will learn about digital art and illustration from artist Joe Rosshirt!
Friday, February 24 | Illustrator Roundtable Discussion & Dinner
Maine illustrators will join us at the table for a fun, free-flowing discussion of their careers, artwork, and everything in between. This program is in conjunction with the current exhibition, “The Great State of Illustration in Maine,” curated by Illustration Institute.
Guests include: Scott Nash, Melissa Sweet, Chris van Dusen, and Rebekah Lowell.
THE GREAT STATE of ILLUSTRATION in MAINE includes works by:
Peggy Bacon (1895-1987)
Claire Luce Baldwin
Karyl (Maeder) Bannister (1936- 2021)
Jo Moyer Battick
Ashley Bryan (1923-2022)
Jonathan Balzano Brookes
Barbara Cooney (1917-2000)
Maurice “Jake” Day (1892-1983)
Nancy Cooper Funk
Francis Hamabe (1917-2002)
Edward Hopper (1882-1967)
Dahlov Ipcar (1917-2017)
Rockwell Kent (1882-1971)
Mary Anne Lloyd
Charles E. Martin (1910-1995)
Emma Lucille McCabe
Holly Meade (1956-2013)
Tim Nihoff (1962-2017)
Annie Sibley O’Brien
Edward Shenton (1895-1977)
NC Wyeth (1882-1945)