Art in the Capitol
The Art in the Capitol program features work throughout the Capitol Complex and offers Maine artists an additional venue for their work. It is designed to expand the audience for Maine artists or artists working in Maine on Maine-based themes.
All Art in the Capitol exhibits are free and open to the public. Exhibitions are self-guided and may be viewed during the building hours where the exhibition is on display. Building hours: Maine Arts Commission Office 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; Capitol and Burton M. Cross Buildings 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
For more information about Art in the Capitol, contact Julie Horn, Visual Arts Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CURRENTLY ON DISPLAY
Showcasing Maine Veterans | September - December
The Maine Arts Commission is proud to present an exhibition of Maine veteran’s artwork in partnership with The VA Maine Healthcare Systems-Togus. The 39 pieces on display were created by veteran Maine artisrts and can be viewed throughout the Capitol Complex, hanging predominantly in the Burton M. Cross Building.
This exhibit serves to recognize Veteran’s service, showcase their art and encourage them to pursue their passion. We hope every veteran feels he or she has a place to promote their art, no matter their skill level or their passion.
"As a terminal cancer patient, creating art is extremely important for my attitude. It keeps me in a positive frame of mind. Creativity is my savior." - Jim Bazin
"It is a form of expression. It's like a window you can open to be anywhere you would like."- . Michael Christopher Lee
"Wildlife photography gives me the opportunity to be outside with nature." - Sandy Flint
"Staring at 80 years young I find creating art a satisfying endeavor. I push the brush but it's God's hands."- Ernest DeRaps
"My art helps me relax and put things in perspective." - Jeremy Drews
"I love finding interesting scenes on my adventures. When I take the photo, I have a reminder of my adventure."- Daphne Booth
"I have always loved hiking and camping in the forest. The marriage of my respect and appreciation of the Maine woods and the ability to create artwork from the trees that grow there is deeply satisfying and fulfilling." - Eddie Harrow
"By putting a piece of rawhide and two sticks together, you get transportation. We call our snowshoes usable art. Over 50 years of making traditional snowshoes." - Edmond Theriault,
"Mixed media is fun, quirky and pretty fun to work. Art is my passion and therapy all in one." - Lesley Corbett
Art has been a great escape. It is easy to get lost in the detail - a great distraction." - Coral Ouellette
"It is liberating to create art. It is almost a primordial urge to create." - Michael Tilbury
"It is the moment of making and creating from my mind to my hand that releases ideas onto the material I choose to work with." - Deborah A. Loughlin
Abstract series by Michel Droge
Presenting the color attentive work of Maine painter Michel Droge as a part of the Art in the Capitol program at State House Capitol Complex. This abstract body of work is on display on the ground floor of the Maine State House from September through December 30, 2019.
Michel Droge is a painter, printmaker, and an educator who resides in Portland, Maine. She creates works that employ the sociology of both humans and environmental ecosystems alike. When describing her works, the artists states “They embrace a layering of scientific research with inspiration from literary and poetic sources. The results are colorful atmospheric landscapes.” The current body of work in the State House draws inspiration from Mythology to the present day cultural and ecological exploitation on environmental and social ecosystems. Learn more here>
The Laws of Nature watercolor series by Katharine Cartwright
The Laws of Nature exhibition is a selection of 18 watercolors inspired by Cartwright’s life as both artist and scientist. Cartwright is an internationally recognized artist whose paintings are included in over one hundred private and corporate collections.
The Laws of Nature series has earned Cartwright international acclaim, with several of the paintings touring in China for two years as well as notable arts venues around the United States. Cartwright’s works also appear in publications such as A Walk into Abstracts, Best of America Watermedia Artists, and Professional Artist Magazine. Most recently, one was featured as a full-page in the journal American Scientist. Learn more here>