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  • 10 Oct 2017 12:32 PM | Anonymous member


      In recognition of the 50th anniversary of painter James Fitzgerald’s death in 2021, the James Fitzgerald Legacy at the Monhegan Museum of Art & History has released the first volume from the James Fitzgerald catalogue raisonné project, entitled James Fitzgerald: The Drawings and Sketches. This first in-depth presentation of Fitzgerald’s preliminary studies discusses his drawing process and enables readers to experience the evolution of Fitzgerald’s process from initial sketch to finished work.

    Written by Robert L. Stahl, Director of the James Fitzgerald Legacy at the Monhegan Museum of Art & History, the 340-page catalogue is illustrated with more than 750 images. The book brings together images from multiple sources, reflecting Fitzgerald’s wide range of subject matter from locations such as Maine’s Monhegan Island and Mount Katahdin, Ireland, New York, and others. The catalogue highlights rarely seen sketches from collections at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art in Washington, D.C. and the Monhegan Museum of Art & History, and presents them alongside the corresponding paintings allowing for greater access to Fitzgerald’s work by the general public.

    James Fitzgerald: The Drawings and Sketches includes contributions by E. Bruce Robertson, Professor of History of Art and Architecture and Director of the Art, Design & Architecture Museum at UC Santa Barbara, and Karen A. Sherry, an independent art historian specializing in American art

    About the James Fitzgerald Legacy at the Monhegan Museum of Art & History

    The Monhegan Museum of Art & History was given the James E. Fitzgerald Estate by Anne M. Hubert, his surviving heir, in 2003. The estate includes the Hubert Collection of paintings by James Fitzgerald, the artist’s library, and an archive of original papers and artist’s materials pertaining to his life and work, along with his house and studio on Monhegan, which were built and occupied by artist Rockwell Kent during the first decade of the 20th century.

    Anne M. and Edgar F. Hubert, close friends and patrons of Fitzgerald’s during his lifetime, became his heirs and benefactors at his death. They catalogued his output, promoted his art, organized solo exhibitions, and worked diligently to place his work in museums. Largely through their efforts, more than 150 of Fitzgerald’s paintings are part of 28 museum collections from Maine to Alaska. In 1992, the Huberts donated a treasure trove of the artist’s ephemera and sketchbooks to the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art in Washington, D.C.

    The James Fitzgerald Legacy operates within the framework of the Monhegan Museum of Art & History to preserve, protect, and promote the artist’s estate.  In 2009, the Legacy initiated a catalogue raisonné project to identify and document all extant work by Fitzgerald. Through this process, the Legacy has developed a database that preserves information about the artist’s history along with detailed information regarding his work. To date, more than 2,350 works have been documented. In 2012, the Legacy launched its website,, where entries from the catalogue raisonné are presented in a searchable format. Approximately 900 works have been added to this website, allowing a wide audience unprecedented access to James Fitzgerald’s work.


    About artist James E. Fitzgerald

    James E. Fitzgerald (1899-1971) was born in Boston, Massachusetts. By the age of four, his parents recognized his artistic talents and built a studio space for him in the family’s attic. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1918-1919, Fitzgerald enrolled first in the Massachusetts School of Art (1919-1923) and subsequently attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, both in Boston (1923-24). In 1924, he made his first visit to Monhegan Island.

    In 1928, Fitzgerald sailed as an able-bodied seaman on the Dorothy Luckenbach out of New York City, working his way to the West coast. Although he had intended to reach Alaska, his travels took him to Monterey, California, where he settled, married, and built a home and studio. While in Monterey, he became a part of the circle of friends who gathered at the Cannery Row marine biology laboratory of Edward ‘Doc’ Ricketts. The group included John Steinbeck, Krishnamurti, John Cage, and Joseph Campbell, among others. He continued to travel east and paint on Monhegan during those years, and he eventually decided to settle there in 1943. Its remoteness led to the dissolution of his marriage, and Fitzgerald, who in the 1940s had exhibited at Vose Gallery in Boston, gradually withdrew from the commercial art world.

    On Monhegan, Fitzgerald became part of the year-round community, purchasing first the studio and then the house built by Rockwell Kent in the first decade of the 20th century. For the last 25 years of his life, Fitzgerald visited Mt. Katahdin in the off-season to paint, and in the late 1960s he visited Ireland several times, where he died on the island of Aranmore suddenly in April 1971.

    About the Monhegan Museum of Art  & History

    The Monhegan Museum of Art & History is located in the historic Monhegan Island Light Station, 12 nautical miles off the coast of Maine and was created to steward and showcase the art and artifacts that represent the collective values of its community and to educate and communicate its meaning. The Monhegan Lighthouse Keeper’s House contains exhibits of Monhegan’s history. The Assistant Keeper’s House has an art gallery that displays annual art exhibitions featuring the museums’ art collection that spans more than 150 years.  Additionally, the Rockwell Kent/James Fitzgerald Historic Artists’ Home and Studio display a collection of works by Fitzgerald. The museum is open daily from June 24 through September and the Kent/Fitzgerald Home and Studio are open two days a week and by appointment throughout the summer.


  • 03 Aug 2017 10:45 AM | Anonymous member


    The New Brunswick Museum (NBM), the oldest operating public museum in Canada, is seeking a dynamic leader to fill the role of Chief Executive Officer in Saint John. 

    The NBM was established by an Act of the New Brunswick Legislature as the provincial museum, with the mandate to research, collect, preserve and interpret the natural, human and cultural heritage of the province of New Brunswick and related regions. The Museum is governed by a Board of Directors, responsible for the planning, policy and financial management. It has over 50 full time equivalent positions in its two present facilities, one of which is a 60,000 square foot exhibit gallery. Over the next few years, the NBM will be embarking on a comprehensive facilities renewal process.

    The Chief Executive Officer is accountable to the Board of Directors. His or her mandate is the management of operations and the provision of leadership in long range planning, funding development, policy and planning, public relations, service delivery and project management.

    ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate will possess the following skills, abilities and attributes:

    • ·         A university degree in public or business administration, history, archaeology, anthropology or any other related field of study supplemented by a minimum of eight (8) years of progressive management experience;
    • ·         Demonstrated skills and work experience in financial and project management, and in strategic planning;
    • ·         Experience in working with an appointed Board of Directors;
    • ·         Experience in coaching and managing a diverse work team;
    • ·         Strong interpersonal and public relations skills that will enhance community participation; and,
    • ·         Experience with partnership building, fundraising and community engagement is also required.

    An equivalent combination of education, training and experience may be considered.

    Written and spoken competence in English and French is required. Please state your language capability.

    Applicants must clearly demonstrate the essential qualifications to be given further consideration. Please ensure that preferred language for assessment is identified on your resume.

    ASSET QUALIFICATIONS: Preference may be given to candidates that possess experience managing a museum and/or heritage facility or a government operated facility.

    Subject to the response to this competition, candidates may be required to demonstrate on their application of the asset qualifications in addition to the essential qualifications in order to be given further consideration.

    EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP COMPETENCIES: The successful candidate will possess the following behavioral competencies:

    • ·         Coaching and Team Development
    • ·         Organizational Awareness
    • ·         Organizational Commitment
    • ·         Relationship Building
    • ·         Results Orientation
    • ·         Strategic Thinking

    Resumes should be in chronological order specifying education and employment in months and years including part-time and full-time employment. This competition may be used to fill future vacancies at the same level.

    SALARY: $90,766 to $102,206 annually

    We encourage applicants to apply on-line at, by email to or by mail at the following address on or before August 25, 2017 indicating competition number THC-17-12.



    P.O. BOX 6000, FREDERICTON, NB E3B 5H1

    (506) 453-3115

    We thank all those who apply however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

    As per the Civil Service Act, candidates registered with the Equal Employment Opportunity Program and veterans, who demonstrate they are among the most qualified, shall be given preference at the time of appointment.

    We promote a scent-reduced environment.

    We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • 10 Jul 2017 2:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Institutions seeking funding to preserve American historical prints in their collections are invited to submit applications to the American Historical Print Collectors Society for a Wendy Shadwell Print Conservation Grant. The artwork to be treated must be at least one hundred years old and the institution must be a member of the AHPCS. Non-members seeking funding are encouraged to join the Society.  For an online membership application form, please go to

    Wendy Joan Shadwell passed away on October 23, 2007.  Wendy was a long-time curator at the New-York Historical Society, the author of many scholarly articles, and a past president of the AHPCS.  She left a substantial bequest to the American Historical Print Collectors Society to encourage interest in American historical prints. An area of special concern to Wendy was the “Preservation of Early American Prints,” and the Wendy Shadwell Print Conservation Grant Program has been established to further that aim.

    Proposals for the Shadwell Conservation Grants are reviewed twice a year and are due March 31 and September 30, 2017.  Awards will be announced following the board meetings of the AHPCS in May and November.  For more information about the grants please contact Roger Genser, Chairperson, Shadwell Print Conservation Subcommittee, PO Box 5133, Santa Monica, CA 90409 or refer to the AHPCS website,

  • 23 Jun 2017 3:27 PM | Anonymous member

    The Islesboro Historical Society is looking for recommendations for somebody to conduct an appraisal of our collection (the last one was prepared about 2004) and to identify and inventory items that should be stored and maintained in a climate-controlled environment. Our 1894 building is unheated and we're increasingly concerned about some of our items. Please contact our president, Patrick O'Bannon, at if you have recommendations. We'll be monitoring this page as well. Many thanks!!

  • 15 Jun 2017 12:52 PM | Anonymous member

    The Maine Mineral & Gem Museum located in Bethel, Maine is seeking a Community Outreach Coordinator to join our team. The right candidate shall be self-motivated, able to work in a dynamic group environment, shall possess excellent oral and written communication skills, has computer proficiency including Adobe Photoshop, and is social media savvy.

    Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

    -Liaison with community partners

    -Managing and maintenance of Museum memberships

    -Creation, development and implementation of media campaigns

    -Producing quality advertising photography

    -Coordinating all aspects of museum events, including: logistics, correspondence, and printed materials.

    -General office management duties

    -Volunteer Recruitment, organization and leadership


    -Equivalent degree or three plus years of business/development experience. Marketing experience highly desirable.

    -Proven success in meeting and exceeding performance goals.

    -Must have documented successful partnership cultivation experience and a keen understanding of fundraising/income development.

    Compensation is dependent upon experience.  This position is approximately 30 hours per week.

    Qualified candidates should send resume and at least three business references to Barbra Barrett at

  • 12 Jun 2017 12:25 PM | Anonymous member

    The Castine Historical Society (CHS) continues our search for an energetic leader and historian who can share our passion for Castine and its rich history. Located in two historic buildings on the Town Common, CHS is dedicated to engaging residents and visitors of all ages in the exploration of Castine’s diverse historical resources. The Abbott School building now houses permanent and seasonal exhibits and a community meeting space. In 2008, CHS purchased and carefully restored the Grindle House, a mid-19th century, three-story home of the Greek Revival style which now serves as the research center and archival storage for the Society’s historical collections. Governed by an active volunteer board of 15 members, and guided by a strategic plan that was completed in 2016, CHS is ready to welcome its first Executive Director. CHS has an endowment currently valued at $5.4 million, a 2017 budget of approximately $270,000, and employs a full-time curator and a part-time administrative assistant to support the engagement of an active corps of volunteer docents, guides, and event volunteers. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and résumé to Starboard Leadership Consulting at the following address The cover letter and résumé should contain detailed information concerning work experience, past successes, leadership experience, qualifications, and fundraising capabilities.  Review of applications will begin on July 10, 2017.

  • 05 May 2017 12:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Now accepting session proposals through June 15, 2017.

    Click here to submit your session proposal. 

    In 2020 Maine will be observing its bicentennial, a milestone that commemorates and celebrates the establishment of our statehood, and our journey before and since. The occasion will also provide a forum to reflect on our history and culture, both traditional and transitioning, and where we’ve come from and where we are headed as people and institutions in the great State of Maine.

    In anticipation of this milestone, MAM seeks conference session proposalsthat address the commemoration and interpretation of Maine’s upcoming bicentennial, as well as various other topics such as educational and event programming, advocacy, diversity and inclusion, preservation and collections care, fundraising, and governance.

    Share your knowledge, generate dialogue, and discuss ideas with colleagues from throughout Maine!

    The Association of Maine Archives and Museums is seeking qualified presenters to submit session proposals that fit this theme and advance MAM’s mission to support and promote Maine’s collecting institutions. Session proposals will be considered in the following formats:

    • Panel Sessions—90-minute session block with two or more presenters discussing a topic that can inform or inspire participants in their work.
    • Workshops—90-minute block with one or more presenters offering hands-on opportunities for skill building.
    • Poster Exhibits—Display material presenting a project or exhibit that your institution would like to share with a larger audience that has relevance to the field at large.

    The MAM Program Committee seeks proposals that will inspire organizations of various sizes and disciplines and are especially visionary. Case studies will be considered, but proposals that are clearly more applicable to the field at large will have priority. Topics may include but are not limited to:

    • Attracting new volunteers and members
    • Case statements, grant writing and other fundraising appeals
    • Effective marketing initiatives
    • Youth initiatives
    • Innovative educational or interpretive programming

    Click here to submit your session proposal.  Proposals will be reviewed in mid-June and applicants will be notified by mid-July, 2017 about whether their proposal was accepted.

    Please note:  MAM is unable to offer stipends, honorarium, or travel reimbursement to presenters.  Presenters who plan to attend other sessions during the conference must register and will receive the discounted Early Bird MAM member rate.

  • 29 Apr 2017 12:49 PM | Anonymous member

    The Brick Store Museum seeks Visitor Services Associates, (part-time) responsible for initial visitor engagement, administrative support, and retail operations during the hours he/she works. Museum is seeking help to fill specific hours, as follows:

    Hours: Wednesdays 5:00pm – 8:00pm; Saturdays 1:00pm – 4:00pm; Sundays 12:00pm – 4:00pm

    Hourly Pay: $10/hr

    Essential Duties:

    • Welcome and provide information to visitors about their Museum visit
    • Greet, direct and assist visitors
    • Perform cashier duties at the Front Desk, including admission ticket sales and Museum Store sales
    • Routes phone calls to correct staff phones, and/or responds to caller questions
    • Assists Engagement Coordinator with web presence, including archiving Museum press releases online
    • Takes visual inventory of shop items and replenishes shelves when necessary
    • May assist in special events and special museum projects in down time
    • Assists with other projects as assigned


    • Knowledge of Kennebunk/Kennebunkport/Wells area to assist guests with travel questions
    • Understanding of general Museum environment and its mission in the community
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications and knowledge of how to use iPad point-of-sale system
    • Highly motivated and self-directed
    • Ability to work on a flexible schedule which may include evenings or weekends
    • Able to work with a wide variety of visitors, including all age groups and learning levels
    • Friendly, informative and welcoming demeanor; should be community-oriented and enjoy promoting Museum’s educational mission

    To apply, please email cover letter and resume to Executive Director Cynthia Walker,

  • 12 Apr 2017 12:46 PM | Anonymous member

    The Abbe Museum is looking for a Producer whose focus will be creating and launching the annual Abbe Museum Indian Market (inaugural event is May 18-20, 2018). This position will coordinate the activities, tasks, and events leading up to AMIM and will lead planning efforts with the support of the Abbe team and a volunteer AMIM Committee. The Producer will work closely with the President/CEO and will implement policies established by the President/CEO and the Trustees. This is a part-time (20 hours) contract position. 

    For more information, including details on how to apply, please visit our website

  • 12 Apr 2017 11:32 AM | Anonymous member

    The Wendell Gilley Museum in Southwest Harbor, Maine seeks people who love to interact with visitors of all ages to represent the museum at our front desk and gallery space. As a Visitor Services Associate, you are responsible for greeting museum guests and groups in a friendly manner and sharing the museum’s unique story; engaging guests with our exhibits and activities; processing fees, memberships, and sales in the gift shop and providing program support as needed. 

    This is a seasonal position available part-time from May 23 through October 28, 2017.  The position includes Saturdays and may include some holidays, special event work, or occasional evening hours. Ideal candidates for this position will have exceptional customer service and interpersonal skills. Retail experience including merchandising and handling sales transactions is preferred. A high school diploma and interesting life experience are required for this position, a bachelor’s degree or coursework preferred. See a full job description on our website. To apply, please send a brief letter describing your interest and qualifications for the position along with a resume to: EOE.

    The Wendell Gilley Museum celebrates the life and work of Wendell Gilley, a pioneer in the field of decorative bird carving. It teaches the art of bird carving and presents art exhibitions and educational programs with a special focus on people, nature, and artTo learn more visit our website at

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