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The Portland Museum: Historic Artists Studios

The Winslow Homer Studio at Prout's Neck, Maine.  The Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine. Artist's studios and the preservation of a national culture.
The Winslow Homer Studio at Prout's Neck, Maine. The Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine. Artist's studios and the preservation of a national culture.
©Stillman Rogers Phography 2012

The Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine, is now presenting a special program entitled Preserving Creative Spaces: The Historic Artists' Homes and Studios Program in conjunction with the 2014 opening of their Winslow Homer Studio. The special exhibition opened in March and will run through June 1, 2014.

The Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine
©Stillman Rogers Photography 2012

The preservation of a national cultural heritage

As the owner and caretaker of the Winslow Homer studio, the PMA also has become a member of Historic Artists' Homes and Studios (HAHS), a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This special exhibition showcases the approximately 40 artists homes and studios around the country that are members of this program.

Properties included in the association’s inventory include the Jackson Pollack property on Long Island, the Grant Wood House in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the Bush-Holley Historic Site in Connecticut, the Georgia O’Keefe House and Studio in New Mexico and the N.C. Wyeth House in Chadd’s Ford Delaware. The Portland Museum of Art acquired the Winslow Homer Studio in 2006 and spent the next six years stabilizing the building and restoring it. It was opened to the public in 2012.

The PMA and the preservation of Winslow Homer’s Studio

The acquisition of the Winslow Homer Studio brought with it membership in the National Trust program that is aimed at the preservation of the homes and studios of artists and the promotion of education about their value as part of the nation’s cultural heritage.

The Winslow Homer studio is situated in a high end settlement of shingle cottages on the rocky promontory of Prout’s Neck in Scarborough, Maine. Homer’s brother Charles owned a property there and Winslow Homer converted an outbuilding into a studio when he became enthralled by the rough coastline and the sea. Because of its location, visitation must be arranged through the Portland Museum of Art.

Getting there

The Portland Museum of Art is at 7 Congress Square, Portland Maine. Take I-95 north through New Hampshire and, just south of Portland, take I-295 east to Portland. Take exit 6-A onto Forest Avenue south. At the first traffic light bear right onto State Street (Route 77) and at the top of the hill turn left onto Congress Street, the museum will be on the right.