The Maine Masters Project is an ongoing series of portraits of
some of Maine’s most compelling yet under-recognized artists.
The series was conceived in 1999 by Robert Shetterly and Deb Vendetti
of the Union of Maine Visual Artists as an archive of interviews
with Maine artists.
Since 2000 Richard Kane has been collaborating with a committee
of Maine’s most recognized artists, writers, and curators
including: Bruce Brown, Carl Little, Suzette McAvoy, Caren-Marie
Michel, Robert Shetterly and Deb Vendetti and has created this
award-winning series that has screened in film festivals and premiered
in Maine’s finest museums as well as New York’s National
Academy Museum and Sony Wonder Technology Lab.
The series has broadcast on Maine’s public broadcasting
network as well as the commercial network The CW (WPME, Portland/Auburn).
The Project launched a website www.mainemasters.com
and created a curriculum guide for the most recent episode on
Maine/New York painter Stephen Pace as well as raised funds to
distribute the Pace DVD to every high school in Maine and southwestern
Indiana where Pace now resides.
To purchase DVDs and view clips of each of the completed nine
episodes go to www.mainemasters.com/artists
To view clips of the most recent two episodes (Stephen Pace and
Lois Dodd) click on their names at the right. Two in production
and slated for 2010 completion are: Beverly Hallam and David Larson
(directed by Soren Larson).
Films in development and in need of completion funding include
portraits of the following Maine artists: Ashley Bryan, David
Driskell, Joe Fiore, Beverly Hallam, Charlie Hewitt, William Irvine,
Yvonne Jacquette, Cabot Lyford, Emily Nelligan and Carlo Pittore.
To view clips of those in development, click on their names at
Each half hour episode of the Maine Masters Project is budgeted
at $25,000 +/- with additional funds for a curriculum guide. Each
of the episodes in development are partially funded and will be
completed when funding is secured.
Please contact us if you would like more details how you can make
this series available to students and many others.
or call 207-359-2320.
The Maine Masters Project has been generously funded by the Maine
Arts Commission, the Maine Community Foundation, the Maine Humanities
Council, Lolly and James Mitchell, the Belvedere Fund, the Marshall
Dodge Memorial Fund, Brimstone, Vanguard Charitable Endowment
Program, John Payson, Stephen & Pam Pace, Beverly Hallam,
Mary Leigh Smart, USI Foundation, Southwestern Indiana Regional
Arts Council, Indiana Arts Commission, Castine Arts Association,
Strout Family Foundation, William Thon Estate.
The Curriculum Guide Series
The curriculum guides are key to getting the impact the series is
designed for – to influence the next generation of artists
Written by Melody Lewis-Kane and arts educator Corliss Chastain
(University of Southern Maine) the guides are designed for a high
school and college audience and is complete with lesson plans, syllabus,
resources, and evaluations.
For more information how to support this Curriculum Guide Project
go to www.mainemasters.com/curriculumcontact
The Curriculum Guide Designers:
Corliss Chastain (left) and Melody Lewis Kane