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The Maine Masters Project

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 the right.

Funding Opportunities:
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.

mainemasters1@gmail.com 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.

In Distribution

Stephen Pace: Maine Master

Lois Dodd: Maine Master

Clark Fitz-Gerald: Maine Master

Alan Magee: Maine Master

Olive Pierce: Maine Master

Harold Garde: Maine Master

Dahlov Ipcar: Maine Master

William Thon: Maine Master

Robert Hamilton: Maine Master

In Development

Ashley Bryan: Maine Master

David Driskell: Maine Master

Joe Fiore: Maine Master

Beverly Hallam: Maine Master

Charlie Hewitt: Maine Master

William Irvine: Maine Master

Yvonne Jacquette: Maine Master

Cabot Lyford: Maine Master

Emily Nelligan: Maine Master

Carlo Pittore: Maine Master

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 in Maine.

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
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