An Act to Designate July 12 as Wyeth Day.
In June, 2009, the Maine State Legislature passed – and Governor John Baldacci signed – An Act to Designate July 12th as Wyeth Day in recognition of the birthday of Andrew Wyeth, one of America’s great artists.
This annual observance has been established to honor Andrew Wyeth, who passed away on January 16, 2009, and who had long and lasting ties with this state. Wyeth would have been 92 on July 12th. The Wyeth family – including Andrew, his father, illustrator N. C. Wyeth (1882-1945), and son Jamie Wyeth (1946- ) – has made strong contributions to the state’s artistic and cultural heritage. Jamie Wyeth still lives and works in Maine.
It was at the Olson farm in Cushing, Maine, that Andrew Wyeth painted what is arguably his most famous image, Christina’s World, in 1948; over the next 50 years he continued to paint Maine people and places. Many of the works of art are part of the Farnsworth Art Museum collection in Rockland where a 19th century church has been transformed into the Wyeth Center.
In accordance with the legislation the Department of Education is making information available to the people and the schools of Maine.
Informational Letter from Education Commissioner Susan Gendron regarding Wyeth Day.
PUBLIC Law, Chapter 210 LD 1400, item 1,124th Maine State Legislature - An Act To Designate July 12th as Wyeth Day (PDF)