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INFORMATIONAL LETTER NO: 109
TO: Superintendent of Schools, Curriculum Leaders, Visual Arts Teachers
The Legislature passed and the Governor has signed An Act To Designate July 12th as Wyeth Day in recognition of the birthday of Andrew Wyeth, one of America’s great artists.
The annual observance on July 12th is established to honor Andrew Wyeth who passed away on January 16, 2009, and who had long and lasting ties with this State. Andrew Wyeth would have been 92 on July 12th. The Wyeth family has made strong contributions to the State’s artistic and cultural heritage. Along with Andrew, the family includes Andrew’s father N.C. who died in 1945 and son Jamie who lives and works in Maine.
Andrew Wyeth is a Maine treasure and known throughout the world. In 2007 he received the National Medal of Arts from George W. Bush.
It was at the Olson farm in Cushing, Maine that Andrew painted his most famous image, Christina’s World, in 1948, and he continued over the next 50 years 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. Resources are included at the Department’s arts education webpage at http://www.maine.gov/education/lres/vpa/standards.html
If you have questions, please contact Argy Nestor, Visual and Performing Arts Specialist, Department of Education @ firstname.lastname@example.org .
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