Ashley Bryan Frescoes in the Solon Meeting House
June 9, 2022
Join Nick Clark, Founding Director of the Ashley Bryan Center, as he discusses the floor-to-ceiling frescoes at the South Solon Meeting House in rural central Maine. The frescoes were painted from 1952 to 1956, by a dozen contemporary artists including Ashley Bryan.
Everyone who registers for this program will receive a packet of informational materials to help you plan your own field trip to see the paintings and the meeting house in person. The meeting house was build in 1842 and its podium, pews, choir loft, windows and steeple are original and it is on the National Historic Register. The building is always open to the public except if a private event is being held.
Nick Clark is the founding Director of The Ashley Bryan Center where he helped place Ashley’s archive with The Kislak Center at The University of Pennsylvania, and helped ensure Ashley’s legacy would remain vibrant in the state of Maine through major donations of art to the major museums in the state. Additionally, the Center is working to establish the Storyteller Pavilion on Islesford as another sustainable aspect of Ashley’s legacy. Clark is the Founding Director and Chief Curator Emeritus of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book, where he worked from 2001 until his retirement in 2014. Previously, he served as the Eleanor McDonald Storza Chair of Education at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. After holding posts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and Instructor in Art and Director of the Lamont Gallery at Phillips Exeter Academy from 1982 to 1989, he served as Curator of American Art at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia from 1989 to 1997.
Mr. Clark received his BA cum laude from Harvard University and his MA and PhD in Art History from the University of Delaware.
This event is free and open to everyone.
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