Partners in Art, Partners in Life: John David Ellis & Joan Beauregard
November 8, 2018 – March 10, 2019
Presented in collaboration with the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation, a new exhibition at the University of New England Art Gallery explores the lives and artwork of Rockland, Maine, residents John David Ellis and Joan Beauregard. After meeting at the Art Students League in New York City in the 1950s, artists Ellis and Beauregard became life partners until their deaths in 2015 and 2009, respectively. Near the end of their lives, Joan and David generously placed their wealth in two foundations: Anonimo and the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation.
Ellis and Beauregard enjoyed separate studio spaces within their home in Rockland, yet they created art that drew inspiration from shared interests, such as modernist abstraction, philosophy, and spirituality. By juxtaposing artwork, book selections from their home library, and personal possessions from the foundation’s collection, the exhibition will focus on a nuanced interpersonal and intimate biographical approach as a means to understand the work of these important Maine artists and their consequent philanthropic endeavors.
OPENING RECEPTION Thursday, November 8, 5–7 p.m.
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