Ogunquit Museum of American Art Receives $2M Gift

Aug 3, 2019

The Ogunquit Museum of American Art, established more than 60 years ago, has received a nearly $2 million Legacy Gift from arts philanthropist Ann Ramsay-Jenkins, a member of the Museum's Board of Directors who grew up in Portland.

A crowd gathered in July 2016 to hear painter Jamie Wyeth talk about his life and work at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. The show was broadcast live on Maine Calling.
Credit Kathleen Pierce / BDN

Executive Director and Chief Curator Michael Mansfield says the gift is comprised of cash and promised gifts.

“The majority of this gift will be going into the museum's endowment to ensure the museum's future and sort of embolden our programming moving forward,” Mansfield says.

Mansfield says the museum is directly tied to the early American art colony in Ogunquit at the turn of the 20th century.

“It's really connected to a who's who of American art,” Mansfield says. “Everyone from Charles Woodbury and Hamilton Easter Field to Marsden Hartley and Edward Hopper and John Marin and Gertrude Fiske, and it's really pretty extraordinary list of artists who lived and worked in Ogunquit for generations.”