Rufus Porter: A New Exhibit Explores the Legacy of This Artist, Inventor & Publisher from Maine

Jan 29, 2020

This show will be live-streamed at, while the impeachment proceedings air over the radio. Maine Calling is still taking calls and comments during the 1 pm show.

A new exhibit at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art celebrates the life and work of Rufus Porter, artist, inventor, polymath, musician and founder of Scientific American magazine. Porter (1792-1884) gained fame as a mural painter; his art often featured scenes of Maine, where he grew up and studied. He later patented inventions, including a revolving rifle cylinder and airships. He founded Scientific American in 1845 to encourage American innovation. We will discuss the life and breadth of work of this multi-talented Mainer. 

This show is part of Maine Calling's ongoing coverage of topics relating to Maine's Bicentennial.