"Whose Art Is It" was a round-table discussion about public ownership of public art and the controversial removal of the mural from Maine’s Department of Labor hosted by the Portland Museum of Art, at the Bernard Osher Foundation Auditorium.
Participants included: Mark Bessire, Director of the Portland Museum of Art; Sharon Corwin, Director and Chief Curator of the Colby College Museum of Art; Christina Bechstein, Sculpture Professor and Director of Public Engagement at Maine College of Art; artist Judy Taylor; Chris O’Neil, Government Relations Consultant for the Portland Community Chamber; and Ray Richardson co-host of The Ray and Ted Show on WLOB Radio AM/FM. Alan Hinsey, President of ACH Productions, and producer and host of Maine’s premier statewide business television show Mainebiz Sunday served as the moderator. An invitation was extended to Governor Paul LePage, who was unable to attend.
As reported by the media, The Maine Labor Mural Cycle, an 11-panel, 36-foot-wide mural, was created by Tremont, Maine artist Judy Taylor, and depicts scenes from Maine’s labor history. The mural was installed in 2008 in the lobby of Maine’s Department of Labor building in Augusta. It was removed during the weekend of March 26, 2011.
This event has been co-sponsored by the Portland Museum of Art, Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin college art museums, and the Maine College of Art.