“I begin my art career again!”
The McCausland Gallery will feature a major exhibition of the work of island artist Anne Ramsdell Congdon.
In 1925, when Congdon was 52 and her two boys were grown, she re-dedicated herself to art and launched a remarkably successful thirty-year career in painting—becoming the best known and most talented member of the Island’s Art Colony. The exhibit will feature approximately forty paintings from the NHA and private collections on island, many of the latter have been rarely if ever seen by the public.
In 2019, the Congdon family loaned Congdon’s diaries to the NHA, which were digitized and transcribed. The show will include many quotations from the artist giving her paintings a new biographical and interpretive depth. Also, a computer screen in the gallery will, for the first time, give scholars ready access to Congdon’s words, thoughts, and daily activities.
The exhibit will be curated by Anne Classen Knutson, Ph.D with assistance from Steve Langer and research by Claire Jensen.