Ogunquit Museum of American Art

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Ogunquit Museum of American Art
Former nameMuseum of Art of Ogunquit
LocationOgunquit, Maine
Coordinates43°14′02″N 70°35′20″W / 43.2338°N 70.5889°W / 43.2338; -70.5889
TypeArt museum
DirectorMichael Mansfield

The Ogunquit Museum of American Art (OMAA) is a small art museum[1] located on the coast in Ogunquit, Maine. The museum houses over 3,000 pieces in its permanent collection.[2] It is the only museum in Maine devoted solely to American art.[1]

The museum focuses on modern and contemporary art, and its permanent collection includes paintings, sculpture, graphic arts, photography and new media.

OMAA is located in its original building at 543 Shore Road in Ogunquit, Maine.


Artist and collector Henry Strater purchased land in Ogunquit formerly owned by Charles Herbert Woodbury who is widely credited with founding the art colony in the village.[3]

Initially founded by Strater as The Museum of Art of Ogunquit, the institution was incorporated on September 18, 1951 with a mission for “the broad educational interests of the public.” Architect Charles Worley of Boston designed the museum to realize the full potential of the site on the coast. Strater commissioned architect Charles S. Worley Jr. to design the building it is housed in.[4] The museum opened its doors to the public on July 25, 1953.

The first exhibition included 121 works by modern artists Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Stuart Davis, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Peggy Bacon, Walt Kuhn, Frances Lamont, Hamilton Easter Field, and William von Schlegel, and was supported with the loan of important works from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art and the Downtown Gallery.

In the ensuing decades, the Ogunquit Museum of American Art has organized important exhibitions of modern and contemporary art by Edward Hopper,[5] Andrew Wyeth, Jamie Wyeth[6], Dahlov Ipcar,[7]


The OMAA houses over 3,000 pieces in its permanent collection. The highlights include:


  1. ^ a b "Directory Listing". mainearts.maine.gov.
  2. ^ The Maine Art Museum Trail: http://maineartmuseums.org/[1]
  3. ^ "Ogunquit Museum of American Art Charles H. Woodbury and His Students". www.tfaoi.com. Retrieved 2018-06-06.
  4. ^ Ogunquit Museum of American Art: History of the Museum
  5. ^ "'Edward Hopper: The Ogunquit Paintings'". www.antiquesandthearts.com. Retrieved 2018-06-06.
  6. ^ "Ogunquit Museum season includes Jamie Wyeth". seacoastonline.com. Retrieved 2018-06-06.
  7. ^ "Ogunquit opens its season with an exhibition of Dahlov Ipcar's early work". Press Herald. 2017-05-07. Retrieved 2018-06-06.
  8. ^ "Ogunquit Museum of American Art: The Permanent Collection".