Founder and Futurist

Windows on Maine: The University of Maine Museum of Art, MPBN

Press play to view, if there are streaming issues, view at the Windows on Maine website. Created in 2004, this video captures Vincent Hartgen’s legacy as founder of the University of Maine Museum of Art. More examples of the collection and Hartgen’s acquisitions  can also be found on the UMMA Facebook page.


Hartgen Prepares Traveling Show, Fogler Library Special Collections, 1971

“The University of Maine Museum of Art features more than 6,000* works including pieces by Winslow Homer, George Inness and Alfred Bricher. The museum boasts the only permanent fine arts collection owned by the people of the state of Maine. Vincent Hartgen, a professor and artist who established the museum in 1946, is featured in the program.The program explores the history of the museum and its plans for the future. The University of Maine Museum of Art was first established on the university campus in Orono for student instruction and to share its holdings with the surrounding community. This sharing of the arts is an important part of the story because in 1999, the museum was relocated to downtown Bangor. The move has given an even wider population access to Maine’s art collection.”[1]


Maine Public Broadcasting Network has granted permission to use this video on for educational purposes. Permissions for any use must be obtained by contacting the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.



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[1] “Windows on Maine,” The University of Maine Museum of Art.

*As of 2012, The UMMA has amassed over 7,000 items in its collection.

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