Image on homepage: Bernard Langlais with model for Horse, 1966. Photograph by Martin Leifer, courtesy of the Colby College Museum of Art.

Welcome to the Langlais Art Trail

Welcome to the Langlais Art Trail! Devoted to mapping the spirited art of Bernard Langlais (1921-1977) across his native state of Maine, this website was made possible with the support of the Colby College Museum of Art, Kohler Foundation, Inc., and the many Maine communities and institutions housing the artist’s prolific work.  Here you will discover basic information about museums, libraries, parks, and schools from Portland to Presque Isle and from Rockland to Skowhegan where Langlais’s artworks can be visited and enjoyed.

 

Background

In 2010, Colby College received a bequest from Bernard Langlais’s widow, Helen Friend Langlais, of thousands of her husband’s artworks and the couple’s 90-acre property in Cushing, Maine. Kohler Foundation, Inc. of Wisconsin purchased the property from Colby, who in turn gifted the Foundation over 2,900 artworks by Langlais. A private foundation that funds preservation initiatives centered on art environments and collections, Kohler undertook the monumental task of conserving Langlais’s works and placing them in non-profit institutions in Maine and beyond. Over fifty institutions in more than forty Maine communities now hold artworks by Langlais.

 

Trail Participants

Bates College Museum of Art
Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School
Bowdoin College Museum of Art
Canaan Public Library
Casco Bay High School/Portland Public Art Committee
Center for Maine Contemporary Art
Center Theatre for the Performing Arts
China Town Office
Colby College Museum of Art
Common Street Arts
Cushing Community School
Cushing Historical Society
Cushing Public Library
Deering High School/Portland Public Art Committee
Fairfield Town Office
Fiddlehead School of Art and Science
First Baptist Church
Hope Library
Jackson Memorial Library
L. C. Bates Museum at Good Will-Hinckley
Georges River Land Trust
Lincoln Theater
Lura Libby School
Main Street Skowhegan
McArthur Public Library
Mildred Stevens Williams Memorial Library
Monhegan Memorial Library
New Gloucester Public Library
Ocean Gateway Visitor Center/Portland Public Art Committee
Oceanside High School East
Ogunquit Museum of American Art
Pittsfield Public Library
Portland High School/Portland Public Art Committee
Portland Museum of Art
Portland Public Library/Portland Public Art Committee
Railroad Square Cinema
Rice Public Library
Rockland Public Library
Searsmont Town Library
Searsport District High/Middle School
Skidompha Public Library
Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce
Solon Town Office
Starks Community Center
Thomaston Grammar School
Thomaston Public Library
Tides Institute and Museum of Art
University of Maine at Presque Isle
University of Maine Museum of Art
University of New England Gallery of Art
Vose Library
Waterfall Arts
Waterville Public Library
Western Foothills Land Trust
Winslow Public Library

 

Colby Museum of Art

 

Kohler Foundation, Inc.