Cig Harvey awarded Maine in America Award 2020
© Alissa Hessler.
Cig Harvey has been awarded the Maine in America Award, presented by the Farnsworth Art Museum’s Board of Trustees in honour of an individual or group who has made an outstanding contribution to Maine’s role in American art. Harvey regularly draws inspiration from her friends, family and life in Maine, meaning her work is both autobiographical and a window through to a familiar and living landscape. Her vividly coloured images and seductive vocabulary combine to suggest dream-like narratives informed by the sensations of touch, taste, sight, sound, smell, and memory.
Whilst past winners of the award have included Alex Katz (2010) and Robert Indiana (2009), the 2020 Award specifically celebrates women artists, writers, philanthropists and visionaries whose impact celebrates Maine’s role in American Art. Harvey will be honoured in July at the Farnsworth 2020 Summer Gala alongside twelve other Women of Vision: Lucy Copeland Farnsworth, Berenice Abbott, Linda Bean, Katherine Bradford, Edith R. Dixon, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Louise Nevelson, Elizabeth Noyce, Molly Neptune Parker, Maureen Rothschild, Phyllis Mills Wyeth, and Marguerite Thomas Zorach.
Alongside the Farnsworth Art Museum, Harvey’s work is now held in the collections of several major American museums including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the International Museum of Photography and Film at George Eastman House in Rochester, New York. A major mid-career retrospective of the artist’s work, Eating Flowers: Sensations of Cig Harvey, was held at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art in Maine in 2019.