Rocky Coast
"Rocky Coast" by John Calvin Stevens, oil on canvas, collection of Paul and Dodo Stevens

Current Exhibitions

The Paintings of John Calvin Stevens

April 21–July 19, 2015 

John Calvin Stevens is one of Maine’s major cultural treasures. His architectural career, which stretched from 1880 to 1940, is renowned. Less well known is his art making. From 1900 to 1920, he created hundreds of paintings with the Brush’uns, a talented group of plein air painters who frequented Cape Elizabeth, Capisic, Stroudwater and the Casco Bay Islands each weekend to capture the changing seasons of nature on their canvases.

This exhibition is the first comprehensive retrospective of John Calvin Stevens’ artistic career since his death in 1940. A beautiful catalogue will be available for sale and related educational programs are listed below. The Project Team includes curators Earle Shettleworth, Maine State Historian; Paul Stevens, architect and John Calvin Stevens’ great grandson; Hilary Bassett, executive director of Greater Portland Landmarks; and Anne B. Zill, director of the UNE Art Gallery, Portland Campus.

Generous support for this exhibition and programs has been provided by the Quimby Family Foundation and the Rines-Thompson Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.

Clowns sculpture


In honor of its first curator Grant Jacks

June 5-October 31, 2015

Fanciful, imaginative, conceptual and whimsical, the three dimensional works of art are located around the Gallery and adjoining Labyrinth as well as at the front of the Quadrangle lawn facing Stevens Avenue.

The List of artists includes:

John Bonsignor, Hoshino Kazumi, Lin Lisberger, Nancy Nevergole, Jean Noon, Judy O’Donnell, Elizabeth Ostrander, Daphne Pulsifer, Jesse Salisbury, Jordan Smith, Antoinette Schultze, Andreas von Huene, Katharine Wales, Carole Whelan.


  • April 29 | 4:30–7 p.m.: Art Gallery Reception, followed at 6 p.m. by a Lecture with Earle Shettleworth and Paul Stevens in UNE’s Ludcke Auditorium.
  • May 28 | 5 p.m.: Walking Tour with Friends of Evergreen Cemetery featuring the last resting place of John Calvin Stevens and other prominent artists in the Brush’uns group. For reservations, go to: www.portlandlandmarks.org
  • June 20 | 5–8 p.m.: Historic House Gala at the lovely Forbes-Webber House (1857) on Stevens Avenue, with an opportunity to see the exhibition at the Gallery. For tickets, go to: www.portlandlandmarks.org
  • July 10–12: Plein Air Painting Workshop with Cooper Dragonette, features an introduction in the gallery and painting in Cape Elizabeth and Portland, co-sponsored with MECA Continuing Studies. For information and to enroll, go to: www.meca.edu 

The exhibition, reception and lecture are free and open to the public.

The UNE Art Gallery is located on UNE's Portland Campus at 716 Stevens Avenue, Portland, Maine 04103. Art Gallery Hours are Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun, 1-4 p.m., Thurs until 7 p.m. and by appointment. It is open to the public and free of charge.

For information and directions, visit the Art Gallery or contact Anne Zill by email or phone (207-221-4499).