Maine Philanthropists Give Collection to Portland Museum of Art

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Eliot Porter, Redbud Tree in Bottomland, 1979. Portland Museum of Art, Maine. ©Amon Carter Museum of American ArtEliot Porter, Redbud Tree in Bottomland, 1979. Portland Museum of Art, Maine. ©Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Philanthropists and photography collectors Owen and Anna Wells have donated 69 photographs to the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine. American Vision: Photographs from the Collection of Owen and Anna Wells, on view from December 21 to February 23, 2014, will show 45 of the photographs in the collection, which includes many 20th-century photographers with ties to Maine.

Owen Wells is vice chair of the Libra Foundation, and Anna Wells is president of the Board of Trustees at the Portland Museum of Art. They began collecting in the 1990s and assembled a survey of photographic practice that includes such artists as Ansel Adams, Margaret Bourke-White, Paul Strand, Eliot Porter, and William Wegman.