UMaine Museum of Art announces new sculptural sign, free admission to continue in 2020 

The University of Maine Museum of Art will extend its free admission policy for the public in 2020, thanks to a gift from Deighan Wealth Advisors, a wealth management firm that is a longtime UMAA sponsor and arts supporter in the region and state.

The museum also announces the installation of its new sculptural sign on Hamlin Parkway. 

UMMA’s dynamic new sign is an abstract form consisting of triangular metal panels, in colors ranging from bright red to shades of blue, that are mounted to a faceted aluminum construction. A projecting aluminum blade-like fin feature bears the museum’s name. 

“The look of the three-dimensional element on the sign is not unlike the type of abstract, contemporary art and sculptures that one might see in the museum’s galleries,” says George Kinghorn, the museum’s executive director and curator. “Many of our visitors enter the museum from the stream side parkway and this eye-catching sculptural sign greatly enhances UMMA’s visibility. Hamlin Parkway is a beautiful asset for downtown and it’s wonderful to have this colorful focal point for all to enjoy. With increased pedestrian traffic and tourists visiting downtown from around the country, it’s terrific that people can now easily spot the museum.”

The new sign was a project of the Museum of Art Alliance, a nonprofit organization that supports UMMA, and made possible through the generosity of Don and Linda Zillman. The sign was fabricated by NeoKraft Signs Inc, a Maine-based business in Lewiston. 

The University of Maine Museum of Art, located in Norumbega Hall in downtown Bangor, is open 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday. UMMA offers a series of changing exhibitions featuring regional and nationally recognized contemporary artists in conjunction with integrative educational programs, gallery talks and workshops.