Media report Zillman Art Museum designated by $1.3 million naming gift

The Bangor Daily News, Portland Press Herald, News Center Maine, WABI (Channel 5) and Mainebiz reported the University of Maine’s art museum in Bangor has received a $1.3 million naming gift from longtime education leaders and arts supporters Donald and Linda Zillman. The museum is now the Linda G. and Donald N. Zillman Art Museum – University of Maine. “The Zillmans’ vision and generosity have made a difference in Maine for many years,” said University of Maine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy. “This gift advances the museum’s mission and continued growth with improvements in its physical facilities. The result will be more experiences for visual art lovers of all ages.” The gift will support an expansion that will nearly double the museum’s current size, the BDN reported. “When you enter the museum from the main entrance on Harlow Street, if you look to the right, that entire space will be our five new galleries,” said George Kinghorn, the museum’s curator and executive director. “It will create visual connectivity between the lower and upper floors. It’s a major renovation that will open up the entire space. It will be light-filled and glassed in. When you come in, you will be immediately greeted by art.” The Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel carried the Press Herald article, and the BDN highlighted the naming gift in a roundup of good news from around the state.