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Curator of Prints and Drawings


Mary Weaver Chapin joined the Portland Art Museum in 2012. She oversees a large and varied collection of more than 20,000 prints, posters, and artists’ books that date from the fifteenth century to the present. She is responsible for the care, collection, research, and exhibition of prints, and oversees the Haber Study Center in the Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Center for Graphic Arts.

Chapin has curated numerous exhibitions at the Museum including the loan shows Ellsworth Kelly/Prints from the collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer (2012), and David Hockney: A Rake’s Progress, presented in partnership with the Hockney Foundation and the Portland Opera (2015). She keeps a busy schedule curating thematic exhibitions that highlight the riches of the permanent collection. These include Mythologia: Gods, Heroes, and Monsters (2012–13); In the Studio: Reflections on Artistic Life (2013); Artist & Book: 100 Years (2013); Feast and Famine: The Pleasures and Politics of Food (2014); This Is War! Graphic Arts of the Great War (2014); and Now on View: Recent Acquisitions of Prints and Drawings Spanning 500 Years (2015).

A specialist in nineteenth-century French art, Chapin is a noted expert on Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec; she was the co-curator of the exhibition Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre, a major exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. which won the Association of Art Museum Curators Annual Prize for Best Museum exhibition in 2005. In 2012, she curated the exhibition Posters of Paris: Toulouse-Lautrec and His Contemporaries, mounted at the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts.

Chapin is a graduate of Wellesley College and earned her doctorate from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She writes and lectures widely on the graphic arts from the eighteenth-century to the present, and is the author of the catalogue raisonné of the graphic work of contemporary artist Warrington Colescott.

Mary Weaver Chapin