The Wendell Gilley Museum is a community center that celebrates the life and work of its namesake, a pioneer in the field of decorative bird carving. It teaches the art of bird carving and presents art exhibitions and educational programs with a special focus on people, nature and art. The Museum endeavors to inspire appreciation of the visual arts, engagement in artistic creativity, and respect and care for the natural world.
Acadia National Park has had a long-standing tradition of hosting artists-in-residence. Although the Park has amassed a collection of works by these artists, it lacks public exhibition space to showcase them. The Gilley Museum hosts temporary exhibits from many sources on an annual basis. In 2016, we are proud to open our galleries to display a selection of the best works from Acadia’s artists-in-residence collection. The AIR program truly embodies our mission of bringing people, nature and art together; we are delighted to extend the connections made to include the thousands of visitors we hope to share the Park’s collection with at the Gilley Museum.