Posts Tagged ‘Abraham Lincoln Caper’

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A Big Week

April 8, 2013

In one week recently, four of my paintings found lovely new homes. My portrait of Abe Lincoln (read more about its backstory here) now hangs above the desk of a businesswoman from Brooklyn. In Secret went to a home in Manhattan and, in a neat turn of events, surprised a visitor who had seen it […]

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The Abe Lincoln Debacle: Ethics Commission Rules It Was, In Fact, a “Debacle”

October 24, 2012

By popular demand, I’ll close out the saga of the Abe Lincoln paintings which were refused exhibition by the Slater Museum, against its own contest rules. The Ethics Commission of the City of Norwich convened hearings to hear testimony against defendant Vivian Zoe, Director of the Slater Museum, and sponsor of the contest to replace […]

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The Abe Lincoln Situation: Formal Ethics Investigation Begins

July 28, 2011

The Norwich Bulletin and The Day in New London reported yesterday that the city’s ethics commission found “probable cause to conduct hearings and launch formal investigations” into the way the Lincoln portrait competition was conducted. The Day stated that “Committee members [Charles] Arian, Marcia Marien and Joseph Sastre wrote that they did not believe [Vivian] […]

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The Abraham Lincoln Situation: Karma Edition. The End?

June 4, 2011

Remember how the Abraham Lincoln portraits had to be made to a certain size, in order to fit the existing, heirloom frame which had housed the original portrait? Well, the wrong measurements were provided in the Call for Artists, so all of the portraits–including the winning submission–turned out not to fit the frame. (Read all […]

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The Abraham Lincoln Situation: Goodbye Abe, We’ll Miss You

May 31, 2011

The two alternative Abraham Lincoln exhibitions–Enabled and The Lincoln Orphans–were the best of the Lincoln shows in Norwich during the month of May. They proved it again this past weekend, as a joyful and fun-loving spirit fueled the closing reception for the shows. The trio of Elanah Sherman, Dan Topalis, and Grippo organized, managed, and […]

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Maura McGurk’s Art Blog Featured on

May 30, 2011, the website devoted to exploration of each and every one of Connecticut’s museums, has featured Maura McGurk’s art blog in its recent article about the Norwich Arts Center Gallery. The article discusses the Abraham Lincoln portrait contest. The website has identified over 650 museums and historical sites in Connecticut (not bad for the third-smallest […]

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The Abraham Lincoln Saga: Closing Reception

May 25, 2011

  You’re cordially invited to the Closing Reception for Enabled: The Lincoln Portrait Show that Tells Artists: Do What You Want! and The Lincoln Orphans Exhibit: Giving a Home to the Excluded Portraits!. 114 Main Street, Norwich, CT May 27, 7-9 PM Three People’s Choice winners from Enabled will be announced at 8:00 PM. I […]

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The Abraham Lincoln Saga: Abe Resurfaces in Norwich at Opening Receptions!

May 9, 2011

A spirit of camaraderie and light-hearted fun prevailed at the openings of Enabled: The Lincoln Portrait Show that Tells Artists: Do What You Want! and The Lincoln Orphans Exhibit: Giving a Home to the Excluded Portraits! in Norwich, CT on First Friday. Elanah Sherman, organizer of both shows, personally escorted groups between the floating receptions. […]

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Maura McGurk Interviewed by The Norwich Bulletin

May 6, 2011

Maura McGurk and other artists discuss their views of the judging of the Lincoln portrait contest sponsored by the Slater Museum in Norwich, CT. The Slater has defended itself against charges by the artists and others that it acted in an unethical manner by changing the contest rules, and notifying the participating artists of the […]

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Maura McGurk Blog Featured in The New London Day

May 6, 2011

Maura McGurk’s blog regarding the Lincoln portrait contest sponsored by the Slater Museum is quoted extensively in The New London Day. The Day reveals the backlash among the contest entrants, the artistic community, and citizens of Norwich, CT regarding so-called “unethical” practices in the portrait judging. Lincoln artists cry foul, by Claire Bessette, The Day […]

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The Abe Lincoln Debacle: Procession of the Orphans

May 2, 2011

The orphaned portraits were on the move Saturday, as the paintings rejected by the Slater Museum were moved from their current storage space in a kitchen to the Wauregan Gallery in Norwich. The Lincoln Orphans Exhibit will be on display at the Wauregan Gallery, 200 Main St, Norwich, CT. The showcase of creative Lincoln interpretations, […]

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More Unethical News from Slater Museum

April 26, 2011

Well, I always wanted the press to write about my artwork, but I didn’t think it would happen this way: The Day of New London, CT wrote an article about the Lincoln portrait contest.  Although the reporter didn’t interview me personally, she quoted from my earlier blog post. And I learned something new about the […]

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Museum Reneges on Promise to Exhibit All Lincoln Portraits–What Would Honest Abe Say?

April 21, 2011

This Abraham Lincoln portrait, painted by Norwich, CT local son John Denison Crocker, was ripped from its frame in City Hall in 1994. The Slater Museum and the City of Norwich sponsored a contest with a purchase prize for the best copy of the original portrait. Although I’m normally an abstract painter, I thought it […]

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The Abraham Lincoln Caper: Silly Headlines

April 12, 2011

The project that’s currently keeping me out of trouble is that I’m copying an Abe Lincoln portrait, hoping to win a contest to replace one that was stolen. I’m still trying to wrap my head around it…the idea of encouraging an artist to copy another work so closely that it can take its place, even […]

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