Art& Reflections on the Funeral Group: Jamie Wyeth and Tanya Sheehan in Conversation

Thursday, September 8, 2022,

Given Auditorium, Bixler Building

In the summer of 2018, artist Jamie Wyeth received a group of drawings completed in the early 1990s in which his father, Andrew Wyeth, envisioned his own funeral. Displayed publicly for the first time in the Andrew Wyeth: Life and Death exhibition at the Colby College Museum of Art, the artworks now collectively known as the Funeral Group represent deeply personal meditations of an artist preparing for death. In conversation with exhibition curator Tanya Sheehan, Jamie Wyeth will reflect upon the making, rediscovery, and preservation of the Funeral Group drawings. He also will share his unique insights on what it means to mourn, to belong to a community, and to define one’s legacy.

Following the program, a reception to celebrate the exhibition will take place in the museum.

This in-person program is free and open to all.

Andrew Wyeth, Kuerner’s Hill 16 (Funeral Group), ca. 1991–94. Pencil on paper. © 2021 Andrew Wyeth/Artists Rights Society (ARS) Collection of the Wyeth Foundation for American Art


The Art& series brings together visiting artists, scholars, museum staff, and community experts for conversations about exhibitions, collections, and projects at the Colby College Museum of Art and its Lunder Institute for American Art. A mix of in-person, virtual, and hybrid programs, this series is designed for those interested in learning more about art and engaging with the key issues of our times.

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