Long recognized for the strength of its drawing collection, the Bates College Museum of Art reveals multiple dimensions of that medium in major exhibitions this summer. As part of a statewide initiative exploring the art of drawing, the exhibition “Emerging Dis/Order: Drawings by Amy Stacey Curtis, Alison Hildreth and Andrea Sulzer” features new work by these respected Maine artists. “Emerging Dis/Order” will open with a museum reception Friday, June 10 at 4 p.m. and will run through Sept. 10.

Meanwhile, drawings, watercolors and illustrated letters from one of America’s most famous artist families constitute “Andrew and Jamie Wyeth: Selections from the Private Collection of Victoria Browning Wyeth.” Opening the Wyeth exhibition will be a lecture by Victoria Wyeth Saturday, June 11 at 3:30 p.m. in the Olin Arts Center Concert Hall, immediately followed by a reception in the museum at 4 p.m. The Wyeth exhibition will run through Oct. 2.

Including sketchbooks and early studies for prominent paintings, the exhibition affords a rare opportunity to work with a collection that explores the working process of Andrew Wyeth. The collection is of particular interest also because of its personal nature, as it includes illustrated personal correspondence between Andrew Wyeth and his granddaughter, Victoria.

“One of the truly exciting aspects about working with Victoria’s collection is that many of the drawings have never been exhibited before,” said curator William Low. “It’s a pleasure to work with Victoria, whose enthusiasm and intimacy with the works brings extraordinary insight.”

The exhibition is generously supported by the Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts. Also on view, through Aug. 30 in the museum’s Synergy Space, is “Selected Drawings and Photographs from the Marsden Hartley Memorial Collection.” Bates College Museum of Art is located in the Olin Art Center, 75 Russell St. It is open to the public at no cost from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.