The Board of Trustees of the Farnsworth Art Museum will honor Marius and Mildred Péladeau at a private reception Thursday, July 28. Marius Péladeau is a former director of the museum.

Péladeau was the director of the Farnsworth Art Museum for 12 years, from 1976 to 1988, at a time when the museum was taking giant steps forward in terms of its development as a major regional museum and in the transition of museum governance from a single institutional trustee to a local board of directors. While a troubled economy forced some art museums to close their doors permanently, Péladeau steered the museum’s development forward, with modern new gallery space, a significant program of exhibitions, a broadening of the print collection and acquisition of works by important contemporary Maine artists such as Robert Indiana, Louise Nevelson, Alex Katz and Norman Rockwell.

Mildred Péladeau contributed much to the museum over the years of her husband’s tenure as director and in the decades following, both as scholar and curator, most recently through her exhibitions at the Farnsworth, “Rug Hooking in Maine” and “Beyond Rugs,” in 2010-11.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.