Farnsworth picks Mori for Maine in America Award

Jan 04, 2018
Photo by: Paul Warchol Toshiko Mori, whose work includes this house on the Maine coast, will be the first architect to receive the Farnsworth's Maine in America award.

Rockland — The Farnsworth Art Museum has announced architect Toshiko Mori as the recipient of the 2018 Maine in America Award. The award is presented by the Farnsworth’s Board of Trustees to honor an individual or group who has made an outstanding contribution to Maine’s role in American art.

The award presentation will occur during the Farnsworth Art Museum’s 2018 Summer Gala, set for Friday, July 20, on the grounds of the museum. Previous winners of the Maine in America Award are John Wilmerding (2006), Andrew Wyeth (2007), Will Barnet (2008), Robert Indiana (2009), Alex Katz (2010), Paul Caponigro (2011), Dahlov Ipcar (2012), Matthew Simmons (2013), The Shakers of Sabbathday Lake (2014), Lois Dodd (2015), Joyce Tenneson (2016) and Betsy Wyeth (2017). Mori is the first architect to receive the Farnsworth’s Maine in America award.

“Toshiko Mori is an internationally renowned artist who has contributed greatly to Maine’s role in American art,” said Farnsworth Director Christopher Brownawell. “Though her works span the globe, she has maintained a home in North Haven for many years.

Mori’s works in Maine are of great significance, said Brownawell. In addition to her work in bringing the Farnsworth up to date during a major renovation in the late 1990s and her award-winning design for the museum’s Rockland neighbor the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, she has completed both commercial and residential projects throughout the state.

Mori is the Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design and is the principal of Toshiko Mori Architect, PLLC. She founded VisionArc, a think-tank promoting global dialogue for a sustainable future, and is one of the founders of Paracoustica, a nonprofit that promotes music in underserved communities.

Mori’s firm’s recent work includes master plans for the Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch and the Buffalo Botanical Gardens; Thread, a cultural center and artists’ residences in rural Senegal; and new canopies for the No. 7 subway line for the Hudson Park and Boulevard in New York City. The firm also was recently selected to design Brown University’s expansion for the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs.

Toshiko Mori Architect, PLLC projects have been internationally exhibited, including at the 2012 and 2014 Venice Architecture Biennales; the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial; and at the Louisiana Museum in Copenhagen in 2015. Architectural Digest listed Mori in its biennial AD100 in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Mori regularly contributes to international publications and her work has also been published in numerous books and monographs. She has been honored with numerous AIA Awards; the Academy Award in Architecture, from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter Medal of Honor; the 2016 Tau Sigma Delta National Honor Society Gold Medal; and, in 2016, was inducted as a member into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Her project in Senegal won the Plan 2016 award in Culture, two Architizer 2016 A+ awards, the AIA 2017 Institute Honor Award and recently the Certificate of Excellence at the Africa Architecture 2017 Awards. The firm’s Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research was awarded Higher Education/Research Best Project by ENR New England and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland was named Best New Museum by the Boston Globe. Mori recently delivered a keynote speech for Finnish Architecture Day (Alvar Aalto’s birthday) in Helsinki and was elected as the chair of the Alvar Aalto Medal jury in 2017 (its 50th anniversary.)

The Farnsworth Art Museum 2018 Summer Gala will be the museum’s biggest annual fundraiser, supporting both education and community programming at the Farnsworth. Sponsorships are currently available; tickets go on sale June 1. For more information, contact Special Events Manager Annie Brown at 596-6457, ext. 143; or abrown@farnsworthmuseum.org.

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

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