V. Scott Dimond

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Alger Veazie Currier began a promising career as an artist in Paris when two of his paintings were accepted to the prestigious Salon of 1888. After this moment of glory, Currier returned to his home in Hallowell, at a time when art in Maine was at its most provincial. He brought with him with fresh approach to teaching art and a mission to bring both painters and patrons up to date. During a brief tenure at Bowdoin College, Currier signaled a break from the old- fashioned landscape painting that dominated the Maine art scene. Although his European, Beaux-Arts ideas were not always welcomed, he was an important pioneer of art education in Maine, and an important exponent of artistic progress in a region still wedded to the mid-century Hudson River landscape tradition.