Thomson Estate Art Sale Benefits Honors College

Arline Thomson artwork

"Arline was a wonderful person whom I greatly admired. Although I may be prejudiced, the fact that she painted, in my eyes, made her an even more interesting person." Jamie Wyeth

Arline K. Thomson was a beloved artist who passed away September 8, 2010 just two days short of her 98th birthday.

In the early 1960s, she began to do freelance artwork for the University of Maine and in 1962 became an artist and graphic designer for the Department of Public Affairs (now University Relations) and book designer for the University Press. She was married to Robert B. Thomson, director of the Honors Program (now the Honors College).

In 2007, Arline was the recipient of the Vincent A. Hartgen Award, presented by the University of Maine Patrons of the Arts, in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the advancement of the arts at the university. In presenting the award, the chair of patrons, Danny Williams stated that, "in her own quiet, mild mannered way, Arline has ad a profound impact on our community. It is a testament to her artistry that work she did as a graphic designer years ago is still being used today. She's a treasure."

The Estate of Arline K. Thomson Art Sale to Benefit the University of Maine Honors College was held Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21 at the Buchanan Alumni House on the University of Maine Orono campus.  The sale resulted in several thousand dollars for the college.

Support for this sale was provided by the University of Maine Foundation.