Robert L. Stahl has served as director of the James Fitzgerald Legacy since 2004. In 2020 he retired from the position as co-director of the Monhegan Museum of Art & History. A six-month per year resident of Monhegan Island, Stahl has been involved with the work of James Fitzgerald for over 25 years, and has been responsible for the management of all aspects of the estate since Anne M. Hubert announced the gift in 2003. Stahl applied for and organized the museum’s 2006 Conservation Assessment Program survey, which has served as a blueprint for the conservation of its collections and the historic preservation of its structures, including the two Kent-Fitzgerald buildings. In 2009 he oversaw the compete restoration of its 1850 lighthouse, for which the museum received the 2010 Maine Historic Preservation Honor Award. In 2007 Stahl organized a Symposium organized by the museum and the Rockwell Kent Gallery, SUNY Plattsburgh, marking the centenary of Kent’s Monhegan home which drew registrants from across the US and Canada. Since 2004 he has organized annual exhibitions in Fitzgerald’s Monhegan studio, and has held weekly studio hours. Since 2009 he has led the Fitzgerald catalogue raisonné project, and is the author of: James Fitzgerald, The Drawings and Sketches, Selections From the Catalogue Raisonné, which was published in 2017. In 2018 his application for inclusion of the Rockwell Kent—James Fitzgerald sites in the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation was accepted. Stahl has co-curated two exhibitions for the Monhegan Museum: Lamar Dodd—Half a Century of Monhegan Summers (2015), and Maud Briggs Knowlton—A Life Made in Art (2019), and edited and co-authored the museum’s 50th anniversary commemorative book, The Monhegan Museum—Celebrating Fifty Years, 1968-2018. He is a retired Hematologist-Oncologist, who also specialized in end-of-life Hospice care.
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