Dorothea and Leo Rabkin created their foundation to house and share Leo Rabkin’s work and do charitable giving in the visual arts. Our collection of over a thousand works of art is notable for the inventive, varied and unexpected ways Leo Rabkin worked in watercolor, canvas, stitching, wire, plexiglass and box constructions. His work is represented in the permanent collections of the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art and many institutions across the country. With Mr. Rabkin’s passing in 2015, the collection moved to our new office in downtown Portland, Maine in the “arts district” near the Maine College of Art, the Portland Museum of Art and other cultural institutions of this vibrant city.

Here we can welcome visitors, school groups and take part in the monthly First Friday Art Walk that is such a successful part of the cultural life of Portland. We have created a colorful and joyful space for people to come and visit. We do ask that you telephone or email us in advance to request time to browse and enjoy Mr. Rabkin’s many works on display. There is never any charge to visit our space. We are delighted to spend time with you and share the collection Dorothea and Leo have given to all of us.

We are located at 13 Brown Street just off Congress Street and available for appointments Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Our telephone number is: 207.536.1686 and email: dfrye@rabkinfoundation.org. We look forward to hearing from you!





Executive Director



Susan C. Larsen met Dorothea and Leo Rabkin in 1972 while doing research on the American Abstract Artists group for her doctoral thesis (Northwestern University, 1975). Leo Rabkin served as president of the AAA group for several decades and brought younger artists into its membership. Her friendship with the Rabkins continued throughout their lives.

She has been Professor of Art History at the University of Southern California (1975-1996) in Los Angeles, and Curator of the Permanent Collection at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York (1988-1991). With her husband, Lauri Robert Martin, she moved to Maine in 1996 and served as Chief Curator at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine. She has also worked as regional collector of documents in northern New England for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.  She and her husband moved to South Portland in 2015.

Susan C. Larsen is the author of many articles, museum catalogues and two books on topics as varied as: abstract painting and sculpture in America 1927-45; Charles Biederman; Richard Diebenkorn; Cy Twombly; John McLaughlin; Edward Hopper; Walter Ingliss Anderson; Vija Celmins; William Thon; Hoon Kwak; Gary Lang; Italo Scanga; Joseph Fiore; William Kienbusch; Jon Serl; Richard Tuttleand many others. She is a frequent lecturer at museums and universities around the country and abroad.





Danielle Frye grew up in a small town in mid-coast Maine. She is currently living in Westbrook, Maine, and working at our office in downtown Portland. She graduated with her BFA in Ceramics from the Maine College of Art in May 2016, where she maintained a Presidential Scholarship for four years. She was involved in a variety of shows at MECA including her thesis exhibition where she created a large-scale installation with 80 of her own wheel thrown porcelain vessels.  Danielle has assisted a local potter and local metalsmith, worked at a local gallery, done freelance photography, and has spent time working and teaching with a non-profit in Valparaiso, Chile. She began her work as Executive Assistant of The Dorothea & Leo Rabkin Foundation in August of 2016. Danielle assisted with the inventory and packing of Leo Rabkin’s work and its installation in Portland. 

She is working on a traveling exhibition of highlights from the foundation collection. Touring groups and individual visitors will enjoy her comments and insights into Leo Rabkin’s career and the intricacies of his art.