PORTLAND — About 200 people are attending a public forum at the Portland Museum of Art that focuses on public art and Gov. Paul LePage’s order to remove a mural from the state Department of Labor’s offices.

The features Judy Taylor, the artist who created the piece, “Maine Labor Mural Cycle,” at the center of the controversy.

Other participants in the forum include Mark Bessire, director of the Portland Museum of Art; Sharon Corwin, director and chief curator of the Colby College Museum of Art; Christina Bechstein, sculpture professor and director of public engagement at Maine College of Art; Chris O’Neil, government relations consultant for the Portland Community Chamber; and Ray Richardson, co-host of “The Ray and Ted Show” on WLOB radio. The moderator will be Alan Hinsey, who produces and hosts the television show, “MaineBiz Sunday.”

Museum officlals said LePage was invited, but was unable to attend.

The event is co-sponsored by the Portland Museum of Art; the Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin college art museums; and the Maine College of Art.

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