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Colby faculty members are encouraged to use the Museum and its collection in their teaching. Senior thesis projects, term papers, student-organized exhibitions, presentations, and studio art projects may all be based upon works in the Museum's extensive collection.

Michael Marlais

Colby faculty also take advantage of the Museum’s spaces for a variety of uses. Here, James M. Gillespie Professor of Art Michael Marlais delivers a curatorial talk in the lower Jette galleries.

For Colby Faculty

Policies and Procedures for Museum use by Colby Teaching Faculty

The Colby College Museum of Art encourages faculty to use its galleries and collections for teaching.  To bring your class to the Museum, we request that you schedule your visit at least three weeks in advance by contacting Mirken Curator of Education, Lauren Lessing at, extension 5609.  

Unscheduled visits are possible, however, scheduling with the Curator or Education will allow us to confirm that the specific galleries you need are available, and to reserve them for your use.

If you would like to show your class artworks that are not currently on view, you must make arrangements through the Curator of Education at least three weeks in advance.  A checklist of works to be viewed must then be received by the Curator of Education at least 48 hours prior to your visit so that the works can be retrieved from storage and displayed for your class.

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Fairfield Porter, American (1907-1975)
Stephen and Kathy, 1963
Oil on canvas, 60 x 48”
Museum purchase from the Jere Abbott Acquisitions Fund

Web Kiosk Search

Explore the Colby College Museum of Art’s collection by searching Colby’s Web Kiosk database. Search the Database

Landay Teaching Gallery

Students attend class in the Landay Teaching Gallery.

Using the Teaching Gallery

The Landay Teaching Gallery supports the Museum's teaching mission by providing a dedicated space for study of works of art in the context of the Colby College curriculum. A laboratory for learning, it functions as an exploratory space for close looking, creative exchange, and new discoveries. Artworks currently in storage can be placed in the Teaching Gallery for you and your students to view during a class visit to the Museum. To schedule such a visit, make arrangements through Mirken Curator of Education Lauren Lessing (, extension 5609) at least three weeks in advance.  A checklist of works to be viewed must then be received by the Curator of Education at least 48 hours prior to your visit so that the works can be retrieved from storage and displayed for your class. 

Using the Curricular Galleries

The Museum's Curricular Galleries offer faculty the opportunity to create long-term installations of works from the Museum's collection. Faculty may request that artworks be placed on view in the Curricular Galleries for an entire semester to support their courses. Submit requests to Mirken Curator of Education Lauren Lessing (, extention 5609) at least one semester in advance.

Concert in the Museum lobby

Colby Collegium Chamber Singers perform a recital in the Museum lobby related to the theme "Censorship and the Music of the Counter-Reformation."

Reserving a Space in the Museum for a Class or Meeting

Reserve a Space

Individual galleries within the Museum can be reserved for a class or meeting related to the artworks displayed there. Additionally, the museum's Archive Study Room can be reserved by professors wishing to show their students artwork from the Museum collection that is not currently on display. The Archive Study Room will accommodate up to 25 students.

Use the Online Form to reserve a space in the Museum.

Skowhegan Lecture Archive

Elizabeth Murray and participants at Skowhegan, 1995

Skowhegan Lecture Archive

The Skowhegan Lecture archive is a compilation of more than 500 recorded lectures from resident and visiting faculty members at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. The audio archive is a unique resource: unlike many artists’ talks, the lectures were originally intended for art students and fellow artists. Speakers often address broader issues that affect artists and offer both philosophical and practical advice. Enter the Archive