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Students at Colby College have a range of opportunities to work closely with museum staff and gain valuable experience handling, describing, and displaying works of art, delivering public lectures, tours, writing didactic texts, and conducting research.
Creative Writing Students attend class in the Curricular Gallery as the prepare for an exercise in ekphrasis.

Creative writing students attend class in the Curricular Gallery in preparation for an exercise in ekphrasis.

Use the Museum Collection in Your Coursework

Students at Colby College are encouraged to make use of the Museum and its collection in their coursework. Senior thesis projects, term papers, student-organized exhibitions, presentations, and studio art projects may all be based upon works in the museum collection.

The Mirken Curator of Education is available to assist with these projects.


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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


A docent leads a tour in the Lunder Wing.

A docent leads a tour in the Lunder Wing, focusing specifically on the collection of Cassatt etchings.

Student Docent Program

Colby students are provided with an opportunity to teach in the Museum as part of the student docent program. After the completion of ART 211, the student docent course offered as part of the Art Department curriculum, students will give tours to groups of both adults and school children. Student docents, who complete ART 211, will receive two non-graded credit hours upon completion of this course



Museum Internships

Colby students learn first-hand, professional museum practices through the Museum Internship program.

Museum Internships

The Museum hires three student interns each semester, and three over the summer. Museum interns work closely with the registrar, curators, and preparator, gaining invaluable hands-on experience handling works of art, managing the Museum collection, writing promotional and didactic texts, conducting research, and learning the ropes of a museum profession.

To apply for an internship, submit a resume and cover letter to the Administrative Secretary to the Director .


Professor of Art Tanya Sheehan instructs her American Art Class in the Landay Teaching Gallery.

Colby Professor of Art Tanya Sheehan holds class in the Landay Teaching Gallery.


Reserving a Space in the Museum for a Class or Meeting

Reserve a Space

Colby students and faculty can reserve a space in the museum galleries for a class or meeting related to the collection or exhibitions.

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


Performances by school children enrolled in the Museum's Lively Spaces Program.

School children of the Lively Spaces Program begin their performance in the Schupf Wing for the Works of Alex Katz.

Write Curriculum

Juniors or seniors who register for a three- or four-credit hour independent study course in Education have the opportunity to write museum-based lesson plans for school children. Students will learn the ins and outs of curriculum writing and gain a valuable publication credit. For more information contact the Mirken Curator of Education .


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