Past Exhibitions

Lihua Lei

Phantom Pain (detail), 2006

Installation in three parts. Photo: Alan LaVallee

currents3: Lihua Lei

November 16, 2006 - February 4, 2007


Curated by Sharon Corwin, Carolyn Muzzy Director and Chief Curator and Gregory Williams, Assistant Director for Operations

Lihua Lei's work explores the sense of bounty and loss inherent to our bodily condition. Working in the gap between the figurative and the abstract, Lei uses diverse materials to allude to the body: a pool of carnelian colored thread suggests blood; a tube of cloth winds through the landscape like an esophagus or a birthing canal; a tree's knotty irregularities imply scars, burns, or tumors upon a torso. For currents3, Lei explores memory as a bodily phenomenon, exemplified by the phantom limb. How does our body remember, or feel, what it has lost? Lei's installation invites the viewer to reflect upon the vulnerabilities and transformations of the body.

Exhibition catalogue available.

James River at Tredegar Iron Works

Frank Hobbs

Richmond, VA - James River at Tredegar Iron Works, 2004

Oil on panel, 16 x 20". Image courtesy of the artist

Fall Faculty Exhibition

November 10, 2006 - December 31, 2006


Bringing together the work of Colby College art faculty members, the Fall Faculty Exhibitiion presents an opportunity to view recent work by Bonnie Bishop, Frank Hobbs, Margaret Libby, Harriett Matthews, Abbott Meader, Nancy Meader, Garry Mitchell, Dee Peppe, and Scott Reed.

Artist Unknown, Woman's Formal Attire, 2006

Artist unknown

Woman's Formal Attire, 2006


The Road to Kendeyama

November 6, 2006 - December 31, 2006


Following a grassroots fund-raising campaign through which they raised $23,000, six Colby students traveled to Sierra Leone in the summer of 2006. They distributed 2,000 bed nets to help fight malaria, organized educational programming and took many photographs.

Alex Katz, The Green Cap, 1985

Alex Katz

The Green Cap, 1985

Woodblock on paper, 12 1/4 x 17 7/8". Gift of the artist

Alex Katz Woodcuts and Linocuts

October 12, 2006 - January 28, 2007


Curated by Sharon Corwin, Carolyn Muzzy Director and Chief Curator

As the Colby College Museum of Art's contribution to The Maine Print Project, Alex Katz: Woodcuts and Linocuts takes a retrospective look at the artist's work in these print media. Katz has been a regular summer resident in Maine since he first attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in the early 1950s. Katz's woodcuts and linocuts, usually composed of one, two, or three layers of color, exhibit the qualities of directness, simplification, and distillation that characterize his work across media.

Vintage Photograph

Skowhegan Archive

Vintage photograph, 1950

Photograph. Courtesy of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Archive

The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture: 60 Years

July 22, 2006 - October 29, 2006


Since its founding in 1946, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture has established itself as one of the most important art schools in the country. In celebration of the school’s 60th anniversary and the newly formed Skowhegan Lecture Archive, the exhibition will bring together works by 27 distinguished artists and faculty spanning the history of the school.

James McNeill Whistler, Black-Lion Wharf, 1859

James McNeill Whistler

Black-Lion Wharf, 1859

Etching on laid paper (third state of three), 8 7/8 x 14 1/8". The Lunder Collection

Whistler as Printmaker

June 25, 2006 - February 25, 2007


Curated by David P. Becker

While James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) achieved fame as a painter, he was also a serious and innovative printmaker, producing some 450 etchings and about 180 lithographs. His imagery and the technical means that he developed for etching and for printing plates influenced not only his fellow printmakers in Europe and America but also many others who followed. This selection of prints is drawn from a collection on loan to the Colby museum consisting of almost 200 impressions representing the highest quality and range of Whistler's printmaking.

The Big Jatte

Senior Studio Art majors

The Big Jatte - Senior Art Exhibition, 2006


The Big Jatte - Senior Art Exhibition

May 11, 2006 - May 28, 2006


Featuring work in a variety of media by senior Studio Art majors Greyson Brooks, Caroline Cotter, Helen Emory, Hui Kim, Kirsten Lawson, Sarah Lindeke-Wolff, Alexis McCallister, Courtney Page, Meghan Race, Kurt Schleicher, Katie Weden, and Steven Weinberg

Bill Ingham, Garden Fugue, 2005

William Ingham

Garden Fugue, 2005

Mixed media on paper, 40 1/2 x 34 1/2 x 2". Gift of the artist

William Ingham: Paintings & Drawings

May 7, 2006 - July 9, 2006


Curated by Sharon Corwin, Carolyn Muzzy Director and Chief Curator and Gregory Williams, Assistant Director for Operations

Seattle-born artist and Colby College alumnus William Ingham '66 is known for his fusion of bicoastal influences and loose Abstract Expressionist painting. Drawing from multiple movements including the New York School and Minimalism, the artist maintains the autonomy of his paintings and the refusal of immediately recognizable imagery. Rich in color and sweeping movement and drawing inspiration from the Pacific Northwest, Ingham creates paintings that are at once both dreamlike and organic. Large canvases and concentrated hues further Ingham's exploration of scale, stroke, and line, resulting in lavish and complex paintings that are carefully and deliberately produced.

Domicile III

Elke Morris

Domicile III, 2004

Iris print, 30 x 40". Museum purchase from the Jetté Acquisitions Fund

Colors: Contemporary Color Photography

February 26, 2006 - April 27, 2006


Curated by Sharon Corwin, Carolyn Muzzy Director and Chief Curator

Since the 1970s, color photography has been gaining legitimacy in an art world previously dominated by the black-and-white print. The Colby College Museum of Art will exhibit 29 color photographs including images ranging from William Christenberry's small-scale photographs of Alabama gas stations to Elke Morris's recent shots of run-down Maine tenement buildings.

The Crucifiction

Barnaba da Modena

The Crucifixion, 1370

Tempera on panel, 20 1/2 x 12 1/4"

Six Centuries of European Art: Selections from the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

January 15, 2006 - May 31, 2006


This exhibition presents art works from the Bowdoin College Museum of Art's outstanding collection of Late Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, and Neoclassical art, along with selected works from the Colby College Museum of Art.


Sam Van Aken

01:15:39:22, 2005, 2005

Multimedia installation, variable dimensions

currents2: Sam Van Aken

November 20, 2005 - February 12, 2006


Curated by Sharon Corwin, Carolyn Muzzy Director and Chief Curator

In Colby's second annual emerging artist exhibition, currents2, installation artist and University of Maine Professor of Art Sam Van Aken creates a multimedia installation exploring his personal and artistic engagement with the 1977 Steven Spielberg film Close Encounters of the Third Kind.