Past Exhibitions
Europa and The Bull

Carl Milles, American (b. Sweden, 1875–1955)

Europa and the Bull, 1929


The Lunder Collection

Myths and Metamorphosis

November 3, 2009 - January 17, 2010


Curated by Kerill O'Neill, Julian D. Taylor Associate Professor of Classics

This exhibition is part of the Metamorphoses Project, a series of programs and courses engaging the Colby and Waterville communities around the theme of myth and its ongoing importance in contemporary life. Works in the exhibition are drawn from the museum collections of Colby and Bowdoin colleges.


Winslow Homer

The Trapper, 1870

Oil on canvas, 19 1/16 x 29 1/2 in.

Gift of Mrs. Harold T. Pulsifer

Art at Colby: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Colby College Museum of Art

July 11, 2009 - February 21, 2010


The Colby College Museum of Art celebrates its 50th anniversary with a museum-wide exhibition of its collection. Art at Colby: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Colby College Museum of Art features artworks from the museum’s collections of American, European, Asian, and contemporary art, and is accompanied by an audio tour and a richly illustrated book of collection highlights, with essays by a wide range of scholars and artists.


Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture

Senior Art Students, 2009

Colby College

Senior Art Exhibition

May 7, 2009 - May 24, 2009


The annual Senior Art Exhibition which brings together art by Colby seniors who have completed extensive work in their medium. 

Jessica Acker
Bryan Brown
Kerry Hanney
Steve Holt
Sara Hutchins
Caitlin R. Leibenhaut
Jared Luther
Lucie Miller
Nicholas Nassikas
Jessica Suarez
Jamie M. Warner

John Coffer, Emma Turning Sorghum Press

John Coffer (American, b. 1952)

“Emma” Turning Sorghum Press, 2006

Tintype, 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 in. (16.5 x 21.6 cm)

John Coffer, "Photographist"

March 19, 2009 - June 7, 2009


This is the first solo museum exhibition of the contemporary photographer John Coffer, who has pioneered the rediscovery of early photographic techniques, particularly the wet-plate collodion process of the tintype. Coffer, who lives without modern conveniences in upstate New York, has made daily life his subject, documenting in loving detail the arduousness and joy of a reimagined nineteenth-century life. Works on view are drawn entirely from the museum’s Lunder Collection.


Unknown Photographer

Portrait of Arthur J. Roberts, Colby President, 1908-1927

Dry-plate glass negative, 7 x 5 in. (17.8 x 12.7 cm)
Colby College Special Collections

From Salt- to C-Prints: Photographic Methods & Materials

March 19, 2009 - June 7, 2009


Curated by Gary Green

Organized to coincide with John Coffer, "Photographist," this exhibition will present a survey of photographic processes developed and employed prior to the present era of digital photography.  On view will be historical examples of the daguerreotypes as well as the principal wet- and dry-plate photographic print techniques.  The exhibition will also include a selection of works by contemporary artists who continue to use traditional photographic methods and materials.

Andy Warhol, Screen Test: Ann Buchanan

Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987)

Screen Test: Ann Buchanan, 1964

16mm film, black-and-white, silent, 4 minutes at 16 frames-per-second

©The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA

Andy Warhol: Screen Tests & Photographs

February 12, 2009 - June 7, 2009


Between 1964 and 1966, Andy Warhol made 472 silent black-and-white cinematic portraits. This exhibition presents an ongoing projection of 10 Screen Tests—as these seminal works are known—in conjunction with Warhol’s Polaroid and black-and-white photographs. Photographs functioned as source images for the artist’s silkscreen paintings and, with his films, they constitute a comprehensive documentation of his diverse circle of acquaintances. The photographs are selected from the 150 Warhol photographs that were given to the Colby Museum in 2007 by the Photographic Legacy Program of the Andy Warhol Foundation.

Hannah Collins, Beshencevo: A Current History, 2006 (detail)

Hannah Collins (British, b. 1956)

Beshencevo: A Current History, 2006 (detail)

Single-channel video with sound, 57 min.

Hannah Collins: A Current History

February 5, 2009 - May 27, 2009


A recent purchase and partial gift of the Alex Katz Foundation, Hannah Collins’ Beshencevo: A Current History is a highly evocative retelling of one day in the life of a family in a remote village in central Russia. Through a series of interwoven visual fragments including stark landscapes and contemplative domestic scenes, striking contrasts emerge between the realities of Post-Soviet life and the timeworn conventions of a traditional settlement.

Zhang Rocheng, The Summer Palace at Jehol

Zhang Rocheng (China, 1722-1770)

The Summer Palace at Jehol (detail), 18th century

Ink and colors on silk, 183 1/2 x 20"
Colby College Museum of Art

Ink Tales: Chinese Paintings from the Collections of the Museums of Bowdoin and Colby Colleges

January 22, 2009 - March 22, 2009


 Ink Tales, the result of a collaborative project by students at Colby and Bowdoin Colleges, features Chinese paintings drawn from the collections of both institutions. The exhibition, held simultaneously on both campuses, explores the variety of stories associated with the images, formats, and functions of Chinese paintings.

For more information, visit the web exhibition here.

Extended through Sunday, March 22.

Bevin Engman, Due East at the Pamet

Bevin Engman

Due East at the Pamet, 2006

Oil on panel, 7 x 11"

Bevin Engman: New Work

January 20, 2009 - March 8, 2009


 Colby Associate Professor of Art Bevin Engman presents paintings, collages, and source photographs drawn from her recent explorations of the land, sea, and sky. These “quotes” from the environment of Cape Cod, where the artist spent her childhood and recently returned to paint, capture the inherent abstraction of the subject through subtle compositions of color and form.

Harriett Matthews, Agia Theodora in Vasta

Harriett Matthews

Agia Theodora in Vasta, 2008

Cast bronze and cherry wood, 10 1/2 x 12 inches

Fall Faculty Exhibition

November 13, 2008 - January 18, 2009


The Fall Faculty Exhibition presents an opportunity to view recent work by Colby College faculty members Bonnie Bishop, Bevin Engman, Gary Green, Maggie Libby, Harriett Matthews, Abbott Meader, Nancy Meader, Garry Mitchell, Scott Reed, and Barbara Sullivan.

Hiraki Sawa, Migration, 2003

Hiraki Sawa

Migration, 2003

Still from single-channel video (7:10). Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York

Hiraki Sawa

November 6, 2008 - January 25, 2009


This exhibition presents three videos by the London-based, Japanese-born artist Hiraki Sawa. At once playful and meditative, Sawa’s works show imaginary, often miniaturized worlds animated by such seemingly incongruous elements as airplanes aloft in an otherwise mundane apartment, running and walking figures that evoke the early photographic movement studies of Eadweard Muybridge, and the shadowy silhouettes of animals placidly but persistently en route to somewhere else.

James McNeill Whistler, Study (Maud Franklin), 1878

James McNeill Whistler (American, 1834-1903)

Study (Maud Franklin), 1878

Lithograph, 10 5/8 x 8 1/16"
The Lunder Collection

Whistler & the Figure: Prints from the Lunder Collection

November 1, 2008 - May 31, 2009


Curated by David Becker

 Throughout his career, James McNeill Whistler was preoccupied with portraying the human figure. Though best known for his elegant and enigmatic oil portraits of society notables and – of course – his own mother, he also executed many smaller-scale figural works within the private space of his home and studio and the public spaces of city and countryside. This selection from the more than two hundred Whistler etchings and lithographs in the Lunder Collection focuses on the artist’s equally keen perception of the figure from near and far.


t s Beall

Landing Sequence from Predator UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), Iraq, 2004

Video still

Currents5: t s Beall

October 9, 2008 - February 1, 2009


In the fifth installment of currents, an annual solo exhibition dedicated to the work of an emerging artist with connections to Maine, the Colby College Museum of Art presents Here Be Dragons (2008), a new video installation by t s Beall, an American artist living in Glasgow who attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2003. The exhibition consists of a single watchtower surmounted by a rotating platform outfitted with video projectors. From it, circular, scope-like video sequences of landscape imagery drawn from desolate outposts and contested areas are projected onto the walls of the gallery.

Watch a video of the installation here

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Anonymous, France (Paris)

Statuette of the Virgin and Child, 1350-60

Ivory, The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, 71.287, acquired by Henry Walters, 1922

Realms of Faith: Medieval Art from the Walters Art Museum

September 7, 2008 - January 4, 2009


Curated by Véronique B. Plesch, Professor of Art and David L. Simon, Ellerton and Edith Jette Professor of Art

Drawn from one of the largest and finest medieval art collections in the United States, this exhibition of rare and beautiful objects dating from the sixth to the fifteenth century focuses on Christian liturgical practices and personal devotion during one of the most fascinating periods in world history. This exhibition was organized by The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore.

For a downloadable pdf of programs and events, click here.