May Museum News

Reaching High
After a rigorous review process, the Colby museum has received reaccreditation from the American Association of Museums. It is one of only 10 museums in Maine to achieve this distinction. The AAM accreditation program works to build stronger museums by promoting the highest professional standards. Carolyn Muzzy Director and Chief Curator Sharon Corwin sees accreditation as a "welcome acknowledgement from our peers in the museum field that also establishes a wonderful roadmap for our work here."

A New Look, Virtuallyundefined
The museum recently launched its new Web site, adding features for visitors and for those who can't see the collections in person. Among highlights: scores of images from the permanent collection, including many from the renowned Lunder Collection, and an education section with resources for K-12 teachers and for Colby students and faculty. Check in regularly for news and information on events.

A Handsome Book of Self-Portraits

Be sure to peruse the catalog accompanying the exhibition Chuck Close: Self-Portrait/Scribble/Etching Portfolio, 2000. With color illustrations of every work in the exhibition, an essay by Anne Monahan, and a lively interview of Close by Paul J. Schupf, Rebecca S. Chopp, and Elizabeth E. Barker, this handsome, informative little book is an invaluable guide to the artist's printmaking innovations. Co-published by the Picker Art Gallery at Colgate University, the Mead Art Museum at Amherst, and the Colby College Museum of Art, the catalog is available for $12.95 at the museum counter or by contacting the museum at 207-859-5600.

Seniors Show Their Stuffundefined
In May the museum spotlights the work of senior studio artists and a senior art historian. The College Collection as Kunstkammer, an exhibition curated by Senior Scholar Justine Ludwig, presents an eclectic selection of works from the museum's collection in a manner reminiscent of the Kunstkammer, a type of exhibition space popular during the 16th through 18th centuries in Europe. The annual Senior Art Exhibition features work by studio art majors. Both exhibitions will be on view through Sunday, May 25.

Looking Ahead: Rooms with a View
The museum's collaboration with Waterville's Freshwater Arts and the Waterville Main Street organization continues this summer with Rooms with a View. The program will begin with a tour of museum galleries, focusing on artists’ arrangements and depictions of three-dimensional space, and will be followed by a diorama-making workshop at Freshwater Arts. The event, Saturday, July 12, at 10 a.m., is free and open to all ages, but attendance is limited and preregistration is required. To register, call 207-680-2055.

Upcoming Events
For more information contact: Lauren Lessing, 859-5609,

Charles Willson Peale’s Sutton Portraits
Thursday, May 8, 12:30 p.m.
Jason M. Opal, Assistant Professor of History
Free bag lunches to the first 40 people.

Whistler at Work
Thursday, May 15, 12:30 p.m.
David P. Becker, independent curator
Free bag lunches to the first 40 people.

Museum Tour in French
Saturday, May 17, at 10:30 a.m.
Associate Professor of Art Veronique Plesch will lead a tour of the museum in French, with special attention to the Joan Whitney Payson Collection, on loan from the Portland Museum of Art.

Story Time in the Museum
Saturdays, May 10, 17, 24, and 31, 10 a.m.
Colby College Museum of Art
Student volunteers and museum docents read art-related stories, play games, and lead discussions in the museum's galleries. The program, offered every Saturday morning, is designed for young children, and no registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tours of the Colby College Museum of Art
Sundays, May 5, 11, 18, and 25, 2 p.m.
Colby College Museum of Art
The museum now offers free, guided tours every Sunday.

Ongoing exhibitions at the Colby College Museum of Art

Chuck Close: Self-Portrait/Scribble/Etching Portfolio, 2000
May 1-Sept. 21
Since the 1970s Chuck Close has been a leading figure on the contemporary art scene. Working prolifically in both painting and printmaking, Close has redefined the genre of portraiture with his monumental portrait heads. Close's Self-Portrait/Scribble/Etching Portfolio describes the cognitive sequence by which he deconstructs the three-dimensional subject, in this case his own face, to a two-dimensional, mechanically reproduced image. Comprising 36 proofs and etchings, the portfolio serves as an exploration of artistic process, while representing a finished artwork in its own right. Supplementing the portfolio, the exhibition presents additional works by Close, providing a greater context for this monumental project.

The College Collection as Kunstkammer
May 2-25
Rather than organizing objects according to era, a Kunstkammer display, popular in the 16th-18th centuries in Europe, aimed at an aesthetic conversation meant to reveal truths about the universe. This exhibition, curated by Senior Scholar Justine Ludwig '08, presents a range of works drawn from the permanent holdings of the Colby College Museum of Art in a manner reminiscent of Kunstkammern, and in so doing it explores the eclectic nature of the collection.

Senior Art Exhibition
May 8-25
The annual Senior Art Exhibition brings together art by Colby seniors who have completed extensive work in their media.

April 14-May 18
During a recent one-week residency at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado, Assistant Professor of Art Robin Mandel created computer-controlled kinetic mechanisms capable of producing viewer-activated thunder, lightning, wind, and rain simulations. Mandel's Storm, installed in the museum's Theater Gallery, brings these mechanisms together to create an electrifying thunderstorm.

Joan Whitney Payson Collection
Through June 1
The Colby College Museum of Art presents seven world-class works of art from the Joan Whitney Payson Collection on biennial loan from the Portland Museum of Art. This impressive collection includes paintings by Marc Chagall, Gustave Courbet, Edgar Degas, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Sir Joshua Reynolds, and Alfred Sisley.

Whistler at Work: The Process of Printmaking
Through June 15
Peter and Paula Lunder have assembled one of the foremost collections of prints by James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), comprising more than 200 etchings and lithographs of the highest quality. The latest in a continuing series of exhibitions drawn from this collection not only serves as an overview of Whistler's printmaking career but also highlights a number of rare examples that reveal Whistler's working process. Important selections include examples of Whistler's trial proofs, three pairs of prints that show how the artist developed his images through successive printings from the same plate, and a rare pastel that illuminates how Whistler treated similar subjects in different media. Curated by David P. Becker

The Colby College Museum of Art is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free and the museum is accessible to people with disabilities. For more information call 859-5600 or visit