December Museum News

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The Colby and Bowdoin museums have established a collaboration that will allow faculty members to use the other institution’s collection in their teaching. With Colby’s focus on American art and Bowdoin’s on European art, it’s a natural fit. Another collaboration, led by Professor Ankeny Weitz, will result in Ink Tales, an exhibition of Chinese narrative painting at both Bowdoin and Colby opening in January.



Accessible Art
Student artists who create everything from jewelry and pottery to fine art will be selling their wares at the Museum’s holiday craft fair on Wednesday, Dec. 3, from 4:30-7 p.m. All are welcome to browse, buy, or simply enjoy snacks and live music.

’Tis the SeasonDove
With Christmas around the corner, Colby’s Art and Faith discussions, through Dec. 20, offer an opportunity to explore the role of art in Christian traditions. Discussions, led by local clergy, occur Saturdays at 2 p.m. following a tour of the exhibition Realms of Faith: Medieval Art from the Walters Art Museum at 1:30. For details, see schedule below.

Deck the Walls
Children can make one-of-a-kind gifts at a holiday tile-making workshop on Dec. 20 at 10 a.m. It will begin with a tour of the Museum galleries focusing on decorative ceramic art, followed by the workshop at Freshwater Arts. The event is free and open to all ages, but attendance is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, call 207-680-2055.

Upcoming Events at the Colby College Museum of Art

Art and Faith Talk: Richard Kelly, Vassalboro Friends Meeting
Saturday, Nov. 29, 1:30 p.m.

Realms of Faith: A Student Research Symposium
Saturday, Dec. 6, 2 p.m.

Art and Faith Talk: Rev. Paul Nielsen, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Waterville
Saturday, Dec. 13, 1:30 p.m.

Art and Faith Talk: Rev. Alan Shumway and Joyce Stucki, First Baptist Church, Waterville
Saturday, Dec. 20, 1:30 p.m.

Ongoing Events

Story Time in the Museum
Saturdays at 10 a.m.
Join museum docents every Saturday morning for art-related stories, games, and discussion in the Museum’s galleries. Story Time in the Museum is free and open to the public, and no registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Guided Museum Tours
Sundays at 2 p.m.

Current Exhibitions at the Colby College Museum of Art

Fall Faculty Exhibition
Nov. 13, 2008–Jan, 18, 2009
The Fall Faculty Exhibition presents an opportunity to view recent work by Colby 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
Nov. 6, 2008–Jan. 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 who evoke the early photographic movement studies of Eadweard Muybridge, and the shadowy silhouettes of animals placidly but persistently en route to somewhere else.

Whistler & the Figure: Prints from the Lunder Collection
Nov. 1, 2008–May 31, 2009
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 200 Whistler etchings and lithographs in the Lunder Collection focuses on the artist’s equally keen perception of the figure from near and far. Curated by David Becker

Currents5: t s Beall
Oct. 9, 2008–Feb. 1, 2009
The fifth installment of currents, the Museum’s annual solo exhibition dedicated to the work of an emerging artist with connections to Maine, presents a new video installation by t s Beall, an American artist living in Glasgow. The exhibition consists of a single tower surmounted by a rotating platform outfitted with video projectors. Projecting from this structure onto the walls of the gallery are circular, scope-like video sequences of landscape imagery drawn from desolate outposts and contested borderline areas.

Realms of Faith: Medieval Art from the Walters Art Museum
Sept. 7, 2008-Jan. 4, 2009
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 15th century focuses on Christian liturgical practices and personal devotion during one of the most fascinating periods in world history.

For up-to-date event information, please visit Please note: The Museum will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

Image credits:

Zhang Rocheng (China, 1722-1770)
The Summer Palace at Jehol (detail)
Ink and colors on silk, 183 1/2 x 20"
Colby College Museum of Art

Eucharistic Dove
France (Limoges)
ca. 1210-30
Enamel on copper
The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore
(44.77, acquired by Henry Walters, 1926)