Colby Museum News Summer 2012

Hugh J. Gourley IIIThe Passing of a Legendary Director

Hugh J. Gourley III, who directed the Colby College Museum of Art for 36 years and is credited with building its renowned reputation, died July 25 in Portland, Maine. Under Gourley's leadership, the Museum grew from two rooms to an expansive complex capable of presenting one of the best collections in New England. Current Colby Museum director Sharon Corwin recently described Gourley as "a legend, and such an important figure in the art world in Maine and beyond." Read more in a recent Portland Press Herald tribute. There will be a memorial for Gourley on Monday, October 22, at 1:30 p.m. in Colby College's Lorimer Chapel, followed by a reception at the Museum.

Museum exterior July 2012The Glass Is On

Finishing touches are currently underway on the glass exterior to the Colby Museum's new Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion, which incorporates more than 360 rectangular glass panes. Each is treated with a ceramic pattern to moderate solar heat gain and light transmittance, one of many environmentally savvy measures aimed at making LEED-silver certification possible. At night the glass exterior will evoke a lantern and by day it will function as a canvas that softly reflects the campus. Construction continues on the building into next year with a grand opening in July 2013, when the Museum will present the exhibition The Lunder Collection: A Gift of Art to Colby College.

O'Keeffe, Lake George in the WoodsO'Keeffe's Lake George Comes to Maine

A recent addition to the Lunder Collection brings a bit of wilderness from upstate New York to Maine: a 1922 pastel by Georgia O'Keeffe entitled Lake George in the Woods. Composed of deep, jewel-like blues, greens, and browns, it offers an abstract vision of the place where O'Keeffe spent more than ten summers early in her career. Visitors will have a chance to see Lake George in the Woods next summer, when it will be installed with other highlights from the Lunder Collection for the opening of the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion.

Real Museum Experience

Every summer, three Colby students join the Museum staff as interns. This year, Dakota Rabbitt '14, Victoria Belin '12, and Alacoque Shaughnessy '15 are working on collection care and preservation, museum education, and curatorial practice. They also assisted with the preparation and opening of the exhibition Alex Katz: Maine/New York and have helped to run Lively Spaces, a summer children's dance program at the Museum.

Hugh J. Gourley III, Colby College Museum of Art, 2002

The Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion under construction, July 2012

Georgia O'Keeffe, Lake George in the Woods, 1922. Pastel on paper laid down on paperboard, 17 x 14 1/4 inches. Colby College Museum of Art, The Lunder Collection


Alex Katz: Maine/New York
Through December 30, 2012

Interior Visions: Selections from the Collection by Alex Katz
Through October 7, 2012
(Interior Visions is the third installation of the Rediscoveries exhibition series.)

Process & Place: Exploring the Design Evolution of the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion
Through March 31, 2013

The Colby College Museum of Art is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free and the Museum is accessible to people with disabilities. For more information call 207-859-5600 or visit