The Gift

Peter and Paula Lunder quietly accumulated $100 million in art. Then, just as quietly, they gave it all to Colby College.

Robbie Brown in The Boston Sunday Globe, August 19, 2007

Art collection donated to Colby College

The Lunder gift of art makes Colby's one of the most important collections of American art at an institution of higher education and a crucial place for the study of James McNeill Whistler. Sharon Corwin, the museum's director, and President William Adams, explain.

New England Cable News, May 28, 2007

Inside Art: American Masters in Maine

"Colby College in Waterville, Me., has been promised 464 works of art by American masters including John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, George Inness, William Merritt Chase, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper and Georgia O'Keeffe. The collection, worth more than $100 million, was formed by Peter and Paula Lunder of Waterville, longtime benefactors of the college."

New York Times, May 18, 2007

Museums known to spur economic development

The town of Rockland, Maine, experienced economic growth with the addition of the Farnsworth Museum. "It was really the catalyst for change," said the CEO of the chamber of commerce there, "and it remains a focal point." Some believe the gift to Colby could lead to similar changes for Waterville.

Kennebec Journal, May 20, 2007

American art gift puts Colby at center of Maine art scene

Art scholars and enthusiasts from throughout Maine will benefit from the gift to Colby. "For Colby to have gotten this collection is wonderful for central Maine. For my art students, it's a treasure trove. We use the art center (at Colby), anyway. Now, it's even that much more exciting," said Brooks Stoddard, who chairs the art department at UMaine Augusta.

Morning Sentinel, May 19, 2007

Art community thrilled with donation to Colby

People in the know say the Lunders' gift to Colby is in character. "People in the art community have always known and respected the Lunders' tremendous dedication to Colby College. He is an alumnus par excellence," said the director of the Portland museum.

Portland Press Herald, May 19, 2007

Colby is given art worth $100m
Boston Globe, May 19, 2007

Waterville Couple Gives Priceless Artwork To Local College

People in the know say the Lunders' gift to Colby is in character. "People in the art community have always known and respected the Lunders' tremendous dedication to Colby College. He is an alumnus par excellence," said the director of the Portland museum.

WCSH6-TV, May 18, 2007

Maine Things Considered: Colby College To Receive Gift Of American Art Collection Valued At $100 Million

Listen to President William Adams and museum Director Sharon Corwin discuss the importance of the gift to Colby and to Maine.

Maine Public Broadcasting Network, May 18, 2007

Colby College Gets $100 Million Art Gift
San Francisco Chronicle (Associated Press), May 18, 2007

Colby College Gets Gift of Art Valued at More Than $100-Million
Chronicle of Higher Education, May 18, 2007