Colby Bicentennial Seal 1964-2013


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The Paul J. Schupf Wing for the Works of Alex Katz.

At the time of the Maine exhibition, Professor James Carpenter was serving as the museum’s director while also teaching art history. Three years later, however, in 1966, Carpenter would hire young Hugh Gourley away from Rhode Island School of Design to become the first full-time director of the Museum of Art.

“One of the appeals of the job at Colby,” Gourley says 25 years later, “was that I felt there was an enormous chance to build something here. I just felt that it would be a wonderful experience to be involved with something young with a great potential for growth.”

–Colby Alumnus