Longtime Colby Museum Director Sharon Corwin Announces Departure

February 27, 2020

After more than 13 years as the Carolyn Muzzy Director and Chief Curator of the Colby College Museum of Art, Sharon Corwin announced this week that she will leave the Museum  to become the next president and CEO of the Terra Foundation for American Art. The Terra Foundation is one of the nation’s leading foundations focused on art of the United States and is headquartered in Chicago.

Corwin joined the Colby Museum as Lunder Curator of American Art in 2003. In 2006 she was appointed director, and in the time since she has led the transformation of the Museum into a preeminent destination for the study and exhibition of American art. Her work to integrate the Museum into Colby’s curriculum and her commitment to developing programs for young people from across Maine have made it a singular resource for our faculty, students, and the broader community.

With the remarkable gift of the Lunder Collection, Corwin oversaw the expansion of the Museum and the opening of the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion, which together launched the Colby Museum into the highest echelon of college museums and created additional opportunities for growth. In 2017, with another incredible gift from the Lunders, Corwin led the creation of the Lunder Institute for American Art, which, in less than three years, has developed programs for artists, scholars, and the Colby community that have enriched lives and made important contributions to public discourse.

Corwin’s efforts to deepen and diversify the Colby Museum’s collection, to elevate its global reputation and renown, and to build a remarkable team of dedicated professionals have positioned the Museum for continued growth and success. Her contributions here will be felt for generations to come.

Corwin will assume her new role in September 2020. A search for her successor, headed by Colby College President David A. Greene, has already commenced.