As a center of experiential learning and interdisciplinary dialogue on campus, the Colby College Museum of Art seeks to build critical-thinking skills, foster creativity, and promote collaboration among students and faculty. With over 8,000 objects in our collection, we are able to serve a range of disciplines and accommodate varied curricular needs.
Museum staff can assist with organizing visits, leading groups, and developing student assignments. Recent collaborations include an Anthropology class that raised questions of authorship and social justice in contemporary photography, a Biology class that surveyed the historical crossovers between art and science, and a French class that studied identity formation in visual representations.
Classes in the Museum use the permanent galleries, special exhibitions, the Davis Curricular Gallery, and the Landay Teaching Gallery. More information on these spaces can be found below. If you would like to schedule these galleries, select objects for display, or discuss potential ideas for an installation or exhibition, please contact the Curator of Academic Programs, Shalini Le Gall.
Davis Curricular Gallery
The Davis Curricular Gallery enhances teaching and learning by offering students prolonged encounters with historically and aesthetically significant objects that provide focal points for class discussion and serve as the bases of assignments. The diverse works of art on view here are selected by faculty members and Museum staff, and are on display throughout the semester.
Landay Teaching Gallery
The Landay Teaching Gallery supports the Museum’s teaching mission by providing a dedicated space for the study of works of art for courses across the Colby College curriculum. The gallery is an ideal setting to view any of the works in the Museum’s collection not currently on display to the public, but that may serve a curricular function during a class session.
For policies and procedures related to the use of the Landay Teaching Gallery, please click here.
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant
In 2014, the Colby College Museum of Art received a $600,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to strengthen student and faculty engagement with the Museum’s collection. As part of the grant the Museum sponsored a symposium on April 10, 2014, designed to address the various ways that Colby faculty can engage their students with Museum collections and exhibitions. To access the program and the video files from the symposium, please click here.
The Colby College Museum is also working with the Bowdoin College Museum of Art to implement a series of seminars and workshops for faculty on collection use. On May 19–20, 2015, the Museum and Bowdoin held the workshop, Photography in Focus, a detailed program can be found here. To access information on the December 14–15, 2015 workshop, Art and Nature: Science, Environment, and Ecocriticism, please click here.
The Mellon grant includes provisions to assist faculty who wish to integrate aspects of the Museum’s collection into their courses. Colby faculty can apply for grant funding to research objects in the Museum’s collection, strengthen an existing course, develop a new course around specific objects in the collection, or request loans from other museums to support a specific course.
Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Shalini Le Gall, Curator of Academic Programs, prior to making an application. Applications should include a cover letter, a two-page narrative, as well as a budget. Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis by Museum staff and evaluated according to feasibility, relevance to the Museum’s collections and exhibitions, and likelihood of completion. Please note that award amounts are typically between $500 and $1000.