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 more than 10,000 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, and the collection is searchable online.
If you would like to schedule a class visit to the museum, or are looking for more information, please use the attached form or contact the Linde Family Foundation Coordinator of Academic Access, Miriam Valle-Mancilla. For guidelines regarding class visits in the museum, please click here.
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.
Teaching in the Museum
Colby faculty teaching in the Museum have access to the permanent galleries, special exhibitions, the Davis Gallery, and the Landay Teaching Gallery. Faculty have the opportunity to meet with members of the Museum’s curatorial team to learn more about the exhibitions and collections.
The Davis 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 a space available to view any of the works in the Museum’s collection not currently on display to the public. For policies and procedures related to the use of the Landay Teaching Gallery, please click here.
If you would like to request objects for installation in the Davis or Landay Galleries, please contact the Linde Family Foundation Coordinator of Academic Access, Miriam Valle-Mancilla.
Davis Art Archives
Faculty and students researching a particular work in the collection may request access to the museum archives. Appointments to view museum records and object files must be scheduled two weeks prior to the desired visit date. Appointments can be scheduled by contacting the Linde Family Foundation Coordinator of Academic Access, Miriam Valle-Mancilla. For more information on policies and procedures related to the Davis Art Archives Room, please click here.
With the support of a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 2014, the Museum began sponsoring symposia and workshops designed to address the various ways that Colby faculty can engage their students with Museum collections and exhibitions. Topics included pedagogical approaches to object-based teaching and active learning, as well as themes addressing photography, nature, climate change, social justice, athletics, and the body. For more information on these programs, please click here.