Paper Trail: Contemporary Prints, Drawings, and Photographs from the Collection

May 30, 2015 - August 30, 2015

Davis Gallery

Featuring numerous recent acquisitions, this exhibition presents selections from the Colby Museum’s holdings of contemporary works on paper. Many of the artists represented are new to the collection and have entered it through their accomplishments in printmaking. These include Tomma Abts, Glenn Ligon, Raymond Pettibon, Lee Bontecou, Amy Sillman, and John Baldessari. Drawings by Richard Serra, Daphne Cummings, Sharon Louden, and Elena del Rivero, among others, offer vibrant evidence of that medium’s continued relevance and centrality. Photography, an area of the collection experiencing tremendous recent growth, is also amply represented by such artists as Richard Misrach, Loretta Lux, and An-My Lê.

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Banner Image: An-My Lê, Robert Falcon Scott’s Hut and Research Vessel Nathaniel Palmer, 2008, archival pigment print, 40 in. x 56 ½ in., Museum purchase from the Jetté Acquisitions Fund, 2009.056

An Artist’s Gift: Acquisitions from the Alex Katz Foundation

May 22, 2015 - September 6, 2015

Lower Jetté Galleries, Upper Jetté Galleries

The Alex Katz Foundation, incorporated in 2004, has played a central role in the development of the Colby College Museum of Art’s collection. Over the course of more than a decade, the foundation has given nearly four hundred and fifty works of modern and contemporary art to the Colby Museum. Founded with the mission of supporting artists and art institutions through the purchase of artworks and their subsequent gifting, the Katz Foundation has become a model of artist-led philanthropy. On view in this exhibition will be a selection of artworks by contemporary artists including Elizabeth Peyton and Dana Schutz, artists of Katz’s generation such as Ronald Bladen and Al Held, whose reputations continue to grow, and foundational early twentieth-century modernists such as Charles Burchfield and Marsden Hartley.

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Exhibition review: Bob Keyes, Summer visual arts: Katz as curator, The Portland Press Herald, May 2015


Banner Image: Marsden Hartley, City Point, Vinalhaven, 1937-1938, oil on board, 18 in. x 24 in., Gift of the Alex Katz Foundation, 2008.214

Young Curators: Art in the Making

May 20, 2015 - July 12, 2015

William D. Adams Gallery, Museum Lobby

The Colby College Museum of Art is pleased to announce a pilot program, Young Curators, designed to offer Waterville and Winslow high school students immersion in museum practice through arts-centered learning and production. This installation will showcase the student’s research and art-making skills that directly relate to works on art in the Museum’s permanent collection. As part of this program students have both created and curated the works in this exhibition.

This exhibition can be found in the Harrimann Student Lounge on the second floor of the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion.

Young Curators Program Participants:
Skylar Addy, Waterville High School
Andrew Beckwith, Winslow High School
Bradley Carver, Messalonskee High School (documentarian)
Terry Chamblee, Waterville High School
Harrison Clark, Winslow High School
Sierra Hopkins, Winslow High School
Meg Nadeau, Winslow High School
Emily Pellegrin, Winslow High School
Al Perry, Waterville High School

Studio Art Teachers:
Katrina Billings, Winslow High School
Suzanne Goulet, Waterville High School

Colby College Student Mentor:
Veronica Vesnaver ’15

Museum Curatorial Mentor:
Ramey Mize, Anne Lunder Leland Curatorial Fellow

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Exhibition review: Colby College Museum of Art to present exhibition Young Curators: Art in the Making, The Morning Sentinel, May 2015


Banner Image: Young Curators drawing in the Cohen Gallery, Colby College Museum of Art. Photo by Jack Cohen Photography

Highlights from the Permanent Collection

The Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion, Lunder Wing

This exhibition showcases the reinstallation of the Museum’s permanent collection galleries and the integration of works from the Lunder Collection with the Museum’s core holdings, including recent gifts from the Alex Katz Foundation, and select loans. Supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, this display reflects the Museum’s ongoing commitment to a comprehensive representation of American art from the nineteenth century through the present.

Highlights include David Smith’s steel Voltri Bolton II(1962), Maya Lin’s monumental marble sculpture Disappearing Bodies of Water (2013), a meter box by Donald Judd (1977), and Robert Mangold’s 18 acrylic and pencil drawings (1991) given by the Alex Katz Foundation. Cherished cornerstones of the collection, such as Albert Bierstadt’s View of Chimney Rock (1860) and Winslow Homer’s The Trapper (1870) will be featured, as well as recently acquired works by Frederic Edwin Church, William Matthew Prior, and Joshua Johnson.