This exhibition marks the second anniversary of the opening of the Bixler Art and Music Center The college’s art holdings have grown rapidly over the past year under the stimulus of the Friends of Art at Colby. Mrs. Ellerton M. Jette of Sebec and Waterville heads the Friends, and donated she and her husband’s American Heritage Collection to the museum. The permanent collection was also improved by the Helen Warren and Willard Howe Cumings Collection of American Art, which was donated to the College by Willard Cummings of Skowhegan. One of the college’s proudest possessions is the Harold T. Pulsifer Collection of Winslow Homer, which is on indefinite loan. Mr. Robert C. Vose, a charter member of the Friends of Art at Colby, has enabled us to bring to Boston this small but representative collection. These gifts, as well as the generous gifts of many others, have allowed the Bixler center to become a focal point for art in Central Maine. In the years ahead, it is expected to extend its influence over a much wider area.

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The works of Henry Varnum Poor, a central Maine resident and founder of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, are presented in this exhibition. The exhibition includes 42 paintings, several watercolors and pastels, ceramics, sculpture, furniture, books, and photographs of other works by the Maine summer resident. Brought here from major museums and galleries as well as from private collections, the collection covers 30 years, including his latest work.

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For sixteen summers major American artists have been coming to central Maine to teach and practice painting and sculpture. They have been called here to instruct students from leading art schools throughout the country at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. The fine tradition of art instruction which has evolved in this school is due to the high quality of its faculty and visiting artists. There are three types of instructors at the Skowhegan School: the permanent faculty, a group of selected seasonal artists, and a visiting artist each weekend. The artists whose works are shown in this exhibition represent a rich cross-section of American art and have all filled one or more of these roles at the Skowhegan school.

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An exhibition of paintings, sculptures and tapestries from the private collection of Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller will open at the Bixler Art and Music Center at Colby College. The items are from Governor Rockefeller’s gallery at Seal Harbor and come to Colby from the Memorial Art Museum in Rochester, NY. The exhibition will feature two tapestries, one by Picasso, the other woven by Marguerite Zorach depicting the family of John D. Rockefeller. Artists who will be represented by paintings include: Adolph Gottlieb, Philip Guston, Georges Mathieu, and Pierre Soulages. The works of ten sculptors will be on view, among them: Alexander Calder, ALberto Giacometti, Gerhard Marcks and Louise Nevelson.

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Gothic and Renaissance Prints

March 7, 1961 - March 15, 1961

This exhibition is the first of three which are to be held in the Colby College Art Museum during three successive years. This year’s exhibition deals with the first two centuries of print making in Europe, the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. At this time the processes of making woodcuts and engravings on copper were perfected and developed into a popular art form. The exhibition is designed to show the development from the Gothic to the Renaissance style in Germany, Italy, France, and the Netherlands. Among the major artists represented by original works are Mantegna, Dürer, Cranach, Holbein and Brueghel. Both the exhibition and the catalogue have been made possible by the members of the Friends of Art at Colby.

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