Losang Samten: Sacred Sand Mandala

February 4, 2007 - February 16, 2007

Lower Jette Galleries

Artist and former Buddhist monk Losang Samten made an impression on more than 2,000 museum visitors when he created a sand mandala at Colby in the fall of 2005. He’s coming back, and this year his mandala — an elaborate circular “painting” made by pouring colored sand — will be larger and more detailed. He will also lead a meditation and speak on a panel with members of the Colby faculty. All events are free and open to the public.

Watch the sand mandla being created and dismantled:Quicktime | Flash video

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African-American Art: Selections from the Permanent Collection

February 1, 2007 - March 11, 2007

Theater Gallery

In honor of Black History Month, the Colby College Museum of Art brings together a selection of works from the permanent collection by important African-American artists such as Henry Ossawa Tanner, Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, and Kara Walker. Accompanying these works in the Museum’s Theater Gallery is the film “Against the Odds: Artists of the Harlem Renaissance.” This documentary tells the story of this passionately creative movement of the 1920s and 30s and the powerful impact it had on American art and society.

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Harmony: Modern Japanese Prints

January 30, 2007 - March 18, 2007

Teaching Gallery

Curated by Students in the Asian Museum Workshop

Organized by students in the Asian Museum Workshop, this exhibition explores Japan’s struggle to achieve its own identity during 19th and 20th centuries. With a steady increase of Western influences during an era of World Wars, the Japanese esteem for Wa (harmony) was critically important in maintaining a dialogue between East and West. The prints in this exhibition illustrate Japanese artists’ willingness to infuse their aesthetic sensibilities with those of the West to find a balance between tradition and modernity.

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Harriett Matthews: Recent Drawings and Sculpture

January 7, 2007 - February 18, 2007

Upper Jette Galleries

This solo exhibition by Harriett Matthews, Professor of Art at Colby, brings together 45 recent drawings and sculptures by the artist, spanning the past 6 years of her work. Matthews, who has been teaching at Colby since 1966, works primarily with welded steel and bronze. Her fascination with the landscape and ancient architecture of Greece is manifested in her delicate pencil drawings, classically-influenced reliefs, and monumental sculptural forms.

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