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Colby is pleased to announce the following May events. All are free (except where noted) and open to the public.

Student Docent Lecture
Friday, May 1, 12:30 p.m.
Colby College Museum of Art
Samantha Richens ’11 will discuss Frederick Spencer’s The Harriot Children, 1844
Contact: Colby College Museum of Art, 859-5600,

Relay for Life
Friday, May 1, 6 p.m.
Alfond Field
Students, faculty and staff walk into the night to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Again this year, People’s Salon and Spa will offer haircuts to those who wish to donate to Beautiful Lengths to make wigs for cancer patients. This year’s event is dedicated to Shareen Abbasy ’05, who died of cancer earlier this year.
Contact: Janice Kassman, 859-4602,

Colby Symphony Orchestra and the
Colby College Chorale/Colby-Kennebec Choral Society

Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3, 7:30 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel
Three groups come together for a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms.”  Bernstein was a champion of tonal music; his eclectic setting in Hebrew of three psalms contains echoes of Broadway and 19th-century opera, gently arching melodic lines and angular dissonance balanced by muscular Latin rhythms. The two choruses will also perform Franz Biebl’s setting of the “Ave Maria” prayer, and this year’s winner of the Music Department’s annual student concerto competition will perform.
Contact: Vivian Lemieux, 859-5670,

New Play Festival
Thursday-Sunday, April 30-May 2, 7:30 p.m.
Strider Theater, Runnals Building
The season ends in a parade of creativity. Student playwrights, actors and directors display their best work. All original, 100-percent Colby, with a little something for everyone. Catch them now — before they become famous. Recommended for mature teens and adults. Free tickets available at the door.
Contact: Deb Ward, 859-4521,

Spring Pottery Club Sale
Wednesday, May 6, 9 a.m.
Cotter Union / Page Commons Room
Just in time for Mother’s Day, pick up one-of-a-kind bowls, platters, vases, and more — all handcrafted by members of Colby’s pottery club.
Contact: Carole Evans, 859-5830

Chow Down For Charity
Wednesday, May 6, 7:30 p.m.
Page Commons, Cotter Union
Colby athletes compete in timed eating contests to benefit the South End Teen Center. Admission is $1.
Contact: Will Fassett,

Senior Art Exhibition Opening Reception
Thursday, May 7, 4 p.m.
Colby College Museum of Art
The annual Senior Art Exhibition brings together art by Colby seniors who have completed extensive work in their medium.
Contact: Colby College Museum of Art, 859-5600,

Student Docent Lecture
Friday, May 8, 12:30 p.m.
Frazer Humes ’09 will discuss Sol LeWitt’s Seven Walls, 2002, the large sculpture visible from Mayflower Hill Drive.
Contact: Colby College Museum of Art, 859-5600,

American Dreams
Saturday, May 9, 3 p.m.
Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Building
Students present the documentary films they created in the American Dreams course. This year’s topics are: life in the National Guard; The Hathaway, including oral histories; coming out of the closet at Skowhegan High School; railroad buffs; and the maple sugaring industry in a challenging economy.
Contact: Ruth Jacobs, 859-4353,

188th Commencement
Sunday, May 24, 10 a.m.
Miller Library lawn
Commencement is held outdoors and the public is invited unless weather forces the event indoors, in which case tickets are required. This year Greg Mortenson coauthor of Three Cups of Tea, is the guest speaker and Qiamuddin Amiry ’09 of Kabul, Afghanistan, is the senior class speaker. For more information go to <>.

Sundays at the Museum
Join museum docents every Sunday at 2 p.m. for art-related stories, games and discussion in the museum’s galleries. (No registration is required, but children must be accompanied by an adult.) On Sundays at 2:30 p.m., docents provide general tours of the museum.

Ongoing Exhibitions at the Colby College Museum of Art

Senior Art Exhibition
May 7-24
This annual show brings together art by Colby seniors who have completed extensive work in their medium.

John Coffer, “Photographist”
Through May 31
This is the first solo museum exhibition of photographer John Coffer, who has led the rediscovery of early photographic techniques. Coffer, who lives without modern conveniences in upstate New York, has made daily life his subject, documenting the arduousness and joy of a re-imagined 19th-century life. Works on view are drawn entirely from the museum’s Lunder Collection.

From Salt to C-Prints: Photographic Methods & Materials
Through May 31
Organized to coincide with John Coffer, “Photographist,” this exhibition presents a survey of photographic processes developed and employed prior to the present era of digital photography. On view will be historical examples of the daguerreotype as well as the principal wet- and dry-plate photographic print techniques. The exhibition will also include a selection of works by contemporary artists who continue to use traditional photographic methods and materials.

Whistler and the Figure: Prints from the Lunder Collection
Through May 31
Throughout his career, James McNeill Whistler was preoccupied with portraying the human figure. Though best known for his elegant and enigmatic oil portraits of society notables and — of course — his own mother, he also executed many smaller-scale figural works within the private space of his home and studio as well as the public spaces of the city and countryside. Curated by David P. Becker, this selection from the more than 200 Whistler etchings and lithographs in the Lunder Collection focuses on the artist’s equally keen perception of the figure from near and far.

Hannah Collins: Current History
Through May 31
A recent purchase and partial gift of the Alex Katz Foundation, Hannah Collins’s video Current History (2007) is an evocative retelling of one day in the life of a family in Beshencevo, a remote village in central Russia. Through a series of interwoven visual fragments, including landscapes and domestic scenes, contrasts emerge between the realities of post-Soviet life and the conventions of a traditional settlement.

Andy Warhol’s Photos
Through May 31
Photography was an integral component of Andy Warhol’s artistic process, yet it has received significantly less critical attention than his paintings and films. This selection of Polaroids and gelatin silver prints has been drawn from 150 Warhol photographs that entered the Colby museum’s collection through the Photographic Legacy Program of the Andy Warhol Foundation. Works included in the exhibition offer a surprisingly intimate perspective on Warhol and the diverse circle of luminaries, socialites, and celebrities he photographed, among them Olympian Dorothy Hamill, developer Steve Wynn, and jetsetter Bianca Jagger.

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