Alex Katz (American, b. 1927)
Oil on canvas, 126 x 96 inches
The Paul J. Schupf Wing
Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine
Gift of the artist
For museum visitors who wonder what artists were contemplating when they created their artwork, an upcoming exhibition at the Colby College Museum of Art promises a glimpse. Titled The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture: 60 Years, the show, on view July 22 through October 29, also offers an overview of American art from the post-World War II era to the present.
About 1,400 people from 35 states and as far as Japan and Thailand will arrive on Mayflower Hill for the college's annual Reunion Weekend, June 9-11. While visitors will make their way to Waterville's shops and restaurants, local residents also are invited to Colby's campus for a variety of events.
As Colby College honored Trustee Paul J. Schupf for 15 years of service on the Board of Trustees, the philanthropist and astute art collector made yet another gift to the college. At a luncheon in Schupf's honor on May 27, President William D. Adams announced that Colby would receive Schupf's collection of a sculpture and 150 works on paper by renowned artist Richard Serra -- the largest Serra collection outside of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Messages of courage dominated Colby's 185th Commencement Sunday, May 28. Francis Chapuredima left his village in Zimbabwe four years ago and became one of the most admired members of his class, the student-elected class speaker and recipient of the prestigious Condon medal. Acknowledging that this is a time of anxiety for graduates, Newsweek columnist and Pulitzer-prize winner Anna Quindlen used Chapuredima's triumphs to exemplify the importance of confronting -- and conquering -- fears. With Miller Library as a backdrop, President William D. Adams presented the 465 members of the Class of 2006 with diplomas on a glorious sunny day.
A student from rural Zimbabwe will serve as class speaker at Colby College's 185th commencement, and, by coincidence, the benefactors of his scholarship fund will be present to receive honorary degrees. Francis Tapiwa Chapuredima will share the stage with Newsweek columnist Anna Quindlen on Sunday, May 28, at 10 a.m. The roughly 465 seniors in the Class of 2006 elected Chapuredima, an Oak scholar at Colby, to give the address.
The seventh annual Colby College Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held Wednesday through Friday, May 3-5, on the Waterville campus. More than 100 students will make presentations on research they have conducted in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and interdisciplinary studies. All symposium events are open to the public and free of charge.
The Colby South End Coalition (CSEC) presents the second-annual week-long program dedicated to strengthening bonds between Colby and Waterville. "Burst the Bubble, Build a Bridge" week begins Sunday, April 23, with a "Do-it-Yourself Fair" at the Alfond Youth Center and wraps up Saturday, April 29, with Colby Cares Day, a Colby Volunteer Center program.
A lot has been made of the creative economy in Maine -- especially with Governor Baldacci's creation of a Creative Economy Council last year. At the 55th Annual Colby College Institute for Leadership, "The Creative Economy," on Wednesday, April 5, Baldacci will be on-hand to hear the first public announcement of the council's formal recommendations about how Maine can leverage the creative economy.
Just weeks after the death of her mother, Coretta Scott King, Yolanda King vowed "to carry on her work," according to the New York Daily News. Now King will bring her messages to Maine for an appearance at Colby College on Saturday, March 11. The event, at 7 p.m. in Lorimer Chapel on the Waterville campus, is free and open to the public. Tickets are required.
Since the 1970s, color photography has been gaining legitimacy in an art world previously dominated by the black-and-white print. Through April 23, the Colby College Museum of Art will exhibit color photographs including images ranging from William Christenberry's small-scale photographs of Alabama gas stations to Elke Morris's recent shots of run-down Maine tenement buildings. COLORS: Contemporary Color Photography includes 29 works by 12 American photographers.
Sam Van Aken, 01:15:39:22, 2005, Multimedia installation, Dimensions variable, Courtesy of the artist
In Colby's second annual emerging artist exhibition, currents2, installation artist and University of Maine Professor of Art Sam Van Aken creates a multimedia installation exploring his personal and artistic engagement with the 1977 Steven Spielberg film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The exhibition will be on view at the Colby College Museum of Art from November 20 through February 12, 2006.