With the opening of the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion at the Colby College Museum of Art in July 2013, the museum will present the largest selection of the Lunder Collection since the announcement of the promised gift in 2007. Widely acknowledged as one of the most important holdings of American art ever assembled by private collectors, the Lunder Collection comprises more than 500 objects including works by Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keeffe, and James McNeill Whistler.

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Exterior view of Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion1

Long considered a treasure for Colby students, Maine people, and cognoscenti, the Colby museum has now become destination for discriminating visitors from afar. The striking new pavilion—conceived as a glass prism reflecting its natural surroundings and the traditional campus architecture—adds 10,000 square feet of exhibition space and signals the museum's importance to both the College and the art community. The first major exhibition to be mounted in the museum, The Lunder Collection: A Gift of Art to Colby College, opens with the new space in July.

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"Colby is no longer just a place that art lovers might drop in when they are in the neighborhood,” Elizabeth Broun, director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., told the Portland Press Herald. “They now will want to make a plan to fly in just for this."

1: Colby College Museum of Art. Sol LeWitt Wall Drawing #559 © 2013 The LeWitt Estate / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. ©trentbellphotography

 

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