Upcoming Exhibitions
Lois Dodd

Lois Dodd

Model Leaning on Elbow, 1999

Ink and watercolor on paper, 9 3/4 x 12 3/4 in.

Gift of the artist

Lois Dodd: Cultivating Vision

June 7, 2014 - August 31, 2014


In 2010 the Colby College Museum of Art received more than seventy works on paper spanning from the 1960s to the early 2000s by post-war American figurative artist Lois Dodd. For the first time, the drawings, watercolors, and prints of this extraordinary gift will be accessible to the public, providing visitors the opportunity to experience Dodd's work through mediums other than the oil painting for which she is best known. Three main themes will be featured: the body, the landscape, and the cityscape. The delicate and the massive meet in these drawings, and Dodd's formal approach to the architecture of figures, buildings, and natural forms offers viewers a meditation on monumentality, ephemera, and the lived human experience.


Bernard Langlais, Untitled (Self Portrait)

Bernard Langlais

Untitled (Self Portrait), c. 1955

Oil on canvas, 29 3/4 x 16 in.

The Bernard Langlais Collection, Gift of Helen Friend Langlais

Bernard Langlais

July 19, 2014 - January 4, 2015


Known for his monumental wall reliefs and sculptures of animals from the 1970s, Maine-born artist Bernard Langlais (1921–1977) created a rich and diverse oeuvre in his 56 years. From figurative to abstract painter, from abstract to figurative sculptor, to visionary environment builder, Langlais’ art was driven by a deep sense of place, and an unrelenting search for materials and subjects that reconciled his rural roots with postwar artistic movements and ideologies. In celebration of an extraordinary bequest by the artist's widow, Helen Friend Langlais, of her estate to Colby College in 2010, this exhibition constitutes a long overdue retrospective of Langlais’ dynamic career. The exhibition is drawn primarily from the Colby Museum’s extensive Langlais holdings, and will be accompanied by a major catalogue published by Charta. 


Elizabeth Atterbury

Demo, 2012

Silver gelatin print, 11 x 14 inches

currents7: Elizabeth Atterbury

January 27, 2015 - June 7, 2015


 This series returns with an exhibition of work by Elizabeth Atterbury, an artist based in Portland, Maine. Recently, Atterbury has broadened her material practice to more fully consider the incongruities between photography and its subjects. For currents7, Atterbury continues to test the representational conviction of the photographic image. She will create an environmental installation that incorporates both photography and sculpture with the result being that the deformations across media function allegorically, pointing to the irreconcilability of, for instance, one's personal narrative and the historical record.