Miriam Valle-Mancilla ’16

Love at First Sight

To view one painting, the Beaune Altarpiece by Rogier van der Weyden, in the 15th-century Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune, Valle-Mancilla said, “you needed a magnifying glass but [the room] was pitch black. And then, when they turned on the lights, it was this huge painting that was covered in gold leaf. I was just so amazed […]

Oak Human Rights Fellow Jinyan Zeng interviews artist, activist Ai Weiwei

During her semester at Colby, the 2017 Oak Human Rights Fellow Jinyan Zeng, a Chinese filmmaker, blogger, activist, and scholar, interviewed the renowned artist and activist Ai Weiwei to discuss art, politics and exile. This interview was conducted and transcribed in Mandarin and translated into English. Zeng: First, I’d like to understand what motivates you […]

The Painter from Maine

Gerry Boyle ’78 Managing Editor Colby Magazine Following in the Footsteps of “the Painter from Maine” It was a truly remarkable feat. A child born to immigrants in a Maine mill town, whose mother died when he was young, who left school at 15, goes on to become one of the most important American artists […]
Lunder Institute for American Art at the Colby College Museum of Art

A Transformative and Historic Gift

In February President David A. Greene told an anticipatory crowd that the gift from Peter ’56, D.F.A. ’98 and Life Trustee Paula Lunder, D.F.A. ’98 will make the Colby College Museum of Art—already considered one of the finest college museums in the nation—a beacon of scholarship and curation that will draw visitors and art historians from […]
Zao Wou-Ki, Rouge, bleu, noir (Red, blue, black), 1957 (detail). Oil on canvas, 29 1/2 x 32 in. (74.9 x 81.2 cm). Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum. Gift of Benjamin and Lilian Hertzberg, 2007.29. © Zao Wou-Ki/ProLitteris, Zurich.

The Reintroduction of Zao Wou-Ki

Ankeney Weitz and Melissa Walt set out to gather the best work of one of the great masters of 20th-century art and, in Weitz’s words, “reintroduce him to American audiences and allow them to see his significance.” Exhibits at the Asia Society Museum in New York and now at the Colby College Museum of Art […]
Harry Callahan, Eleanor, 1947. (Detail) Gelatin silver print on sheet, 8 x 4 7/8 in. (20.3 x 12.4 cm). Colby College Museum of Art, The Lunder Collection, 2015.157. Photo by Pixel Acuity

Art + Vision

President David A. Greene told an anticipatory crowd that the gift from Peter ’56, D.F.A. ’98 and Life Trustee Paula Lunder, D.F.A. ’98 will make Colby’s Museum—already considered one of the finest college museums in the nation—a beacon of scholarship and curation that will draw visitors and art historians from around the world. “The fire […]

Art School

She studied art at Yale and museum education at Tufts, then worked at the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach at Tufts, the Great Lakes Science Center, and the Science Museum of Minnesota. Now, as the Linde Family Foundation Coordinator of School and Family Programs, Aiken has set her sights on the already robust outreach […]

Presenting the Wonderful World of Bernard Langlais

As a curatorial assistant at the Colby College Museum of Art in 2007, she’d worked with some of his abstract works for a show there. Later she’d used Langlais’s (pronounced “Lang-lee”) work in graduate school projects at Boston University. But when Blunt moved into the late artist’s farmhouse on the Maine coast two years ago, […]

A Museum’s Magical Moments

by Pat Sims At a symposium preceding the dedication, a panel of art experts examined the role of the Colby College Museum of Art as a center for teaching that allows unfiltered access to original art and can lead to moments in which students are transformed into teachers. Adam D. Weinberg, the Alice Pratt Brown […]