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This fall the Colby College Museum of Art introduced a series of new programs-tours, lectures, and children’s activities-ongoing throughout the school year. The events aim to attract more visitors from central Maine.

On Saturdays, student volunteers and museum docents read art-related stories, play games, and lead discussions in the museum’s galleries. Story Time in the Museum, every Saturday morning at 10 a.m., is designed for young children, and no registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

On most Thursdays, museum staff members and Colby faculty members will discuss current exhibitions in Noontime Art Talks. Upcoming talks include Robin Mandel, visiting assistant professor of art, speaking about his recent sculptures exhibited in the Fall Faculty Show (Thursday, November 8), and Veronique Plesch, associate professor of art, speaking about Maggie Libby’s Portraits of Colby Women: Commemorating in Word and Image (Thursday, November 29). Complimentary lunch for the first 40 visitors begins at noon; talks begin at 12:30 p.m.

The museum is also now providing guided tours to the public every Sunday at 2 p.m.

“We want the museum to serve as a resource and a meeting place for the entire community,” said Lauren Lessing, the museum’s new curator of education, who spearheaded these programs. “It’s our hope that every resident of central Maine will come to feel a sense of pride and ownership in our collection and will view the Colby College Museum of Art as their museum.”

The Colby College Museum of Art is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free and the museum is accessible to people with disabilities. For up-to-date event listings, visit

Current Exhibitions at the Colby College Museum of Art

Fall Faculty Exhibition
November 6, 2007-January 20, 2008
This exhibition presents recent work by Colby faculty members Bonnie Bishop, Bevin Engman, Gary Green, Maggie Libby, Robin Mandel, Abbott Meader, Nancy Meader, Garry Mitchell, Scott Read, and Barbara Sullivan.

currents4: Amy Stacey Curtis
November 15, 2007-April 13, 2008
The fourth exhibition in the museum’s annual emerging artist series, currents, presents work by Maine-based installation artist Amy Stacey Curtis. Curtis, who has been working in abandoned industrial sites throughout the state for the past seven years, creates interactive works that examine our interconnectedness through themes of chaos, order, and repetition.

Highlights from the Lunder Collection
Through June 15, 2008
Selections from Peter and Paula Lunder’s promised gift of more than 500 works of art are on view in the museum’s galleries. Works on exhibit include American painter John La Farge’s Agathon to Erosanthe from 1861, Alex Katz’s 1974 painting Canoe, a collection of rare and beautiful etchings and lithographs by James McNeill Whistler, the Ideal figure Undine by Joseph Mozier, other American sculptures by Elie Nadelman, Paul Manship, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Donald Judd, and Jenny Holzer, as well as important examples of early Chinese ceramic art.