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The Colby College Museum of Art, which expanded in 2013 with the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion, has received $600,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support its role as a teaching museum.
The grant will enhance curricular engagement between the museum and faculty, bolster collaborations with other museums, and implement seminars for faculty at Colby and beyond.
“Curricular enhancement is a critical component of the Colby museum’s mission,” said Colby President William D. Adams. “With the gift of the Lunder Collection and the opening of the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion, we recognized a real opportunity to expand the use of the museum by faculty members and students across the disciplines. This generous grant from the Mellon Foundation will go far in facilitating that growth.”
The grant will support the hiring of a staff member dedicated to academic outreach and programming and will deepen the museum’s impact on the curriculum at Colby. The coordinator of academic programs will also facilitate faculty and student research and publishing.
“This grant couldn’t have come at a better time,” said Sharon Corwin, director and chief curator of the museum. “The world-class artworks in the Lunder Collection open tremendous learning opportunities for our students, and we are eager to see more and more classes and researchers visiting the galleries and studying the collection.”
As part of the grant the Colby museum will work with the Bowdoin College Museum of Art to implement a series of seminars and workshops for faculty on collection use and to launch a collections-sharing program to address curricular needs beyond the scope of the museum’s permanent collection.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation currently makes grants in four core program areas: higher education and scholarship; scholarly communications and information technology; art history, conservation, and museums; and performing arts. Within each of its core programs, the foundation concentrates most of its grant making in a few areas. The Mellon Foundation’s grant-making philosophy is to build, strengthen, and sustain institutions and their core capacities rather than be a source for narrowly defined projects. As such, it develops thoughtful, long-term collaborations with grant recipients and invests sufficient funds for an extended period to accomplish the purpose at hand and achieve meaningful results.
Colby College Museum of Art
Founded in 1959, the Colby College Museum of Art now comprises five wings, more than 8,000 works of art, and more than 38,000 square feet of exhibition space. Major works by American masters including John Singleton Copley, Gilbert Stuart, Albert Bierstadt, Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, and William Merritt Chase form the core of the historical collection, along with significant holdings of American folk art. The modern movement is represented by important works by artists including John Marin, Marsden Hartley, Georgia O’Keeffe, George Bellows, and Rockwell Kent. The museum also maintains a significant collection of contemporary American art, including works by Chuck Close, Agnes Martin, Sol LeWitt, Dan Flavin, Kara Walker, Elizabeth Murray, Alex Katz, Richard Serra, and Terry Winters. Other principal areas of the collection include Greek and Roman antiquities, European prints and drawings, and early Chinese art. The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
Admission is free. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The museum is open on Thursdays until 9 p.m. during the academic year. The public is invited to join the conversation online via dedicated social communities on Facebook and Twitter (@colbymuseum and #colbymuseum). For additional information, please visit colby.edu/museum.