Colby College Museum of Art

Overview

ARTstor is collaborating with the Colby College Museum of Art to share approximately 2,600 images from the permanent collection, which specializes in American paintings, sculpture, and works on paper from the 18th century to the present. Notable American artists represented in the permanent collection include George Bellows, Albert Bierstadt, William Merritt Chase, Chuck Close, John Singleton Copley, Dan Flavin, Marsden Hartley, Winslow Homer, Sol LeWitt, John Marin, Agnes Martin, Elizabeth Murray, Georgia O'Keeffe, Richard Serra, Kara Walker, James McNeill Whistler, and Terry Winters. In 2007, Peter and Paula Lunder promised their collection of more than 500 significant works of 19th- and 20th-century American art to the museum, constituting one of the most important art collections ever to be donated to a liberal arts college. The museum's holdings also include examples of American folk art, European prints and drawings, Greek and Roman antiquities, and Chinese art and ceramics.

Notable American artists represented in the permanent collection include George Bellows, Albert Bierstadt, William Merritt Chase, Chuck Close, John Singleton Copley, Dan Flavin, Marsden Hartley, Winslow Homer, Sol LeWitt, John Marin, Agnes Martin, Elizabeth Murray, Georgia O'Keeffe, Richard Serra, Kara Walker, James McNeill Whistler, and Terry Winters.


A highlight of the Museum's collection is approximately 760 works by the American artist Alex Katz (b. 1927). Katz received an honorary doctorate from Colby College in 1984 and currently serves on the Colby Museum's board of governors. In 1992, Katz donated more than 400 of his works to the museum. Today, the museum's collection includes more than 700 paintings, painted sculptures, and works on paper by Katz. A rotating selection of these works is displayed in the Paul J. Schupf Wing for the Works of Alex Katz, one of the few museum wings in the United States devoted solely to the work of a single living artist.

Founded in 1959, the Colby College Museum of Art has built a significant permanent collection of more than 6,000 works. The museum serves both as a teaching resource for Colby College and as an active cultural institution for the residents of Maine and visitors to the state. In 1999, with a lead gift from Peter and Paula Lunder, the museum opened a new wing designed by the architect Frederick Fisher and Partners, comprising 13 galleries and 9,000 square feet of additional exhibition space. A new wing, also designed by Frederick Fisher, is being planned for completion in 2013. With an additional 10,000 square feet of exhibition space, the Colby Museum will be the largest museum in the state of Maine.

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Collection information

Total size of collection* 2,600
Percentage of completion 95%
Collection URL http://library.artstor.org/library/collection/colbymuseum

* Image totals should be regarded as an approximation until a given collection is 100% complete. Users should also bear in mind that the number of images available to them may vary from country to country, reflecting ARTstor’s approach to addressing an international copyright landscape that itself varies from country to country.

Last updated: April 14, 2011

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