Current & Coming  |  By Kat McCarrick

The Lunder Collection is unveiled at the Colby College Museum of Art

July 11, 2013  |  

On July 13, the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine, reopens, unveiling its nationally-acclaimed collection of more than 8,000 works of art. The addition of the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion, a sparkling glass structure designed by Frederick Fisher and Partners Architects, on the quintessential New England college campus, will display the impressive inaugural exhibition, The Lunder Collection: A Gift of Art to Colby College. The collection, on view through June 8, 2014, features the more than 500 pieces of art donated by Colby alumni Peter Lunder ‘56 and Paula Lunder covering works from nineteenth-, twentieth-, and twenty-first-century American artists, including James McNeill Whistler, Winslow Homer, Georgia O'Keeffe, Donald Judd, and Louise Nevelson. In addition, the exhibition will reflect on important thematic elements within the collection that serve as historical place-markers, such as representations of American mythology and American interpretations of European styles. Audio recordings will provide visitors with samples of literature, poetry, and music appropriate to each period.

Six additional exhibitions will be on view in the Colby College Museum of Art beginning July 13:

Spaces and Places: Chinese Art from the Lunder-Colville Collection and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

"A Thing Alive": Modern Views from the Marin Collections

Nowhere But Here: Art From the Alex Katz Foundation

Alex Katz: A Matter of Light

American Weathervanes from a Distinguished Maine Collection

Process & Place: Exploring the Design Evolution of the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion


List of Events

Noon, July 13: Ribbon-cutting and dedication event to mark the official reopening of the Colby College Museum of Art and the unveiling of the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion

Noon-5 p.m., July 14: Community Day, all activities are free and open to the public. No reservations required. Family-friendly Community Day features arts-and-crafts activities, live music, hourly museum tours, local food, and ice cream from Maine-based Stone Fox Creamery.

Normal hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.


Learn more and see images of the new gallery spaces in Laura Beach's article "Maine Destination" published in our May 2013 issue.


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