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Lecture by Artist and Architect Maya Lin

April 19, 2016, 7:00 PM8:30 PM


Maya Lin, Portrait by Walter Smith

Please note: Tickets for the Maya Lin lecture have SOLD OUT. For those still interested in attending, we will be simulcasting the lecture in Colby’s Diamond Ostrove Auditorium.

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Maya Lin, the world-renowned artist and architect whose work includes the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Ala., will give the Miles and Katharine Culberston Prentice Distinguished Lecture at Colby on April 19. She is the first in a new artist-in-residence series spearheaded by Colby President David A. Greene.

"I can't think of a more appropriate person to launch this new series," said Greene. "The breadth of Maya Lin's work and the range of issues she addresses with it will demonstrate to our students the impact art can have on modern culture. And our students are especially fortunate that they can see Lin's original work in the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion of our museum, which holds a tremendous collection of contemporary work."

Through her art and architecture, Lin explores landscape as a reflection of time, history, and memory. In this lecture organized in conjunction with the 2015-16 Colby College Center for the Arts and Humanities theme Human/Nature, Lin will speak about her work in general terms and about What Is Missing?, her ongoing project that proposes we look at a memorial not as a singular static object, but as a work that can exist in multiple forms and at multiple sites simultaneously.

The Colby College Museum of Art holds two important works by Lin in the Lunder Collection. Pin River-Kissimmee, 2008, and Disappearing Bodies of Water: Arctic Ice, 2013, are both currently on view. "Maya Lin has been working with the themes of memorial and our relationship to the natural word for decades," said Sharon Corwin, Carolyn Muzzy Director and Chief Curator of the Colby College Museum of Art. "Her works in the Colby Museum address issues of climate change and imperiled ecosystems and waterways, allowing us to comprehend these impacts in new ways. We are thrilled to be able to welcome her to Colby."

This lecture is free and open to the public. Space is limited, and starting April 14, tickets will be available at mayalincolby.eventbrite.com. The limit is one per visitor.

The Miles and Katharine Culberston Prentice Distinguished Lecture, part of Colby's Artist-in-Residence Series, is cosponsored by the Colby Museum, Center for the Arts and Humanities, Art Department, Environmental Studies Program, and the Office of the President with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


April 19, 2016
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM


Lorimer Chapel, Colby College
Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME
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