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Making Faces

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

Make your own creative masks in the museum’s Mirken Education Classroom. This free event is open to all ages; reservations are not required.

Free

Artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith

Given Auditorium, Bixler Bldg., Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

The Colby Museum is pleased to welcome artist, curator, and educator Jaune Quick-to-See Smith to deliver the 2018 Miles and Katharine Culbertson Prentice Lecture. One of the most acclaimed Native American artists working today, Smith considers herself a cultural art worker, underscoring her social activism and her commitment to the preservation of Native American culture. […]

Free

Noontime Art Talk: Seeing Otherwise

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

Caroline Webb ’19 presents her research for the exhibition Seeing Otherwise — a collaboration with Professor Catherine Besteman and Chloé Powers ’19. A culmination of a visual culture lab, Seeing Otherwise explores relationships among mobility, sovereignty, displacement, identity, and community.

Free

Artful Halloween

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

Come celebrate Halloween with the Museum as we “trick-or-treat” through the Museum galleries as tarot card readers predict your future, enjoy festive food, drinks, and live music by Peace Brother. Art-inspired costumes are encouraged with prizes! This program is open to all ages, 21+, bring ID. Co-sponsored by the Museum Student Advisory Board, Student Programming […]

Free

Noontime Art Talk: Goya/Spero

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

Julianne Gilland, deputy director, and Véronique Plesch, professor of art, discuss the paired exhibitions Darkness Visible: Goya Prints from the Lunder Collection and Nancy Spero: Unbound. Introduction by Beth Finch, curator of the exhibitions. Location: Lower Jetté Galleries, Colby Museum of Art.

Free

Readings for an Exhibition: Carly Glovinski and Jenna Crowder in Conversation

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

Artist and writer Jenna Crowder will speak with Carly Glovinski about the list of books, essays, and poems that Crowder developed in resonance with Glovinski’s exhibition Currents 8. Introduced by Beth Finch, curator of the exhibition.

Free
Recurring

Art + Storytelling: People and Portraits 1

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

After a brief exploration of the museum, we will read a children’s book related to the month’s theme. Preschoolers, toddlers, and their grownups will then be invited to the Mirken Education Classroom to have a snack and create their own works of art. Location: William D. Adams Gallery, Colby Museum of Art.

Free

“Much Chaos in Our Time”: World War I and Weimar Germany

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

Diana Tuite, curator of the exhibition Self and Society: The Norma Boom Marin Collection of German Expressionist Prints, will be joined by Katherine Hollander, faculty fellow in history, for a discussion of Germany’s social, political, and cultural upheaval during and after World War I.

Free

Light-Up Holiday Ornaments

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

The museum invites adults and children of all ages to drop in and make glowing holiday ornaments using decorative paper, LED lights and button batteries. This free workshop is open to ages 5 and up. No RSVP required.

Free

Art + Storytelling: Really Small, Really

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

After a brief exploration of the Museum, we will read a children’s book related to the month’s theme. Preschoolers, toddlers, and their grownups will then be invited to the Mirken Education Classroom to have a snack and create their own works of art. Location: William D. Adams Gallery, Colby Museum of Art.

Free

Music in the Museum: Bayside Trio

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

The Bayside Trio is a bold voice in chamber music. Anastasia Antonacos (piano), Nicole Rabata (flute), and Benjamin Noyes (cello) are internationally acclaimed prizewinners and recitalists who have appeared throughout the Northeast and beyond. Location: Paul J. Schupf Wing, Colby College Museum of Art.

Free

Gazing Back: Zanele Muholi as Artist and Activist

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

Sarah Duff, visiting assistant professor of history, and Laura Seay, assistant professor of government, will be in conversation responding to Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness. Part of the Noontime Art Talks Series. Location: Lower Jetté Galleries, Colby Museum of Art.

Free

Submerging the Routine: A Conversation about Flooded McDonald’s

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

Chris Walker, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Humanities, and Beth Finch, Lunder Curator of American Art, will speak on Flooded McDonald’s (2009), a surreal video by the artist collective Superflex. Location: Davis Gallery, Colby Museum of Art. Contact: Jordia Benjamin-Sands, jordia.benjamin@colby.edu Click for more about the Exhibition.

Free
Recurring

Guided Canoe Trip with Ryan Linehan

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

This program delves into themes of industry, waterways, and the environment, with conversation in the galleries and on the Messalonskee River. We’ll begin at the museum with a guided gallery experience, followed by a light lunch, before proceeding to the canoe launch site. The 2½-hour canoe trip will be guided by Ryan Linehan, associate director […]

Free

Noontime Art Talk with Séan Alonzo Harris

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

Join photographer Séan Alonzo Harris, Patricia King of Waterville Creates!, Olivia Fountain of the Colby Museum, and two of Harris’s local portrait subjects to learn about his citywide photography exhibition. Location: William D. Adams Gallery, Colby College Museum of Art.

Free

Maine Craft Weekend at Colby Museum of Art

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

In collaboration with Maine Craft Weekend, the Colby College Museum of Art will provide additional tours and activities related to the Wíwənikan…the beauty we carry exhibition featuring contemporary art by basketmakers, canoe makers, carvers, painters, and beadworkers of the First Nations people of what is now Maine and Maritime Canada. All tours and activities are […]

Free

Community + Campus Film Series: Dawnland

Railroad Square Cinema 17 Railroad Square, Waterville

The museum, in collaboration with Railroad Square Cinema, presents this series of films related to current exhibitions and collections. Dawnland is a documentary film about the untold story of indigenous child removal in the United States through the nation’s first-ever government-endorsed truth and reconciliation commission, which investigated the devastating impact of Maine’s child welfare practices on the […]

Free

Wabanaki Perspectives on Climate Change

Given Auditorium, Bixler Bldg., Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

Wíwənikan…the beauty we carry is an exhibition of contemporary art of the First Nations people of what is now Maine and Maritime Canada, on view now at the Colby Museum of Art. This panel discussion, in partnership with the Buck Lab for Climate and Environment, will focus on how climate change is affecting indigenous artists […]

Free

Noontime Art Talk: Ice Core Perspectives on Climate Change

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

Bess Koffman, assistant professor of geology, will speak on issues and themes related to Peggy Weil: 88 Cores, an immersive four-and-a-half-hour video of ice core samples, on view through Dec. 8, 2019. Location: Davis Gallery, Colby Museum of Art.

Free

Lecture by Carrie Mae Weems

Given Auditorium, Bixler Bldg., Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

Considered one of the most influential contemporary American artists, Carrie Mae Weems has investigated family relationships, cultural identity, sexism, class, political systems, and the consequences of power. Weems has sustained an ongoing dialogue within contemporary discourse for more than 30 years, during which time she has developed a complex body of art employing photographs, text, […]

Free

Artful Halloween

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

Celebrate Halloween in artful style: “trick-or-treat” through the museum galleries and enjoy festive food, drinks, and music. Art-inspired costumes are encouraged. Sponsored by the Museum Student Advisory Board.

Free

Artful Movements: Time to Power-Up

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

In this FREE one-hour session, Artful Movements provides an opportunity to practice a series of gentle yoga poses inspired by artworks in the galleries. Each session will begin with a deeper look at an artwork, followed by movement and meditation with Kathleen Leisure Haberstock of School Street Yoga. All yoga levels, families, and children over […]

Free

“Plague-winds” and “Great stinks”: Pollution and Disease in Whistler’s London

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

Gail Carlson, assistant professor of environmental studies, will speak on issues and themes related to River Works: Whistler and the Industrial Thames, on view through May 2020. Our Noontime Art Talk programs, museum staff members, Colby faculty members, and guest speakers discuss current exhibitions or works in the museum collection, with a Q&A. Location: Gourley […]

Free

Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf

Railroad Square Cinema 17 Railroad Square, Waterville

Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf is a documentary about landscape designer Piet Oudolf, who describes his creative process from his abstract sketches to his conventional notions of beauty, public space, and nature. In collaboration with Railroad Square Cinema, this film is directly related to and inspired by the Colby College Museum of Art […]

Free

Artful Movements: Find Your Inner Self

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

“Standing Figure (Proud Oriental Figure)” is a sculpture made of terracotta, a type of ceramic, and the Eagle yoga pose alludes to its physical form. To create the yoga pose, one must sculpt one’s own body, moulding oneself into an upright posture by crossing arms and legs while standing. Part of Let Art Inspire, the […]

Free
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