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Evening of Ekphrasis

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

Join faculty members and students in Colby’s Creative Writing Program as they read works written in response to art on view in museum galleries. Cosponsored by the Creative Writing Program, the Center for the Arts and Humanities, and the Colby College Museum of Art.

Free

Icicles on the Nose, Frost in the Studio: Whistler and the Weather

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

Lunder Consortium for Whistler Studies Fellow Justin McCann will discuss how Whistler battled the elements to capture evocative atmospheric conditions in his paintings and pastels of London and Venice.

Free

Conversation with Visiting Artist Jen Casad

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

Jen Casad’s meticulous graphite drawings capture the working culture of Maine’s fishing industry. In a conversation between Casad and the museum’s Student Advisory Board, she will address her art and livelihood and the close connection to nature that informs the lives of Maine’s fishermen. Cosponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Museum of […]

Free

Romanticism and Cameron’s “Heaven”

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

A conversation with Visiting Assistant Professor of English Jamison Kantor and Curator of Academic Programs Shalini Le Gall examining the echoes of Romantic literature visible in Cameron’s “Heaven” (1864), a recent acquisition to the Colby Museum of Art.

Free

Educator Evenings

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

Join the Colby Museum for our new Educator Evenings! Network with fellow educators while learning about current exhibitions, artists, and works in the Museum’s collection. Refreshments will be served. Attendees will receive contact hours for certification.

Free

Music in the Museum: The Andrés Segovia Continuum

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

Mark Leighton, guitar, will perform music composed for, transcribed by, or reintroduced into the repertoire by Andrés Segovia during a career that spanned nearly the entire 20th century. Included will be compositions by J.S. Bach, Issac Albeniz, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Francisco Tarrega. Organized by the Colby Music Department.

Free

Workshop: Bookmark Making

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

Theresa Secord, founding member of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance and a nationally recognized, award-winning artist, will share her traditional weaving. Attendance to this workshop is limited to 25 and preregistration is required. To register, call 859-5613.

The Culture of Nature: Garden Design, East and West

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

The 2015 Southworth Symposium will bring together scholars and enthusiasts to contemplate the enduring role that gardens play in our attempts to design our environment. This year’s expanded format includes four distinguished scholars who will speak on the relationship between humans and nature in the context of the garden in Asia, the Islamic world, Europe, […]

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Noontime Art Talk: Maine Basket Making

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

Theresa Secord, founding member of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance, will share a 200-year tribal history and her story as a Penobscot Indian basket maker and longtime advocate for the art. Secord also fast-forwards to a new generation of young Wabanaki basket makers to look into their world, their challenges, and the exciting new directions […]

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Whistler Brunch and Costume Contest

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

The artist James McNeill Whistler is known to have popularized "brunch," or the combination of breakfast and lunch in one luxurious meal. To celebrate this culinary tradition and the two Whistler exhibitions on view, the Student Advisory Board will host a festive brunch, complete with buckwheat pancakes (Whistler's favorite food), public readings, lively conversation, exhibition […]

Free

An Artful Halloween: Museum Costume Party

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

Celebrate Halloween in artful style: enjoy food, drink, and music in the Museum’s galleries. Art-inspired costumes are encouraged; prizes will be awarded for the most creative costumes.

Free

Christian Marclay Film Screening

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

In conjunction with the Human/Nature humanities theme, a screening of Christian Marclay's Telephones (1995) and Bollywood Goes to Gstaad (2013). Steve Wurtzler, associate professor of cinema studies, will introduce Marclay's works and lead a post-screening discussion. Cosponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities, Colby's Cinema Studies Program, and the Colby Museum of Art.

Free

Whistler: Nature and Nation

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

This symposium is dedicated to the exploration of how American artists working abroad or exposed to an international milieu in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries reimagined ideas of nature and nation in light of their global experiences. Cosponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Art Department, and […]

Free

The Lunder Consortium for Whistler Studies: Museum Education and Impact in the 21st Century

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

Join us for a conversation featuring Martha Tedeschi, Deptuy Director for Art and Research, Art Institute of Chicago, on the transformative role of art museums as centers for teaching, learning, and mentorship. Panelists include Tanya Sheehan, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Art, Colby College; Francesca Soriano, Colby College ’16; Justin McCann Lunder […]

Free

Music in the Museum: Members of BOOM (Baroque Orchestra of Maine)

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

Heidi Powell (baroque violin), Timothy Burris (lute and theorbo), and Raffael Scheck (baroque cello) perform baroque music by Bach, Corelli, Handel, and de Marzis on period instruments.

Free

Noontime Art Talk: Whistler and the London Art Market

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

Pamela Fletcher, professor of art history at Bowdoin, will speak about the commercial and cultural environment in which James McNeill Whistler's work circulated. Fletcher teaches courses on British art and exhibition culture and coedited the book The Rise of the Modern Art Market in London, 1850-1939.

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Alex Katz Exhibition Tour

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

Katz Curator Diana Tuite will offer lunchtime tours Oct. 6 and Oct. 13 of the exhibition Brand-New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950s. Learn how Katz worked through the dominance of Abstract Expressionism to create his own signature style. The 30-minute tours leaves from the museum lobby at noon.

Free

Making Faces

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

In conjunction with Waterville Creates! and the Maine Crafts Association, take a tour of the Museum collection to view the many depictions of the face in art, then make your own mask.

From The Studio: Faculty Panel Discussion

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

Jessica May, chief curator of the Portland Museum of Art, will moderate a panel discussion with faculty artists Bradley Borthwick, Bevin Engman, Gary Green, Garry Mitchell, and Scott Reed.

Free

Fall Open House

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

All ages are welcome to attend an opening reception and celebration of the Museum’s fall exhibitions, Aesthetic Harmonies: Whistler in Context; Brand-New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950s; From the Studio: New Works by Faculty Artists; and Whistler and the World: The Lunder Collection of James McNeill Whistler. Join us for food, art making, music, and an introduction to the […]

Free

PechaKucha Night

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

  PECHAKUCHA NIGHT WATERVILLE :: VOLUME 17     THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2015   PECHAKUCHA NIGHTS HAPPEN IN OVER 800 CITIES AROUND THE WORLD   Be a part of it. Creativity. Passionate living. The art of concise presentations and you.     PKN Waterville Volume 17   Thursday July 9, 2015     Colby College […]

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An Artist’s Gift: Acquisitions from the Alex Katz Foundation

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

The Alex Katz Foundation, incorporated in 2004, has played a central role in the development of the Colby College Museum of Art's collection. Over the course of more than a decade, the foundation has given nearly 450 works of modern and contemporary art to the museum. Founded with the mission of supporting artists and art […]

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Highlights from the Permanent Collection

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

Last summer the museum reinstalled its permanent collection galleries, integrating works from the Lunder Collection with the museum's core holdings and select loans. Supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, this display reflects the museum's ongoing commitment to a deep representation of American art from the 19th century to the present. Highlights include David Smith's steel […]

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The Photographic Self-Portraits of Martín Chambi

Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville

Celia Rubina Vargas, professor of semiotics at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, will give a lecture on Martín Chambi (1891-1973). A Latin American photographer from a peasant family in the highlands of Peru, Chambi developed his photographic art in the city of Cuzco. His photography reveals the shifting nature of artistic identity in a […]

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