Collection Highlights Overview

As part of its mission as a collecting and teaching museum, the Colby College Museum of Art houses a diverse collection with a focus on American and contemporary art. The American Heritage Collection, gift of Edith and Ellerton Jetté, includes 76 works by American folk artists. The gift of the Lunder Collection in 2013 constitutes one of the most important art collections ever to be donated to a liberal arts college, and it provides an important complement to earlier holdings of 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century American sculpture, late-19th-century American painting, Stieglitz circle and contemporary art. The collection includes major artists such as John Singleton Copley, Gilbert Stuart, Charles Willson Peale, Winslow Homer, William Merritt Chase, Mary Cassatt, Robert Henri, Paul Manship, and Georgia O’Keeffe.

The Museum also showcases the work of significant 20th- and 21st-century American artists, including John Marin, George Bellows, Fairfield Porter, Marsden Hartley, Terry Winters, and Alex Katz, who has donated more than 700 works to the Museum. Site-specific sculpture by Richard Serra and Sol LeWitt, as well as important recent gifts from the Alex Katz Foundation of works by Adolph Gottlieb, Rudy Burckhardt, Chuck Close, Jennifer Bartlett, Lois Dodd, and Elizabeth Murray make up the Museum’s impressive contemporary collection.

The collection comprises more than 10,000 works in all media and makes the Colby Museum one of the nation’s premier institutions of American art.

PLEASE NOTE: Not all works in the Colby Museum collection are on view at any given time. If you have a question about works on view, please call 207-859-5600 prior to visiting.