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Recent Acquisitions: 2019

… and artifice by establishing a scene only to undo it, creating distance between a visual we can understand and an audio component that is rendered strange.
The Alex Katz Foundation
The Colby Museum acquired eleven works in 2019 through the generosity of the Alex Katz Foundation. A late Bob Thompson painting, St. John and the …



A New Vision

… the fact that they embrace artists, their perspectives, and their legacies. At Colby, we have important groups of works by major artists such as James McNeil Whistler, Alex Katz, Terry Winters, other artists associated with Skowhegan or with Maine more broadly, to name a few. Artists are also partners in the present tense, something that …


Art @ Home: Marsden Hartley

… Marsden Hartley.
Marsden Hartley, City Point, Vinalhaven, 1937-1938. Oil on paperboard. 18 1/4 x 24 3/8 in. (46 x 62 cm). Gift of the Alex Katz Foundation
A couple of things to know about this work of art and the artist:

Marsden Hartley was born in Lewiston, Maine, in 1877. He traveled …


Jacqueline Terrassa Named Director of the Colby College Museum of Art

Katz donated more than 400 of his works to the Colby College Museum of Art. The construction of the Paul J. Schupf Wing for the Works of Alex Katz—which now has nearly 900 Katz works—makes the Colby Museum one of the few in the United States with a wing devoted solely to the …


In Memory of David C. Driskell

David C. Driskell
June 7, 1931–April 1, 2020

David Clyde Driskell, Blue Pines, 1959. Oil on canvas, 36 x 29 in. (91.4 x 73.7 cm). Gift from the Alex Katz Foundation and Museum purchase from the Jere Abbott Acquisitions Fund. Accession Number: 2017.388.

David C. Driskell was one of the greats …


In Memory of David C. Driskell

David C. Driskell
June 7, 1931–April 1, 2020

David Clyde Driskell, Blue Pines, 1959. Oil on canvas, 36 x 29 in. (91.4 x 73.7 cm). Gift from the Alex Katz Foundation and Museum purchase from the Jere Abbott Acquisitions Fund. Accession Number: 2017.388.

David C. Driskell was one of the greats …


Colby Museum spring exhibitions examine empire

… Hartley, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jacob Lawrence, Joan Mitchell, Isamu Noguchi, and Alma Thomas. The museum also maintains a significant collection of contemporary American art including works by Alex Katz, Agnes Martin, Sol LeWitt, Maya Lin, Kara Walker, Elizabeth Murray, Martin Puryear, Terry Winters, and Julie Mehretu. Other principal areas of the collection include Greek and …


In Memory of Paul J. Schupf, LL.D. '06: Benefactor, Governor Emeritus, Friend

… Cabinet.
A memorial service at Colby for Schupf will be scheduled.
Image: Alex Katz (1927 – ), Portrait of Paul Schupf, n.d., 20th century, graphite on paper. Gift of Paul J. Schupf LL.D. ’06, Lifetime Trust, Gregory O. Koerner, Trustee, The Paul J. Schupf Wing for the Works of Alex Katz. Accession Number: 2018.136.


Colby faculty and staff guest edit special edition of The Brooklyn Rail

… Hartley, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jacob Lawrence, Joan Mitchell, Isamu Noguchi, and Alma Thomas. The Museum also maintains a significant collection of contemporary American art, including works by Alex Katz, Richard Serra, Agnes Martin, Sol LeWitt, Maya Lin, Kara Walker, Elizabeth Murray, Martin Puryear, Terry Winters, and Julie Mehretu. Other principal areas of the collection include …


Banner Image: Sanford Robinson Gifford, A Twilight in the Adirondacks, 1864, Oil on canvas, 10 1/2 in. x 18 1/2 in., The Lunder Collection, 2013.130
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