Summer Luncheon 2024

Saturday, July 13, 2024

Join us for the annual Museum Summer Luncheon, a cherished tradition since the museum’s inauguration in 1959. Each July artists, educators, curators, collectors, volunteers, and dedicated friends gather together in a day-long celebration of the museum’s commitment to transforming lives through art, the contribution of artists, and the unwavering support of friends like you.

Colby College Museum of Art proudly announces that Adam D. Weinberg D.F.A. ’07 and Sarah Workneh will be honored with the 2024 Jetté Award for Leadership in the Arts and Terry Winters with the 2024 Cummings Award for Artistic Excellence. 


2024 Museum Summer Luncheon Event Co-Chairs

James Carpenter
Nancy Gardiner P ’13
Nat Gardiner P ’13
Harrison Geldermann ’13
Kathryn H. McElroy ’13
Toshiko Mori


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Schedule of Events

10:30 am

Morning program featuring artists Gladys Nilsson and Terry Winters
in conversation with Jacqueline Terrassa, Carolyn Muzzy Director of the Colby College Museum of Art
Given Auditorium

1:00 pm

Lunch and Awards including remarks by President David A. Greene
Colby Green

3:00 pm

Dessert reception and viewing of exhibitions and collections
Colby Museum



For sponsorship opportunities and event questions please email Sara Rubenson.



Adam D. Weinberg is the Director Emeritus of the Whitney Museum of American Art. He began his career in the 1970s with fellowships and internships at museums ranging from The Toledo Museum of Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum to the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, along with a stint at The Art Workers News. He has been a prominent figure in the arts since the 1980s, when he joined the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis under Martin Friedman as Director of Education and Assistant Curator. He joined the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1989, initially as Director of its Equitable Center Branch at 52nd Street and Seventh Avenue. After three years as the Artistic and Program Director of the American Center in Paris, he returned to the Whitney in 1993 as Curator of the Permanent Collection and was elevated to Senior Curator in 1998. He served as the Mary Stripp and R. Crosby Kemper Director of the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, Andover, from 1999 to 2003 until he was appointed as the Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney and served for two decades retiring in 2023.

Weinberg holds a bachelor of arts from Brandeis University and a master of fine arts from the Visual Studies Workshop, SUNY Buffalo. He has received honorary doctorates from Colby College, Hamilton College, and the Pratt Institute. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has received numerous awards including the Merit Award from The American Institute of Architects, the Rudin Award for Exemplary Service to New York City from New York University, and the Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2015, he was awarded the Insignia of Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government. In 2023 he was appointed Director Emeritus and Honorary Trustee of the Whitney Museum. He is currently a Presidential Fellow at The American Academy in Berlin.

Image credit: Elle Pérez

Sarah Workneh serves as Co-Executive Director of Sky High Farm, a regenerative farm located in the Hudson Valley dedicated to research, development, education, and implementation to find short and long-term solutions to food and nutrition insecurity and climate change. Prior to joining the team at Sky High Farm in 2024, Workneh spent 23 years running alternative art educational spaces—first at Ox-Bow School of Art & Artists’ Residency and more recently, for 14 years, at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. Workneh’s central interests in the history of social movements mixed with models of liberatory education and praxis informed her approach to her work and helped shape significant cultural, structural, experiential, and financial shifts at Skowhegan, including spearheading an organizational strategic plan, a comprehensive capital campaign and a five-phase Master Facilities plan. She has published numerous essays and speeches, has lectured widely at schools and programs around the US; and has served as an advisor to academic, residency, and other non-profit programs, particularly around issues of community building, equity, and strategic planning. Workneh is currently on the advisory boards of Recess, the Black Lunch Table, and Salmon Creek Farm, and is on the Boards of Colby College Museum of Art, RAIR in Philadelphia, the Buxton School in Williamstown, Mass., and ProjectEATS. Workneh has a bachelor of arts in linguistics and Russian and pursued graduate work with a focus on Social Movement Theory, political economy, and Liberation Theology.

Image credit: Nina Subin

Over the last four decades, Terry Winters has expanded the concerns of abstract painting by engaging contemporary concepts of the natural world. Many of his earliest paintings depict organic forms reminiscent of botanical imagery. Over time, his range of themes expanded to include the architecture of living systems, mathematical diagrams, musical notation, and new orders of data visualization. His brilliant palette reflects his continual experimentation with materials. Throughout his paintings and works on paper, a metaphoric sensibility reveals itself in the expressive language of resonant forms and figures. Winters has described being motivated to describe how “abstract processes can be used to build real-world images.”

The Colby College Museum of Art holds the complete archive of prints by Winters. Numbering more than 200 works, the Winters Print Collection came to the Colby Museum of Art in 2002 as a partial gift from the artist and ULAE. Winters has given one impression of each subsequent edition to Colby, and his ongoing generosity allows the Museum to continue to represent his print practice in its entirety. Aldo Crommelynck in Paris, KIDO Press in Tokyo, and Gemini G.E.L. in Los Angeles.

Terry Winters (b. 1949) lives and works in New York City and Columbia County, New York. He has had one-person exhibitions at numerous museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London, the Kunsthalle Basel, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Most recently, the Drawing Center in New York organized a survey of his drawings in 2018.

Born in Chicago in 1940, Gladys Nilsson studied painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She first came to prominence in 1966, when she joined five other recent Art Institute graduates (Jim Falconer, Art Green, Jim Nutt, Suellen Rocca, and Karl Wirsum) for the first of a series of group exhibitions called the Hairy Who. In 1973, she became one of the first women to have a solo-exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 1990, she accepted a teaching position at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she is now a professor.

Nilsson’s work is featured in the collections of major museums around the world, including: the Art Institute of Chicago; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Wisconsin; the Milwaukee Art Museum; the Morgan Library, New York; the Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Museum of Modern Art; the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; the Whitney Museum of American Art; and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut.



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Information about the awards and previous recipients can be found here.
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Corporate Sponsor for the Museum Summer Luncheon


2024 Luncheon Benefactors

As of May 17


Visionary $15,000+

Nat and Nancy Gardiner | Hemenway Trust Company

Hilary Barnes Hoopes and Robert Hoopes


Leader $10,000–14,999

Valerie Carberry and Richard Wright

Betsy and Ed Cohen in honor of James Carpenter and Toshiko Mori

Mary and Jim Crawford

Agnes Gund in honor of Adam Weinberg, Sarah Workneh, and Terry Winters

Marjorie J. Lunder

Lisa M. Marin and Schoelkopf Gallery

Karen Linde Packman and Jeff Packman

Jenny and Tom Seeman


Champion $7,500–9,999

Matthew Marks Gallery

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery


Partner $5,000–7,499

Barbara and Ted Alfond

Susannah Gray and John Lyons

Jacqueline Terrassa


Supporter $2,500–4,999


John and Susan Pelosi

Tobi Leanna Schneider


Friend $1,000–2,499

Ann Beha and Robert Radloff

Caldbeck Gallery in honor of James Carpenter and Toshiko Mori

Sharon Corwin and Marty Kelly

Lisa Garrison

Terry and Dana Hilt

Christine Kondoleon and Frederic Wittmann

Jane Powers and Peggy Hayes

John and Jill Schiffman

Susan Schulman Fine Art, Inc.

Dana Strong and William Hult

Valentine Talland

Nikki Vanasse and Jim Guerra

Katharine J. Watson

Drs. Andrew and Nancy Weiland


Beer for the Summer Luncheon is provided exclusively by Oxbow Brewery.


2023 Museum Summer Luncheon Recap