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Colby College Museum of Art

5600 Mayflower Hill, Waterville, ME 04901

The Colby College Museum of Art is a collecting and teaching museum dedicated to the preservation, display, and interpretation of the visual arts. The collection embraces works of art from diverse cultures and historical periods, with a focus on American art from the early 18th century through the present day. The collection showcases important works by Mary Cassatt, John Singleton Copley, Marsden Hartley, Alex Katz, Maya Lin, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Serra, Kiki Smith, James McNeill Whistler, and Terry Winters.

Now considered one of the best academic museums in the country, the Museum has a dynamic exhibitions schedule and educational program. Through scholarly, innovative, and creative programs, the Museum serves both as a cornerstone of a liberal arts education and as a cultural resource to Waterville residents and visitors to the state.

In 2013, the Museum opened the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion in celebration of the arrival of The Lunder Collection—more than 500 works of American art from the 19th century to 21st century given by Peter and Paula Lunder. Highlights from the collection include works by Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keeffe, Alexander Calder, Donald Judd, Deborah Butterfield, John Chamberlain. Central to the collection are more than 300 works by James McNeill Whistler, the largest grouping of Whistler works in an academic museum. The Lunder collection is also comprised of the Lunder-Colville Chinese Art Collection.