The Colby College Museum of Art is a collecting and teaching museum dedicated to the preservation, display and interpretation of the visual arts. We embrace within our collections works of art from diverse cultures and historical periods, with a focus on American Art, and commitment to collecting and exhibiting contemporary art. We manage these resources for the benefit of the Colby College community, the region, and the nation, and aspire to display works that embody the highest standards of achievement.
The inauguration of the new Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion in 2013 announces that the Museum is a place where risks are taken and experimentation is encouraged. The architectural design renders certain interior spaces—museum offices and art studios—transparent: a transparency that fosters reflection on the work that takes place in both the presentation and creation of artworks.
The Colby College Museum of Art serves as a central site for intellectual engagement and student activity. As a primary teaching resource for the college and the greater community, the Museum sits at the cross-roads of interdisciplinary thinking and the modes of social encounters between students, faculty, and community members that comprise the liberal arts experience.
With its new wing, greatly expanded collection, and vibrant exhibition program, the Colby Museum, and subsequently Waterville, is a destination to experience great art. The Museum is now recognized for its outstanding collection, programs, and its exceptional facility. The Museum assumes a leadership role on campus by bringing the visual arts and artistic expression to the heart of the liberal arts experience at Colby. By increasing its alignment with campus-wide initiatives, in particular the Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Museum serves as a central hub of intellectual activity and a leader in cross-disciplinary study.