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Light on Main Street

December 17th, 2022 - January 23, 2023

At the Paul J. Schupf Art Center, Downtown Waterville

The museum is excited to welcome the first visitors to the Joan Dignam Schmaltz Gallery with a selection of video works by Erin Johnson, Paul Kos, and Jennifer Steinkamp. At the darkest time of the year, these luminous moving images will fill the gallery on Castonguay Square with wonder and light.

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Sarah Cain: hand in hand

March 31 - December 11, 2022

Frequently composing at the scale of architecture, the artist Sarah Cain seeks out new territories for painting. With wit, irreverence, and a palette informed by California sunshine, Cain fearlessly works against the grain of a tradition- and history-bound medium to envision what a painting can be and how it can be encountered. Through her art, she manifests the value of responding to a place or a situation from a fresh perspective.

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Andrew Wyeth: Life and Death

June 2 - October 16, 2022

This exhibition is the first public presentation of recently rediscovered drawings in which artist Andrew Wyeth (1917–2009) imagines his own funeral. The exhibition connects the sketches now known as the Funeral Group to Wyeth’s decades-long engagement with death as an artistic subject in painting, and places his work in conversation with other artists’ self-portraiture and reflections on mortality.

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Act of Sight: The Tsiaras Family Photography Collection

February 10 - August 14, 2022

Over the last thirty years, Dr. William ’68 and Nancy Meyer Tsiaras ’68 have amassed one of the foremost collections of American photography in private hands. The collection includes more than 500 photographs spanning from the 1880s to the present. Act of Sight: The Tsiaras Family Photography Collection reveals the breadth and depth of this remarkable gift, which includes many rare and unpublished images by well-known photographers.

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Jacob Lawrence: The Life of Toussaint L’Ouverture

September 14th, 2021 - June 5, 2022

The Life of Toussaint L’Ouverture, 1986–97, is a rare series of 15 prints depicting the life of the leader of the Haitian Revolution. Based on Lawrence’s series of 41 tempera paintings by the same name, the prints in this series manifest Lawrence’s remarkable ability to poignantly chronicle little-known histories. Haiti was the first republic in the world to be founded by former slaves. This history, and Toussaint Louverture’s role in it, gains a new level of relevance today within the context of the ongoing struggle for racial justice.

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2022 Senior Exhibition

May 5 - 22, 2022

Seniors studying studio art have spent all year working on capstone projects in disciplines that include printmaking, photography, painting, and sculpture. This show serves as the culmination of their studies. An exhibition catalogue containing images, artists’ statements, and analyses of works in the show written by students in AR356 will also be available.

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The Poetics of Atmosphere: Lorna Simpson’s Cloudscape and Other Works from the Collection

February 3 - April 17, 2022

Artists have long been preoccupied with the sky; through depictions of the atmosphere, they elicit new understandings of corporeality and transcendence. This exhibition presents Lorna Simpson’s video Cloudscape (2004) in dialogue with selected works from the Colby Museum’s permanent collection that reference weightlessness and presence through meteorological imagery.

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Bob Thompson: This House Is Mine

July 20th, 2021 - January 9, 2022

The first museum exhibition devoted to the artist Bob Thompson in more than twenty years, This House Is Mine traces the artist’s brief but prolific transatlantic career, examining his formal inventiveness and his engagement with universal themes of collectivity, bearing witness, struggle, and justice. Over a mere eight years, he grappled with the exclusionary Western canon, developing a lexicon of enigmatic forms that he threaded through his work.

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2021 Faculty Biennial

November 18 - December 12, 2021

The 2021 Faculty Biennial features works in a diverse range of media explored by art department faculty members Bradley Borthwick, Bevin Engman, Gary Green, Amanda Lilleston, and Garry Mitchell.

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Inside Out: The Prints of Mary Cassatt

June 17 - November 2, 2021

The experimental nature of the prints on view in Inside Out: The Prints of Mary Cassatt, combined with an attention on modern urban women, made these works quite unusual in their time. Yet, today, those very qualities of domesticity, intimacy, and privacy could be seen as reinforcing stereotypes of women. This exhibition invites viewers to reflect on how we each experience family, caregiving, and identity in our own lives, and to explore Cassatt’s extraordinary capacity to evoke mood, feeling, and setting.

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