The John Marin Collection
The Colby College Museum of Art is fortunate enough to have a collection of renowned artist
John Marin's best work. The collection, one of the most comprehensive and renowned in the country,
is the brain child of John Marin Jr. and Norma B. Marin, who were determined to give a retrospective
collection of Marin's work to an academic museum in Maine, the state he so loved. Now you can enjoy
the works, from etchings to oil to watercolor, in a beautiful book from Colby College,
The John Marin Collection at the Colby College Museum of Art.
With the Help of Friends: The Colby College Museum of Art, The First Fifty Years
College Historian Earl H. Smith tracks the growth of the museum in
With the Help of Friends, focusing more on people
than on the art they helped collect. The names are familiar: Lunder, Cummings, Abbott, Katz, Schupf, Strider and
Cotter, among others. Smith reveals their roles in the museum's evolution from the early years, when a collection
of primitive portraits hung in Foss dining hall, to the present, when the gift of the Lunder Collection made national news.
Celebrating the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Colby College Museum of Art
With more than 170 artworks and commissioned texts, including original poems, by 98 writers and artists
-- such as Barbara Haskell, Bill Berkson, Carol Troyen, Michael Leja, Rachael Ziady DeLue, Geoffrey Batchen,
Sanford Schwartz, Anne M. Wagner, Ron Padgett, Irving Sandler and Lydia Yee -
Art at Colby highlights artworks that
represent the full scope of the museum's superb holdings. The works span the entire history of American art, and also include
examples of European and Asian works. Texts by a range of writers -- scholars, curators, critics and artists -- are paired with
gorgeous reproductions of pieces from the collection.