A Global Destination for the Arts

Colby offers some of the best opportunities in the country for blossoming visual and performing artists. Brand-new art studios, dedicated world-class professors, the finest college art museum in the country (and the largest in the state), and a premier collection of American art all enhance the learning experience. Courses range from printmaking to interactive digital media to stagecraft and everything in between. Supported by events featuring internationally renowned filmmakers, artists, and activists, Colby’s art culture flourishes.

The Colby College Museum of Art

The Colby College Museum of Art is a magnet for artists and researchers from around the world. They bring their ideas to Colby and invite students to join them in cross-disciplinary research, art making, performance, and discovery.

The Colby College Museum of Art
sits at the crossroads of interdisciplinary thinking.

The Museum facilitates intellectual engagement between students, faculty, staff, artists, and community members.

The museum attracts between 30,000-60,000 visitors annually, and entrance is free to all.
Including works by Picasso, Whistler, Cassatt, and O’Keeffe, our collection is widely regarded as the finest to be found on a college campus.
The galleries double as laboratories, supporting inquiry and exploration in nearly 200 classes across 28 departments.
Colby students pursue internships at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Smithsonian, Boston’s MFA, and other world-class museums and global arts hubs. 

The Lunder Institute for American Art

The Lunder Institute for American Art supports innovative research and creative production that expands the boundaries of American art. A collaborative initiative with the Colby College Museum of Art, the Lunder Institute invites visiting artists, scholars, and museum professionals to engage across disciplines with Colby faculty and students, institutional partners, and leading experts. Through fellowships, workshops, symposia, and incubator grants, the Lunder Institute amplifies marginalized voices, challenges convention, and provides a platform for generative dialogue through art and scholarship.

The Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts

The Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts, recently opened in fall 2023, is the largest academic building project in the College’s history. Its multipurpose spaces include a signature performance hall; flexible studios and makerspaces; classrooms and music practice rooms; recording and video editing suites; and an arts incubator.

Center for the Arts and Humanities

Colby’s Center for the Arts and Humanities celebrates the pivotal role of the arts and humanities in the intellectual life of the College and the community, and it promotes the long-term benefits of the skills developed through humanistic research. Through Colby’s annual humanities themes, innovative courses promote experiential learning by incorporating hands-on observation, experimentation, and skill-building perspectives more commonly associated with the natural sciences. Courses across the humanistic disciplines turn the Colby College Museum of Art, Special Collections and Archives in Miller Library, and locations across Maine into laboratories.

Connecting with Waterville
Arts and Innovation

Greene Block + Studios

Opened in 2021, Greene Block + Studios is a one-of-a-kind space for artistic creation, innovation, and community interaction. The space provides vibrant programming and artist studios for Colby students, faculty, and the greater Waterville community.

Paul J. Schupf Art Center

Opened in December 2022, the Paul J. Schupf Art Center includes a contemporary gallery of the Colby College Museum of Art, Railroad Square Cinema, Common Street Arts gallery, and multidisciplinary educational spaces.