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Colby College Museum of Art Receives $100 Million Gift from Peter and Paula Lunder

Colby College in Waterville, Maine, announced today that it has received a major $100 million gift from arts patrons Peter and Paula Lunder in support of its art museum. The donation adds more than eleven hundred artworks to the museum’s collection and will establish the Lunder Institute for American Art.

“The Lunders’ generosity has transformed Colby College and the arts landscape in Maine,” president David A. Greene said. “Now, with this gift to significantly expand the collection and create the Lunder Institute, the museum will become a global destination for artists, scholars, and visitors.”

The gift of paintings, sculptures, photography, and works on paper by more than one hundred and fifty artists includes works dating from the sixteenth century—such as an Albrecht Dürer engraving made in 1501—to the twenty-first century. Among the artists represented in the collection are Mary Cassatt, Jasper Johns, Nina Katchadourian, Jacob Lawrence, Maya Lin, Julie Mehretu, Joan Mitchell, Claes Oldenburg, Betye Saar, Vincent van Gogh, Rembrandt van Rijn, Ai Weiwei, Fred Wilson, and James McNeill Whistler. With this gift, the Lunders have contributed more than fifteen hundred works of art to the museum.

The Lunder Institute for American Art will be dedicated to the practice, study, and exhibition of American art, and will focus on bringing together artists, curators, scholars, and students through cross-disciplinary engagement. The institute’s activities will include an exhibition and publication program, residencies, and the organization of multidisciplinary symposia.

“For many years, we have been inspired and impressed by Colby’s teaching mission and the many ways that the museum is deeply integrated into the curriculum to become a vibrant part of college life,” Peter and Paula Lunder said. “We are delighted that our art collection will be shared with future Colby students, the Waterville community, and visitors to Maine, and we know that Colby College will do a marvelous job enhancing the collection with their academic programs—we feel that Colby is the perfect home for our collection.”