Smithsonian Curator Lee Glazer to Lead Colby College’s Lunder Institute for American Art

Colby College in Waterville, Maine, announced today that Lee Glazer has been hired as the founding director of its Lunder Institute for American Art. Glazer is a curator of American art for the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. As the institution’s inaugural director, she will be responsible for establishing its scholarly and creative direction.
“The appointment of Lee Glazer as institute director puts us a giant step closer to building a truly distinctive and global research center for American art at the Colby College Museum of Art,” said Colby College president David A. Greene. “Lee is a fine scholar who combines passion for her work with programmatic vision. She is equally at home in the world of ideas and in creating an environment for artists to undertake groundbreaking projects.”
Glazer has been with Freer|Sackler since 2007, where she has curated nearly twenty exhibitions, and has written or edited eight books and numerous essays. She also collaborated with contemporary artists to realize projects such as Darren Waterston’s Filthy Lucre, an immersive installation at the Freer|Sackler conceived by the artist in response to James McNeill Whistler’s The Peacock Room.
Commenting on the appointment, Glazer said: “The institute will be a place where creative practice, original research, teaching and learning, and, of course, the museum’s superb and ever-growing collection of American art are all coequal and mutually reinforcing. I am beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to shape the future of this unique endeavor made possible by Peter and Paula Lunder.”

The Lunders made the realization of the institute possible after they donated more than $100 million to Colby College last February. Their gift added more than one thousand works of American art to the college’s collection. The institute also recently announced that Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates will be its first distinguished visiting artist and director of artist initiatives.