A couple days ago, a few friends and I decided to head over to the Tate Modern. Although I’m not a huge fan of modern art, the Tate is free (like nearly all museums in London), so I figured I might as well check it out.
We spent a little over an hour walking around the entire museum, and, after finding only one piece of art I truly appreciated (‘Water-Lilies’ by Monet), I found myself really missing Colby’s art museum.
That might seems like a strange thing to say, since I’m living in London–home of dozens and dozens of amazing art museums and galleries–but at Colby we are spoiled by our museum. I’ve visited several other college and university art museums and have yet to find one that compares to Colby (okay, I may be a little biased). Even before the museum underwent expansion (set to be finished next year), Colby’s collection of art was extensive and the museum large enough to display several exhibits at once.
The new additions to the museum, which started last year, will make Colby’s Museum of Art the largest in the state of Maine. If I thought the museum was large before they started construction, I can only imagine what it will be like when building is finished!
Here’s what the museum looked like before expansion:
And here’s a projected image of what it will look like after the addition is complete:
The expansion will open on July 13th of this year. Maybe if I’m around, I’ll head down to Waterville for the grand opening. Colby has so many things to be proud of–our academics, our community, our 200th birthday. Now we can add our museum to the list, though, for most of the students and faculty, it was already on there. For those of you who are planning on visiting Colby this spring or summer, make sure you make it to the museum! Even if you go before July 13th, there are still exhibits open! It will be worth your time; there is such a wide array of art that you are sure to find something you like!
Until next time,