March 8, 2018

Colby College Museum of Art Receives $2 Million Donation for Contemporary Art Gallery

WATERVILLE, MAINE—Colby College Museum of Art has received a $2 million donation from Paul Schupf, a Colby College alum and trustee emeritus, for the creation of dedicated gallery for contemporary art. The gallery, to be housed in a renovated historic building that is part of downtown Waterville’s under-construction arts complex, will be named in his honor and will host rotating exhibitions of contemporary art, films, and public events.

“The Schupf gallery will be a vital part of the new center for contemporary art and film, which has been conceived to create a hub of activity on Main Street and cement Waterville’s place as a destination for the arts,” Colby president David A. Greene said. “Once again, Paul Schupf has given so generously to help make art accessible to the Waterville community and visitors from Maine and beyond. We are so fortunate to have his friendship and to benefit from his vision for institutions that serve the public good.”

Schupf has previously provided funding for the Paul J. Schupf Wing for the Works of Alex Katz and the Paul J. Schupf Sculpture Court at the Colby College Museum of Art. He has also donated works of art from his collection to the museum, including pieces by Alex Katz and more than 150 works on paper by Richard Serra.

“Paul has been such a great friend to the Colby museum, and once again we are humbled by, and grateful for, his remarkable generosity,” said Sharon Corwin, the Carolyn Muzzy Director and chief curator of the museum. “We see this gallery as a front door to the Colby museum and an opportunity to integrate more deeply into our community, and Paul’s support makes that possible.” Colby College Museum of Art was created in 1959 and holds more than 9,000 works in its collection, from artists such as Agnes Martin, Sol Lewitt, Kara Walker, Elizabeth Murray, and Martin Puryear, as well as the lecture archive of the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. The museum is free and open to the public.

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