April 20, 2018

Lee Glazer Named Director of the Lunder Institute for American Art at Colby College

WATERVILLE, MAINE—Colby College has appointed Smithsonian Institution curator Lee Glazer to lead the Lunder Institute for American Art. Since 2007, Glazer has served as curator of American art at the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, where since 2007 she has presented dozens of exhibitions and written or edited eight publications.

“Lee brings a deep knowledge of American art and an inspired vision for working with contemporary artists and scholars,” said Colby Museum of Art director and chief curator Sharon Corwin. “She thinks and works across disciplinary boundaries and will push the field of American art in innovative new directions. I can’t think of a more brilliant leader to serve as the Lunder Institute’s founding director.”

Glazer is an expert in historic and contemporary American art with a diverse range of interests and expertise. Among her contributions to Freer|Sackler is Darren Waterston’s “Filthy Lucre,” an installation that responded to James McNeill Whistler’s Peacock Room at the Freer Gallery of Art. Among Glazer’s many published essays is a contribution to Whistler and the World, a catalog edited by Justin McCann, Colby’s Lunder Curator for Whistler Studies that accompanied the 2015 Colby Museum of Art exhibition of the same name. Glazer holds a PhD in art history from the University of Pennsylvania.

Of her appointment to director, 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 Lunder Institute for American Art was established in 2017 from a gift by Paula Crane Lunder and Peter Lunder, Life Trustee and Life Overseer, respectively, of the Colby Museum of Art. The institute is intended to support scholarship and creative works by visiting scholars and artists, Colby faculty and studies, and the central Maine community in American art. Earlier this month, artist Theaster Gates was named the institute’s inaugural distinguished visiting artist and director of artist initiatives.

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