Founded in 1959, the Colby College Museum of Art is a teaching museum, destination for American art, and place for engagement with local and global communities. Located on the Colby College campus in Waterville, Maine, the Museum holds more than 10,000 works of art and offers more than 38,000 square feet of exhibition space.
Central to the Museum’s mission is its role as a teaching and research institution and as a center for cross-disciplinary object-based learning. A grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 2013 to expand and deepen curricular engagement with the Museum’s collection was instrumental in advancing work with students and faculty. In 2018 the academic curator position was endowed by the Linde Family Foundation, allowing this work to continue indefinitely. With more than 100 class visits annually, from courses ranging from biology to philosophy, the Museum is deeply embedded in the liberal arts curriculum at Colby. A pillar of the current strategic plan is the Museum’s goal to lead as an academic museum. The Museum’s long-standing relationship with the Art Department remains a critical partnership in our shared goals to create distinctive curricular and co-curricular student experiences in the visual arts. Simultaneously, the current plan advances outreach and engagement with faculty and students across the College through a sustained program of interdisciplinary initiatives.
The Linde Family Foundation curator of academic engagement will expand the teaching mission of the Colby College Museum of Art by serving as a liaison between the Museum and the academic community of Colby College. The curator will engage with the expertise of Colby faculty and visiting Lunder Institute for American Art artists and scholars to make the Museum integral to the Colby liberal arts experience through multidisciplinary engagement. The curator will work closely with faculty in all disciplines to create curricular connections for Colby students. The curator will also collaborate with faculty members to plan class visits, exhibitions, assignments, workshops, and other projects that engage the Museum's resources.
The Colby Museum is deeply committed to strengthening diversity, inclusion, and equity across all strategic and programmatic areas of the Museum, actively building a multiplicity of perspectives and backgrounds represented on our staff and Board of Governors, outreach to diverse audiences, inclusive exhibitions and programs, and a broad-based, expansive collection. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our college, including its cultural and ethnic diversity.