Artist Alex Katz and Colby College Museum of Art


In honor of our 60th anniversary, we’re partnering with six Maine artists to raise money for organizations here in Maine. Artist Alex Katz is joining us for our Art of Giving Gala to help raise money for his organization of choice, Colby College Museum of Art. Learn more about Katz and his benefactor below.


Since 1951, Alex Katz’s bold painting and prints have been shown in more than 200 solo exhibitions and are included in more than 100 collections worldwide, including those of the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Institution, and Rockland’s Farnsworth Art Museum. Katz is a native of Brooklyn and a graduate of Manhattan’s Cooper Union Art School. In 1949, he was awarded a scholarship to attend the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Since then, images of Maine have featured prominently in his vast collection of dramatic portraits and striking landscapes. In 1996, the Colby College Museum of Art opened a 10,000-square-foot wing dedicated to Katz and featuring more than 400 works donated by the artist. He is a longtime summer resident of Lincolnville.


Founded in 1959, the Colby College Museum of Art 
comprises five wings, more than 8,000 works of art, and more than 38,000 square feet of exhibition space. Major works by American artists including John Singleton Copley, Gilbert Stuart, Albert Bierstadt, Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, and William Merritt Chase form the core of the historical collection, along with significant holdings of American folk art. The modern movement is represented by important works by artists including John Marin, Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, Georgia O’Keeffe, George Bellows, and Rockwell Kent. The museum also maintains a significant collection of contemporary American art, including works by Chuck Close, Agnes Martin, Maya Lin, Sol LeWitt, Dan Flavin, Kara Walker, Elizabeth Murray, Alex Katz, Richard Serra, and Terry Winters. Other principal areas of the collection include Greek and Roman antiquities, European prints and drawings, and early Chinese art. Admission is free. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Open on Thursdays until 9 p.m. during the academic year. The public is invited to join the conversation online via dedicated social communities on Facebook and Twitter (@colbymuseum and #colbymuseum).

For a chance to win a piece of art from Katz and support Colby College Museum of Art, join us at the Art of Giving Gala.

Laura Serino is the Digital Editor of Down East Magazine.

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