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Art at Colby: Celebrating the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Colby College Museum of Art

Art at Colby: Celebrating the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Colby College Museum of Art

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With more than 170 artworks and commissioned texts, including original poems, by 98 writers and artists--such as Barbara Haskell, Bill Berkson, Carol Troyen, Michael Leja, Rachael Ziady DeLue, Geoffrey Batchen, Sanford Schwartz, Anne M. Wagner, Ron Padgett, Irving Sandler and Lydia Yee--Art at Colby highlights artworks that represent the full scope of the museum's superb holdings. The works span the entire history of American art (with a particularly fine selection of painting from New York since 1960), and also include examples of European and Asian works. Texts by a range of writers--scholars, curators, critics and artists--are paired with gorgeous reproductions of pieces from the collection: James Cuno on Henri Fantin-Latour, for instance, Rackstraw Downes on John Marin, Alex Katz on Winslow Homer and Richard Hell on Joe Brainard.

With more than 170 artworks and commissioned texts, including original poems, by 98 writers and artists -- such as Barbara Haskell, Bill Berkson, Carol Troyen, Michael Leja, Rachael Ziady DeLue, Geoffrey Batchen, Sanford Schwartz, Anne M. Wagner, Ron Padgett, Irving Sandler and Lydia Yee -- Art at Colby highlights artworks that represent the full scope of the museum's superb holdings. The works span the entire history of American art (with a particularly fine selection of painting from New York since 1960), and also include examples of European and Asian works. Texts by a range of writers -- scholars, curators, critics and artists -- are paired with gorgeous reproductions of pieces from the collection: James Cuno on Henri Fantin-Latour, for instance, Rackstraw Downes on John Marin, Alex Katz on Winslow Homer and Richard Hell on Joe Brainard. Hardcover.

Colby College: A Venture of Faith

Colby College: A Venture of Faith

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More than 200 photographs bring to life the history of Colby College from 1813 to the sesquicentennial in 1963. Using material from the Colby College Archives, Anestes Fotiades '89 leads us on a unique journey into the past, where the faculty, staff, and students of Colby are remembered with reverence and pride. The photographs have been chosen to provide an accurate history as well as a delightful voyage of nostalgia.

Dam Committee

Dam Committee

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Snuggled between two fine lakes, the quaint Maine village of Belfry gets by on its own good looks and the free-flapping wallets of annoying summer tourists. Here, locals struggle to learn far more about each other than is necessary and face all things new with great caution. The formula works fine for everyday life, but not for a murder under their very noses, and certainly not for a sudden deluge of folding money.
History of Colby College

History of Colby College

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The present history seeks to portray the development of the College against the background of the changing times. Marriner (class of 1913) travels through all the history of Colby College, going into great detail in this large volume as he portrays the changes occuring in the world as Colby College grows into a fine institution.

More Dam Trouble

More Dam Trouble

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Earl's latest caper set in small-town Belfry Village, Maine. A wonderful three-plotted tale that you are going to love.
Strider Years

Strider Years

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Beloved Colby historian Ernest Cummings Marriner '13 documents Robert E. Lee Strider's nineteen years as president of Colby College. Marriner is also the author of the definitive History of Colby, which covers the period up to the Strider presidency.

Water Village: The Story of Waterville Maine

Water Village: The Story of Waterville Maine

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The story of Waterville and its surrounds is one of astonishingly rapid growth and prosperity. The city flourished on the wave of the Second Industrial Revolution. Its ever-multiplying mills drew workers from around the world, and its streets were filled with merchants of every kind. 

The boom, of course, could not last, and before the end of the 20th century Waterville had barely anything to do with the water at all. The once-thriving industries were all gone, and the proud river city, like so many others in the north, began a long struggle to reinvent itself and recover its missing pride. Hardcover. 213 pages. 
With the Help of Friends: The Colby College Museum of Art, The First Fifty Years, 1959 - 2009

With the Help of Friends: The Colby College Museum of Art, The First Fifty Years, 1959 - 2009

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College Historian Earl H. Smith tracks the growth of the museum, focusing more on people than on the art they helped collect. The names are familiar: Lunder, Cummings, Abbott, Katz, Schupf, Strider and Cotter, among others. Smith reveals their roles in the museum's evolution from the early years, when a collection of primitive portraits hung in Foss dining hall, to the present, when the gift of the Lunder Collection made national news. Supporters of the museum have created "a most remarkable masterpiece indeed."