Lunders Make Another Gift of $100 Million to Colby College Museum of Art

courtesy Colby College
courtesy Colby College
  • Georgia O’Keeffe’s “Lake George in Woods,” 1922.  Pastel on paper laid down on paperboard.  (Georgia O’Keeffe Museum/Artists Rights Society/Colby College Museum of Art, the Lunder Collection)

    Georgia O’Keeffe’s “Lake George in Woods,” 1922. Pastel on paper laid down on paperboard. (Georgia O’Keeffe Museum/Artists Rights Society/Colby College Museum of Art, the Lunder Collection)

The Portland Press Herald reports that Colby College Museum of Art has received a gift worth $100 million from Peter and Paula Lunder. It is the couple's second gift of that magnitude to the institution in Waterville, Maine, which they have long supported in various ways, including substantial gifts.

The news was announced in Boston at a meeting of Colby trustees. Both Lunders serve on the board. Their recent gift includes 1,500 works of art and will launch the Lunder Institute for American Art, with a focus on the practice, study and exhibition of American art. 

“The Lunders’ generosity has transformed Colby College and the arts landscape in Maine,” Colby President David A. Greene said in a statement. “Now, with this gift to significantly expand the collection and create the Lunder Institute, the museum will become a global destination for artists, scholars, and visitors. Colby students and faculty already make use of the museum in innovative ways and this development will expand their opportunities for research and scholarship in all disciplines. We are grateful for Peter and Paula Lunder, for their tremendous commitment to Colby, the Colby museum and the people of Maine.”

In 2007, the Lunders gave a gift worth more than $100 million of artworks, and the $15 million Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion opened six years later. Last year, they gifted an important suite of Picasso etchings.

Among the artworks given are prime examples by Mary Cassatt, Vincent van Gogh, James McNeill Whistler, Jasper Johns, Nina Katchadourian, Jacob Lawrence, Maya Lin, Joan Mitchell, Claes Oldenburg, Betye Saar, Rembrandt, Ai Weiwei and Fred Wilson.


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