Julianne Gilland, our new deputy director, joined the Museum this fall. We recently sat down with Julianne to discuss her role at the Museum, her background, and her experiences living in Central Maine.
In anticipation of the upcoming Marsden Hartley’s Maine exhibition, which opened in summer 2017, a senior-geared program provided an overwhelming opportunity. Bayley Ray-Smith ’19 developed the foundations of the program and, in early summer, Jake Abbe-Schneider ’19, Linde Family Foundation Summer Education Intern, worked under the supervision of Margaret Aiken and Jordia Benjamin, Mirken Coordinator of Academic and Public Programs, to bring Bayley’s plans to fruition.
Students enrolled in the course hosted Theaster in a class discussion, joined him on a tour of Waterville’s South End, attended multiple community meetings arranged around his visit, and traveled to Chicago to visit some of his projects on the South Side. These are some of their responses to that experience.
Benjamin Lisle, Visiting Assistant Professor of American Studies;
Namita Bhattacharya '19, Lorne Carter '21, Shamus Connelly '20, John Egner '18, Aisling Flaherty '20, Julia Grady '20, Danny Lehman '19, James Lindberg '19, Sarah Rossien '19, Danya Smith '20, Cal Waichler '21
Special Collections houses Colby’s rare books and manuscript collections as well as the college archives. Drawing on these rich collections, the exhibit highlights Hartley’s own literary work as a lesser-known aspect of his creative career, as well as letters, manuscripts, and published works by some of the Maine writers Hartley knew and read.
Meghan Kelly, Special Collections Archives Education Fellow
When I was able to put Homer’s work in context, not only out of the museum but off the pedestal of “genius” that often surrounds great artists, I found myself thinking about his paintings differently. I was able to see improvisation, movement, and creativity that I hadn’t noticed before.