Museum’s student docent night features new artwork

Since students have last been on campus, the Colby Museum of Art has been busy installing their retrospective of Bernard Langlais’s work coordinated by the curator, Hannah Blunt, in addition to the routine rotation of the museum’s large permanent collection. As a way to introduce students to the new works on display, the Student Advisory Board, organized a “Student Docent Night” this past Thursday.

14 students, all who have taken the docent class taught by Mirken Curators of Education Matt Timme and Lauren Lessing, led tours throughout the evening, showcasing their own favorite pieces, and providing a general overview of the current exhibitions.

Marina Wells ’15, one of the students leading tours for the evening, said that in addition to helping her with her public speaking skills, the docent course taught her that “the museum is inherently educational.”

On her tour through the gallery spaces, Wells chose to showcase the museum’s large collection of drawings and paintings by James McNeill Whistler, featured prominently as a part of the recently acquired Lunder collection, alongside her favorite examples of american impressionist art.

The student docent night is just the first of many events to be put on by the Student Advisory Board, which will work to engage students with the museum throughout the year. Wells, who is also a member of the Student Advisory Board hopes that more students will attend these events in the future: “It is really beneficial for the community, and anybody can learn something by walking into the museum.”

  The Bernard Langlais exhibiton will be up until January, after which the works will be integrated with the rest of the permanent collection.

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