As our hearts go out to those in Paris and around the world, in the wake of a series of recent attacks, we are reminded of the power of art to strengthen bonds of community across the globe. From ancient Assyrian reliefs to a recently acquired 2015 drawing by Titus Kaphar, representing a triple portrait of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Tamir Rice, the Museum's collections offer a variety of vantage points on our shared history and provide opportunities for important conversations. As 2015 draws to a close, we offer a warm expression of appreciation to supporters of the Museum here on the Bowdoin campus, in the town of Brunswick, and around the world, and send our very best wishes to you for a joyful conclusion to the year. Museum members are invited to enjoy a preview of our holiday sale, and all are encouraged to join us at the Museum for celebratory visits with friends and family.
With all best wishes for a happy celebration of 2015 and the New Year to come!
Anne Collins Goodyear & Frank Goodyear

Bowdoin College Museum of Art
To Count Art an Intimate Friend: Highlights from Bowdoin Collections, 1794 to the Present     
Closing June 5, 2016

To Count Art an Intimate Friend demonstrates how works of art contribute to the intellectual and personal growth intrinsic to great centers of learning and innovation. The show takes its cue from William DeWitt Hyde, President of the College 1885-1917, whose 1906 Offer of the College
enumerates the values of a liberal arts education: "
To be at home in all lands and all ages; to count Nature a familiar acquaintance, and Art an intimate friend..."

Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa  
Closing March 6, 2016

Offering a panoramic view of the arts of Africa,  Earth Matters brings together approximately sixty exceptional works of art from the early nineteenth century to the present. The exhibition focuses on the creative and visual ways in which individuals and communities negotiate relationships with their surrounding land and the world at large. The exhibition investigates the period from the arrival of colonial interests to the present day, exploring how profound and changing concepts of healing, the sacred, identity, memory, history, and sustainability have been formed in relation to the land.   

Gilbert Stuart: From Boston to Brunswick Closes Soon
This past fall the Museum has featured its eight paintings by Gilbert Stuart in a special exhibition, Gilbert Stuart: From Boston to Brunswick. In addition to these remarkable portraits, the exhibition includes five early lithographs based on his presidential portraits and other related works by Stuart's contemporaries. The Museum has also borrowed Stuart's palette and his box of drawing instruments from the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. 
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New Acquisitions in To Count Art an Intimate Friend

To Count Art an Intimate Friend contains a number of recent Museum acquisitions, two of which anchor a conversation about race and social justice.
Upcoming Exhibition Curated by Students
Curating an exhibition with Professor Wegner this semester has been thrilling, according to Sarah Drumm '18, "not only because of the chance to share my work with my peers but also to gain a greater familiarity with, and understanding of, the Museum's fantastic collection." 

Become a Member of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

We hope you'll visit the Museum this holiday season! Members enjoy a 20% discount on all purchases at the Museum of Art Shop on December 2, 2015 in advance of the public holiday sale. For more information, please check our home page or contact Caroline Baljon, Membership and Programs Coordinator, at (207)-725-3276.
The support of our members helps us to realize future exhibitions, public programs, and educational offerings, which are always open to students and the general public. Membership offers special access to events and serves as a connection to a community of students and faculty, who are actively engaged in the Museum. If you are not already a member, we hope that you will show your support for the Bowdoin College Museum of Art by joining today!  

Members' Preview Day: The Holiday Sale in the Museum Shop
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Public Holiday Sale in the Museum Shop
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Music at the Museum with George Lopez
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Discover more events on the BCMA calendar

Holiday Hours: 
The Museum will be closed on December 24 and 25 and from December 28 through January 1.  

Please note that the Museum Shop will be open on December 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for holiday shopping.

Museum Hours
Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm  |  Thursday: 10:00am - 8:30pm  |  Sunday: 1:00 - 5:00pm

Closed on Mondays and national holidays. 


The Bowdoin College Museum of Art is open to the public FREE of charge, although donations are welcome. The Museum is wheelchair accessible through the Pavilion entrance.


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Banner image: Coasting Out of Doors, (detail), 1857, wood engraving by Winslow Homer. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

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