Greetings from the Museum! We are excited about the beginning of a great summer season. Please join us on Saturday, June 25 for the grand opening of the Museum's major summer exhibition, This Is a Portrait If I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to the Present. Artist Byron Kim, a faculty member at Yale University whose work is represented in the exhibition, will headline the keynote program that afternoon. A festive reception and family activities will follow. Please note that there will be programs scheduled at the Museum throughout the summer, including daily tours of the different exhibitions by the Museum's summer interns.
We wish also to send our hearty congratulations to our friends at The MIT Press and to Dr. Sarah Montross, the Museum's former Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow. The catalogue for her 2015 exhibition, Past Futures: Science Fiction, Space Travel, and Postwar Art of the America, recently won first prize for the best exhibition catalogue for an institution with an operating budget under $4 million from the Association of Art Museum Curators. This national recognition is a great honor. Well done, Sarah!
We look forward to seeing you at the Museum this summer.
Anne Collins Goodyear & Frank H. Goodyear


Bowdoin College Museum of Art


To Count Art an Intimate Friend

Closing June 5, 2016

To Count Art an Intimate Friend invites engagement with the world through the numerous perspectives encompassed in the collections at the Museum, and 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, 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..."  

Barbara Cooney: Drawing Biography  
Closing  August 21, 2016

Barbara Cooney (1917-2000) is a beloved author and artist of more than 100 children's books. The Museum holds a major collection of her paintings and drawings. This exhibition brings together works related to three books: Miss Rumphius, Hattie and the Wild Waves, and Eleanor. It also celebrates the recent gift of original preparatory sketches and manuscripts for Eleanor. Focused on the lives of three women, this exhibition explores how Cooney crafted rich biographies in text and image. 

On the Origins and Development of This Is a Portrait If I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today 


Kathleen Campagnolo, Jonathan F. Walz, and Anne Collins Goodyear
In 2009 we had the good fortune of intersecting at the Smithsonian Institution, where Kathleen Campagnolo and Jonathan F. Walz were both pre-doctoral fellows and Anne Collins Goodyear was on the curatorial staff at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. Through separate projects, each of us had become intrigued by artists who were experimenting with alternatives to mimetic portraiture (or traditional portraiture representing figurative renditions of faces and bodies) at key moments during the past century.

museum news

William Kentridge Acquisition

Collecting new media such as film, video, and digital art presents unique challenges for museums. In a commitment to making new media art available for exhibition and study, museums at six Northeast colleges and universities - including Bowdoin College, Colby College, Middlebury College, Mount Holyoke College, Brandeis University, and Skidmore College - recently formed the New Media Arts Consortium to jointly acquire and share ownership of works that they might not be able to acquire individually.  
Spirit of '76 
This year's 40th reunion prompts us to reflect on the extraordinary support the Museum has received from members of the class of 1976. The breadth and depth of their  contributions is especially apparent in the sustained service of three individuals: Josť Ribas, Museum Preparator; Linda Roth, Trustee and Chairwoman of the Museum's Advisory Council; and S. Catherine "Katy" Longley, Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration & Treasurer at Bowdoin College. 


Become a Member of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

We hope you'll visit the Museum this summer! There are several exhibitions, featuring art from ancient times to the present, on view for your enjoyment. 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 free of charge. Membership offers special access to events and serves as a connection to a community of students and faculty who are actively engaged at 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!  


Keynote Speaker: Artist Byron Kim


Kresge Auditorium


Opening Reception: This Is a Portrait If I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today


Museum of Art




Bowdoin International Music Festival Concert

11:00 am

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Museum Hours

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

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:  Miss Rumphius Riding her Bicycle in Maine, 1982, acrylic on gesso-coated percale, by Barbara Cooney.  Bequest of Barbara Cooney, Bowdoin College Museum of Art. © Barbara Cooney Porter. 

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