Paul Schupf Gallery, Colby College Art Museum

This 14,000 SF gallery addition, devoted to the work of contemporary American painter Alex Katz, honors the artist ’s desire for an unpretentious industrial setting to display his work, while fitting into the traditional campus vocabulary on the outside.  Four large galleries are scaled to suit the large canvases, and infused with filtered natural light from pyramidal skylights.  High-efficiency indirect fixtures provide supplemental illumination at night or on cloudy days.  Exterior walls in red brick echo the texture and bond pattern of the Georgian Revival academic buildings, while large panels acknowledge the contemporary spaces within.

 

“I don’t think there is any room in the country that my paintings would look that good in.” 

–Alex Katz