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detail of "St. Jerome in his Study," 1514, by Albrecht Durer, German, 1471-1528. Engraving. Bequest of David P. Becker, Class of 1970.


May 18, 2017 - August 20, 2017
Zuckert Seminar Room

The focus of this exhibition is a series of six large works on paper created during a visit to Sydney, Australia, in 2012. Titled “Sydney Botanical Garden” they respond to a bamboo plant that the artist encountered. Exhibited here for the first time, these stunning works surround viewers with a luscious, richly textured and colored, immersive environment.
May 03, 2017 - September 03, 2017
Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery

Presenting historic and contemporary selections from one of the nation’s oldest collections of drawings, at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, this highly engaging exhibition explores the significance and pleasures found in tracing movements of the hand on paper by asking the question “Why Draw?”
March 30, 2017 - July 09, 2017
Markell Gallery

For many American artists, New York City in the early twentieth century epitomized modern life. Through a variety of media, they captured an increasingly diverse populace, expanding skyline, and changed public mores.

Museum News

Why You Should Not Miss Museum of Art's ‘Why Draw?’ Exhibition (Boston Globe)

In a recent review of the Museum's current exhibition “Why Draw? 500 Years of Drawings and Watercolors at Bowdoin College," the Boston Globe observes that the more than 150 works in the show reveal both the intimacy and immediacy of drawings and watercolors.

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Upcoming Events

Second Friday Brunswick!

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June 9, 2017 4:00 PM  – 7:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Enjoy the exhibitions and free gelato as part of Second Friday Brunswick!

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Stephen Perkinson: "Lessons for Living: The Macabre in Renaissance Art"

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June 24, 2017 4:00 PM  – 5:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Keynote address, "Lessons for Living: The Macabre in Renaissance Arrt" to open the exhibition "The Ivory Mirror: The Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe"

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Opening Reception: "The Ivory Mirror: The Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe"

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June 24, 2017 5:00 PM  – 6:30 PM
Museum of Art, Steps

Reception and family activities to celebrate the exhibition "The Ivory Mirror: The Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe" at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

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Music at the Museum

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June 29, 2017 11:00 AM  – 12:15 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Bowdoin International Music Festival faculty perform in conjucntion with the summer exhibitions.

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"Sketch, Study, Cartoon - Workflow in the Studio"

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July 11, 2017 12:00 PM  – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Joachim Homann, curator, leads a discussion in the exhibition "Why Draw?"

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"Growing/Drawing-Translating Nature into Art"

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July 14, 2017 5:00 PM  – 6:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

A discussion with the artist, John Walker, in the exhibition "John Walker: A Painter Draws"

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Family Saturday at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

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July 15, 2017 10:00 AM  – 11:00 AM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

David Ying and Philip Ying, artistic directors for the Bowdoin Internationl Music Festival, lead a family program about music and the fine arts.

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"Winslow Homer-Drawing and Watercolor"

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July 18, 2017 12:00 PM  – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Frank Goodyear, co-director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, leads a discussion of works on paper by Winslow Homer.

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Children's Hour at the Museum of Art

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July 20, 2017 5:00 PM  – 6:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Bowdoin students lead creative activities relating to the exhibitions for children and families.

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Featured Videos

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