What is the state of American art? Lunder Symposium

APRIL 7 SYMPOSIUM: Defining American Art: Then and Now


Symposium: 12:30–4:30 pm
in Kemper Auditorium

Reception: 4:30–5:30 pm
at the Addison Gallery of American Art


The Addison’s founding history provides a snapshot into the state—and stakes—of American art in the 1920s and 30s. Defining American Art: Then and Now is a two-part symposium that takes the Addison’s own formation as a case study to track evolving notions of American art over the last century, with special attention to questions of citizenship and national identity as they inform the field today. A reception in the Addison Gallery will follow the symposium. 

This program is part of Lunder Institute@, co-presented by the Lunder Institute for American Art, an initiative of the Colby Museum of Art.

Lunder Institute@ brings together artists and leaders of prominent American art museums to look critically at American art, its history, its future, and its evolution, and to engage publicly with a single question: What is the state of American art? 

Lunder Institute@ The Addison Gallery was made possible through the support and partnership of the Lunder Institute for American Art, the Colby College Museum of Art.

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Image: Winslow Homer, The West Wind (detail), 1891, oil on canvas, 30 x 44 inches, gift of anonymous donor, 1928.24

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Bartlett H. Hayes Prize Recipients


Reggie Burrows Hodges

Exhibition | Residency | Publication | Acquisition


Tommy Kha

Exhibition | Residency | Publication | Acquisition