Harold Alfond Foundation provides $6M Challenge Grant in support of Paul J. Schupf Art Center

Waterville, Maine — The Harold Alfond Foundation is providing a $6 million challenge grant in support of the Paul J. Schupf Art Center, a collaborative project between Waterville Creates! and Colby College.

For every dollar contributed to Waterville Creates’ community capital campaign, both past and future, the Harold Alfond Foundation will provide $3 in matching funds.  When the community capital campaign crosses the $1 million mark, the Foundation will commit another $3 million toward the total project cost of $18 million.

Waterville Creates! has already raised $680,000 in gifts and pledges from a diverse group of businesses, foundations, and individuals, and needs the community’s support to raise the remaining $320,000 that will unlock $6 million in support from the Harold Alfond Foundation.

“The Harold Alfond Foundation is proud to support Waterville Creates! and its partnership with Colby College to develop the Paul J. Schupf Art Center,” says Chairman Greg Powell. “The community has already stepped up in a major way to support the capital campaign, and we hope that this challenge grant will provide extra incentive for businesses and individuals alike to contribute to this incredible project, which we believe will be a cornerstone of Waterville’s downtown revitalization.”

This grant is part of the Foundation’s more than $500 million investment in Maine people and institutions to help grow the state’s workforce and economy and support quality health care and builds on a long-standing commitment from the Foundation to help the people of Maine thrive from birth through career. Learn more at https://www.haroldalfondfoundation.org/.

“The Harold Alfond Foundation’s investment in Waterville Creates! has enabled us to strengthen the long-standing, beloved arts organizations that have been a core part of Waterville’s identity for decades by developing a new model for collaboration.  The Paul J. Schupf Art Center will be the physical embodiment of that collaboration.  By bringing Waterville’s arts organizations together under one roof in the heart of downtown, the Paul J. Schupf Art Center will showcase our diverse arts programming and create new opportunities for collaboration and creative expression,” says Shannon Haines, President + CEO of Waterville Creates!

“There has never been a building like the Paul J. Schupf Art Center in Waterville.  This project will have a major economic impact on the entire region and will ensure that our community will have access to outstanding arts opportunities for generations to come.  Thanks to the Harold Alfond Foundation’s commitment to excellence in the arts both on Main Street and at Colby College, Waterville is poised to become a premier arts destination,” says James LaLiberty, Board Chair at Waterville Creates!

About Waterville Creates!

Waterville Creates! connects artists, organizations, and the public with arts and cultural events and programs happening in our community. Supporting and promoting arts education, exhibitions, theatre, film, music, and dance that is accessible to all, Waterville Creates! is leading the effort to make Waterville an exciting cultural destination and a thriving, vibrant community. For more information about the ongoing community capital campaign for the Paul J. Schupf Art Center visit www.downtownartscenter.org

Major Gift from Family with Multigenerational Connections to Waterville Supports Two Colby Priorities—Arts and Athletics 

Waterville, Maine — Colby is extremely pleased to announce a $2-million gift from Dana L. Schmaltz and Kate Enroth to name the Colby College Museum of Art’s gallery in the Paul J. Schupf Art Center as well as the welcome pavilion in the College’s new Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center. The Joan Dignam Schmaltz Gallery of Art will honor Joan Dignam Schmaltz ’63, an artist herself, while the Richard R. Schmaltz Welcome Pavilion will honor Richard “Dick” Schmaltz ’62, affectionately known as “Mr. Colby” to family and friends for his longtime commitment and dedication to his alma mater. Both spaces honor multigenerational connections to Waterville and are an investment in its future.

“The Schmaltz and Dignam families, much like our family, have a long and proud history in Waterville and at Colby. We all share a dedication to this community, and we can’t think of a more fitting tribute to our dear friends Dick and Joan than the naming of these two spaces in their honor,” said Paula Lunder, D.F.A. ’98 and Peter Lunder ’56, D.F.A. ’98.

The Joan Dignam Schmaltz Gallery of Art

As part of a shared vision to position Waterville as a premier destination for arts and culture, Colby, in partnership with Waterville Creates, is developing the Paul J. Schupf Art Center on Main Street in downtown Waterville. Expected to break ground in 2021, a key component of the center will be the Colby Museum’s new Joan Dignam Schmaltz Gallery of Art, which will feature exhibitions from the Museum’s permanent collection and specially commissioned shows from emerging and established artists. The center will also be part of a rich and integrated group of up-and-coming art and cultural institutions throughout Waterville, including an arts collaborative currently under construction on Main Street as well as the Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts, which is in the pre-construction phase on Colby’s campus.

Waterville is increasingly well poised to feature a diverse set of arts programming that will enrich life in the city and help drive economic activity throughout the city.

“We are deeply grateful to Dana and Kate for their incredible support,” said President David A. Greene. “Dick and Joan Schmaltz are emblematic of the very best of Colby and Waterville—deeply committed to family and community, generous of heart and spirit, always willing to go the extra mile to care for others. We are so honored to carry their names forward on these iconic spaces.”

Richard R. Schmaltz Welcome Pavilion

The Richard R. Schmaltz Welcome Pavilion will serve as a greeting and gathering place for visitors to the College’s new Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center—the most-advanced NCAA D-III facility in the country—as well as members of the Colby community who use the facility for fitness, wellness, and recreation. Featuring abundant natural light, a wide-open space with soft seating, and a 68-square-foot interactive video display, the pavilion will also be a great space for discussion, study, and socializing.

The center will play an important role in supporting the economic resurgence of Waterville and Central Maine by allowing Colby to invite more teams and events to campus. Just as important, it will also eventually provide an opportunity for the community to come together to celebrate and support athletics.

“For the last 60 years my father has had his handshake ready to welcome people from all over the world to Colby. As the captain and an All New England selection player of the 1961 Colby soccer team, Dad always believed in the power of team sports as part of a person’s liberal arts education,” commented Dana Schmaltz. “I can’t think of a more appropriate place to honor his legacy to Colby than the welcome pavilion in this world-class athletic facility.”

Commitment to Waterville and Colby

Both the Dignam and Schmaltz families have deep ties to Waterville and to Colby. The Dignam family home was just a few blocks from the site of the new gallery. Joan’s grandparents William Hughes Dignam and Mary Hazel Larkin Dignam operated a successful cigar business under the name of Larkin & Dignam Co. on Main Street in Waterville in the early part of the 20th century, while Joan’s grandmother was an opera singer in the Waterville Opera House across the street from the new Paul J. Schupf Art Center. Four of the six children of William and Mary Dignam are among the more than 20 Dignam family members to attend Colby. Joan’s aunt Mary Dignam Murphy was the first, graduating in 1931, followed by Joan’s father, Walter Larkin Dignam ’33. Nearly 100 years later, the Schmaltzes’ granddaughter, Megan Lasher ’15, and grandson, Bower Schmaltz ’24, carry on the family tradition.

Likewise, for nearly 60 years, Dick Schmaltz has supported Colby in a range of significant ways, including serving as a trustee for more than 33 years, supporting many Colby priorities as a loyal donor along with his wife, Joan, and, most importantly, being a perpetual enthusiast for the College’s highest and best aspirations. In recognition of his commitment to Colby, Dick Schmaltz was given the Marriner Distinguished Service Award in 1997, which is one of the most prestigious recognitions an alumnus can receive.

Earlier in the Dare Northward campaign, Dick and Joan Schmaltz and their family, including daughter Heide Schmaltz Dolan ’87, created the Schmaltz Family Effective Communication Initiative with a $1.25-million gift. This initiative takes a systematic approach to integrating oral communication into the curriculum by training faculty to teach public speaking in existing courses, supporting distinct courses in public speaking, and facilitating workshops, events, and collaboration with other initiatives.

“My father has dedicated an enormous amount of his time and energy to Colby since he graduated,” said Dana Schmaltz. “His loyalty to the College that provided him a great education and a number of the most significant relationships of his life has been a venerable lesson for me. He was the first in his family to attend college, and that experience launched Dad onto a very successful financial career in New York. He and my mother have been incredible role models for me and my sister in so many ways. I am delighted to honor each of them by naming these great Colby facilities that mirror the success of how they have lived their lives.”

Dana Schmaltz serves as managing partner at Boston-based Yellow Wood Partners, LLC, a private equity firm he founded in 2011, which focuses on the consumer products industry. He is a 1985 graduate of St. George’s School, where he currently serves on the board of trustees, and he received an A.B. from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Kate Enroth is an active volunteer in Boston, serving on the boards of the Nichols House Museum, the Friends of the Public Garden, and the Beacon Hill Garden Club. She also received an A.B. from Dartmouth College and holds a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.

Colby College

Founded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges. Serving only undergraduates, Colby offers a rigorous academic program rooted in deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars. Students pursue intellectual passions, choosing among 58 majors or developing their own. Colby’s innovative and ambitious campaign, Dare Northward, is supporting deeper connections between the college and the world as well as a fully inclusive experience for all Colby students. Colby is home to a community of 2,000 dedicated and diverse students from more than 80 countries. Its Waterville, Maine, location provides unique access to world-class research institutions and civic engagement experiences.

Kennebec Savings Bank Gifts $100,000 to Waterville’s Paul J. Schupf Art Center

Waterville, Maine — Waterville Creates!, a non-profit supporting and promoting high-quality, accessible arts and cultural programs and institutions in Waterville, Maine, announces a gift in the amount of $100,000 from Kennebec Savings Bank (KSB) in support of the community capital campaign for the Paul J. Schupf Art Center. In recognition of their leadership gift, one of the cinemas in the new building will be named the Kennebec Savings Bank Screening Room.

Designed to bring together under one roof some of Waterville’s most beloved arts institutions, including the Maine Film Center, Common Street Arts, and a new gallery of the Colby Museum of Art, the Paul J. Schupf Art Center will be constructed on the current site of The Center building at 93 Main Street, directly adjacent to the Waterville Opera House and City Hall building and downtown’s central green space, Castonguay Square. Waterville Creates! and Colby College are partnering on this transformative project, which will create a distinctive hub for visual arts, performing arts, arts education, and film for children and adults. In addition to enhancing Waterville’s reputation as a destination for arts and culture, this new facility will add vitality to downtown Waterville during both the daytime and evening hours and serve as an economic driver for the region.

“Our roots run deep in Waterville, and we recognize just how important this new arts center will be to the region,” said Andrew Silsby, president and CEO of Kennebec Savings Bank. “We are proud to support and be a part of a collective vision to make Waterville a premier arts and culture destination.”

Kennebec Savings Bank’s gift was pledged in contribution to the $2 million community capital campaign led by Waterville Creates! as part of the overall fundraising goal of $18 million for the project. A lead capital campaign supporter of the Head of Falls RiverWalk project, Kennebec Savings Bank continues to play a key role in the revitalization of downtown Waterville.

“Kennebec Savings Bank has consistently been a strong champion of the arts in our community through their sponsorship of the Waterville Opera House, the Maine International Film Festival, Waterville Rocks!, and more,” says Shannon Haines, president and CEO of Waterville Creates! “We are so thankful for their ongoing contribution to local arts programming and now for this incredible gift to our community capital campaign.”

About Kennebec Savings Bank
Kennebec Savings Bank is a $1.1 billion state-chartered community bank, part of a mutual organization with a team of 135 employees and offices in Augusta, Waterville, Winthrop and Farmingdale, as well as “KSB Anytime” 24-hour electronic banking centers in Augusta, Farmingdale, Freeport, and Manchester. The bank is proud that its involvement in the community as an employer, a business and as a contributor has led to many other successes besides its own. Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender.

About Waterville Creates!
Waterville Creates! connects artists, cultural organizations, and the public with arts and cultural events and programs happening in our community. We firmly believe that art and culture have the power to enrich lives, strengthen community bonds, and serve as an economic engine. We promote and support arts education, exhibitions, theatre, film, music, and dance that is accessible to all residents and visitors. By helping to build a creative economy, Waterville Creates! is leading the effort to make Waterville an exciting cultural destination and a thriving, vibrant community. Learn more at http://www.watervillecreates.org. For more information about the ongoing community capital campaign for the Paul J. Schupf Art Center visit http://www.downtownartscenter.org.

Golden Pond Wealth Management Gifts $25,000 to Waterville’s Paul J. Schupf Art Center

Waterville, Maine — Waterville Creates!, a non-profit supporting and promoting high-quality, accessible arts and cultural programs and institutions in Waterville, Maine, announces a gift in the amount of $25,000 from Golden Pond Wealth Management in support of the community capital campaign for the Paul J. Schupf Art Center.

Designed to bring together under one roof some of Waterville’s most beloved arts institutions, including the Maine Film Center, Common Street Arts, and a new gallery of the Colby Museum of Art, the Paul J. Schupf Art Center will be constructed on the current site of The Center building at 93 Main Street, directly adjacent to the Waterville Opera House and City Hall building and downtown’s central green space, Castonguay Square. Waterville Creates! and Colby College are partnering on this transformative project, which will create a distinctive hub for visual arts, performing arts, arts education, and film for children and adults. In addition to enhancing Waterville’s reputation as a destination for arts and culture, this new facility will add vitality to downtown Waterville during both the daytime and evening hours and serve as an economic driver for the region.

“Giving back to our community is one of our core values at Golden Pond Wealth Management, and we are particularly compelled to work with organizations that advance our collective cultural well-being,” says Brian Bernatchez, managing director of Golden Pond Wealth Management. “We are a major season sponsor of the Waterville Opera House because of its tremendous impact on our community, both culturally and economically, and we see the Paul J. Schupf Art Center as an incredible opportunity to further advance the arts in Waterville.” Golden Pond Wealth Management’s gift was pledged in support of the $2 million community capital campaign led by Waterville Creates! as part of the overall fundraising goal of $18 million for the project.

“Golden Pond Wealth Management has consistently been a strong supporter of the arts in our community, and we are thrilled by their generous support of this project,” says Shannon Haines, president and CEO of Waterville Creates! “The recent momentum that has been building for our community capital campaign has been due in large part to a business community that values and invests in the arts not only for the cultural enrichment they provide but for their power to drive a robust local economy.”

According to the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study published by Americans for the Arts in 2017, Waterville’s nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and their audiences generate over $6 million in direct economic activity per year. Business Contributions to the Arts: 2018 Edition, a study by The Conference Board in conjunction with Americans for the Arts, revealed that 63% of companies believe the arts contribute to the economy of the community and 79% of companies believe arts help to improve quality of life in the community.

About Waterville Creates!
Waterville Creates! connects artists, cultural organizations, and the public with arts and cultural events and programs happening in our community. We firmly believe that art and culture have the power to enrich lives, strengthen community bonds, and serve as an economic engine. We promote and support arts education, exhibitions, theatre, film, music, and dance that is accessible to all residents and visitors. By helping to build a creative economy, Waterville Creates! is leading the effort to make Waterville an exciting cultural destination and a thriving, vibrant community. Learn more at http://www.watervillecreates.org. For more information about the ongoing community capital campaign for the Paul J. Schupf Art Center visit http://www.downtownartscenter.org.

Central Maine Motors Makes $25,000 Gift to Waterville’s Paul J. Schupf Art Center

Waterville, Maine — Waterville Creates!, a non-profit supporting and promoting high-quality, accessible arts and cultural programs and institutions in Waterville, Maine, announces a gift in the amount of $25,000 from Central Maine Motors Auto Group in support of the community capital campaign for the Paul J. Schupf Art Center.

Designed to bring together under one roof some of Waterville’s most beloved arts institutions, including the Maine Film Center, Common Street Arts, and a new gallery of the Colby Museum of Art, the Paul J. Schupf Art Center will be constructed on the current site of The Center building at 93 Main Street, directly adjacent to the Waterville Opera House and City Hall building and downtown’s central green space, Castonguay Square. Waterville Creates! and Colby College are partnering on this transformative project, which will create a distinctive hub for visual arts, performing arts, arts education, and film for children and adults. In addition to enhancing Waterville’s reputation as a destination for arts and culture, this new facility will add vitality to downtown Waterville during both the daytime and evening hours and serve as an economic driver for the region.

“Central Maine Motors Auto Group is dedicated to supporting the community of Waterville because we are Waterville – this is where we live, work and play,” says Chris Gaunce, president of Central Maine Motors. “Supporting our community means supporting the arts, especially this new art center, which will create accessible arts opportunities for people of all ages and have a huge economic impact on the city.” Central Maine Motors’ gift was pledged in support of the $2 million community capital campaign being led by Waterville Creates! as part of the overall fundraising goal of $18 million for the project.

“The impact Central Maine Motors Auto Group has on Waterville cannot be overstated – they generously fund so many community events, like our free summer concert series, Waterville Rocks!, and support programs and organizations that bring a high level of visibility to Waterville, including the Maine International Film Festival and the Waterville Opera House,” says Shannon Haines, president and CEO of Waterville Creates! “We are incredibly thankful for their ongoing support of our programs as well as our community capital campaign.”

About Waterville Creates!
Waterville Creates! connects artists, cultural organizations, and the public with arts and cultural events and programs happening in our community. We firmly believe that art and culture have the power to enrich lives, strengthen community bonds, and serve as an economic engine. We promote and support arts education, exhibitions, theatre, film, music, and dance that is accessible to all residents and visitors. By helping to build a creative economy, Waterville Creates! is leading the effort to make Waterville an exciting cultural destination and a thriving, vibrant community. Learn more at http://www.watervillecreates.org. For more information about the ongoing community capital campaign for the Paul J. Schupf Art Center visit http://www.downtownartscenter.org.

Northern Light Inland Hospital makes $25,000 Gift to Waterville’s Paul J. Schupf Art Center

Waterville, Maine — Waterville Creates!, a non-profit supporting and promoting high-quality, accessible arts and cultural programs and institutions in Waterville, Maine, announces a gift in the amount of $25,000 from Northern Light Inland Hospital in support of the community capital campaign for the Paul J. Schupf Art Center.

Designed to bring together under one roof some of Waterville’s most beloved arts institutions, including the Maine Film Center, Common Street Arts, and a new gallery of the Colby Museum of Art, the Paul J. Schupf Art Center will be constructed on the current site of The Center building at 93 Main Street, directly adjacent to the Waterville Opera House and City Hall building and downtown’s central green space, Castonguay Square. Waterville Creates! and Colby College are partnering on this transformative project which will create a distinctive hub for visual arts, performing arts, arts education, and film for children and adults. In addition to enhancing Waterville’s reputation as a destination for arts and culture, this new facility will add vitality to downtown Waterville during both the daytime and evening hours and serve as an economic driver for the region.

“We believe that by supporting the creative arts in Waterville, we help strengthen our community’s health and well-being, and its overall quality of life,” says John Dalton, president of Northern Light Inland Hospital. “Inland’s Family Fun Series often collaborates with Waterville Creates! on arts events that connect families with young children to the importance of healthy eating and active living. We are pleased to support the growth of the arts in the community we are proud to serve.” Northern Light Inland Hospital’s gift was pledged in support of the $2 million community capital campaign being led by Waterville Creates! as part of the overall fundraising goal of $18 million for the project.

“Working with Northern Light Inland Hospital on free family programming, like Art in the Park held every Thursday this summer at the Downtown Waterville Farmers’ Market, helps us reach a broader audience and provide community members with more engaging experiences,” says Shannon Haines, president and CEO of Waterville Creates! “We are incredibly thankful for their ongoing support of our programs as well as our community capital campaign.”

About Waterville Creates!
Waterville Creates! connects artists, cultural organizations, and the public with arts and cultural events and programs happening in our community. We firmly believe that art and culture have the power to enrich lives, strengthen community bonds, and serve as an economic engine. We promote and support arts education, exhibitions, theatre, film, music, and dance that is accessible to all residents and visitors. By helping to build a creative economy, Waterville Creates! is leading the effort to make Waterville an exciting cultural destination and a thriving, vibrant community. Learn more at http://www.watervillecreates.org. For more information about the ongoing community capital campaign for the Paul J. Schupf Art Center visit http://www.downtownartscenter.org.

Award-winning actor Ed Harris makes $75,000 gift to Waterville’s Paul J. Schupf Art Center

“The people of Waterville hold a fond place in my heart” – Ed Harris, Actor

Waterville, Maine — Waterville Creates!, a non-profit supporting and promoting high-quality, accessible arts and cultural programs and institutions in Waterville, Maine, announces a gift in the amount of $75,000 from actor Ed Harris in support of the community capital campaign for the Paul J. Schupf Art Center. Harris, who worked and lived in Waterville in the early 2000s while filming the HBO movie Empire Falls, cited his fondness for the people of Waterville as one reason for the gift.

Designed to bring together under one roof some of Waterville’s most beloved arts institutions, including the Maine Film Center, Common Street Arts, and a new gallery of the Colby Museum of Art, the Paul J. Schupf Art Center will be constructed on the current site of The Center building at 93 Main Street, directly adjacent to the Waterville Opera House and City Hall building and downtown’s central green space, Castonguay Square. Waterville Creates! and Colby College are partnering on this transformative project which will create a distinctive hub for visual arts, performing arts, arts education, and film for children and adults. In addition to enhancing Waterville’s reputation as a destination for arts and culture, this new facility will add vitality to downtown Waterville during both the daytime and evening hours and serve as an economic driver for the region.

“Ever since living in Waterville and working on Empire Falls some 15 years ago, the town and the people in it have held a fond place in my heart,” said actor Ed Harris. “This project is such a great idea and will enrich the lives of so many that I felt compelled and honored to contribute in what I hope is a meaningful way.” Harris’ gift was pledged in support of the $2 million community capital campaign being led by Waterville Creates! as part of the overall fundraising goal of $18 million for the project. In recognition of his generous support, the box office of the new facility will be named the Ed Harris Box Office.

“Over the twenty-two-year history of the Maine International Film Festival, we have had the honor of welcoming some incredible guests to Waterville, and Ed Harris was certainly one of the most memorable,” says Shannon Haines, president and CEO of Waterville Creates! and past director of the film festival, which presented Harris with its annual Mid-Life Achievement Award in July of 2004. “Ed was not only incredibly generous with his time at the festival, but he also used the opportunity to advocate for Railroad Square Cinema and independent film programming. We are so grateful for his remarkable gift.”

About Waterville Creates!
Waterville Creates! connects artists, organizations, and the public with arts and cultural events and programs happening in our community. Supporting and promoting arts education, exhibitions, theatre, film, music, and dance that is accessible to all, Waterville Creates! is leading the effort to make Waterville an exciting cultural destination and a thriving, vibrant community. Learn more at http://www.watervillecreates.org and for more information about the ongoing community capital campaign for the Paul J. Schupf Art Center visit http://www.downtownartscenter.org.

Tenants of future Waterville arts center building find new homes

When Waterville Community Dental moved out of 93 Main St., Waterville, at the end of December, it was the last of nine tenants to move from the building to make way for a new arts center.

The 64,000-square-foot building, owned by Waterville Creates!, will undergo a renovation that will trim it nearly in half when it becomes the arts center, a collaboration between the arts organization and Colby College.

“When we determined what the plan was for the building, we met with each tenant so they’d have time,” said Shannon Haines, president and CEO of of Waterville Creates!, which owns the building.

That was last year, and tenants were given about a year to move out.

Those moving from the building included relocation and procurement firm Parsifal, Waterville Community Dental, Maine Made & More retail store, WABI TV Channel 5, and nonprofits REM and Hardy Girls Healthy Women. The rehearsal space for Waterville Opera House and several offices for Waterville city government — City Hall is next door — also had to move, as did Waterville Creates!, and its Common Street Arts gallery.

The building’s transformation began three years ago, when Waterville Creates! moved across Castonguay Square from 16 Common St. The organization, which was established in 2014 from Waterville Regional Arts and Community Center, is a nonprofit with partners that include Colby College Museum of Art, Common Street Arts, Maine Film Center, Waterville Opera House and Waterville Public Library.

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Colby, Waterville Creates! collaborate on downtown arts building renovation

WATERVILLE — A landmark downtown building will be renovated, reduced and developed into an arts hub in a collaboration between Colby College and nonprofit Waterville Creates!

The building, at 93 Main St., The Center, which borders the west side of Castonguay Square, is owned by Waterville Creates!, which bought it in 1996 when the organization was the Waterville Regional Arts and Community Center.

The project is expected to cost between $18 and $20 million, $8 million of which has already been raised, said Brian Clark, Colby vice president of planning, who is also a member of Waterville Creates! board of directors. The project would take 18 months to complete once the money is raised and design is complete.

The 64,000 square-foot building will be reduced to 32,000 square feet under the plan, connected to adjacent City Hall and Waterville Opera House with a two-story atrium, which will also replace much of the brick facade along Castonguay Square.

The project design will be finalized once fundraising goals are met, and then it will go through planning board review and city permitting, Shannon Haines, executive director of Waterville Creates!, told Mainebiz Tuesday.

Colby Secures $2-Million Commitment for Contemporary Gallery in Downtown Arts Center

Through the generosity of longtime supporter and great friend of Colby College Trustee Emeritus Paul J. Schupf, LL.D. ’06, the Colby College Museum of Art will expand into downtown Waterville, offering the community and visitors a chance to engage with spectacular works in a vibrant setting. The contemporary gallery will be named in his honor.

As part of the downtown arts complex announced earlier this week by Colby and Waterville Creates!, the Schupf gallery will be located in a transformed historical building at 93 Main Street. Located on the ground level, it will feature a rotating program of contemporary art exhibitions. Regularly scheduled gallery events will be held in the space.

“The Schupf gallery will be a vital part of the new center for contemporary art and film, which has been conceived to create a hub of activity on Main Street and cement Waterville’s place as a destination for the arts,” said Colby President David A. Greene. “Once again, Paul Schupf has given so generously to help make art accessible to the Waterville community and visitors from Maine and beyond. We are so fortunate to have his friendship and to benefit from his vision for institutions that serve the public good.”

Schupf, who is an emeritus member of the Colby College Museum of Art’s Board of Governors and served as a College trustee for many years, has made several significant contributions to Colby, making possible the Paul J. Schupf Wing for the Works of Alex Katz and the Paul J. Schupf Sculpture Court at the Colby College Museum of Art; the Paul J. Schupf Scientific Computing Center; the Anthony-Mitchell-Schupf residence hall; and the Colby College-Memorial Sloan Kettering Summer Internship. A serious collector, Schupf has also donated numerous works of art, including significant works by Alex Katz and a major gift of more than 150 works on paper by Richard Serra.

“Starting in 1985 with President Bill Cotter and museum director Hugh J. Gourley III, I became entranced by the wonderful, adventurous Colby College Museum of Art,” said Schupf. “When David Greene discussed with me the possibility of creating a gallery in Waterville, I jumped onboard immediately. The donation of the Paul J. Schupf gallery for contemporary art in downtown Waterville is just another manifestation of my admiration for the College and its museum.”

“Paul has been such a great friend to the Colby museum, and once again we are humbled by, and grateful for, his remarkable generosity,” said Sharon Corwin, the Carolyn Muzzy Director and Chief Curator of the museum. “We see this gallery as a front door to the Colby museum and an opportunity to integrate more deeply into our community, and Paul’s support makes that possible.”

On March 5 Colby and Waterville Creates! announced plans to transform the downtown building into a new center for contemporary art and film, making Waterville a singular destination for the arts in Maine. The project, which includes a significant fundraising effort, features new and renovated space to support leading programs in visual arts, theater, film, and arts education.

The larger complex will also include the Waterville Opera House, Common Street Arts, and the Maine Film Center and Railroad Square Cinema. It is expected to attract even more visitors to a newly vibrant Main Street, anchored by a planned hotel a block from Castonguay Square and the Bill and Joan Alfond Main Street Commons, housing 200 Colby students, faculty, and staff. A technology center at 173 Main Street, housing software consultant CGI, Colby employees, and a student business incubator, opened last fall.

Founded in 1959, the Colby College Museum of Art comprises five wings, more than 9,000 works of art, and more than 38,000 square feet of exhibition space. The museum also maintains a significant collection of contemporary American art, including works by Alex Katz (with more than 900 works represented), Agnes Martin, Sol LeWitt, Maya Lin, Kara Walker, Elizabeth Murray, Martin Puryear, Terry Winters, and Julie Mehretu. It is free and open to the public.

https://www.colby.edu/news/2018/03/07/colby-secures-2-million-commitment-for-contemporary-gallery-in-downtown-arts-center/