A $3-million gift from Peter H. Lunder ’56, D.F.A. ’98 and Paula Crane Lunder, D.F.A. ’98, through their Lunder Foundation, will develop an arts collaborative at the south end of the street at 14-20 Main Street. The new space, expected to open in 2021, will play an important role in an overarching plan to leverage the arts to help drive the resurgence of downtown Waterville.
Peter H. Lunder ’56 and Paula Crane Lunder
As a new destination for innovation in the arts, the arts collaborative will benefit Colby students and faculty as well as the broader community by providing vibrant arts programming and creative space to develop original work.
With a ground floor space for community performances and cultural activity, this project will enhance Waterville’s identity as an arts destination anchored by the Colby College Museum of Art, the new Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts, and the Paul J. Schupf Art Center.
Just as important, the space will also support the Lunder Institute for American Art, its affiliated scholars, artist residents, and programs. It will provide a dedicated space to advance creative expression, develop new scholarship, and contribute to the exciting activity in downtown Waterville.
Moreover, the arts collaborative will solidify the convening power of the Lunder Institute to attract artists and scholars from around the world to engage in cross-disciplinary dialogues and to stimulate the production of original art and new collaborations.
“This innovative space will allow Colby students, faculty, and local artists to work side by side with Lunder Institute artists in residence—a mutually enriching experience for all.”
“So much of Colby’s success and accomplishments in the arts are due to the tremendous generosity of Peter and Paula. We will do everything possible to make their vision for the arts in Waterville a reality.”
The arts collaborative will inhabit the historic Ticonic Row, named for the nearby Ticonic Falls, which was built in 1836 as one of the first masonry buildings in Waterville. It is best known as the home of Waterville Hardware, a four-story establishment where goods were ordered at a first-floor counter and moved by elevator from inventory housed in the upper stories to the waiting customer.
Its last renovation occurred in 1924, when a fourth story was added. Etched on tablets on the front of what was once four connected buildings are the names of the four individuals or families who undertook the project—Sarah Levine, Tozier-Dow, Abraham Joseph, and Gabrielle Pomerleau—reflecting Waterville’s diversity of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.