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WATERVILLE — Elisa Germán has been appointed Lunder Curator of Works on Paper and Whistler Studies by the Colby College Museum of Art.

Through innovative research, writing, and curation, Germán has distinguished herself as a leading contributor to the field of works on paper, according to a news release from the museum.

At Colby, German’s area of oversight will encompass all aspects of the museum’s exhibition and collection initiatives related to prints, drawings, and photographs, with a special focus on the nearly 400 works by James McNeill Whistler in the museum’s Lunder Collection.

Relatedly, Germán will serve as the liaison to the Lunder Consortium for Whistler Studies, which includes the Colby Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Glasgow, and the Freer Gallery of Art at the National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution.

The recent growth of the Colby Museum’s photography collection, through gifts from Norma Boom Marin, the Tsiaras family, and others, offers significant opportunities for new research at Colby that Germán will facilitate in collaboration with the Lunder Institute for American Art and Colby curatorial team.

Germán is currently the Emily Rauh Pulitzer Curatorial Fellow in Contemporary Drawings at the Harvard Art Museums, where she has conducted research on the museum’s collection of modern and contemporary drawings and has co-curated and contributed an essay to the catalogue for the forthcoming exhibition, American Watercolors, 1880-1990: Into the Light.

She also has held positions at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, New York University, and Childs Gallery, Boston.



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