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Colby is new home to couple’s $100m art collection

WATERVILLE, Maine — She refers to her previous role as a housewife — or, in her words, “hausfrau.” He speaks just above a whisper, never hinting at the tough business negotiations it took to build a remarkable art collection. They are Paula and Peter Lunder, whose gift of art has transformed the Colby College Museum of Art and bolstered an emerging cultural renaissance in this battered section of central Maine.

On Sunday, the couple’s contribution will be the centerpiece of a celebration on campus, when Colby officially opens the $15 million Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion, a three-story, 26,000 square-foot space that will make the university home to the largest art museum in the state, surpassing the Portland Art Museum. The entire space will be occupied by 280 of the 500 works given to Colby by the Lunders in 2007, including works by Winslow Homer, Sol LeWitt, Georgia O’Keeffe, and James McNeill Whistler.

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