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Eugene Higgins (1874-1958), “A Connecticut Ploughman,” n.d., Oil on canvas, 26 x 33 in., James A. Michener Art Museum. Gift of the John P. Horton Estate.

Since its founding in 1988, the Michener Art Museum has expanded its vision, facility, and programs as well as its permanent collection, which now comprises more than 3,500 paintings, sculptures, photographs, and works on paper. To commemorate its 30th anniversary, the Michener is presenting “30 Years: Art at the Michener, 1988-2018,” a special exhibition that invites visitors to learn new stories about familiar works of art and discover objects from the Museum’s vault that have never before been on display.

The process of how many works in the Michener’s collection arrived at the Museum through significant gifts and bequests is a particular focus in the exhibition. “30 Years” commemorates these legacies, explores the stories behind the art and the collectors, and celebrates the generosity of individuals to transfer private collections into the public trust, ensuring that their art will be experienced and enjoyed for generations to come.

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Ben Solowey (1900-1978), “Rae Seated (Green Dress),” 1935, Oil on canvas, 45 x 36 in., James A. Michener Art Museum. Museum purchase funded by Anne and Joseph Gardocki. Courtesy of the Studio of Ben Solowey, Bedminster, PA.

The exhibition also features a selection of works curated by local students enrolled in the Michener’s Student Curator’s class. Local teens excited about art and history worked with Michener curatorial and education staff to create the Michener’s first-ever fully student-curated exhibition, “American Visions,” as part of the exhibition. They selected works from the Museum’s collection that have not been exhibited in the galleries before, engaged in archival and library research while writing object labels for the artworks, and collaborated with peers and Museum staff on the exhibition design. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience the permanent collection through a new lens, and to learn about their interest in how art and culture can shape a meaningful vision for America.

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Rob Evans (b. 1959), “Flight Pattern,” 2001, Digital print on paper, 15.75 x 24 in., James A. Michener Art Museum. Museum purchase.

“30 Years: Art at the Michener, 1988-2018” is on view through January 6, 2018 at the Michener Art Museum (Doylestown, PA).


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