The Palmer Museum of Art celebrates its 50th anniversary with a one-year celebration


UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State will celebrate its 50th anniversary as a premier university art museum in 2022 with an array of exhibits, programs and events throughout the year . The festivities will close with exhibits highlighting Palmer’s collection of American art and taking into account the institution’s public service, history and identity. The 2022 final exhibit will close the museum’s current facilities as the institution prepares for the opening of its new home under construction in the Penn State Arboretum.

“As a vital educational resource and cultural destination, the Palmer Museum of Art, in partnership with its Penn State and broader communities, looks forward to honoring our past, recognizing those who brought us to this auspicious time and d ‘Embracing a bright and vibrant future through this range of accessible and relevant projects celebrating our historic anniversary in 2022, ”said Erin M. Coe, Director of the Palmer Museum.

Palmer’s golden anniversary centerpiece, “An American Place: Highlights from the James and Barbara Palmer Collection,” will be on display at the museum from January 29 to April 24, 2022. The Palmer Museum of Art has one of finest collections of American art in any university museum in the country.

The expansive exhibit examines the complexity of our national narrative, highlighting a century of American art from the decades of the post-Civil War era to the era of civil rights. The exhibit will feature paintings, works on paper, and sculptures from the legacy of lead philanthropist Barbara Palmer, who passed away in 2019. She and her husband, James, have amassed a collection spanning three decades and created a signature collection that includes portraits of Ashcan, scenes from everyday life, modernist explorations and a wide range of mid-century voices – many of whom were once marginalized – demonstrating the insightful inclusiveness of their vision and the diverse scope of history of American art.

“An American Place” is organized into four thematic sections: Breaking Ties, Rootedness and the Flux of Modernity, America as Place and Diverse Voices. Notable artists featured in the exhibition include Milton Avery, Romare Bearden, Thomas Hart Benton, Charles Burchfield, Paul Cadmus, Mary Cassatt, Frederic Edwin Church, Arthur Dove, Robert Gwathmey, Marsden Hartley, Martin Johnson Heade, Winslow Homer, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, Charles Sheeler, Joseph Stella and George Tooker.

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