Well, yet another semester at Franklin & Marshall is coming to a close and we here at the Phillips Museum are feeling reflective. We have had one of our most exciting semesters in recent decades.
The Hudson River and Lay of the Land exhibitions revealed new perspectives to our visitors on landscapes and how we perceive the natural world around us. The Phillips Museum set a new record in visitor attendance this semester, bringing in 2,321 in total for one exhibition! Our online community and presence has been steadily expanding, and we are very proud to announce that we reached our goal of 500 ‘Likes’ on our Facebook page. We also started a student run podcast series that has been producing bi-weekly content including interviews, introductions to current exhibitions, and the analysis of specific works of art by Art History students. We have hosted numerous receptions and programs in the museum this semester, bringing in scholars from other institutions, as well as members from our local community. Events such as poetry contests, panel discussions, lectures, guided tours, and film screenings have sparked a great interest with our audience and we hope to expand on this in the future.
As we look to this coming semester, we plan on keeping this momentum going. We have two new exhibitions that will be featured beginning in February, Theresa Bernstein: A Century in Art and Art For Life’s Sake: Perception of the American Everyday in the 20th Century. Both exhibits focus on artworks that capture American life throughout its history, and are sure to shed new light on our own understanding of our American identity. Alongside these exhibitions will be a robust programming schedule, including: lectures, musical performances, lectures, and films screenings. Due to recent acquisitions to our permanent collection, we will also have new abstract paintings as well as drawings hanging in the Nissley Gallery. The Phillips Museum will also continue to produce new multi-media content allowing our viewers access to extended information on exhibitions and happenings in the arts at Franklin & Marshall.
We thank all of you that have supported the Phillips Museum this semester and we hope you will join us again in the Spring to discover and share the new content we have to offer.
-The Phillips Museum of Art