DOYLESTOWN, PA – To commemorate the Michener Art Museum’s 30th anniversary, the museum will host a two-day celebration during the weekend of September 15-16, 2018. “30 Years: An Evening in Black & White,” a black tie-optional benefit event, will take place on Saturday, September 15 from 7 pm to midnight. The benefit will be followed by “An Afternoon in Color,” a free community day, on Sunday, September 16 from noon until 5 pm.

Taking place exactly thirty years to the day the Michener first opened its doors, “30 Years: An Evening in Black & White” will bring the community together for an evening in two acts: the White-Out Party, where guests will enjoy specialty cocktails and fare by Catering by Design, followed by the Black-Out Ball, an after-party featuring desserts, dancing, and live music courtesy of the Central City Orchestra. Tickets are available at $275 per person for the entire evening or $100 per person for the Black-Out Ball only. For tickets, visit For sponsorship information, contact Laurie McGahey at or 215.340.9800 x161.

Families and museum-goers of all ages are invited to participate in “An Afternoon in Color” on September 16, a free community day filled with workshops, musical performances, and docent-led tours of the exhibitions on view, including 30 Years: Art at the Michener, 1988 – 2018 (September 15, 2018 – January 6, 2019), American Moderns: The Legacy of Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest (through October 21, 2018), and Impressions on Paper: Henry Snell (July 14 – November 11, 2018). On this day, in recognition of the Michener’s anniversary, admission to the neighboring Mercer Museum will also be free.

When the Bucks County Jail closed its doors in 1985, the county commissioners debated another use for the sizable property. Recognizing a unique opportunity, community leaders Herman Silverman, James Michener, Katharine Steele Renninger, Frank Gallagher, Robert Byers Sr., and the Doylestown Arts Council proposed that the jail be turned into an art museum. With the support of the community, the James A. Michener Arts Center (later renamed the James A. Michener Art Museum) opened its doors in 1988.

For more information about these anniversary and other museum events, visit or call 215.340.9800.

About the James A. Michener Art Museum

The James A. Michener Art Museum collects, preserves, interprets, and exhibits American art, and promotes the work of nationally and internationally known Delaware Valley artists of all eras and creative disciplines. The museum presents exhibitions that explore a variety of artistic expressions and offers diverse educational programs that develop a lifelong involvement in the arts. Throughout the year, the Michener Art Museum hosts a wide range of programs open to the public, including lectures, artists conversations, gallery talks, artist studio tours, dance performances, jazz and other musical performances, family-themed activities, and other events. The museum also offers a diverse selection of art classes for children and adults, which include instruction in drawing, painting, sculpting, and printmaking as well as programs for the public, schools, and teachers designed to support arts and STEAM education. The James A. Michener Art Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

The Michener Art Museum is located at 138 South Pine St., Doylestown, PA. The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm; Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday noon – 5:00 pm. For more information, visit or call 215.340.9800.