30 Years: Art at the Michener, 1988-2018 opens on September 16

Beginning September 16, the James A. Michener Art Museum will present 30 Years: Art at the Michener, 1988-2018, a major exhibition of American art that showcases more than 50 works from the museum’s permanent collection and commemorates the museum’s 30th anniversary milestone. Featuring works that are beloved by the community as well as pieces that have never before been exhibited, 30 Years provides a unique opportunity for introspection as well as a glimpse into the treasures contained in the Michener’s vault. The exhibition will be open to the public through January 6, 2019.

Since the Michener opened its doors in 1988, it has expanded both its vision and its collection, which now numbers more than 3,500 paintings, sculptures, photographs, and works on paper. The process through which these works arrived in the Michener’s collection is a particular focus of the exhibition. 30 Years explores the stories behind the art and the collectors and celebrates the generosity of individuals who have transferred their private collections into the public trust, ensuring that their art and legacies will be experienced and enjoyed for generations to come. In association with the exhibition, the Michener will present a series of programs, including lectures, gallery talks, concerts, and more.

“For thirty years, our community has entrusted us with protecting and exhibiting the art and cultural heritage of our region and beyond,” said Kathleen Jameson, executive director. “30 Years celebrates the substantial growth of our permanent collection and reaffirms our promise to continue serving our community as stewards of a truly exceptional collection of American art.”

30 Years also features a selection of works curated by local middle and high school students enrolled in the Michener’s Student Curators class. These student co-curators will select, exhibit, and present new research on artworks in the Museum’s collection that have not been exhibited in the galleries before.

30 Years: Art at the Michener, 1988-2018 is presented by Worth & Company, Inc. Generous support is provided by Visit Bucks County, Bob and Joyce Byers, and SEI Private Wealth Management. Additional support is provided by FREEMAN’S, Barbara Donnelly Bentivoglio & Dr. Lamberto Bentivoglio, and Syd and Sharon Martin.

For more information about 30 Years and related programming, or to purchase admission in advance, visit MichenerArtMuseum.org.

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 performances, family-themed activities, and other events. The museum also offers 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 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 MichenerArtMuseum.org or call 215.340.9800.