June 8, 2016
Early this morning, the entire cultural community lost an incredible benefactor and friend: Robert L. Russell, who, together with his late partner William Mandel, inspired and supported the arts for many decades.
Bob and Bill’s connection with the Michener Art Museum spanned many years and countless significant contributions. They were deeply committed to providing the Michener with resources to acquire objects for its permanent collection. In 2000, Bill, who served as a Michener trustee for many years, launched the Janus Society, which was dedicated to acquisitions; in 2009, it was renamed the Mandel Society.
“Today we lost a tremendous ally in celebrating American art,” said Lisa Tremper Hanover, the Michener’s director and CEO. “Bob was an extraordinary man, and an incredibly generous one. Together, Bob and Bill leave a remarkable legacy to the Michener Art Museum and to the many Bucks County residents and visitors who will continue to enjoy the art they so felt so strongly should be housed and displayed for the public at our institution.”