Michener Art Museum Acquires 50 Works of Art

Michener Art Museum Acquires 50 Works of Art

Permanent Collection Now Includes More Than 3,500 Objects

DOYLESTOWN, PA — Following a September meeting of the Michener Art Museum’s Collections Committee, the Museum acquired into its permanent collection 50 works of art courtesy of Andrea Baldeck, the estate of Hugh Mesibov, the estate of Maximilian Vanka, and the Herman Silverman estate.

A significant portion of the new works are from Philadelphia-based artists such as Hugh Mesibov, whose work is among collections at high-profile institutions across the country. “The gift from the Mesibov family greatly enhances the Michener’s permanent collection of American art of the mid-20th century,” said Kirsten M. Jensen, Ph.D., the Michener’s Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest Chief Curator. “Hugh Mesibov was an innovative printmaker as well as a painter, and the family’s gift of more than 20 works on paper helps to elucidate the key role Philadelphia artists had in the development of the medium.”

Hugh Mesibov (1916-2016), The Hunt, 1980, 76 x 116 inches, acrylic on canvas, James A. Michener Art Museum. Gift of the Hugh Mesibov Family.

Included in the gift from the private collection of photographer Andrea Baldeck are works by Toshiko Takaezu, Rudolf Staffel, Arlene Love, Lee Lipman, Gary Weisman, Norinne Betjemann, Douglas Mellor, Murray Dessner, and Paul Capanigro. Work by artist Maxo Vanka, a member of the Bucks County community, was donated by the estate of the artist and the Herman Silverman estate.

The Collections Committee meets regularly throughout the year. For more information about the Michener permanent collection, visit MichenerArtMuseum.org.