DOYLESTOWN, PA – The James A. Michener Art Museum, a cultural institution in Doylestown, PA, dedicated to collecting, interpreting, and exhibiting American art, is hosting a Free Admission Day for all visitors on Sunday, January 14, 2018. Four galleries will be open, including three showcasing artworks from the Michener’s permanent collection as well as one dedicated to the Time to Break Silence: Pictures of Social Change exhibition. In addition, the exhibition All Together Now: The Hexigon Project featuring student work will also be on view in the Education Gallery, and an afternoon Unplugged Sundays family program will be held in the event pavilion from 1 to 3 pm. For more information and to register for the program, visit MichenerArtMuseum.org. Program space is limited.
“To kick off the Michener’s thirtieth anniversary year and to celebrate our annual Martin Luther King Day of Art and Service, we invite new visitors to explore our galleries on Sunday and participate in our afternoon program designed for people of all ages,” said Barbara Donnelly Bentivoglio, the Michener’s interim director. “We want as many people as possible to enjoy our artistic treasures and compelling stories, and we are pleased to open our doors. The Michener is a desirable and engaging destination at any time, especially on a wintry afternoon!”
The January 14 Unplugged Sundays family program will feature Charlotte Blake Alston, a celebrated performer who breathes life into traditional and contemporary stories from African and African-American oral and cultural traditions. Her solo performances are often enhanced with traditional instruments such as djembe, mbira, shekere or the 21-stringed kora. Following the performance, all participants will be invited to create an All Together Now hexagon in the Education Center using a variety of art materials.
The next major exhibition at the Michener—Magical & Real: Henriette Wyeth & Peter Hurd—opens on Sunday, January 21. A members-only preview day will be held on January 20. Virtually Rudy: New Dimensions in Sculpture opens on February 18.
The Michener Art Museum, which opened in 1988 on the historic site of a former prison, was named “One of the 25 Best Galleries or Museums in America” in 2016 and 2017 by the American Art Awards. It was also included as one of the “55 Best Lesser Known Art Museums, Artist Studios, and Art Centers in Northeast USA” in a recent article published on HuffingtonPost.com. Each year, the museum welcomes 135,000 visitors from around the world. Parking is free, and lunch is available from the Terrace Café, which overlooks the outdoor sculpture garden.
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.
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 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 education. The James A. Michener Art Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.