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Permanent Collection

As a regional art museum whose principal focus is Bucks County, Pennsylvania, the Michener Art Museum collects both historic and contemporary American works, with a focus on the art of Bucks County.

  • George W.Sotter (1879-1953), Untitled (Night Snow Scene), 1949, oil on canvas, H. 26 x W. 32 inches, James A. Michener Art Museum. Gift of Marguerite and Gerry Lenfest with Assistance from Wachovia.

Collection Overview

In its first two decades, the James A. Michener Art Museum has amassed a permanent collection of over 2,700 objects that reveal the rich artistic and cultural heritage of the Bucks County, Pennsylvania, region. From Thomas Hicks’ and Jonathan Trego’s mid-nineteenth-century portraits, to Edward W. Redfield’s twentieth-century impressionist landscapes, to the family photographs of contemporary artist Emmet Gowin, the Michener Art Museum’s permanent collection documents the changing relationships of artists to their physical and cultural environments as well as the technical and conceptual innovations that are part of the vibrant and colorful history of Bucks County’s visual arts.

The Michener Art Museum’s mission to serve as a center for the study of the region’s artistic traditions guides the museum’s collecting focus on art of the Bucks County, Pennsylvania, region. With that vision the Michener has acquired what is arguably the finest collection of Pennsylvania impressionist paintings in public hands. The strong Arts and Crafts and modern studio furniture traditions of southeastern Pennsylvania represent a significant collecting opportunity; and the museum is actively building collections in these areas as it expands its holdings of contemporary painting, sculpture, works on paper, and decorative arts.

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The Michener Art Museum is unable to perform appraisals on works of art for the general public. You can reference the following national professional associations and organizations that provide a referral service of appraisers:

Appraisers Association of America
212.889.5404; www.appraisersassoc.org

American Society of Appraisers
800.272.8258; www.appraisers.org

International Society of Appraisers
312.981.6778; www.isa-appraisers.org

Art Dealers Association of America
212.488.5530; www.artdealers.org; appraisals@artdealers.org

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