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Doylestown, PA 18901

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30 Years: Art at the Michener, 1988-2018

Impressions on Paper: Henry Snell

American Moderns: The Legacy of Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest


30 Years: Art at the Michener, 1988-2018
September 16, 2018 - January 6, 2019
Paton | Smith | Della Penna-Fernberger Galleries

Curated by Louise Feder, Guest Curator

Since its founding in 1988, the Michener Art Museum has expanded its vision, facility, and programs as well as its permanent collection, which now comprises more than 3,500 paintings, sculptures, photographs, and works on paper. To commemorate its 30th anniversary, the Michener is presenting 30 Years: Art at the Michener, 1988-2018, a special exhibition that invites visitors to learn new stories about familiar works of art and discover objects from the Museum’s vault that have never before been on display.

The process of how many works in the Michener’s collection arrived at the Museum through significant gifts and bequests is a particular focus in the exhibition. 30 Years commemorates these legacies, explores the stories behind the art and the collectors, and celebrates the generosity of individuals to transfer private collections into the public trust, ensuring that their art will be experienced and enjoyed for generations to come.

The exhibition also features a selection of works curated by local students enrolled in the Michener’s Student Curator’s class. Local teens excited about art and history worked with Michener curatorial and education staff to create the Michener’s first-ever fully student-curated exhibition, American Visions, as part of the exhibition. They selected works from the Museum’s collection that have not been exhibited in the galleries before, engaged in archival and library research while writing object labels for the artworks, and collaborated with peers and Museum staff on the exhibition design. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience the permanent collection through a new lens, and to learn about their interest in how art and culture can shape a meaningful vision for America.

The Michener is proud to serve our community as the steward for this exceptional collection of American Art. We look forward to celebrating the Museum’s history and future with you: our visitors, members, neighbors, and friends.

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 and Dr. Lamberto Bentivoglio, and Syd and Sharon Martin.

Impressions on Paper: Henry Snell
Through November 11, 2018
Bette and Nelson Pfundt Gallery

Curated by Louise Feder, Guest Curator

Henry Bayley Snell (1858-1943) was born and raised in Richmond, England but emigrated to the United States at the age of seventeen to study at the Art Students League in New York. Snell was an eminent landscape painter who specialized in marine paintings and was part of the New Hope School of landscape painters, first arriving in Bucks County to visit William L. Lathrop and his family. Snell and his wife permanently settled in New Hope around 1925 with Snell teaching portraiture at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women, often supplementing students’ education by bringing them to the St. Ives artist colony in Cornwall for the summer.

Snell’s drawings and watercolors of his travels to Cornwall and beyond are a special part of the Michener’s collection of impressionist works on paper. As many of these works on paper have never been exhibited at the Museum, Impressions on Paper: Henry Snell offers both a special glimpse at the treasures in the Michener’s vault as well as a scholarly examination of a regional painter capturing impressions abroad.

Presented by Vivian Banta and Robert Field.
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American Moderns: The Legacy of Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest
June 2, 2018 - October 21, 2018
Fred Beans Gallery

Curated by Louise Feder, Interim Chief Curator

At the turn of the century, artists began to rebel against traditional modes of expression and exhibition. Although it is frequently associated with Impressionism, the Delaware Valley region launched some of the most important developments that transformed American art in the 20th century: the roots of the Ashcan School; the leading proponents of Precisionist painting; and some of the first artists to explore non-objective painting.

A remarkable gift of 27 works from Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest in 1999 enabled the Michener Art Museum to highlight the significant contributions to the development of modern art in America as seen through the prism of our region. Artists such as Charles Frederick Ramsey, Louis Stone, Charles Evans, Lloyd Ney, and Charles Rosen were actively engaged in the artistic dialogue that resulted in major shifts in American art at mid-century. For the first time in thirty years, these works will be on view together in one gallery, underscoring the lasting contributions of our region’s artists to the evolution of 20th-century American art.

American Moderns: The Legacy of Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest is supported by Mary and Dennis Helf and Judy and Seth Blau.

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