Palmer Museum of Art at Pennsylvania State University

The Palmer Museum’s bold faade, the outward result of a major expansion and renovation in 1993, surrounds the museum’s original 1972 building, a three-story structure that once housed only three galleries to display traveling exhibitions and art from the museum’s permanent collection.
The Museum of Art, as it was known, opened to the public on Sunday, October 7, 1972. More than 1,500 students, faculty, and members of Penn State’s administration were given tours of the new building and the museum’s first exhibitions. Along with a Penn State faculty show and the exhibition Masterworks by Pennsylvania Painters in Pennsylvania Collections , curated by the late Harold Dickson, were selections from the newly formed permanent collection. One of the original pieces in the museum’s collection was a mobile by Alexander Calder titled Spring Blossoms that is still on view in the galleries today. The mobile had been a gift to Penn State from the Class of 1965. To assist in expanding the permanent collection, the mobile and a portion of the moneys from the graduating class gift each year were given to the museum through the 1970s.

Place Categories: Art MuseumPlace Tags: paintings, Photography, printmaking and sculptures

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