Mon. Aug 3rd, 2020

Michener Art Museum Named Best Gallery In Pennsylvania For 2016, Highlight Hollywood EXCLUSIVE News

Highlight Hollywood supports all venues of the entertainment industry, from politics to sports to cinema to fine arts. This year, we again have the exclusive rights to introduce our readers to the 25 Best Galleries In America, as designated by the American Art Awards. The impressive AAA board, headed by president Thom Bierdz, known to millions as Phillip Chancellor III on The Young & The Restless, chooses only one gallery per state per year. Their selections are based on years established, industry reputation, online buzz, location, size, represented artists as well as artist and client references.
Bierdz explains, “In the past, American Art Awards has honored well over a hundred galleries. We study thousands of galleries each year and we are excited to select the Michener Art Museum as the Best Gallery in Pennsylvania, 2016.”
HISTORY:   In 1988, with the support of many citizens from across the region, the James A. Michener Art Museum opened as an independent, nonprofit cultural institution dedicated to preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting the art and cultural heritage of Bucks County. Named for the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and supporter of the arts, the Museum is housed in the repurposed 1884 Bucks County Jail. The Museum has evolved from a modest facility with a locally derived mission to an accredited world-class facility with a broad vision. Changing exhibitions, ranging from international touring shows to regionally focused exhibitions, attract annually more than 135,000 visitors from around the world.
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MISSION:   The James A. Michener Art Museum collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits American Art, with a focus on art of the Bucks County region. The Museum presents changing exhibitions that explore a variety of artistic expressions, and offers a diverse program of educational activities that seek to develop a lifelong involvement in the arts as well as nurture a wide range of audiences. We also seek to educate our community about nationally and internationally known Bucks County artists of all creative disciplines.
PERMANENT COLLECTION:   The Michener has built a permanent collection of more than 2,800 objects that reveals the rich artistic and cultural heritage of Bucks County and beyond. As the center for the study of Pennsylvania Impressionism, the Michener Art Museum is home to a world-class group of paintings created in the early 20th century by artistic luminaries such as Daniel Garber, Edward W. Redfield, and William Langston Lathrop, all of whom settled in Bucks County and depicted the grandeur and rustic beauty of the local landscape.The growing collections include American paintings, sculpture, works on paper, decorative arts, and Arts and Crafts and Modern Studio furniture. AAA16.PA.3bb
THE FACILITY:   Surrounded by historic prison walls, the Patricia D. Pfundt Sculpture Garden and terraces, and a landscaped courtyard, the Michener encompasses 40,000 square feet of public space that includes seminar and conference facilities, a Museum shop and café, an art research library, and gallery space. The dynamic glass-walled Edgar N. Putnam Event Pavilion provides a dramatic space for events, weddings, and Museum programs. Permanent exhibition areas include the Nakashima Reading Room, a traditional Japanese-style room filled with classic Nakashima furniture; James A. Michener: A Living Legacy, which celebrates Michener’s prolific career as a writer, public servant, art collector, and philanthropist; the Garber Mural, a spectacular 22-foot painting A Wooded Watershed by Daniel Garber; and the Lenfest Exhibition of Pennsylvania Impressionism.
PROGRAMS AND EVENTS:   Throughout the year, the Michener hosts a wide range of art-based programs open to the public, including lectures, artist conversations, gallery talks, artist studio tours, dance performances, jazz performances, Ladies Nights Out, family- themed activities, and other events. For a complete list of upcoming events, visit
EDUCATION:   The Michener offers art classes for children (starting in pre-kindergarten) and adults. Classes include instruction in drawing, painting, sculpting, and printmaking as well as programs designed to enhance artistic awareness and inclination in children and adults alike. Additionally, the Museum welcomes thousands of school students each year through the School Visit Program which, through generous support of The Rose Group, includes free admission for pre-booked school groups (prekindergarten through 12th grade).
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LOCATION:   James A. Michener Art Museum · 138 S. Pine St. · Doylestown, PA 18901 · 215.340.9800
HOURS:   Tuesday through Friday: 10 am to 4:30 pm, Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday: 12 pm to 5 pm.
The Patricia D. Pfundt Sculpture Garden and Terrace close a half hour before galleries. The Patricia D. Pfundt Sculpture Garden and Terrace may be closed for special events; please call ahead for up-to-date information.