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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

A Pennsylvania College Receives Major Gift of Art

Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art

Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA has received a gift of over 1,300 works of art from the Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation. The collection, which includes works by Andy Warhol, Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, James Whistler, John Sloan and Ellsworth Kelly, will be presented in the exhibition A to Z: Highlighting the Berman Collection. The show will run from October 20, 2013 through January 2014 at the college’s Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art.

The gift, which includes paintings, sculptures, prints and works on paper, was made by Nancy Berman, president of the Berman Foundation, in honor of her late parents Philip and Muriel. The couple founded the art museum, which is regarded as one of the finest small college art museums in the country, in 1989. The Berman Museum of Art houses over 4,000 works of art and welcomes more than 30,000 visitors each year.

Nancy Berman released a statement saying, “My parents believed that exposing students to art would help lay a foundation for a life of creativity, enjoyment and curiosity… no matter what discipline they studied. They found a willing and responsive partner in Ursinus College when they came together nearly 25 years ago to create an art museum on the campus of my dad’s alma mater. With this gift, the Berman now has a permanent collection that can be exhibited, loaned out to other institutions and used for research by the students and the faculty. I can think of no better way to honor my parents’ remarkable legacy.”

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