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Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA 19101-7646)
Kathleen Adair Foster (Project Director: January 2018 to present)
American Art Galleries Reinstallation Project

Implementation of a reinterpretation of the museum’s permanent early American art galleries.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art respectfully seeks a three-year, $400,000 implementation grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the reinterpretation of its renowned collection of early American art (to 1840) and its reinstallation in new, purpose-built galleries. This reinstallation, the first of its kind in four decades, will provide a welcome opportunity to highlight the many strengths of the Museum’s extensive holdings in this field, including art made in the Philadelphia region, and to interpret this material in new and engaging ways for 21st-century visitors. Critical support from the NEH will create an innovative installation, audience-driven interpretive strategies, and new educational programming for all ages that explores the pluralism inherent in the American experience and the art that was shaped by it. Dr. Kathleen A. Foster, The Robert L. McNeil, Jr., Senior Curator of American Art and Director of the Center for American Art, leads this project.

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Project fields:
Arts, General; Arts, Other

Exhibitions: Implementation

Public Programs

$400,000 (approved)
$400,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2018 – 7/31/2022