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Palmer Museum Receives $100,000 Luce Foundation Grant

by on June 09, 2018 5:00 AM

The Henry Luce Foundation awarded The Palmer Museum of Art a $100,000 grant to produce a catalogue that will showcase its American art collection. This is the largest grant the museum has ever received from a private foundation.

“The Henry Luce Foundation only awards grants to art museums with exceptional holdings in American art,” Palmer director Erin Coe said in a  release. “A grant from this prestigious foundation recognizes both the national significance of the Palmer’s collection of American art and the need to support scholarly research so the collection is more accessible and visible.”

This project allows Palmer’s collection to reach a national level and influence studies of American art. Students and community members will also be able to engage with the artwork in a new way. 

Highlighting about 100 examples of the Palmer's 4,500 works of American art, the catalogue will include short, scholarly essays from multiple authors, highlighting new research and interpretation, along with high-quality color images, according to Adam Thomas, the Palmer’s curator of American Art, who will lead the research and serve as editor.

The catalogue, which will be the first of the museum’s permanent collection ever to be published, is expected to launch in 2022 to coincide with the museum’s 50th anniversary.


Cassady Potts is a Penn State student and writer for Onward State.
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