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Michener Art Museum named one of 25 best in America

The James A. Michener Art Museum, a cultural institution dedicated to collecting, interpreting and exhibiting American art, has been named by the American Art Awards as one of the 25 best galleries or museums in America.

The American Art Award board selects winners based on “years established, industry reputation, online buzz, location, size, socially relevant exhibitions, motivational and educational programs, and represented artists, as well as arts, client and visitor references,” according to American Art Awards President Thom Bierdz.

“This is a great honor for our institution, especially on the brink of our 30th anniversary,” said Gregory Church, president of the Michener Art Museum board of trustees.

“We have strived to become the major American art museum that James Michener and our other founders envisioned, and our success is affirmed by this significant award. We are so pleased to be recognized in this way, in addition to being recognized by an ever-expanding number of visitors from around the world who come to view our remarkable collection and special exhibitions.”

Bierdz said the American Art Awards board selected the Michener, which opened in 1988 on the historic site of a former prison, for the following reasons:

“The Michener excels in every department. The structures, adapted from a former prison, are handsome architectural majesties. Forty-thousand square feet of public space display one of the world’s most beautiful permanent collections of paintings, and countless other treasures.

“This accredited world-class facility is not only beautiful inside and out, it possesses a gifted brain — offering a diverse program of educational activities — and an intense soul, warming and delighting 135,000 annual visitors.”

Currently on view at the Michener are several permanent exhibitions, including the Lenfest Collection of Pennsylvania Impressionism, the Nakashima Room, and the outdoor sculpture garden, as well as three special exhibitions: “Charles Sheeler: Fashion, Photography and Sculptural Form,” through July 9; “Light & Matter: The Photographic Object,” through June 25; and “Highlights from the New Hope-Solebury School District Art Collection,” through Oct. 8.

The Michener also presents daytime and evening lectures, gallery talks and tours, concerts, films, family programs, and art classes.

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