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Williams College Museum of Art
Statement of Purpose
The Williams College Museum of Art is both a public
institution and a teaching museum. The college art department shares a
building with the museum and uses the galleries as extensions of its
classrooms. Exhibitions are sometimes mounted in conjunction with a college
course, and art faculty often serve as guest curators. On the public side,
the museum is open free of charge six days a week, year round, and opens
approximately 24 new exhibitions each year.
Highlights & Collections
Several of the museum's 14 galleries are dedicated to
changing exhibitions drawn from the 11,000 works of art in the permanent
collection. These range from 9th-century B.C. Assyrian stone reliefs from
the palace of King Ashurnasirpal II to one of the last self-portraits by
Andy Warhol. In addition to displaying these works, the museum presents
loan exhibitions of outstanding works from other collections as well as
American art from late 18th century to present;
and modern art; non-Western art; large holdings of works by the American
artist brothers Maurice and Charles Prendergast.
Exhibits & Special Events
- Tuesday Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.,
- Sunday, 1-5.
- Closed Mondays except for Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Columbus Day; also closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Admission & Directions:
Williamstown is in the northwestern corner of Massachusetts,
less than an hour from the Massachusetts Turnpike and the New York State
Thruway and Northway (interstates 90 and 87). The museum is centrally
located on the Williams College campus, on Main Street (Route 2) between
Spring Street and Water Street (Route 43), across from Thompson Memorial
Linda Shearer, Director
- Nancy Mathews, Eugenie Prendergast Curator
- Deborah M. Rothschild, Curator of Exhibitions
- Vivian Patterson, Associate Curator, Collections Management
- Barbara Robertson, Director of Education
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