Enhancing a Legacy

Gifts, Promised Gifts, and Acquisitions in Honor of the Museum of Arts 75th Anniversary
October 29, 2011 - March 4, 2012

Sponsored by
The Community Foundation
of Herkimer and
Oneida Counties, Inc.,
75th Anniversary Partner.


Photos of the October 29, 2011 Exhibition Opening

This exhibition marks the culmination of a year-long festival of events and programs presented by the Institute to commemorate its 75th anniversary as central New York's premier cultural institution. Enhancing A Legacy unveils the large and impressive collection of more than 100 artworks numerous friends donated or promised to the Museum over the past two years in honor of its 75 years of service to the public. The exhibition also features several pieces of historical and contemporary sculpture, video art, paintings and decorative arts the Museum purchased over the past two years with financial assistance from several donors, as well as from the Easton Pribble and the William C. and Catherine Palmer funds, and the Museum's Docent Fund for Acquisitions.

Robert Rauschenberg (American, 1925-2008), Scissors,
1979, photographic screenprint and fabric on wove paper.
75th Anniversary Acquisition. Gift of the Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, 2010.16

This celebratory exhibition, Museum Director and Chief Curator Paul D. Schweizer noted, is a stunning testament to the generosity of the Museum's many friends and benefactors whose gifts will be enjoyed by the numerous generations that will visit the Museum in the years to come." Schweizer added that all the artworks in the exhibition demonstrate the high level of quality that has consistently characterized the growth of the Museums renowned permanent collection over the past seventy-five years. The exhibition is a tangible embodiment of the passion, foresight and art-historical wisdom of all those who have cared about and lovingly built the permanent collection since it was established by the Proctor family in 1935.


Unknown maker (Cincinnati, Ohio), Wall Clock, ca. 1875-85, wood and brass.
75th Anniversary Acquisition. Gift of Robert Tuggle, 2011.1


New York State Council on the Arts with the support of
Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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