For the past forty years the Middlebury College Museum of Art and its predecessor, the Christian A Johnson Memorial Gallery (1968-1992) have been bolstered by a loyal and generous membership group. Comprised of community members, alumni, faculty, staff, students, and their parents alike, the Friends of Art (now called the Friends of the Art Museum) have been instrumental in helping to build a permanent art collection for the College. In 1968, with the inauguration of the Christian A. Johnson Memorial Art Building, the College embarked upon the establishment of a permanent art collection. In the following year, the newly founded Friends of Art gave the College the first of its gifts of art for the collection. With their membership funds exclusively earmarked for this purpose, the Friends continued to give generously to establish what is now a remarkably diverse and distinguished art collection.
This exhibition and its accompanying publication survey the history of the Friends of the Art Museum. Highlighting forty acquisitions, the exhibition includes works from all periods and cultures represented in the Museum’s permanent collection. Friends Bearing Gifts casts a bright spotlight on the history and accomplishments of one of the Middlebury College community’s most vital and enduring cultural resources.
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- Museum of Art