An Illustrious Art Program Set on the Campus of a World-Renowned Art Institute
Students at the PrattMWP School of Art are exposed to some of the finest art in the world – and the community that art attracts. Each year, hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute’s Museum of Art. The Museum features a renowned art collection, fascinating exhibitions, and art education programs for all ages presented in a landmark 1960 International-style building designed by Philip Johnson and in historic Fountain Elms, a superbly restored 1850 Italianate mansion.
In 1962 Architectural Forum magazine cited the Johnson building as one of 10 new structures around the world that contributed significantly to the art of architecture during the decade. The Johnson building and Fountain Elms are connected by a new Museum Education Wing that opened in 1995.
The art collection features more than 25,000 American 20th and 21th-century paintings, drawings, sculptures, 19th-century decorative arts, photographs, European paintings, and European and Asian works on paper. There are works in the collection by Copley, Dali, Frankenthaler, Kandinsky, Mondrian, O'Keeffe, Picasso, Pollock, Prendergast, Rothenberg, Stella, and Whistler. Also featured is the popular "Voyage of Life" series by Thomas Cole.
Touring exhibitions feature selections from major collections worldwide.
Fountain Elms has been restored as a showcase for the finest in Victorian-era decorative arts. Galleries offer changing exhibitions of nineteenth-century furniture, silver, ceramics, glass, textiles, and the renowned Proctor watch collection. Decorative arts makers in the collection include John Henry Belter, Herter Brothers, Alexander Roux, and Tiffany & Co.