As a museum on the campus of a liberal arts college, The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art fosters a greater understanding of the place of the visual arts in the learning process and in society at large.
BMA’s eclectic collection is an important resource for teaching and outreach to both college and community audiences. Ensuring the integrity, preservation, and interpretation of these artworks and artifacts for subsequent generations is an ongoing responsibility sustained in public trust.
The Berman supports the educational mission of Ursinus College across all disciplines, presenting innovative exhibitions and programs that delve into the broader world of ideas. For the campus audience and beyond, the museum aims to create an atmosphere conducive to curiosity and exploration: an accessible, welcoming space that nevertheless challenges viewers to think critically.
We welcome you to a new academic year and a fresh outlook as we continue to provide you access to our exhibitions and programming in person and through our website and social media channels. We have activated our gallery spaces with dynamic, immersive, and contemplative installations. Mapping Climate Change, in the museum’s Front and Main Galleries, features The Knitting Map, collaboratively produced by over 2,500 hand knitters in Cork City, Ireland, and its companion installation The Tempestry Project. In the Upper Gallery, artist Alison Safford’s interactive Anthro(Site) invites visitors to occupy astronomical and subterranean realms as a meditation on life and loss.
In our Pfeiffer Wing, Kris Graves’ Testaments comprises 80 portraits for which the artist cedes to his subjects control over brilliantly colored lighting that illuminates and seemingly radiates from their faces, reflecting expressive capacities of color and diversity of Black self-representation. This exhibition, in the Baldeck-Hollis Gallery, also features photographs from several of the artist’s other remarkable bodies of work, including the recent cover of National Geographic Magazine. An exhibition of selected sculpture maquettes from the Berman’s permanent collection will open to the public on September 17 in the Lenfest Gallery.
Our offerings continue with robust programming in tandem with Mapping Climate Change, including a Sheep-to-Shawl demonstration by mother-daughter team Professor Jeri Robinson-Lawrence and Irina Lawrence Mathias, owners of White Rose Acres heritage sheep farm and Flying Fibers Yarn Shop; a mini-Tempestry-making workshop by project founders Emily McNeil and Justin Connelly; and a panel discussion between environmental scientists, artist and director of The Knitting Map Jools Gilson, and other artist voices to contextualize exhibited works. We are grateful to the many partners across campus for their investment in this series.
Please refer to our website for information about and access to these lively offerings.
We remain grateful for your continued support and look forward to welcoming you back into our galleries this fall.
Our best wishes,
Lisa Tremper Hanover, Interim Director of Operations
Deborah Barkun, Ph.D., Creative Director
The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Approximately 3-4% of museums nationwide have earned this distinguished recognition, which certifies that the Berman Museum of Art operates according to professional standards, manages its collections responsibly and provides quality service to the public. https://www.aam-us.org/