America’s First Museum of Modern Art
Founded by art collector and philanthropist Duncan Phillips in 1921, The Phillips Collection has been collecting groundbreaking works of modern and contemporary art for one hundred years. Duncan Phillips’s former home—and modern additions to it—in Washington’s historic Dupont Circle neighborhood provides a unique setting for the collection’s nearly 6,000 works. Following Phillips’s unconventional approach to exhibitions, The Phillips Collection galleries are frequently rearranged to facilitate new conversations between artworks and fresh experiences for visitors.
In addition to presenting selections from the permanent collection and special exhibitions, The Phillips Collection also offers award-winning education and community engagement programs for audiences of all ages and backgrounds, including initiatives through its major partnership with the University of Maryland and at its satellite campus Phillips@THEARC.
The Phillips Collection is a private, non-government museum, supported primarily by donations.
The Phillips Collection is America’s first home for modern and contemporary art, where the intimate and experimental meet. Through art, every visitor can explore the most pressing ideas of our time via dynamic collaborations, innovative inquiry, empathetic forms of public participation, and diverse voices.
The Phillips Collection’s vision is to give voice to the powerful artistic expressions of diverse people, with empathy and inclusion, and to connect with the relevant ideas of our time.>
The Phillips Collection is committed to fostering an inclusive environment that encourages and values diversity in its staff, board of trustees, supporters, volunteers, audience, collections, exhibitions, and programming. Diversity enhances the institution’s engagement with an increasingly broad spectrum of participants, and strengthens relationships within our community and beyond. Diversity promotes creativity and innovation, thereby increasing the institution’s resilience and ability to embrace our ever-changing world.
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