In fall 2015, The Phillips Collection and the University of Maryland launched a bold partnership with a shared vision to dramatically transform scholarship and innovation in the arts. Layered with rich opportunities to collaborate, the agreement is ambitious, entrepreneurial, and risksupportive—essential qualities in today’s competitive arts and academic environments. Together, The Phillips Collection will expand its education programs, reach new and diverse audiences, and pursue key initiatives that align with the museum’s strategic mission as an “experiment station” and institution for learning. At the same time, UMD will grow its established scholarship and academic programs within the arts, provide unparalleled research and education opportunities for UMD faculty and students, and expand its footprint in the nation’s capital.
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This partnership, rooted in shared values and a commitment to arts integration and innovation, will provide rich and meaningful opportunities for education, innovation, research, entertainment, interdisciplinary collaboration, and exploration. University faculty and programming will complement the museum’s expertise in scholarship, exhibitions, and publications, and will serve as a partner in the exploration of topics related to the museum’s collections and programs.
New Gallery and Open Storage Facility
To increase greater public viewing to more of the museum’s exceptional 4,000-piece collection, the Phillips and UMD plan to develop a new gallery and open storage facility in Prince George's County.The Phillips Collection and University of Maryland new public facility will serve as a cutting-edge, modern and contemporary art center, hub for experimentation and innovation, and an artistic laboratory for a global community. This project would spark county and statewide economic development and dramatically expand outreach to students, faculty, the local community and a range of national and international visitors.
Contemporary Art Projects
UMD will also now be the primary presenter of all Intersections exhibitions at The Phillips Collection. Intersections is the Phillips’s series of contemporary art exhibitions that invites artists of today to explore the intriguing intersections between old and new traditions, modern and contemporary art practices, and museum spaces and artistic interventions. This partnership builds on UMD’s already sterling reputation for building the future of the arts—from world-class performances at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center to cutting-edge training in arts management at the DeVos Institute.
University of Maryland Center for Art and Knowledge at The Phillips Collection
The University of Maryland Center for Art and Knowledge at The Phillips Collection is the expansion of the Center for the Study of Modern Art—the museum’s nexus for academic work, scholarly exchange, and innovative interdisciplinary collaborations. Key collaborations under the newly named Center will include:
- Expanding on and developing new arts curriculum and extended studies courses and seminars focused on art, art history, arts management, museum studies, cultural diplomacy, conservation and interdisciplinary studies.
- Supporting two or more postdoctoral fellowships at the Phillips annually, with research conducted in the areas of modern art, conservation, music, and cultural diplomacy.
- Partnering on the Phillips’s International Forum Weekend, which, since 2009, has brought together leading art collectors and committed philanthropists from around the world to engage with artists, art professionals, and diplomatic, Congressional, and Administration leaders to explore topics in modern and contemporary art in a global context.
- Co-publishing the UMD-Phillips Book Prize, a biennial book prize for an unpublished manuscript presenting new research in modern or contemporary art from 1780 to the present.
- Co-presenting a new music series at the Phillips, developed in partnership between the Phillips and UMD’s School of Music.
- Enhancing programming for Creative Voices DC and other public programs, which includes expanding programming and academic offerings to UMD’s campus, such as public lectures, college courses, symposia, interdisciplinary projects and artist talks.
- Digitizing of the museum’s archives of 9,500 scholarly books, exhibition catalogues, and correspondence to preserve the archives in perpetuity and make valuable educational resources easily accessible to scholars, researchers and students around the world.
I am thrilled to announce a new six-year partnership between The Phillips Collection and the University of Maryland (UMD), one of the country’s top centers for research and innovation. With shared values and a broadening commitment to arts integration, innovation, and service to the community, this partnership will provide rich and meaningful opportunities for education, research, entertainment, interdisciplinary collaboration, and exploration. As we look toward the museum’s 100th anniversary in 2021, these new ventures will redefine our museum’s role within the cultural community, both locally and globally.
UMD will become our primary partner at the Center for the Study of Modern Art, which will result in a new name: The University of Maryland Center for Art and Knowledge at The Phillips Collection. Key collaborations at the Center include new arts curriculum and extended studies courses, new postdoctoral fellowships, digitizing the museum’s archives, and many other important programs and initiatives that support a dramatic expansion of scholarship and innovation in the arts.
To increase greater public viewing to more of the museum’s exceptional 4000-piece collection, the Phillips and UMD plan to develop a new gallery and open storage facility in Prince George's County. The new public facility will serve as a cutting-edge, modern and contemporary art center, hub for experimentation and innovation, and an artistic laboratory for a global community. This project would spark county and statewide economic development and dramatically expand outreach to students, faculty, the local community and a range of national and international visitors.
Through this partnership, The Phillips Collection will expand its vision, reach greater audiences, explore new opportunities for the 21st century museum, and pursue key museum initiatives that align with the institution’s strategic mission as an “experiment station” and institution for learning.
There is much to celebrate and explore in this robust partnership; I look forward to embarking on what is sure to be a dynamic collaboration.
Dorothy Kosinski, PhD