Program areas at The Phillips Collection
Management and maintenance of The museum's permanent Collection of over 4,500 works originally created beginning in 1913 by duncan Phillips and later his wife marjorie Phillips and opened to The public in 1921 as The nation's first museum of modern and contemporary art. Activities include conservation, acquisition of new works through both gift and purchase, digital reproduction for publications and for presentation on The museum's website, and in social media. Research and interpretation for scholars and The public is made available through The use of our library and archives. The high quality of works in The Collection presents many opportunities for collaboration with other museums both for exhibition partnerships and for sharing works to enhance exhibitions at other venues. The museum has featured The work of living artists from its inception, and The tradition continues today. The Phillips also develops exhibitions which travel to other venues to give those living outside The dc area The opportunity to enjoy our artwork. Individual works of art are loaned to various exhibitions around The world.
Development and presentation of special exhibitions including works from The museum's own holdings, loans from individuals and other institutions, and collaborations with other venues. Highlights from fy19 include: nordic impressions: art from land, denmark, The faroe islands, finland, greenland, iceland, norway, and sweden, 1821-2018; zilia sanchez: soy isla (i am an island); and The warmth of other suns: stories of global displacement.
Public activities and outreach including special events, media and marketing activities, visitor amenities, and community relations. The museum's renowned concert series continued with outstanding and widely-hailed performances of approximately 30-40 important artists during The year. The museum continues its extensive list of partnerships throughout The city. The museum's shop and cafe continue as exceptional amenities for our onsite visitors; and our social media presence grows monthly.