Michener Art Museum Brings Art to the Streets of Doylestown With Its Paint Dtown Exhibition

DOYLESTOWN, PA – As people are spending more time outside, the Michener Art Museum is delighted to “paint” Doylestown with reproductions of its artwork strategically placed throughout the town for a free outdoor exhibition, entitled Paint Dtown. This project, funded through the generosity of Art Bridges and fully supported by the Borough of Doylestown, was imagined to delight passersby with a source of inspiration and information at a time when many cultural institutions remain closed due to the pandemic. The Michener curatorial team carefully selected 16 works of art from its permanent collection to be reproduced and collaborated with other Museum departments to offer various ways to engage audiences. A digital map highlighting all locations and complete audio tour can be accessed through the Michener website or the Michener app. Social media enthusiasts can also share their experiences by posting a photo and tagging the Museum’s Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter account.

“We are so fortunate to have a resource like the Michener Art Museum in the heart of Doylestown to help promote what an extraordinary place it is to live and visit,” states Doylestown Mayor Ron Strouse. “This exhibition is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the town—and the strong sense of community—while supporting all the local businesses that are making every effort to survive in current conditions.”

The Michener staff has made the health and well-being of visitors, members, staff, and volunteers a top priority and officially reopened its doors to the public on THURSDAY, July 23, but found Paint Dtown to be a nice way share its collection with the public. The Museum is closely following CDC recommendations and has taken new measures to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience, including the implementation of timed ticketing, limited capacities, and social distancing for onsite visitors. In accordance with the Borough of Doylestown, masks will be required in all indoor spaces. Please visit our website to view available timeslots and learn more about the Museum’s safety guidelines.

Paint Dtown is provided by the Michener Art Museum with support from Art Bridges.

About Art Bridges:
Art Bridges is the vision of philanthropist and arts patron Alice Walton. Since 2018 Art Bridges has been creating and supporting programs that expand access to American art in all regions across the nation.

The foundation strives to bring great works of American art out of storage and into communities. Art Bridges partners with a growing network of nearly 130 museums of all sizes and locations, providing financial and strategic support for exhibition development, collection loans and programs designed to engage new audiences.

Art Bridges funds projects that inspire deeper relationships between arts organizations and their communities, develop expanded relationships built on inclusivity and respect, and encourage meaningful personal connections that lead to stronger, more vibrant cities and towns.

The Michener Art Museum collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits American art, and promotes the work of nationally and internationally known Delaware Valley artists of all eras and creative disciplines. The museum presents exhibitions that explore a variety of artistic expressions and offers diverse educational programs that develop a lifelong involvement in the arts. Throughout the year, the Michener Art Museum hosts a wide range of programs open to the public, including lectures, artist conversations, gallery talks, artist studio tours, dance performances, jazz and other musical performances, family-themed activities, and other events. The museum also offers a diverse selection of art classes for children and adults, which include instruction in drawing, painting, sculpting, and printmaking as well as programs for the public, schools, and teachers designed to support arts and STEAM education. The Michener Art Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

The Michener Art Museum is located at 138 South Pine St., Doylestown, PA. The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm; Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday noon – 5:00 pm. For more information, visit MichenerArtMuseum.org or call 215.340.9800.

Paul F. Keene Jr. (1920-2009), Street Quartet, 1990. Acrylic on canvas. 54 x 52.25 inches. James A. Michener Art Museum. Museum purchase funded by Anne and Joseph Gardocki.⁠