Dear Members and Friends,
Wow! 2016 has been an incredible year, through and through. PAAM mounted over 20 stellar exhibitions, hosted incredible scholars for gallery talks, and welcomed new and returning students to our Museum School workshops. Most notably, we realized two highly significant gifts: seven oil paintings by Edwin Dickinson ranging from 1914 – 1944, and the acquisition of 96 drawings by Edward Hopper, 69 drawings and watercolors by his wife, Josephine Hopper, and 22 diaries dating between 1949 – 1965, chronicling the Hopper’s lives on Cape Cod and beyond.
Gifts of this magnitude come with a tremendous amount of responsibility. As PAAM is now the guardian of one of the largest collections of Hopper works, second only to the Whitney Museum of American Art, it is our duty to uphold the highest level of care, scholarship and visibility of these objects. Proper care of our growing collection, using guidelines issued by the American Alliance of Museums, ensures these collections remain at PAAM in perpetuity. With these new works, we can expand our member benefits and programs, increase our offerings in the Museum School, and invite scholars to study them with us, developing the existent scholarship surrounding these great American artists. Through these works, we will further position PAAM as an intrinsic and everlasting link to American art history.
As we bring 2016 to a close, please consider PAAM and all your non-profits in your holiday giving. Places you go that bring meaning to your life, encourage intelligent discourse, and excite creativity within you all need your help and support. By giving to PAAM, you ensure a brighter, smarter, and more creative world for you and generations to come. Remember, no gift is too small to make a difference.
Thank you, and Happy Holidays,