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Sitting atop some very famous steps, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States.

Our facilities include our landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. We welcome you to enjoy a variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

Great and Mighty Artist of the Day:

Eddie Arning 
Born Germania, Texas, 1898; died McGregor, Texas, 1993

Eddie Arning was born into a German immigrant family in Texas. He attended school until he was twelve and then worked on his family’s farm until the age of thirty, when he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. He spent most of his remaining days in mental hospitals and nursing homes. When he was sixty-six years old, an occupational therapist encouraged him to draw, and for years he drew during much of the day. He found inspiration from memories, farm animals and machinery, and eventually illustrations in popular magazines. In 1973, after he was forced to leave his nursing home and live with his sister, he stopped making art. 

A professor at the University of Texas began collecting Arning’s work in the 1960s. In 1970 the artist’s drawings were included in a show at the Museum of American Folk Art in New York, and in 1985 the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center in Williamsburg, Virginia, held a one-man exhibition of his work.

See his work in Great and Mighty Things: Outsider Art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection, opening March 3!



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