Juniata College Museum of Art: Celebrating Huntingdon
Art Bridges partnered with Juniata College Museum of Art (Huntingdon, PA) on an exhibition designed to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the founding of the town of Huntingdon, home to JCMA. They mounted an exhibition investigating portraits – the people who built the community and the college – with the centerpiece being a portrait of William Smith, the city’s founder, painted by Gilbert Stuart.
JCMA created an investigation into portraiture that included many different points of view. The community was invited into the museum to learn more about what portraits mean in art history, what portraits mean to them, and how we use portraits in our everyday life.
Art Bridges funding supported activities and materials designed to build awareness of the JCMA as a campus and community resource for learning and leisure. The JCMA does not have an established history of extensive exhibition interpretation or programming. This exhibition gave them a unique opportunity to extend our reach more aggressively and intentionally beyond the campus community. They were largely successful in garnering the attention of Huntingdon residents and raising visitation numbers. Internally, they also built a foundation for decision-making regarding exhibitions and programs that takes into honest account staff and student strengths and challenges. This foundation will support the museum’s strategic planning for the future.
With the boost of strong numbers during the exhibition period, the JCMA finished out 2017 with its highest visitation numbers in 16 years. Art Bridges is proud to have been a part of this very successful project!
Art Bridges support includes:
- Programming & Evaluation Project – support for written interpretive gallery guides, historical interpretation via a costumed performer, youth and family programs, K-12 school tours, a digital photo booth, gallery talks, library storytime, and artist demonstrations.