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General Information

As a liberal arts college with a long history and substantial tradition, Franklin & Marshall has acquired a significant collection of art. This art has come to the College through the generosity of alumni, faculty, Lancaster residents and other interested friends. The collection exemplifies a blend of academic training and folk tradition reflecting a regional as well as broader, cultural heritage. It includes:

  • Works by academically trained painters such as Thomas Sully and Caroline Peart and early paintings by Benjamin West and Jacob Eichholtz
  • Landscapes of Lloyd Mifflin and Thomas Moran
  • Prints and photographs by 20th-century artists, including Keith Haring, Fritz Scholder, Robert Indiana, Chaim Gross, Elliot Erwitt, Manuel Bravo and Eliot Porter
  • Significant European holdings, including works by Rembrandt, Goya, Cezanne and Dali

Learn about our collection and view object pictures via our online collections database available through F&M's  Scholars Square

Thomas and Virginia Phillips

The museum was made possible by a major gift from Thomas G. Phillips III '54 and his wife, Virginia. "We believe this museum will be a wonderful addition to the Lancaster and Central Pennsylvania communities," said Phillips, a College trustee. "It seems like a natural way in which to enhance the arts at Franklin & Marshall."

Phillips is a Philadelphia native and a resident of Lebanon, Pa.  He started his career as a salesman at New Penn Motor Express and rose to become the executive vice president and director of the company.  Later, he held a similar post for its holding company, Arnold Industries. In 1983, Phillips became president of Phillips Office Products Inc., a company with retail stores and sales offices throughout the Central Pennsylvania region. In addition to a history of generous support for Franklin & Marshall College, Phillips has had numerous civic affiliations in the Lancaster and Lebanon areas. Phillips and his wife, Virginia, have four children.