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