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 purpose of the Phillips Museum of Art is to foster an understanding and appreciation of the arts, which include contemporary, historical, and multicultural materials. In its essence, the mission of the Phillips Museum is three-fold and encompasses the following:
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.