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:
- Advancing the educational objectives of the college by presenting exhibitions and programs that support the curriculum, by acquisition of relevant objects and artworks, and by providing study and research opportunities for its faculty and students.
- Contributing to the cultural life of the Lancaster community and the greater South Central Pennsylvania regions.
- Functioning as the steward of Franklin & Marshall College's permanent collection, and overseeing its management.
The Nissley Gallery
The Nissley Gallery has been made possible by the generosity of Emily Baldwin Nissley and Thomas W. Nissley '55, major supporters of the recent renovation of the Phillips Museum. This gallery is dedicated to the exhibition and interpretation of material from the college's diverse permanent collection of over 8,000 objects.
The Dana Gallery
The Dana Gallery was named to recognize the contribution of The Charles A. Dana Foundation toward the completion of the Steinman College Center. The gallery features solo and group exhibitions of contemporary artists as well as traveling exhibits. A frequently changing exhibition schedule includes contemporary, historical, and multicultural materials. The focus is on the presentation of fine art, with an emphasis on multimedia and three-dimensional work.
The Rothman Gallery
The Mildred and Leonard Rothman Gallery recognizes the generosity of Mildred and Leonard Rothman '41. The gallery's newly expanded space is the largest exhibition venue in the museum. The flexible space and controlled lighting of this gallery make it ideal for the exhibition of works on paper, photography, textiles, film, and digital art.
The Gibson Gallery
Named for former College Trustee and Art Collection Committee Chair Sally Mather Gibson, the gallery features rotating exhibitions and is connected to a classroom space with open storage. This unique classroom setup allows the museum staff to highlight the collection and resources available to support the college’s diverse academic disciplines.
Thomas and Virginia Phillips
The museum was made possible by a generous gift from Thomas G. Phillips III, F&M Class of '54 and his wife, Virginia, which opened in the Steinman College Center in 2000. "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, Pennsylvania. 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.