Message from the Director

Welcome! At the Phillips, we recognize that art and material culture is a gateway to help us understand our place in the world as well as the complexities of the human spirit. This spring, we will welcome exhibitions that underscore timely current events such as Hostile Terrain that presents found objects, photographs, and data that sheds light on migration across the border from Mexico to the United States. Additionally, we will explore notions of hybridity between Middle Eastern and Western art-making practices through sacred geometry in the exhibition, Geometric Aljamia: a Cultural Transliteration and celebrate humanity’s achievements in space through a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing in Looking Skyward. We hope that these exhibitions and related programs will spark a discourse on global trends in art. Thank you for helping us reimagine what a museum can be. See you in the galleries!

Amy G. Moorefield, Director

  • Photograph of Amy Moorefield, Director of the Phillips Museum of Art

Our Mission 

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.
  • A photograph of the Nissley Gallery reinstallation, Phillips Museum of Art at Franklin & Marshall College
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 permanent collection.  The gallery regularly includes undergraduate research of the collections conducted through internships, independent study and coursework.

  • Photograph of the Dana Gallery during the exhibition "Colette Fu: We Are Tiger Dragon People", Photograph taken by Deb Grove, Art courtesy of the Artist
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.

  • Photograph of the Rothman Gallery during the exhibition "War Memoranda: Photography, Walt Whitman, and Memorials," Photograph by Deb Grove, Art Courtesy of the artists Binh Danh and Robert Schultz, Images from the Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photograph
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, pull-down screens and controlled lighting of this gallery make it ideal for the exhibition of works on paper, photography, textiles, film and digital art. 

  • Photograph of the Gibson Curriculum Gallery during the exhibition "Käthe Kollwitz: Bauernkrieg / Peasant War" on loan from the Trout Gallery at Dickinson College, Photograph by Deb Grove
The Curriculum Gallery 

Named for former College Trustee and Art Collection Committee Chair Sally Mather Gibson, the gallery includes classroom space and features the scholarly and artistic work of faculty and students.  With this space, faculty and students are offered a rare opportunity to collaborate and to develop public exhibitions that are a dynamic element of their teaching, learning and research. 


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, 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.


  • Tom and Virginia Phillips