Where Would We Be Without Our Volunteers?

In honor of National Volunteer Week, we at the Phillips want to let the world know how important our volunteers are to us. From helping visitors find more information about their favorite work to running from kitchen to table when the appetizers are ow out at Phillips after 5, our volunteers make every visitor experience more meaningful. To those current, past, and future volunteers for the museum: THANK YOU!

Amelia the Thinker #MyAmericanArt

Ever wonder what the person is a painting is thinking about? We do ALL THE TIME, especially Miss Amelia Van Buren, the subject of Thomas Eakins’s painting on view in Made in the USA: American Masters from The Phillips Collection, 1850–1970.

We’ve been inviting visitors to consider, “What is Amelia thinking?” We shared some initial submissions a few weeks ago and we’re so excited by the responses we wanted to publish more highlights.

What do you think Amelia is thinking about? Share your ideas on what Amelia is thinking via Instagram or Twitter using #MyAmericanArt. Or if you’re nearby, come see the painting and submit your response at our in-gallery comment station. 

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Phillips after 5-Suppress the Depression

Photos: Andrea Taylor and Brooke Rosenblatt

Photos: Andrea Taylor and Brooke Rosenblatt

From vaudeville-inspired magic to prohibition punch and board games from the 1930s, visitors had a blast at our Suppress the Depression Phillips after 5. For those feeling a bit overwhelmed by the lively atmosphere Valeksa Soares’s Fainitng Couch (2011) offered the perfect place for a moment of rest and restoration.