We’re Turning 95!


(left) Photo: Alexander Morozov for Photography By Alexander (center) Photo courtesy The Phillips Collection (right) Photo: Alexander Morozov for Photography By Alexander

This year, our 95th anniversary, marks five years to The Phillips Collection’s centennial in 2021. Help us kick off the countdown! There are lots of ways to celebrate:

Join us for a 95th anniversary signature event.
We’re highlighting some of our best programs, events, and performances throughout the year, and wasting no time jumping in. Attend one of the three signature events this month (ring in the New Year at Phillips after 5, and hear from artist Genesis P-Orridge or author Christopher Rothko on his new book about his father), and check the Phillips’s event page for more as the year unfolds.

Participate in a #Phillips95 challenge for a chance to win prizes.
Each month, we’ll issue a #Phillips95 social media challenge. It will change every time—there might be one grand prize winner or 95 winners; sometimes the first to respond wins and sometimes the winner will be randomly selected. Prizes range from admission tickets to memberships to gift bags and more. Check back here and any of our social media for instructions each month.

Visit us on your birthday for free admission.
To thank you for helping us celebrate our birthday, it’s only fair that we celebrate yours! Visit the museum on your birthday in 2016 and receive free admission. Present a valid ID at the admissions desk to redeem.

Phillips Flashback: April 1927

Brochure for "An Exhibition of Expressionist Painters from the Experiment Station of the Phillips Memorial Gallery", The Baltimore Museum of Art, April 8-May 1, 1927. From The Phillips Collection Archives.

Two loan exhibitions open in Baltimore, Maryland: An Exhibition of Expressionist Painters from the Experiment Station of the Phillips Memorial Gallery (April 8–May 1, 1927) at The Baltimore Museum of Art, W. Mount Vernon Place, and American Themes by American Painters (April 12–May 3, 1927) at the Friends of Art, 8 East Pleasant Street.

In the first sentence of his essay for the catalogue of American Themes by American Painters, Duncan Phillips makes clear the argument behind his passionate collecting of American art: “This Exhibition […] is an answer to the charge that our painting is an imitation of the French.” The show contains works by truly American painters such as Charles Sheeler, John Sloan, and Charles Burchfield, among others.