Munson-Williams-Proctor Museum of Art
Founded in 1919, MWPAI continues to evolve while maintaining traditions of fine art and culture. The Museum of Art features a renowned permanent collection, fascinating exhibitions and education for all ages.
This is a great place to spend a morning or an afternoon while you are visiting the area or the city of Utica. I chose this picture because it shows not only the beautiful interior of MWPAI but also the beautiful diversity of the people who call Utica their home.
The Museum of Art's permanent collection of more than 15,000 objects originated in the taste and interests of the Williams and Proctor families, who collected American and European paintings, and decorative arts in the late 19th and 20th centuries. The expansion of the collection began in earnest after World War II. This effort intensified in 1957 when Edward W. Root bequeathed more than 200 major 20th-century American paintings and drawings to the Museum of Art, thereby distinguishing it as a major repository for the art of this era.
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