in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, has announced a gift of thirteen hundred works of art from the .
The collection, which had been on long-term loan to the college's , includes paintings, sculpture, and prints by artists such as Harry Bertoia, William Glackens, Chaim Gross, and James and Jean Pierre Vasarely, as well as works on paper by George Bellows, Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, John Sloan, James Whistler, and others. The gift, which will become the core of the museum's collection, also includes multiple works by sculptor Lynn Chadwick and Pennsylvania artists Albert Jean Adolphe and Walter Elmer Schofield.
According to Nancy Berman, the foundation's president and daughter of Philip and Muriel, the collection reflects her parents' passion for art and their belief in and dedication to supporting living artists. Philip and Muriel Berman established the college's Berman Museum in 1989.
"My parents believed that exposing students to art would help lay a foundation for a life of creativity, enjoyment, and curiosity...no matter what discipline they studied," said Berman. "They found a willing and responsive partner in Ursinus College when they came together nearly twenty-five years ago to create an art museum on the campus of my dad's alma mater. With this gift, the Berman now has a permanent collection that can be exhibited, loaned out to other institutions, and used for research by the students and the faculty. I can think of no better way to honor my parents' remarkable legacy."