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September 26th, 2013
Philadelphia Museum of Art Offers Free Admission to College Students for College Day 2013

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is partnering with Campus Philly and other museums and cultural institutions throughout Philadelphia to offer free admission for College Day 2013 on Saturday, September 28. From 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., students (with valid college ID) can explore the Museum’s Main Building with more than 200 galleries of permanent collections and special exhibitions, as well as the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building across the street and the nearby Rodin Museum.

Inside the Museum, the Great Stair Hall will be transformed into a “student lounge,” where students can mix and mingle and pause between masterpieces. Students visiting the Museum can also win a variety of prizes, including a set of art books, free admission tickets and more by filling out a raffle ticket. In addition to the raffle tickets, every picture tagged #PMACollegeDay is a second chance to win and students are encouraged to follow @philamuseum.

“We are delighted to welcome the Philadelphia region’s new and returning students to College Day, which has been a proud tradition for 27 years at the Museum,” said Marla Shoemaker, the Kathleen C. Sherrerd Senior Curator of Education. “The Museum is thrilled to have the opportunity to give these students the chance to discover our galleries and learn about our special exhibitions and year round programming, including Pay What You Wish Wednesday Nights and Art After 5 Friday evening performances.”

College Day festivities featuring food, music, recreational activities, giveaways and information centers will be located at the base of the steps on the Museum’s East Terrace. Museum staff and interns from area colleges including Temple, Lincoln, Villanova, Penn State, University of Pennsylvania, La Salle and Montgomery County Community College will be on hand with information about current and upcoming exhibitions, events, special programs and memberships, including a special introductory six-month Student Membership for $20, valid from October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014.

In addition to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, other cultural institutions and attractions participating in College Day include: Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, The African American Museum in Philadelphia, Eastern State Penitentiary, Franklin Institute, Moore College of Art and Design, National Constitution Center, National Museum of American Jewish History, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and Philadelphia History Museum.

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions:
Barbara Chase-Riboud: The Malcolm X Steles focuses on the career of this gifted artist and her important Malcolm X sculptures. (September 14, 2013 – January 20, 2014)

The Enchanted World of German Romantic Prints comprises 125 of the finest rare prints and illustrations reflecting cultural changes that swept across the German-speaking regions of Europe including elaborately detailed early prints of the famous Grimm Brothers fairy tales Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. (September 21 – December 29, 2013)

Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis unites important paintings by the French painter Fernand Léger, including the monumental painting, The City (1919), with key works in film, theater design and architecture by the artist and his avant-garde colleagues. (October 14, 2013 – January 5, 2014)

The Surrealists: Works from the Collection, provides a selection of exceptional works that represent one of the most influential art movements of the 20th century. (November 3, 2013 – March 2, 2014)

Marc Newson: At Home, presents the first solo museum exhibition in the United States by one of the world’s most acclaimed contemporary designers in a display of his furnishing and home creations in an installation set up to look like a six-room home. (November 23, 2013 – April 20, 2014)

Evening programs:
Pay What You Wish Wednesdays, offers weekly interactive programs such as yoga, games and art workshops, mini-film festivals showcasing indie films, and appearances by regional artists, musicians and local cultural organizations.

Art After 5, transforms the Great Stair Hall on Friday evenings into an intimate cabaret showcasing an eclectic mix of international music and dance performances and delectable snacks as well as themed guided tours and talks.

For more information on the Museum’s participation in College Day, visit www.philamuseum.org/collegeday

For a full schedule and information about Campus Philly College Day, visit www.campusphilly.org/collegeday.

Social Media:

Facebook: philamuseum; Twitter: philamuseum; Tumblr: philamuseum; YouTube: PhilaArtMuseum; Instagram: @philamuseum

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

For additional information, contact the Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art phone at 215-684-7860, by fax at 215-235-0050, or by e-mail at pressroom@philamuseum.org. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100.

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