Palmer Museum to host colorful Family Day program on Nov. 9

November 05, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. — The public is invited to join staff and volunteers of the Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State this Saturday, Nov. 9 for a Family Day celebration on "Interactions with Color" from noon to 3 p.m. at the museum.

The theme for the day will be a deep dive into color inspired by the color theory principles of influential Bauhaus artist and educator Josef Albers, whose work, "Homage to the Square," is on display at the Palmer in the special exhibition "Bauhaus Transfers: Albers/Rauschenberg."

Visitors to Family Day can wander through the galleries, attend guided tours, and participate in activities. Cathy Braasch, assistant professor of architecture, will lead an interactive gallery game that tests participants’ eyes and knowledge of color. Guests can also experiment with their own color-mixing combinations by making art in the lobby with a rainbow of colored papers.

The museum’s other special exhibitions will also be open for viewing and feature artists from 19th-century France through the Harlem Renaissance, and more.

Family Day events are hosted at least once a semester and are designed for participants of all ages. Guest can enjoy brief, family friendly guided tours and art activities designed for everyone.

Support for Family Day is provided by the collaborative initiative of Art Bridges, the Terra Foundation for American Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as well as by the Friends of the Palmer Museum. Friends receive benefits such as invitations to members-only events and receptions and a 10% discount at the museum store, and membership provides support for events like Community Day. Information on how to become a friend will be available throughout the day.

About the Palmer

The Palmer Museum of Art on the Penn State University Park campus is a free-admission arts resource for the University and surrounding communities in central Pennsylvania. With a collection of 9,600 objects representing a variety of cultures and spanning centuries of art, the Palmer is the largest art museum between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Areas of strength include the museum’s collection of American art from the late eighteenth century to the present, Old Master paintings, prints and photography, ceramics and studio glass, and a growing collection of modern and contemporary art. The museum presents nine exhibitions each year and, with eleven galleries, a print-study room, a 150-seat auditorium, and an outdoor sculpture garden, the Palmer Museum of Art is the leading cultural resource for the region.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. The museum is closed Mondays and some holidays.

The Palmer receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and from the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau.

For more information on the Palmer Museum of Art or for the calendar of upcoming events, visit



Penn State and the Palmer Museum of Art are planning to construct a brand-new University Art Museum located in The Arboretum at Penn State. With nearly twice the exhibition space of the Palmer, new classroom spaces and a teaching gallery, flexible event spaces, and on-site parking, this building will dramatically enhance the museum’s capacity to offer educational and enrichment opportunities for visitors of all ages. It will be integrated with the Arboretum, inspiring collaboration and creating a unique nexus of art, architecture, and natural beauty. And like the Palmer Museum of Art before it, it will depend upon visionary philanthropy from the Penn State community. Learn more at




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Last Updated November 05, 2019