Summer admission free again to promote "Cool Culture"

May 19, 2015


Free admission to exhibitions during “Summer of Cool Culture”

Following up on the success of last summer’s open house during the June-to-September run of the traveling exhibition Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums, the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley is once again going free. The Museum is offering free admission from June 14 through the Labor Day weekend, September 6, as part of its “Summer of Cool Culture.”

On display in the galleries this summer and free to all are the Museum’s celebrated permanent collection, including some recently installed works, and four special exhibitions:

--Above Zero: Photographs from the Polar Regions by Sam Krisch, a selection of large-format digital images by the Virginia-based artist that captures the serene, contemplative, and even surreal beauty of nature at its most awe inspiring (June 14–October 11)

--A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America, more than sixty works from the Barbara L. Gordon Collection including still life, landscape, portrait paintings, sculpture, and distinctive examples of art from the German American community that exemplify the breadth of American creative expression by individuals who did not always adhere to the academic models (July 25–October 11)

--William Baziotes: Surrealist Watercolors, a series from the artist, raised in Reading, from the 1930s of colorful, invented monsters that expressed fascination with and apprehension about an absurd and frightening world that was on the verge of World War II (now through August 23)

--Woven Welcome, a community-based art project that offers visitors and groups the chance to weave a segment of rug as a statement of the ways in which individuals are interconnected. (now through October 11)

Free admission during the “Summer of Cool Culture” is made possible through the generosity of Alvin H. Butz Inc. and the Gadomski Foundation. There are plenty of free tours of the exhibitions as well as free art activities for families every day of the week. Go to for a calendar of summer programs and events.

Gallery hours are Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 11 a.m.–4 p.m.; Thursday 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; and Sunday noon–4 p.m. The Museum Store is open the same days and hours plus on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. till 4 p.m. The Museum Café is open Tuesday–Saturday 11 a.m. till 3 p.m. and Sunday noon–3 p.m., with hours extended till 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays.

Press Images and Media Contact: High-resolution publicity images of exhibition works are available by contacting Chris Potash, Manager of Marketing and Public Relations, at cpotash [at] allentownartmuseum [dot] org.