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“Classy Art of Utica Ny”

Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute
Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Utica
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Owner description: Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute. Renowned art collection, exhibitions, and education programs presented in a famous museum building designed by Philip Johnson and a superbly restored Victorian mansion, Fountain Elms. Performing arts include international soloists and ensembles, rising stars, cinema, outdoor concerts and special events. School of Art offers a nationally accredited college program, PrattMWP, and community art classes for all ages. Art Shop Gift Gallery. Museum admission is free. Open year-round, Tues - Sat 10 – 5, Sun 1 - 5.
Reviewed 17 April 2014

Even though I live here, I have to say that I went to my first exhibit here at Munson Williams. The information and they way that the exhibits were set up was really classy. There were employees on hand to make sure your experience was a delightful one and they could not be more helpful. The collections that I have seen advertised here include the works of the Sahara and also Andy Warhol. A must see if ever in the area. The prices also are not bad the downstairs there is no charge but to see the actual exhibit upstairs is $10.00 per person not bad!!!!!

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Reviewed 16 April 2014

Munson Williams Proctor Institute is in a unique and award winning building and its collection is first class.

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Reviewed 16 March 2014

The Munson-Williams-Proctor Museum is a first class art venue in Upstate New York. Contrary to the snobbism of many Mahattanites, Utica does have a quality art museum with a top notch collection of 19th century paintings and sculpture. The works by Thomas Cole, Winslow Homer, the Peale brothers and Frederic E. Church are all high quality samples from their oeuvres.
For this art aficionado the romantic landscape vision of the Hudson River School is extraordinary. And Munson has the best.
As a side note, my sister has been a docent there for probably 40 years. She knows the collection inside-out. And I'm a long time enthusiast, I started going there 50 years ago, just a few years after it opened.
Those big-city chauvinists in their regional myopia are missing out on viewing some superb art.
Yes, there is culture in Utica; stop by the Munson-Williams-Proctor Museum and check it out for yourself. You certainly won’t be disappointed.
Also the building was designed by Philip Johnson, the Godfather of Modernist architecture. An impressive structure in its own right.

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Reviewed 27 February 2014

I was brought up in the Utica region, and have been going to this museum since I was seven years old...the mandatory field trips didn't spoil the museum for me, and that's saying a lot. Just to echo what everyone else has said: the architecture is fabulous, and the exhibits are great. I revisited the museum on a trip last year, and it was as if time had stood still--frankly, mostly the same pictures are still hanging on the walls, and the amazing Thomas Cole's "Voyage of Life" series is till there. But. It's all prime stuff, and that the museum is in Utica just points to the status of the city when this museum was built--happier days.
May this museum always remain.

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Reviewed 4 February 2014

Although this museum is in the small city of Utica (60,000), it is superior to and broader than art museums anywhere else Upstate.
It consists of a modern building designed by the late Philip Johnson, and a Victorian home. The collections and construction was paid for by the families which married into each other and eventually had no progeny (they also financed Utica's park system designed by Olmstead, the same designer of Central Park, NYC). Parking is never a problem, and is free.
The collection is vast and consists of everything from Mondrian and Dali to Hudson River landscapes to pre-Columbian artifacts. The entire sweep cannot be displayed at any one time. The visit is free unless there is a special show, such as the recent Warhol show.
In the summer, there is a sidewalk show and auto show.
The Victorian home is enlightening, especially to children, who may not know how the upper class lived at the time. Events, such as weddings, can be arranged in that building.
There is a bookstore and a gift store, and a separate building for the library.
There is, also, an extension of Pratt Institute, where students can take courses and live in dorms in a less hectic atmosphere than Brooklyn, and transfer after 2 years.
MWPI is near many historical sites, such as Fort Stanwix in Rome and the Oriskany Battlefield, both of the American Revolution.
The only other art museum that offers anything worth the trip is the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, which is a villa housing the collection of the Hyde family, but the Hyde collection is nowhere as vast.

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