Exhibitions & Events

The Palmer Museum of Art presents new and changing special exhibitions and related programming every year. See below to check out what’s on view in person or online, what’s coming up, or what past exhibitions have been at the museum.


Special Exhibitions

Pancrace Bessa (French, 1772–1846), Hyacinthus Orientalis, 1810–1826, watercolor on white vellum, 7 3/8 x 4 9/16 inches. Presented in memory of James Rea Maxwell Jr., Class of 1921, 74.4

The Art of Remembering: A Selection of Gifts


August 26-December 18, 2022

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Eleanor Antin (American, b. 1935), Going Home from Roman Allegories, 2004, chromogenic print, 48-1/2 x 102-3/4 x 2 inches. Purchased with funds provided by the Donald W. Hamer Endowment for Art Acquisitions and Exhibitions, 2006.29. © Eleanor Antin

Looking at Who We Are: The Palmer at Fifty


September 23-December 18, 2022

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Upcoming Exhibitions

Designed for the Future: The New Palmer Museum of Art at the Arboretum


October 15-May 7, 2023

Designed for the Future focuses on the transformational new building for the Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State. The new 71,254-square-foot museum will directly neighbor the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens in The Arboretum, substantially boosting access to the university’s art collections for students, faculty, staff and the public. Designed by Allied Works Architecture, the new Palmer will seamlessly integrate art, architecture and nature, and nearly double the space for the exhibition, study and stewardship of the collection and special exhibitions. Internationally known for their sensitive and elegant bridging of nature and architecture, Allied Works was selected as the architect based on their deep expertise in the design of arts and educational facilities and for their interdisciplinary and collaborative approach. This exhibition will present the architect’s model, drawings, plans, renderings and a fly-through animation that will allow visitors to truly envision the dynamic and innovative design for the future home of the Palmer Museum of Art, which is anticipated to open in 2024.   Organized by the Palmer Museum of Art.

Permanent Collection Galleries

Tonkin Gallery of Studio Glass and Ceramics

Tonkin Gallery of Studio Glass and Ceramics




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Snowiss Galleries of American Art

Snowiss Galleries of American Art




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Pincus Galler of Contemporary Art

Pincus Gallery of Contemporary Art




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Harris Gallery of Baroque Art

Harris Gallery of Baroque Art




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Past Exhibitions

Missed a recent show? Check out these recent special exhibitions.
Martin Lewis (American, 1881–1962), Little Penthouse, 1931

Staff Picks: A Selection of Palmer Favorites


June 3-September 18, 2022

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Home/Studio wordmark

HOME/STUDIO: 2022 Penn State School of Visual Arts Faculty Show


May 28-August 28, 2022

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William P. Hanson (American, 1928–2017), Grasses, Branches, and Shore, Maine, 1963/1969, watercolor, pencil, and crayon, 14 x 10 inches. Gift of Professor Cortland Eyer, 88.7, AS B056

Those Who Taught: Selected Works by Former Faculty


May 20-August 14, 2022

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Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889–1975), Shallow Creek, 1938–39, oil and Egg tempera on canvas mounted on board, 36 x 25 inches. Bequest of James R. and Barbara R. Palmer, 2019.31. © 2021 T.H. and R.P. Benton Trusts / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

An American Place: Selections from the James and Barbara Palmer Collection


January 29-May 1, 2022

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Lee Krasner (American, 1908–1984), Composition, 1949, oil on canvas, 38-1/16 x 27-13/16 inches, Philadelphia Museum of Art: Gift of the Aaron E. Norman Fund, Inc., 1959, 1959-31-1 © Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

A Way Through: Abstract Art of the 1940s


January 15-May 15, 2022

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Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471–1528), Melencolia I, 1514, engraving, 9-7/16 × 7-5/16 inches. Anonymous loan

Printmaking in the Age of Dürer


January 18-May 8, 2022

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Jun Kaneko (Japanese, b. 1942), Untitled, Tanuki, 2014

Global Asias: Contemporary Asian and Asian American Art from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation


August 28-December 12, 2021

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Colin Campbell Cooper (American, 1856–1937), The Grand Place, Antwerp, 1908

Place to Place: Recent Gifts of American Drawings and Watercolors, 1900-1950


September 14-December 12, 2021

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Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1798-1861), Kuwana: Legend of the Sailor Tokuzo, c. 1844-45, woodblock print, 14-5/8 x 10-1/4 inches, oban format. Gift of Dr. William E. Harkins, 75.84

Ukiyo-e: Images from the Floating World, Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Permanent Collection


August 28-December 5, 2021

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George Loftus Noyes (American, 1865-1954), Sunlit Road, c. 1910

Summer Light: American Impressionist Paintings from the Thomas Clark Collection


May 8-August 29, 2021

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