Named for Doylestown's most famous son, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer James A. Michener, this museum was founded in 1988 with a regional focus, housing a collection of Pennsylvania impressionist paintings. An ongoing interest is the collection and exhibition of the work of art-furniture makers and designers working in the Bucks County area, such as George Nakashima.
This discovery grant supported research for a retrospective exhibition on the work of Paul Evans (1931–87), the designer-craftsman from Bucks County whose expressive sculpted metal furniture departed significantly from the minimalist tendencies of mid-20th-century modernism. Connie Kimmerle, the museum's curator of collections, assembled an international team of advisors—including Glenn Adamson (Victoria & Albert Museum), Gregory Wittkopp (Cranbrook Museum), and Edward S. Cook, Jr. (Yale University)—to establish a curatorial approach, identify essay topics, and map the overall installation. The Center-funded exhibition, Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism, will be on view at the museum in spring 2014.