Museums are a vital and important aspect of education. The field of Museum Studies is
an everlasting experience, full of intriguing applications and techniques.
Originally, the Greeks called a Museum, mouseion, translated literally as temple of the
muses. Culturally we have strengthened this idea of a building devoted to learning and
the arts. As our museum studies advances our knowledge it expands and embraces
history, artifacts, and art of the past. From the age of antiquity we have treasured and
preserved what society has created.
36 x 36”
Donated by the Andy Warhol
Foundation for the Visual Arts
We are excited to be a part of this B.F.A. 2014. We have been given the opportunity to
practice our knowledge of the complex world of museums. We want to sincerely thank
the Plattsburgh State Art Museum and each artist who has been involved in the
exhibition. To quote Andy Warhol, “They always say time changes things, but you have
to actually change them yourself.”
A Recent Gift
Andy Warhol was born August 6, 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As a teenager,
Warhol graduated from Schenley High School in 1945. After graduating from high
school, his intentions were to study art education at the University of Pittsburgh in the
hope of becoming an art teacher, but his plans changed and he enrolled in the
Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, where he studied commercial art. In
1949, he moved to New York City and began a career in magazine illustration and
advertising. Also in 1949, he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in pictorial design. During
the 1950s Warhol gained fame for his whimsical ink drawings of shoe advertisements.
On July 9, 1962, in the Ferus Gallery of Los Angeles, marked his west coast debut of
Pop Art. In 1979, Warhol founded the New York Academy of Art with his friend Stuart
Pivar. He died on February 22, 1987 from sudden post-operative cardiac arrhythmia
following a routine gallbladder surgery at New York Hospital. He was buried at St. John
the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Cemetery in Bethel Park, a south suburb of Pittsburgh.
When Andy Warhol died on February 22, 1987, his will stated that most of his estate
should be used to create a foundation for the advancement of the visual arts.
Since its creation the Foundation’s main focus has been using its grant making
program to support the creation, presentation, and documentation of contemporary
visual art. The Foundation has used cooperative exhibitions, loans, and the permanent
placement of work in museums to ensure that many aspects of Warhol’s complex
collection are accessible and properly cared for. The Foundation continues to evolve its
programs and initiatives to address thechanging needs of the visual arts community.