Addison Gallery of American Art

Academic museum in Andover, Massachusetts

Addison Gallery of American Art
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This view of the neoclassical entry to the Addison Gallery does not reveal the modernist sections of the building

Established 1931
Location Andover, Massachusetts
Type Academic museum
Collections American art

Coordinates: 42°38′55″N 71°8′0″W / 42.64861°N 71.13333°W / 42.64861; -71.13333

The Addison Gallery of American Art is an academic museum dedicated to collecting American art, organized as a department of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.


Directors of the gallery include Bartlett H. Hayes, Jr. (1940–1969),[1][2] Christopher C. Cook (1969–1989), Jock Reynolds (1989–1998),[3]Adam D. Weinberg (1999–2003), Brian T. Allen (2004–2013), Judith F. Dolkart (2014–2019), and Allison N. Kemmerer (2021-).

In the spring of 2006, the Phillips Academy Board of Trustees approved a $30 million campaign to renovate and expand the Addison Gallery.[4] Construction on the Addison began in the middle of 2008 and was completed in 2010.[5] The project was designed by Centerbrook Architects & Planners.[6]


Winslow Homer’s Eight Bells, part of the Addison Gallery’s permanent collection

The Addison Gallery of American Art’s founding collection included major works by such prominent American artists as John Singleton Copley, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Maurice Prendergast, John Singer Sargent, John Twachtman, and James McNeill Whistler. Purchasing and generous gifts have added works by such artists as George Bellows, Alexander Calder, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, Hans Hofmann, Edward Hopper, Knox Martin, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Frederic Remington, Charles Sheeler, Frank Stella, John Sloan, Benjamin West and Andrew Wyeth. It also has paintings by John Kensett, Frederic Church, George Inness, Dwight Tryon, Ralph Blakelock, John Singer Sargent, Josef Albers, Mary Cassatt, and Phillip Guston.

The Addison’s collection of 7,500 photographs spans the history of American photography and includes in-depth holdings of key individual artists, such as Lewis Baltz, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Eadweard Muybridge, Carleton Watkins, Margaret Bourke-White, and Ansel Adams. In recent years, the Gallery has acquired significant contemporary works by Emery Bopp, Carroll Dunham, Kerry James Marshall, Joel Shapiro, and Lorna Simpson.

As of 2022, the collection comprises over 22,000 works in all media, including painting, sculpture, photography, drawings, prints, and decorative arts from the eighteenth century to the present.[7] It also has a collection of models of American ships, including the Half Moon, Mayflower, and the yacht Wanderer.[8]


The Gallery presents a combination of twelve temporary exhibitions and permanent collection installations per year.[9] Recent examples include American Vanguards: Graham, Davis, Gorky, De Kooning and Their Circle (2012), An American in London: Whistler and the Thames (2014), Laurie Simmons: in and Around the House (2016), and Mark Tobey: Threading Light (2017).

List of exhibits

Artist/Theme Year
Sol Lewitt [10] 1993



  1. ^ “Bartlett H. Hayes Jr., an Educator And Art Historian, Is Dead at 83”, New York Times, February 16, 1988
  2. ^ Bartlett H. Hayes papers, 1936-1975, Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Art, retrieved August 9, 2016
  3. ^ “Jock Reynolds”. Yale School of Art. Archived from the original on 2021-06-13. Retrieved June 13, 2021.
  4. ^ “Addison Campaign Home”. Archived from the original on July 27, 2008.
  5. ^ “Archived copy”. Archived from the original on 2010-05-25. Retrieved 2010-01-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Design New England
  7. ^ “About the Collection”. Addison Gallery of American Art. Archived from the original on 2018-01-16. Retrieved June 13, 2021.
  8. ^ “Phillips Academy Ship Models”. Addison Gallery of American Art. Archived from the original on 2018-05-08. Retrieved June 13, 2021.
  9. ^ “Phillips Academy Exhibition History”. Addison Gallery of American Art. Archived from the original on 2018-01-16. Retrieved June 13, 2021.
  10. ^ Roberta Smith (May 23, 1993), “An In-Depth Look at Some Writing on the Wall”, New York Times

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