About the
Everson

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The Everson is for everyone, a place where community connects and inspiration surrounds you.

 

The Everson is a museum of firsts. It was the first museum to dedicate itself to the collection of American art, to create a permanent collection of ceramics, to collect video art, to create a docent program and to hire the now internationally-known architect I.M. Pei to design its building, a sculptural work of art in its own right. The Everson is home to approximately 11,000 works of art: American paintings, sculpture, drawings, video, graphics and one of the largest holdings of international ceramics in the nation.

Our Mission

Through dynamic and meaningful encounters with modern and contemporary American art, the Everson Museum of Art engages diverse communities, inspires curiosity and lifelong learning, and contributes to a more vital and inclusive society.

Our Vision

  • We capitalize on the innate, natural attraction of people to art and believe in its transformative power.
  • We are dedicated to the cultivation of lifelong learning using the universal language of art.
  • We cultivate curiosity within an inviting and dynamic environment.
  • We embrace collaboration and partnerships to build bridges among disciplines.
  • We are committed to serving our community by remaining
    relevant and accessible.
  • We are a unique cultural anchor and an integral part of a vibrant downtown community.

Our Commitment
to DEAI

The Everson Museum of Art is committed to a holistic approach to Diversity Equity Access and Inclusion practices within our organization. We put this commitment into action by:

  • Acquiring and displaying works of art that are representative of the diverse communities we serve.
  • Removing barriers to accessing art and providing equitable points of entry and participation for all patrons and artists.
  • Providing inclusive platforms for artists to exhibit their work and tell their stories.
  • Ensuring that the visitor experience within our building is accessible to individuals of all abilities.
  • Presenting and operating our building and grounds as a community space where all people are welcome, represented, and seen.
  • Implementing a zero-tolerance policy for individuals within our organization, and among our partners and patrons, for any disenfranchising or discriminatory behaviors.

History

When the Everson Museum of Art opened its present quarters in 1968, it was dubbed “a work of art for works of art.” As the first museum designed by internationally-acclaimed architect I. M. Pei, the Everson’s design has been credited with launching Pei’s world-famous career and putting the museum at the forefront of contemporary architecture. Today, the Museum has assumed a vital role in the reinvigoration of downtown Syracuse through artistic programs designed to maximize community involvement.

The Everson Museum of Art’s roots extend back to the Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts, which was founded in 1897 by George Fisk Comfort, a well known art educator who also helped establish the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts’ inaugural exhibition was held in 1900. Within twenty years of its founding, the Syracuse Museum made two character-setting decisions under the leadership of Fernando Carter, the second director of the Museum.

In 1911, the Everson declared that it would collect only American art, the first museum to do so. This decision led to a permanent collection comprised largely of American paintings, sculpture, drawings and graphics that date from colonial times to present day. The Everson also established one of the first video art collections in the United States and holds one of the largest video art collections in the world.

The Everson’s second decision set the course for the Museum’s long-term commitment to the ceramic arts. In 1916, a group of porcelains was purchased from Syracuse potter Adelaide Alsop Robineau, who is today considered one of America’s finest ceramists and whose work is known throughout the world. This first purchase was soon followed by the acquisition of additional pieces of her work. In 1932, the Ceramic National exhibitions were established in her memory by Director Anna Olmstead. This important series of exhibitions not only represented the sole national platform for the exposition of ceramics during its early years of operation, but also enabled the Museum to amass one of the most comprehensive holdings of American ceramic art in the nation.

Over the years the Museum had several homes, such as the Onondaga Savings Bank and the Syracuse Public Library. The rapidly expanding museum outgrew each facility. In 1941, Helen Everson made a gift to the City of Syracuse to be used for the sole purpose of erecting a museum dedicated to art appreciation and education. Under the guidance of Director Max Sullivan, ground was broken for the present Everson Museum of Art in 1965.

  1. The Café Inauguration

    2021

    The Everson Museum Café and ceramics gallery for the newly-acquired Rosenfield Collection of ceramics begins with the Museum’s mandate that the collection be engaged with through use.

  2. Deaccession Pollock painting

    2020

    The Board of Trustees of the Everson Museum of Art has voted unanimously to deaccession a painting by Jackson Pollock from the Museum’s collection, in order to refine, diversify, and build its collection for the future. Christie’s Auction House will feature the work in its newly announced Evening Sale of 20th and 21st Century Art on October 6.

  3. I.M. Pei, the Prolific and Iconic Architect, Is Dead at 102

    2019

    Ieoh Ming (I.M.) Pei—who was born in Guangzhou, China, in 1917, and died yesterday in New York City—left an indelible body of work in the form of modern architecture across the globe. Perhaps best known for his controversial 1989 design of a glass pyramid at the entrance to the Louvre in Paris, Pei had a prolific career in architecture that lasted six decades.

Our Sponsors

Support provided by corporations and businesses allows for the development and implementation of the Everson programs, projects and resources. Their support, along with that of our members, helps make it possible to accomplish all that we do.

Grant Funders

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Corporate Sponsors

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Corporate Members

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Our Individual
Supporters

$15,000
  • Caroline Cheng
  • Caroline Cheng*
  • Jessica Arb Danial & Patrick Danial Nicole & Michael Falcone
  • David Furman*
  • Joan Green*
  • Bonnie & Gary Grossman
  • Stephane Janssen & Michael Johns*
  • Thomas Kennedy
  • Richard J. Kilburg
  • Bobbi & Clifford Malzman
  • Eugene Mercy*
  • Ward Mintz
  • Diane & Bob Miron
  • Judith & Eric Mower
  • Sheila Pepe*
  • William Porter
  • Louise & David Rosenfield
  • Samuel H. Sage*
  • Victoria Schonfeld*
  • Roger Sweet*
  • Sharon Sullivan & Paul Phillips Hongying Wang*
$10,000–14,999
  • Caroline Cheng
  • Caroline Cheng*
  • Jessica Arb Danial & Patrick Danial Nicole & Michael Falcone
  • David Furman*
  • Joan Green*
  • Bonnie & Gary Grossman
  • Stephane Janssen & Michael Johns*
  • Thomas Kennedy
  • Richard J. Kilburg
  • Bobbi & Clifford Malzman
  • Eugene Mercy*
  • Ward Mintz
  • Diane & Bob Miron
  • Judith & Eric Mower
  • Sheila Pepe*
  • William Porter
  • Louise & David Rosenfield
  • Samuel H. Sage*
  • Victoria Schonfeld*
  • Roger Sweet*
  • Sharon Sullivan & Paul Phillips Hongying Wang*
$5,000–9,999
  • Caroline Cheng
  • Caroline Cheng*
  • Jessica Arb Danial & Patrick Danial Nicole & Michael Falcone
  • David Furman*
  • Joan Green*
  • Bonnie & Gary Grossman
  • Stephane Janssen & Michael Johns*
  • Thomas Kennedy
  • Richard J. Kilburg
  • Bobbi & Clifford Malzman
  • Eugene Mercy*
  • Ward Mintz
  • Diane & Bob Miron
  • Judith & Eric Mower
  • Sheila Pepe*
  • William Porter
  • Louise & David Rosenfield
  • Samuel H. Sage*
  • Victoria Schonfeld*
  • Roger Sweet*
  • Sharon Sullivan & Paul Phillips Hongying Wang*

* Gifts of Art

$2,500–4,999
  • Caroline Cheng
  • Caroline Cheng*
  • Jessica Arb Danial & Patrick Danial Nicole & Michael Falcone
  • David Furman*
  • Joan Green*
  • Bonnie & Gary Grossman
  • Stephane Janssen & Michael Johns*
  • Thomas Kennedy
  • Richard J. Kilburg
  • Bobbi & Clifford Malzman
  • Eugene Mercy*
  • Ward Mintz
  • Diane & Bob Miron
  • Judith & Eric Mower
  • Sheila Pepe*
  • William Porter
  • Louise & David Rosenfield
  • Samuel H. Sage*
  • Victoria Schonfeld*
  • Roger Sweet*
  • Sharon Sullivan & Paul Phillips Hongying Wang*
$2,500–4,999
  • Caroline Cheng
  • Caroline Cheng*
  • Jessica Arb Danial & Patrick Danial Nicole & Michael Falcone
  • David Furman*
  • Joan Green*
  • Bonnie & Gary Grossman
  • Stephane Janssen & Michael Johns*
  • Thomas Kennedy
  • Richard J. Kilburg
  • Bobbi & Clifford Malzman
  • Eugene Mercy*
  • Ward Mintz
  • Diane & Bob Miron
  • Judith & Eric Mower
  • Sheila Pepe*
  • William Porter
  • Louise & David Rosenfield
  • Samuel H. Sage*
  • Victoria Schonfeld*
  • Roger Sweet*
  • Sharon Sullivan & Paul Phillips Hongying Wang*
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