Art pilgrims intent on making Cambridge, England, their destination should extend their journey beyond the university's majestic Fitzwilliam Museum and its old masters and Kettle's Yard, the fey modernist cenacle of British art between the wars, to include the New Hall Art Collection at Murray Edwards College, one of three exclusively women's colleges at the University of Cambridge. Unknown to many Cambridge students and faculty, and a substantial number of British art historians and critics, the college has collected and exhibits more than four hundred works of art by women. It is the most significant collection of its kind in Europe, and the second largest public collection of women's art in existence, surpassed only by the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., which houses some forty-five hundred objects.
"The Civil War has left its mark on two important pieces of vernacular furniture acquired by the Wadsworth Atheneum"
"There has never been another artist like George Caleb Bingham"
The exhibition of an important collection of folk art at the Worcester Art Museum this summer gives us the opportunity to draw attention to the renaissance of a great museum in a city that is also busily being reborn.