The Phillips Collection, a nearly century-old art museum in Washington, D.C., formed a six-year partnership with the University of Maryland last year. This year, a free round-trip shuttle bus from Stamp to the museum will run every Thursday until Dec. 8 (except Thanksgiving).
The bus will leave for D.C. at 5:30 p.m., and depart from the museum at 8:30 p.m. In addition to free transportation, admission tickets are also of no charge for students.
“This is the pilot semester,” said Stamp Gallery co-coordinator Raino Eetu Isto. “After December 8, we’ll submit our numbers and whatever feedback we have about the experience to the committee in charge of the partnership. They’ll decide where it will be going forward.”
In a public statement released Oct. 2015 about the museum-university collaboration, it is stated that as a result of this partnership, the museum will be a positive supplement to its art programs, and give students and faculty “unparalleled research and education opportunities.”
And as far as UMD benefiting the Phillips Collection, the museum expects the school to promote the growth of their education programs, as well as extend itself to “new and diverse audiences.”
Iso believes the addition of easy-access transportation will only give students even more incentive to get off campus and explore the arts.
“As someone who’s taught a lot of art history classes, I know it’s difficult even to convince people to take the metro down to the mall,” Iso said. “Here’s a free way to get down, and a good opportunity to see a great collection of art.”
Notable works displayed at the museum include artwork by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Matisse, Georgia O’Keeffe and Vincent Van Gogh.