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Gift from Alvin Snowiss Enhances Palmer’s Holdings in American Art

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“Synchromy with Figures,” an oil painting by Arthur B. Davies (c. 1916)

Alvin Snowiss, a longtime supporter of the Palmer Museum of Art along with his late wife, Jean, have donated three significant works of art to the museum. The paintings greatly enhance the Palmer’s already nationally renowned collection of American art.   

“Penn State is made richer when our alumni and friends choose to share their personal treasures with our community,” said O. Richard Bundy III, vice president of development and alumni relations. “Our students, faculty and community members will have Alvin and the late Jean Snowiss to thank as we enjoy these works of art for years to come.”

The gift includes “Roofs and Tree Forms,” a watercolor by Charles Demuth (1919), “Women Bathing in the Papara River,” a watercolor by John La Farge (1891), and “Synchromy with Figures,” an oil painting by Arthur B. Davies (c. 1916). These paintings add to the 10 works of American art, including works by Edward Hopper, Marsden Hartley and Eastman Johnson, that the Snowisses have given to the Palmer since it opened its doors.

“We at Penn State are deeply fortunate to be the benefactors of the Snowisses’ generosity,” said Erin Coe, director of the Palmer Museum of Art. “Alvin and Jean have greatly enhanced and enriched the collections of American art at the Palmer through the years, and we are profoundly grateful for their ongoing support and friendship.”

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Image: “Synchromy with Figures,” an oil painting by Arthur B. Davies (c. 1916)