Muhlenberg College and Allentown Art Museum announce agreement

Muhlenberg College and Allentown Art Museum (AAM) today announced a mutually beneficial agreement, citing both organizations' commitments to the visual arts.

 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 03:02 PM

Allentown Art Museum Partnership
Pictured: Tina Hertel, director of Trexler Library at Muhlenberg College; David Mickenberg, president and CEO of the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley; John Williams, president of Muhlenberg College; Margo Hobbs, department chair and associate professor of art.

The agreement, which aims to strengthen a longstanding relationship between the organizations, will include a number of benefits to AAM professional staff and members of the Muhlenberg College community.

Under the agreement, AAM professional staff will benefit from borrowing privileges at Muhlenberg's Trexler Library—including access to print and audio-visual resources, electronic databases and journals and interlibrary loan services—as well as on-campus WiFi access and help desk assistance.

Benefits to the Muhlenberg community include unlimited free admission to AAM for Muhlenberg students with an ID during regular business hours, free admission for Muhlenberg faculty members visiting the museum with their class, 100 free passes to AAM per year to be distributed by the President’s Office, access to the collections on view for independent studies in art history or art studio classes and consultation between AAM staff and Muhlenberg faculty to identify and employ parts of the collection that can be used to teach across the curriculum.

"Muhlenberg College is delighted to partner with the Allentown Art Museum in this way," said John I. Williams, Jr., President of Muhlenberg. "The Allentown Art Museum is a wonderful cultural institution located so close to us, so we are delighted that this agreement gives our faculty and students privileged access to these collections in ways that advance our teaching and scholarship."

"One of the Museum's recent initiatives has been to strengthen our ties with the Lehigh Valley's academic community," said David Mickenberg, president and CEO of the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley. "This groundbreaking collaborative agreement with Muhlenberg College is a model to be followed with other institutions of higher education in the coming year."   

The Allentown Art Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that participates in the cultural, educational and economic life of the Lehigh Valley. Defined by a unique combination of tradition and innovation, our collections, educational partnerships, collaborative and community based programs, and exhibitions are dedicated to inspiring the broadest possible public engagement, access, and service.  For more information please visit

Founded in 1848, Muhlenberg is a highly selective, private, four-year residential, liberal arts college located in Allentown, Pa., approximately 90 miles west of New York City. With an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 2200 students, Muhlenberg College is dedicated to shaping creative, compassionate, collaborative leaders through rigorous academic programs in the arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences as well as selected pre-professional programs, including accounting, business, education and public health. A member of the Centennial Conference, Muhlenberg competes in 22 varsity sports. Muhlenberg is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.