The Westmoreland Museum of American Art
announce that it will receive gifts and bequests from the collection of over 130 objects of contemporary American art from western Pennsylvania residents Diana and Peter Jannetta. The donated works will include paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, glass, ceramics, and photographs by such noted artists as Kenneth Noland, Richard Anuszkiewicz, James Turrell, Barry LeVa, Dorothea Rockburne, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, John McCracken, Dale Chihuly, Warren MacKenzie, Alfred Stieglitz, and Edward Steichen, among others. The gift was initiated in 2010 with a major work by the minimalist sculptor, Donald Judd.
According to Judith Hansen OToole, Director/CEO, Diana and Peters amazing act in the contribution of their modern and contemporary art collection is transformational for The Westmoreland. Their gift positions this Museum to broaden our collecting range for the first time in our fifty-year history and will be a catalyst for attracting new audiences and other gifts of 20th and 21st century American art. The Board of Directors and I cannot adequately express our gratitude to the Jannettas for sharing their artistic vision with The Westmorelands audience.
This announcement coincides with the expansion/renovation plans of the Museum, which is in its final phase of architect selection.
Westmoreland Board chair Bruce Wolf said Diana and Peter have been among the Westmoreland's most loyal supporters. Their generous gift will serve as a lasting legacy to this institution and a magnanimous example to others. We can't thank them enough."
This is the largest and most significant gift of art in the history of The Westmoreland, said Barbara L. Jones, Chief Curator. The addition of the Jannettas collection will enable us to complete the story of American art in the 20th-century. Three highlights of the collection include Kenneth Nolands tranquil shaped canvas entitled Blue Wind, of 1977; Sol LeWitts exquisitely pure white geometric form, Pyramid #6, 1986; and a commanding blown-glass Chandelier, of 1995 by Dale Chihuly that is comprised of 120 organic forms in shades of red, orange, and purple.