Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute

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Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute
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Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute Museum of Art Building
Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute is located in New York
Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute
Location 310 Genesee St., Utica, New York
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Area less than one acre
Built 1960
Architect Johnson, Philip
Architectural style International-style
NRHP Reference # 10000727[1]
Added to NRHP September 9, 2010

The Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute (MWPAI) is a regional fine arts center founded in 1919 and located in Utica, New York. The institute has three program divisions:

  • Museum of art
  • Performing arts
  • School of art

Museum of art

The museum of art has a substantial permanent collection of internationally recognized works. They are exhibited in the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art Building. It is an International-style building designed by architect Philip Johnson and completed in 1960. A model of the building was exhibited in the United States Pavilion at the Brussels' World's Fair of 1958. It is 115 feet square and supported by eight external ferro-concrete piers, or two on each side. The exterior structural members are clad in bronze and "black" Canadian granite. The windowless cube is set above windowed office areas recessed in a dry moat, giving a "floating" effect. The interior features a two story central courtyard, illuminated by a skylight, known as the Edward Wales Root Sculpture Court. It also holds an auditorium seating 271.[2] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.[1]

Next-door is a Victorian-era Italianate mansion called Fountain Elms, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.[3] It houses the MWPAI decorative arts collection. It is connected to the Museum of Art building by an education wing built in 1995.

The museum has an extensive collection of European and American art. A highlight of the permanent collection is the first of the two original sets of Thomas Cole's famous series of paintings titled The Voyage of Life: The second set is at the National Gallery Washington, DC.


The institute also has a program called Pratt at Munson-Williams-Proctor (MWP) which allows students to study for two years in Utica, New York, called a "Foundations Program", before completing their Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Pratt Institute's main campus in Brooklyn, New York. PrattMWP is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Middle States Association, and New York State Education Department.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "National Register of Historic Places Listings". WEEKLY LIST OF ACTIONS TAKEN ON PROPERTIES: 9/07/10 THROUGH 9/10/10. National Park Service. 2010-09-17.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Rand Carter and Travis Bowman (December 2009). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2011-05-15.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> See also: "Accompanying five photos".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Staff (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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