Fitzpatrick Society celebrates 25 years at HMA


The Huntington Museum on Art celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Fitzpatrick Society over the weekend.

The Fitzpatrick Society: 25 Years of Gifts to the Collection exhibit went on display Saturday. The exhibit’s opening reception took place Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission was free.

Herbert Fitzpatrick, a local attorney, created the society. Fitzpatrick gifted 52 acres of land and a collection of artwork, which according to HMA Development director, Carol Bailey, provided the foundation for the effort to establish the Huntington Galleries.

The gallery was created in 1952 while The Fitzpatrick Society was created later in 1989 to help nurture the growth of the art collection.

More than 30 pieces of artwork have been added to the collection since the society’s first purchases in 1990. The collection includes items like a centuries-old Inuit storyboard, contemporary works on paper, old master prints, photographs, paintings and studio glass.

“It is hoped the next 25 years of The Fitzpatrick Society will further strengthen the HMA collection and continue to fulfill the vision of the museum’s founders,” HMA Senior Curator Christopher Hatten said.

A catalogue with object essays by Hatten and a foreword by HMA Executive director, Geoffrey Fleming, was available for purchase at the opening.

The exhibit will be open through Feb. 7.

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