image description

Save The Art Continues Opposition to Berkshire Museum Art Sale

Tom Patti considered it a compliment to have his art in the same building as Norman Rockwell and Alexander Calder. Patti had his work commissioned for the Berkshire Museum. He has pieces at the entrance, the foyer, and in three other locations. But now, Patti doesn't feel that the museum values local artists.

image description

Berkshire Museum Releases Financial Statements

The Berkshire Museum has released its financial reports in an effort to prove that the art sale was needed to keep the museum open. The museum posted its independent audit, its federal tax statement Form 990, the Massachusetts state tax statement required as a non-profit, and annual filing for charitable organizations in New York State, which is filed with registration to solicit donations from New York.

image description

Berkshire Museum Director Van Shields Retiring

The retirement of Executive Director Van Shields was announced on Thursday morning in a statement from the museum.

image description

Berkshire Museum Seeks Private Sales in Next Round

The Berkshire Museum has selected nine more works of art to be sold toward its goal of $55 million that museum officials say is required to secure the institution's future.

image description

George Lucas Buys Rockwell's 'Shuffleton's Barbershop'

Don Bacigalupi, director of the nonprofit museum, founded by George Lucas, told the The New York Times on Tuesday that the Norman Rockwell painting will be "one of the anchor works of our museum."

image description

Court Ruling Paves Way For Berkshire Museum Art Sale

The Berkshire Museum can proceed with its planned sale of some 40 pieces of art after a Supreme Judicial Court ruling Thursday. The ruling affirms the agreement the museum had reached with Attorney General Maura Healey in February which includes allowing the museum to sell Norman Rockwell's Shuffleton's Barbershop, provided it remains on display at the Norman Rockwell Museum for 18 months. That agreement allows the art sale to proceed but only until the museum hits $55 million.

image description

Berkshire Museum, AGO Agreement Would Allow Art Sale to Proceed

A U.S. based museum is waiting in the wings to purchase Norman Rockwell's famed "Shuffleton's Barbershop" if an agreement between the Berkshire Museum and the Attorney General's Office is approved by the Supreme Judicial Court

image description

Court Gives Museum OK to Proceed With Art Sale

The Berkshire Museum's planned art sale will go forward. Judge John Agostini denied a request for a preliminary injunction, pausing the Sotheby's auction of some 40 pieces of artwork, starting next week and extending into March. Members of the Rockwell family, other donors, and Attorney General Maura Healey filed for the injunction to at least delay the sale. The two hoped for a restraining order of the auctions that are scheduled for next week.

image description

Letter: Artists, Community Support Berkshire Museum Plan

We are artists, small business owners, parents, and Berkshire community members, and we support the Berkshire Museum's bold plan and vibrant vision to bring the museum into the 21st century so it can continue to creatively serve all of us.

image description

Guest Column: Berkshire Museum's New Vision Ensures Future

The museum's Board of Trustees wanted to take this opportunity to share our views of the future and long-term goals that will ensure that our cherished institution will be able to enrich our community for at least another century. The reality is that our museum is facing a set of financial challenges that we must address, which requires making some difficult, and clearly, emotion-provoking decisions.

image description

Citizens Continue to Protest Berkshire Museum Art Sale

Sharon Gregory has reviewed more than a decade of the Berkshire Museum's financials and says the situation isn't nearly as dire as the organization says. And Gregory isn't just anybody, she is someone with 40 years of financial experience. She retired as the vice president of business development and planning for Iredale Mineral Cosmetics, and before that worked with a number of organizations such as Lehman Brothers and Citibank.

image description

Citizens Group Protests Berkshire Museum's Planned Art Sale

Save the art, pause the sale. Save the art, pause the sale. That's what was chanted outside of the Berkshire Museum by close to 50 community members who want to halt the museum's plans to sell some 40 pieces of artwork in an effort to straighten out its finances. The Berkshire Museum has had a $1.1 million annual deficit and has crafted plans to completely revamp the museum. That, however, includes auctioning off some $50 million work of artwork.

image description

Berkshire Museum Unveils 'Reinvention Plan'

The Berkshire Museum was faced with a choice - change, move or die. For the last decade, the museum has faced a $1.1 million deficit in its budget, setting a course for failure. Director Van Shields described it as a threat to the museum's future. In response, the museum has crafted a bold $60 million plan to not only get its financial house in order but also modernize the museum and how it operates.

image description

Berkshire Museum Presents 'Ten Days of Play'

Celebrating the fifth year for this popular event, this innovative opportunity for child-directed play is included with regular museum admission and is available daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and noon to 3 p.m. on Sundays. "Ten Days of Play" is part of Pittsfield's 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival.

image description

Festival of Trees Opens at Berkshire Museum

Widely regarded as the unofficial kickoff of the holiday season in the Berkshires, the annual event will feature more than 100 dazzling decorated trees, bedecked in film world finery, reflecting this year's movie theme.

image description

Berkshire Museum Board of Trustees Elects New President

Elizabeth "Buzz" Hayes McGraw is taking the reins as president; she has been a trustee since 2008 and has served as vice-president since 2013. William “Bill” Hines Jr. will resume his role as a trustee after serving as president for five years; he joined the board in 2007.

More Stories