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Long Profile of Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas

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Established:

The Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas officially opened to the public in 1972.

The Museum exhibits artworks such as painting, sculptures, and works on paper. The permanent collection includes high-quality cultural works ranging from the 3rd millennium B.C. to the mid-20th century.

History:

The Kimbell Art Museum originated in the 1930s with wealthy businessman Kay Kimbell and his wife, Velma Kimbell who set up an art foundation for their burgeoning art collection. By the 1960s, they had the finest collection of Old Masters in Texas.

Renowned architect Louis Kahn was commissioned in 1966 to create a museum for the Kimbell collection. According to the Museum's website: "Kahn’s innovative use of natural light and subtle articulation of space and materials greatly enhance the experience of the art...Natural light enters through narrow plexiglass skylights along the top of cycloid barrel vaults and is diffused by wing-shaped pierced-aluminum reflectors that hang below, giving a silvery gleam to the smooth concrete of the vault surfaces and providing a perfect, subtly fluctuating illumination for the works of art."

A Renzo Piano expansion which will "include a research library, education center and 300-seat auditorium" is slated to open towards the end of 2013.

Mission:

The Museum's mission according to their website: is to form "collections of the highest aesthetic quality, derived from any and all periods in man’s history, and in any medium or style."

Location:

The Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth is located in "Fort Worth's Cultural District at the corner of University and Lancaster and is accessible through the D/FW public transportation system."

Museum's Conservation Department:

Art conservation is when trained art conservators research and analyze an artwork, to then determine how best to restore and preserve the artwork for future generations.

The Museum's Conservation Department is in a "well-equipped studio designed by Louis Kahn."

Famed Artworks in Collection:

For an art museum, the Kimbell's collection is considered small as they have acquired approximately 350 works. However, in spite of its size, the collection is noteworthy for including "works that not only epitomize their eras and styles, but also touch individual high points of aesthetic beauty and historical importance."

The collection ranges in age from the ancient world to the mid-20th century. Paintings by renowned artists such as Fra Angelico, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Goya, El Greco, Picasso, Cezanne and Matisse are included, while fine examples of Egyptian, Cycladic, Greek, and Roman antiquities; Asian pottery, painted scrolls; and Mesoamerican and African sculptures are also exhibited.

Noteworthy Facts:

For those who wish to learn more about the artwork in-depth, may want to consider the Museum's Docent Program. To become a Docent includes one year of mandatory training, which is then followed by 2 years of active service. Docents give guided tours to museum visitors.

Employment Information:

The Kimbell Art Museum posts job opportunities on its website. Openings in the various departments such as administrative, curatorial, educational, and public relations may become available, so be sure to check the listings regularly.

How to Apply for a Job:

To apply for a job, you may wish to send your résumé, with a cover letter to: Kimbell Art Museum, Human Resources, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76107. You can also email your résumé to the Human Resources department at humres@kimbellmuseum.org.

Museum's Contact Info:

Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth, Texas 76107-2792. Tel: 817-332-8451

The Kimbell Art Museum's website

Museum Hours :

  • Mondays closed
  • Tuesdays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Wednesdays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Thursdays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Fridays 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Saturdays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Sundays 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Closed Holidays
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