The outdoor sculpture collection of the Berman Museum is comprised of more than 70 contemporary artworks spread over the grounds of Ursinus College, forming a unique perceptual and physical gateway to the campus at large.
Together Philip and Muriel Berman discovered a passion for sculpture, and were later acknowledged as among the greatest donors of outdoor sculpture in the country. They often commissioned outdoor works by such artists as Henry Moore, Lynn Chadwick, Alexander Calder, and Tom Sternal for installation on the grounds of museums and sculpture gardens, as well as their Allentown home.
The Bermans made their first gift of outdoor sculpture to Ursinus College in 1980 with Glenn Zweygardt’s Bearkeeper and Upheaval II. In time, the pair donated over 90 percent of the Berman Museum of Art’s current outdoor collection.
Since then, the collection’s generous benefactors have also included George and Ellen Anthonisen, Joe Mooney, and the family of G. Noble Wagner, among others.
“We believe art should be seen; sculpture should be in public places and art should be in the arena of learning such as colleges and universities.”