Washington, DC—In 2016, the National Gallery of Art will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the opening of the museum with a variety of public programs, including concerts, films, educational programs, a new published history of the Gallery, and an on-site sketching program. Founded by Andrew W. Mellon and accepted by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on behalf of the nation, the Gallery opened to the public on March 17, 1941. For more information about the Gallery’s history and the programs that commemorate the 75th anniversary, visithttp://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/press/2016/75years-programs.html.

75 Years/75 Stories: April 1–3, 2016

A special series of 75 engaging and sometimes surprising stories about works of art in the collection will be presented April 1-3, 2016. Gallery experts (curators, lecturers, conservators, and docents) will deliver 15-minute “pop up” talks about the collection. Stories include the acquisition of Leonardo da Vinci’s Ginevra de’ Benci (c. 1474/1478)—codenamed “the bird”—arriving under cover of night in 1967 to take up its permanent home at the Gallery.


Concerts: March 17–20, 2016

In honor of the 75the anniversary, the Gallery will present four days of performances by Washington, DC’s military ensembles. Concerts are free of charge and open to the public on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Sketching Is Seeing: March 25–April 24, 2016

From Friday, March 25 through Sunday, April 24, 2016, the Art Information Room, located in the West Building on the Mall entrance side, will be transformed into a “Sketching is Seeing” orientation space. Building on the time-honored tradition of artists who sketch to explore ideas and the world around them, “Sketching Is Seeing” is a pilot program that offers an experience for visitors, providing inspiration to sketch from original works of art. This program is not about how well you can draw; rather, visitors will be encouraged to think about sketching as a tool to explore the museum—to slow down, look carefully, and connect with works of art.

Faber-Castell USA is pleased to have provided all complimentary pencils for “Sketching Is Seeing” in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the National Gallery of Art.

Visitors are encouraged to stop by the Art Information Room to learn more about the program and to pick up materials, including a complimentary National Gallery of Art 75th anniversary sketchbook and pencil. Members of the public can also share their creativity via Twitter or Instagram (@ngadc) using #NGAsketch. The program is designed for all ages.


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The Gallery will launch a new social media campaign on March 17 to commemorate the museum’s 75th anniversary. Using #MyNGADC across Twitter and Instagram, the Gallery will encourage the online community to share their personal connections to the museum. Throughout 2016, the Gallery will share the stories of its collection and its artists, and using #MyNGADC, ask the public to answer the question: “What inspires you about the Gallery?”


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