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A Contemporary Vision: Works from the Melva Bucksbaum Collection 
Sold to Benefit Art for Access at Bennington College 

Collector, patron and curator Melva Bucksbaum (1933-2015) was a passionate supporter of the arts throughout her life. Assembling a large collection of her own, Mrs. Bucksbaum was a risk-taking collector who focused on the artist, not art-world trends, and supported artists through her philanthropic work as well as studio acquisitions. She served as a trustee of the Whitney Museum of American Art and on many other boards including the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Drawing Center, and the International Council of the Tate, London. Mrs. Bucksbaum believed that art was part of our shared cultural heritage and over her lifetime donated many works of art to institutions. It is in that spirit that these works, gifted by her daughter, Mary Bucksbaum Scanlan, are being sold to benefit Art for Access at Bennington College. Art for Access celebrates Bennington College’s pioneering visual arts legacy by providing funding for scholarships through the sale of artworks. Included in the sale are works by well-known, emerging and mid-career artists in a myriad of styles, media and price-points.


We accept phone bids, absentee bids and live online bidding for this sale. To register for bidding by phone or absentee click here. Register for live online bidding via or For inquiries regarding the items in this sale please contact us at 518.751.1000 or

Time & Location

Wednesday, June 2 at 11am

Catalogue Online

Monday, May 17

Gallery Preview

Friday, May 21
Saturday, May 22 closed
Sunday, May 23 closed
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Tuesday, May 25
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Thursday, May 27
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Saturday, May 29
Sunday, May 30 closed 
Monday, May 31 closed 
Tuesday, June 1

Preview is by appointment only. Please call to schedule a time. 518.751.1000

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