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Museum receives Shaker collection of Ellsworth Kelly and Jack Shear

March 16, 2016

The Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon has received a gift of the Shaker pieces collected and used by Ellsworth Kelly and his husband Jack Shear. The collection was promised to the Museum in 2011, following the Museum’s honoring of Ellsworth and Jack at its annual benefit event. Ellsworth Kelly passed away on December 27, 2015.

The collection of 24 pieces includes cupboards, tables, boxes, trays, and a cast iron stove. The pieces represent several time periods and originated at a number of Shaker communities: Watervliet and Mount Lebanon, NY and Hancock, MA are included, among others. Of particular note is Ellsworth’s Shaker work table, which he actively used for many decades.

“It’s wonderful to see these pieces find a permanent home here," said Lacy Schutz, the Shaker Museum's new executive director. "I’ve long admired Ellsworth’s work and I’m sorry I never had the opportunity to meet him. He and Jack have been great friends to this organization.”