For Immediate Release
Contact:  Pattie Pardee


Knowing What I Like -
The Private Collection of George S. Bolge

January 15 - March 14, 2021

Museum of Art - DeLand

100 N. Woodland Blvd.

DeLand, Florida

DELAND, FL – January 7, 2021 – The Museum of Art – DeLand will open the exhibition Knowing What I Like: The Private Collection of George S. Bolge on Friday, January 15, 2021 and it will run through March 14, 2021.

George S. Bolge is not the kind of collector who “collects for profit pure and simple, who buys works of art in wholesale lots, only to stash them away in a warehouse where they have risen in value.” Rather, the former Museum of Art – DeLand CEO and Director Emeriti of the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale and the Boca Raton Museum of Art, collects art for art’s sake, seeing each acquisition as “the record of a vivid experience, either a long pursuit or a struggle, in which mounting desire has conquered prudence and economy.”

With few exceptions, most of the works in Bolge’s collection are small to medium in scale, but covering an extensive artistic scope in terms of cultural and aesthetic content, technique, style, and media.

The art represented in this impressive exhibition was assembled over 40 years of personal interactions with artists – those with both national and international reputations, and those whose talents have yet to be discovered. Familiar names include M.C. Escher, Henri-Cartier Bresson, Denis Smith, and Arnold Newman.  The collection includes exceptional examples of Haitian and Primal art, as well as Modern and Contemporary pieces.

In Bolge’s words, “This exhibition is an attempt to select, from as personal point of view as possible, a group of painters, sculptors, and photographers who have given me – each in his or her own way – experiences that are pleasurable.  All of these are for me unique, because each one makes a visual statement quite of their own making.”

Pattie Pardee, Museum of Art – DeLand’s Executive Director, notes that  “collectors help shape how art will be remembered for generations to come, and we are honored to share George Bolge’s singular perspective distilled from a lifetime devoted to the visual arts.”

* Please note that due to continued COVID-19 precautions, there will be no opening reception for this exhibition.

About the Museum of Art – DeLand
The Museum of Art – DeLand is a vital and interactive visual arts museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, display and educational use of the fine arts in Central Florida.  Established in 1951, the Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and is comprised of a 23,000 square foot arts facility housing five galleries on two levels located at 600 N. Woodland Blvd. and the Downtown Galleries located at 100 N. Woodland Blvd in DeLand, Florida. Enriching the community through its permanent collection, art exhibitions and educational programs, the Museum is a source of cultural focus and is recognized statewide by its peers for academic excellence and community outreach.  The Museum is supported by its Guild, grants, admissions, generous patrons and donors, and Museum Store adjacent to its galleries in Downtown DeLand.  To learn more about the Museum, its programming exhibits and opportunities to engage with the Arts visit us at or Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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Tropic Magazine Cover, by Robert Rauschenburg, 1979, Lithograph, 12 x 21 in