About the Museum

Our Mission

The mission of the Arnot Art Museum is to preserve the original collection of Matthias H. Arnot and, with a primary focus on representational art, to collect and exhibit works of art possessing the highest quality, merit, enduring worth and interest for the purpose of:

  • promoting an understanding and appreciation of the visual arts;
  • providing inspiration, enjoyment and enlightenment to the largest possible audience;
  • enhancing the culture of our region;
  • nurturing a local, regional and national role based on our collection.

Museum History

The Arnot Art Museum was founded with the bequest by Matthias H. Arnot of his collection, home, and an endowment in 1910. In 1913 the Arnot Art Gallery opened in the renovated Greek Revival home built by John Arnot, Sr. in 1833, the year of Matthias’s birth. Since then it has grown to become one of the leading cultural institutions in the region.

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Board of Trustees
The Museum's Board of Trustees is responsible for defining the institution's mission and for providing overall leadership and strategic direction to the organization. The Trustees set policy and work to ensure that the Museum has adequate resources to carry out its mission.

Jacquelyn Becker Chotkowski

Clare vanden Blink
Marc Hample
Mila Meier

Patricia Pinkston
Elizabeth Potter-Knapp
Dorianne Riggs

John M. Walsh III
Maria Winston
Charlotte O. Wirth

Rick Pirozzolo, Executive Director & Curator

Trustees Emeriti
Trustees who have served with distinction and whose commitment to the Museum remains strong are eligible for election to the "emeritus" special trusteeship. Distinguished service is defined by a former trustee's active participation over multiple terms, leadership roles, consistent philanthropic support, and demonstrated interest in the institution.

Joan Argetsinger
Fred Betschen
Carl Blowers

Karen Ronsivalle
Thomas W. Wirth


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