The people of the Farnsworth Art Museum expressed deep sadness at the Jan. 14 death of long-time friend Phyllis Mills Wyeth. Wyeth was a steadfast supporter of the museum for decades and a key advisor to the Farnsworth. She was instrumental in crafting the Farnsworth’s Andrew Wyeth Memorial endowment, which in 2010 doubled the museum’s overall endowment.

“First and foremost, our thoughts are with Jamie and the family who are personally dealing with this great loss,” said Farnsworth Director Christopher J. Brownawell. “We will miss Phyllis. We will miss her vision, we will miss her tremendous support of the arts, but most of all we will miss her friendship.”

Phyllis Wyeth was a noted philanthropist who provided vital support to not only the Farnsworth, but also to arts organizations throughout the country. Her contributions to the museum were immense and helped make the Farnsworth what it is today.

“We will forever be in her debt,” said Brownawell.

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