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October 18, 2023

The Museum of Russian Icons rebrands to match expanded mission

Photo | Courtesy of The Icon Museum and Study Center Visitors and scholars can explore Eastern Christian visual culture at The Icon Museum and Study Center

Clinton’s Museum of Russian Icons changed its name to The Icon Museum and Study Center to reflect a broader mission and emphasize the museum's role in scholarship.

The Icon Museum and Study Center logo. The O is reminiscent of a halo.
Image | Courtesy of The Icon Museum and Study Center
The new Icon Museum and Study Center logo by Wilcox Design of Cambridge

The institution aims to place its core collection of Russian icons into a world context, and to explore other regions of Eastern Christian culture, according to a Tuesday press release.

“By weaving both the Museum and the Study Center into the new name, I believe that we are a truly unique and welcoming resource in the world of icons and Eastern Christian art,” Icon Museum Executive Director Simon Morsink said in the press release. “Icons are intriguing and very beautiful. They have their roots in early Christianity and they are an art form that has ties with many areas of Western culture from antiquity through the Renaissance to the present day. Russian icons are part of a fascinating world of Eastern Christian art. This sphere includes Bulgaria, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, Crete, Ukraine, Venice, and other places–there's so much to explore and to show our public.” 

The museum’s new logo was designed by Wilcox Design of Cambridge which has served a number of high-profile museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington D.C., and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem.

In addition, the main gallery of the museum will be renamed the Gordon B. Lankton Gallery after the museum’s founder who died in 2021 at the age of 89. Lankton founded the museum in 2006.

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