Bruce McCombs, professor of art at Hope College, has received an Artist Lifetime Pass from the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City in appreciation and recognition of his representation in the Whitney’s permanent collection.

The Whitney Museum of American Art features 20th century and contemporary American art, with a special focus on works by living artists.  It presents the lifetime passes to artists whose work has been chosen for its permanent collection.  The pass provides free admission at any time the museum is open for McCombs and a guest, as well as a discounted rate for group visits.

McCombs’s work in the collection is “Hobby Horses,” an etching and drypoint that he created in 1967.

McCombs actively displays his prints and paintings throughout the U.S. and around the world. His artwork has been procured by many permanent collections both nationally and internationally, including not only the Whitney but the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and the National Museum of Fine Arts in Hanoi, Vietnam.  A member of the Hope faculty since 1969, he holds his B.F.A. from the Cleveland Institute of Art and his M.F.A. from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Whitney Museum of Art was founded in 1930 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, and its permanent collection comprises more than 21,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, films, videos, and new media by more than 3,000 artists.  The museum is located in a new facility, located on Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District near the Hudson River, that opened on May 1.