The Ratner Museum: Bethesda’s Hidden Gem

March 13, 2014

Bethesda is home to The Ratner Museum, which displays the art of Phillip Ratner—best known for his five sculptures at the Statue of Liberty and 46 pieces at Ellis Island—as well as changing exhibits of other artists.

The artist’s other permanent collections include works at The Smithsonian, The Library of Congress and The United States Supreme Court. In 2008, he began a series of sculptures for The National Rehabilitation Hospital. These sculptures will involve the themes of the healing arts and spirituality.

With degrees from the Pratt Institute and American University, Ratner taught in the Washington, DC, area for 23 years, and at the same time built his reputation as an international artist. No longer teaching, his students from as long ago as the early 1960’s still track him down and speak of the influence he had on their lives.

In 1984, Mr. Ratner was inspired to open the first of two museums, one in Israel and one in the Bethesda, Maryland, with his cousin Dennis Ratner, co-founder and CEO of Ratner Companies, which owns Hair Cuttery, Bubbles and nearly 1,000 hair salons in the United States and the United Kingdom.
(The Ratner Museum)

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