Priscilla Morgan, a long-time supporter of the arts and a founding board member of Long Island City’s Noguchi Museum, has passed away, according to published obituaries. She was 94.
Morgan died peacefully at her Manhattan home on Sunday, March 30, the New York Times reported.
“She was a great friend and a major figure in the art world,” said former Borough President Claire Shulman, who met Morgan through the late Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi.
Describing her as charming, warm, intelligent and classy, Schulman said she will miss Morgan’s friendship.
Born in Poughkeepsie in 1919, Morgan began her career in radio production and later became an agent, working with theatrical talent, according to her alma mater Vassar College. Morgan soon formed the Priscilla Morgan Agency, which was bought by the William Morris Agency in 1955.
She met the composer Gian Carlo Menotti in Italy in 1958 and eventually helped bring to the USA his Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, a performing and visual arts event, according to the college.
Morgan, in addition to being a founding member of the board, was also the first Honorary Life Trustee of the Noguchi Museum. She spent the last decades of her life “furthering artistic causes and nurturing friendships across many generations,” a Times obituary said.
“Priscilla Morgan was a remarkable woman. Her love for Isamu Noguchi and by extension his museum will continue to guide us. The board and staff of the Museum mourn her passing.” said Director Jenny Dixon.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Children’s Aid Society, according to a Times obituary.