From the start his ideal was an art museum which should play a social, civic, educational, aesthetic role in the life of the entire community. Art not for art’s sake but for the sake of every man, woman and child in Toledo. No museum existed in the world which George Stevens could use as a pattern. He was the pioneer, the theorist with faith, the dreamer who knew the stars –– but back of that knowledge were science and exactness and patience and skill and perseverance. Today museums of two continents are following the trail he blazed.
–Excerpt from A Man and A Dream: The Book of George W. Stevens by Nina Spalding Stevens. See more excerpts from this book about the building of the museum and Edward Drummond Libbey on this website here.)