Our collection primarily comprises 19th, 20th, and 21st-century art, distinguished by an extraordinary level of drawings and watercolors from a foundational donation in 1989 by Dr. and Mrs. John Mayers, thus establishing the bar for future acquisitions. A choice collection of photographs gifted by Isadore and Kelly Friedman in 2007 formed an important and ongoing photography program. We are proud to always have on display sculptural pieces from across Africa. Our earliest pieces are ancient artifacts from Latin and South America. Interspersed with the Pre-Columbian artworks are contemporary glass and ceramic sculptures, offering a compelling aesthetic and cultural link from the past to the art of the present day.
Older and larger institutions collect broadly and in-depth. In contrast, the dominating principle for our Museum is the quality of the objects and the installation. We endeavor to create new connections between our collection’s works of art in a variety of media, from diverse cultures and across centuries. Through the way that we install the collection, we take the foundational donations and ongoing gifts to the Museum and create intimate, memorable experiences for the visiting public.