A New Decade

By: Jane Weinke, curator of collections/registrar on January 8th, 2020

Turning the calendar to January always lifts my spirits. It’s not only a new year, but also a new decade. While I look forward to what’s ahead, sharing our 2019 collection accomplishments seems most appropriate for this week’s Woodson Wanderings blog post.

Martin Johnson Heade, Two Ruby Throats by Their Nest, 1862-63, oil on board

As curator of collections, I happily guide the growth of the Museum’s permanent collection, supported by director Kathy Foley and our Collections Committee, composed of Board and community members.

Artworks come to the collection in a variety of ways. We are fortunate to have many donors, including artists, who generously support the Museum along with the continued support of the John and Alice Forester Charitable Trust and Nancy Woodson Spire Foundation, both of which enable the acquisition of exceptional contemporary and historic artworks.

Click here to access a PDF of all 2019 acquisitions.

Robin Berry, Miranada – Repose I, 2000, watercolor on Arches paper

Each year is a new beginning. I’m eager to see how 2020 unfolds and I look forward to sharing works from the collection to be included in several new exhibitions currently under development. This year also marks the Museum’s 45th anniversary. To honor this milestone, for future blog posts, I’ll draw on stories of how the collection has grown since our first acquisitions in 1977.

Stay tuned.

Alexander Pope, First Prize, ca. 1890, oil on canvas

Owen J. Gromme, Sacred Cranes, 1984, oil on canvas

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