Recently, I had a conversation with a longtime volunteer who asked how many objects comprise the Woodson Art Museum collection. His question was prompted by the number of artworks in Birds in Art that are accompanied by additional labels designating them as recent acquisitions. I smiled and replied how difficult that question is to answer.
For years, I’ve kept a tally of the collection, categorized into several groups. For example, if someone inquired about the number of glass objects, I could check the list and share a total of 762. But that doesn’t provide enough information for my purposes. What’s more helpful is:
215 Victorian glass baskets
115 pieces of contemporary studio glass
111 historical glass objects
321 assorted blown and pressed glass tableware
Likewise, each of the other groups is categorized.
714 works on paper
256 Andrea Rich woodcuts
70 Anne Faust serigraphs
929 works on paper
32 Old Master
1,116 Owen J. Gromme
7,475 Don R. Eckelberry
Several segments of the collection were acquired as groups. The John and Alice Forester Miniature Collection includes gifts by artists to honor the Foresters. There are also larger group bequests and donations that are tracked separately.
65 works on paper
214 works on paper
81 other artists
Donaldson Endangered Species Collection
317 works on paper
302 National Wildlife Federation
10 rare books
99 Dorothy Doughty birds
13 Doughty plates
These totals provide an overview of the 13,708 works in the Woodson Art Museum collection, selections from which comprise various exhibitions including On the Wing: Birds in Flight, Passionate Pursuits, Conservation in Action, and Fowl Play currently on view in the galleries.
In the November 1 Woodson Wanderings blog post, I’ll share a list of the artworks acquired from the 2017 Birds in Art exhibition and explain how these acquisitions were made possible.
Check back next week and visit often to learn more.