The Museum of Art cares for a permanent collection of 1,700 works of art, including paintings, drawings, prints, photography, ceramics, and sculpture. The collection emphasizes nineteenth- and twentieth-century prints and drawings and includes nearly two hundred Japanese woodblock prints. Annual exhibitions feature works from the permanent collection.
Works on Paper
Approximately eighty percent of the Museum of Art's collection is composed of prints, drawings, watercolors, and photography.
The recently established Edmund G. Miller Art Collection Fund enables the museum to purchase and conserve works on paper for the collection.
Boston Expressionist Artists
The second generation of Boston Expressionist artists is widely represented in the permanent collection. Figurative works by David Aronson, Marianna Pineda, Mitchell Siporin, Barbara Swan, Harold Tovish, and Elbert Weinberg form the basis of this collection. The Museum of Art's acclaimed exhibition, Against the Grain, presented in 2000, examined the impact of these mid-twentieth-century artists on the development of art in New England.
UNH Faculty Artists
The studio art program at the University of New Hampshire is well known for providing students with a strong academic foundation in both figurative and representational art. The program has been guided by distinguished faculty artists whose work is represented within the collection, including Sigmund Abeles, Arthur Balderacchi, John W. Hatch, John Laurent, Edwin O. Scheier, Scott Schnepf, Winifred Clark Shaw, and Melvin Zabarsky.
Art of New England
The historical art of New England is an area of strength in the collection. Over the last 25 years the Museum of Art has mounted a series of major exhibitions examining the artistic and cultural heritage of the Granite State, including: A Visual History of the Isles of Shoals; The White Mountains; Art Colonies of Cornish and Dublin; New Hampshire Folk Art; and New Hampshire Traditions in Wood.
This specific area of focus for the permanent collection continues to grow with the addition of works by Frank Benson, Mary B. Call, F. M. H. deHaas, J. J. Enneking, Walter Gay, B. K. Howard, Bernard Karfiol, Gaston Lachaise, William Trost Richards, Abbott H. Thayer, and Charles Woodbury.