Permanent Collection


Visionary leaders founded the Art Museum in 1909 as the Lafayette Art Association, with the purpose “to stimulate and encourage interest in art and to give annual exhibitions, and to establish and maintain permanent collections of works of art.”

The Permanent Collection began with the acquisition of F. Louis Mora’s painting “Cruise of the Ellida” in 1911.  Today the collection includes over 1,400 objects and focuses on 19th, 20th and 21st century American art with a special emphasis on the art of Indiana and surrounding states.

Acquisitions

The museum has acquired works of art through gifts and purchases.   Works that are accepted into the museum’s permanent collection are selected by the Executive Director and approved by the Curator.  Final approval is by the Collections Committee.  Investment distributions from two restricted endowments have funded purchases in recent years.  The Mickey Shook Endowment at the Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, started in 1992, and the Connie and Richard Grace Endowment held by the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette Foundation, Inc.


Sub-Collections

Artist : Vawter, John William   Title : Scene of an Alley   Medium : oil   Credit : Gift of Mrs. Eleanor Baird Milford Kristensen from the estate of her mother, Eleanor M. Ross Baird   Accession # : 1977.16

Artist: Vawter, John William

Title: Scene of an Alley

Medium: oil

Credit: Gift of Mrs. Eleanor Baird Milford Kristensen from the estate of her mother, Eleanor M. Ross Baird

Accession #: 1977.16

Indiana Artists Collection

The collection includes works by pioneer Indiana artists Jacob Cox and George Winter; members of the Richmond Group, including John Elwood Bundy and Frank Girardin; members of the Hoosier Group, including T.C. Steele, William Forsyth, Richard Gruelle and Otto Stark; and members of the Brown County Art Colony, including Will Vawter, Carl Graf, Georges LaChance, and Edward K. Williams.  Between 1998 and 2001, Robert L. and Ellen E. Haan donated 53 works of Indiana artists to the Art Museum’s collection.

Artist : Fry, Laura Anne   Title : Bowl (Rookwood #95C)   Medium : ceramic   Date : 1885   Credit : Museum Purchase   Accession # : 1984.23

Artist: Fry, Laura Anne

Title: Bowl (Rookwood #95C)

Medium: ceramic

Date: 1885

Credit: Museum Purchase

Accession #: 1984.23

Laura Anne Fry Rookwood Pottery Collection

 The Museum holds a special collection of Rookwood pottery by Laura Anne Fry, founder of the Lafayette Art Association, precursor to today’s Art Museum of Greater Lafayette.  Today the Art Museum has the single largest collection of her pottery, including Rookwood works from 1885 to 1896.

Artist : Baber, Alice   Title : The Purple Crossing the Valley   Medium : oil   Date : 1969   Credit : Gift of the Alice Baber Estate   Accession # : 1983.35

Artist: Baber, Alice

Title: The Purple Crossing the Valley

Medium: oil

Date: 1969

Credit: Gift of the Alice Baber Estate

Accession #: 1983.35

The Alice Baber Collection of American Contemporary Art

In tribute to the life of this New York artist, works of the artist and her contemporaries were donated to the Art Museum.  Other artists represented include Ann Chwatsky, Connie Fox, Jean Reynal, T. Barick, J. Bogley, Jeanne Reynal, Thomas Sills, Elaine De Kooning, Yun James Yohe, Paul Jenkins, Rosa Sanin, Daniel Weldon and Manoucher Yektai.

Artist : Meza, Guillermo   Title : Mechanical Age   Medium : guache   Credit : Gift of Professor and Mrs. Edward Stowe Akeley   Accession # : 1995.28

Artist: Meza, Guillermo

Title: Mechanical Age

Medium: guache

Credit: Gift of Professor and Mrs. Edward Stowe Akeley

Accession #: 1995.28

The Edward and Anna Stowe Akeley Collection of Mexican Modernists

The Akeley’s contributed many of the works collected by them on trips to Mexico to the Art Museum.  The collection includes works by Leonora Carrington, Guillermo Meza, Jose Clemente Orozco, Raul Anguiano and Rafael Coronel.

Artist : Ortiz, Ricardo   Title : Jar, large   Medium : ceramic   Credit : Gift of Michael and Mary Hasegawa   Accession # : 2012.09.86

Artist: Ortiz, Ricardo

Title: Jar, large

Medium: ceramic

Credit: Gift of Michael and Mary Hasegawa

Accession #: 2012.09.86

The Hasegawa Collection of Southwest Pottery 

During an exhibition of the Hasegawa Collection in 2012, Paul Michael and Mary Lou Hasegawa announced a gift of 87 pieces of Native American pueblo pottery.  The pottery pieces were created by 20th and 21st century potters.  The collection includes extraordinary examples from each of the nineteen pueblos in New Mexico and one in Arizona.

Artist : Unknown   Title : Inuit walrus   Medium : stone and ivory   Credit : Gift of the estate of Albert Ewell   Accession # : 2015.11

Artist: Unknown

Title: Inuit walrus

Medium: stone and ivory

Credit: Gift of the estate of Albert Ewell

Accession #: 2015.11

The Albert Ewell Collection of Inuit Art

In 2008, Albert Ewell donated his collection of thirty-seven stone Inuit sculptures to the Art Museum.  In 2015, another sculpture was donated from the estate of Albert Ewell bringing the total number of pieces to thirty-eight.  Since then several other donations of important Inuit paintings, carvings and prints have been made by Mona Berg and from the estate of Derek Davenport.

 
Artist : Pozzatti, Rudy   Title : Mountains and Desert Sky (ed. no. 5/20)   Medium : color lithograph on stone and aluminum plate with Japanese paper collage   Credit : Gift of Rudy and Doti Pozzatti in memory of Richard K. Curtis   Accession # : 2015.14.107

Artist: Pozzatti, Rudy

Title: Mountains and Desert Sky (ed. no. 5/20)

Medium: color lithograph on stone and aluminum plate with Japanese paper collage

Credit: Gift of Rudy and Doti Pozzatti in memory of Richard K. Curtis

Accession #: 2015.14.107

The Rudy and Doti Pozzatti Collection 

The largest collection of work by a single artist contains over one hundred and seventy prints and collages by Rudy Pozzatti.   According to the artist, the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette has the most complete retrospective of his work spanning the years from 1955 to 2016.  Rudy Pozzatti and his wife Doti donated the majority of the works to the museum from 2014 to 2015. 

 
 

If you are interested in donating of a work of art, please contact the Executive Director.