The Academy Art Museum began its permanent collection in 1967 with a gift of eleven works on paper. Today, the collection contains over 1500 works spanning more than two centuries of art.  The collection of works on paper presents a distinguished survey of prints and drawings from 1850 to present day, including American and European impressionists, the WPA and the Group of Eight. In addition to works by Francisco Goya, Paul Cezanne, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro, our collection of late 20th-century works by American artists has grown through donations and purchases to include Judy Chicago, Mary Cassatt, Jim Dine, Richard Diebenkorn, Robert Motherwell, Elizabeth Murray, Frederick Hammersley, Philip Pearlstein, Terry Parmelee, Man Ray, Robert Rauschenberg, Larry Rivers, James Rosenquist, Kiki Smith, Pat Steir, Jacob Kainen and Anne Truitt. The collection also includes works by distinguished American photographic artists, such as Berenice Abbott, Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, William Eggleston, John Gossage, Lisette Model and Aaron Siskind. In 2008 the Museum was selected as the Maryland recipient of The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States, launched by the National Gallery of Art in collaboration with the Vogels.

We are honored to hold works by pioneering African-American contemporary artists in the Permanent Collection, including Martin Puryear, Sam Gilliam, Lorna Simpson, Leonardo Drew, Tom Miller, and Renee Stout.

Works by women artists make up 24 percent of the Permanent Collection, which is more than double the average at US institutions, and we continue to continue to strive for greater diversity both in our rotating exhibitions and in our Permanent Collection.

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