Looking at the Collection: Works on Paper

Adtran, Jurenko, Thurber & Guild Galleries

November 21, 2021 – February 13, 2022

watercolor painting of three white flowers with dark green leaves

Alan Shuptrine (American, b. 1963), Evening White, 2019, watercolor on paper, 18 x 29.5 in. Museum Purchase in Memory of Lil Parton, Funds Provided by the Dr. John Rison Jones Jr. Acquisition Fund and the Susy & Robert Thurber Acquisition Fund, 2019.08

Maria Howard Weeden (American, 1846-1905), Portrait of Effie Mastin, c.1900, graphite and watercolor on paper, 13.5 x 10.5 in. Gift of Dr. John Rison Jones, Jr., Dorothy Erwin Jones Cooper (Mrs. George P. Cooper), and John Robert Jones in memory of their mother, Ruth Hudson Rhyne Jones

One of the Museum’s best kept secrets is its collection of works on paper, which includes well over 1,000 prints and drawings dating from the 18th through the 21st centuries. This diverse holding includes a large number of 19th century Japanese wood-block prints; important early 20th century American and European prints; and modern and contemporary paintings and drawings in graphite, watercolor, ink, and mixed media by critically renowned artists across the region and nation.

The Museum’s holdings continue to expand in this category through generous gifts and significant purchases, notably in the areas of contemporary prints and drawings.

Looking at the Collection: Works on Paper affords the Museum the opportunity to showcase an eclectic selection of works acquired over the Museum’s history in four expansive galleries of the Davidson Wing. Familiar works will be displayed along with pieces that have not been on public view in many decades, providing an occasion to encounter old friends as well as make new acquaintances. Organized by HMA.