Permanent Collections

American Painting & Sculpture
American painting and sculpture has always been the museum's primary focus, and we have built a collection that represents American art from the mid-eighteenth century to the present.

Decorative Arts
Gifts of arts-and-crafts-era ceramics and metalwork form Kate Fowler Merle-Smith, and other members of the Merle-Smith family, have become the basis for our collection of decorative arts.

Non-Western Art
Gifts from the Jaipaul family began the museum's sculpture collection from India and Tibet. Drs. Peter and Caroline Koblenzer expanded on the collection in 2009.

European Painting & Sculpture
The museum houses a strong collection of over 100 European Old Master paintings and sculpture. The collection owes its origins to a substantial gift from Samuel H. Kress.

Textiles & Costume
The museum's textile collection spans sixteen centuries and five continents and is unique for a museum of its size. This collection cuts across time, cultures, and techniques.
Works on Paper
The museum's print collection was begun in 1966 to serve as an educational tool, at which time the SOTA Print Fund was inaugurated to build this area.