Recent Acquisitions

What's new with the collection!

With more than seventeen thousand works of art ranging from ancient Coptic textile fragments to contemporary American art in a range of media, the Allentown Art Museum boasts a global collection with deep roots in its native Pennsylvania. Our collection is constantly growing and evolving. Here’s some news about recent additions.

New to our American collection is a stunning 1930 woodcut with aluminum leaf by Gustave Baumann purchased with the support of the Society of the Arts (SOTA). Our strong representation of the congruence of European and American printmaking around World War II, such as the Fred Becker reproduced here, is thanks in large part to the generosity of Paul K. Kania, whose donations will be featured in a summer 2017 exhibition.

LEFT: Gustave Baumann (German-born American, 1881–1971), Procession, 1930, color woodcut with aluminum leaf, ed. 120, image size 13 x 12 ¾ in. Purchase: SOTA Print Fund, 2016
RIGHT: Fred Becker (American, ca. 1914–2004), Celestial Grub, 1948, soft ground etching, engraving, and drypoint. Purchase: Gift of Paul K. Kania, 2016


Exciting contemporary acquisitions include Kara Walker’s seminal 1994 polyptych, a disquieting silhouetted narrative exploring the conflicted past of our country. It is the first work by this important artist to enter the collection.

Kara Walker (American, b. 1969, Stockton, CA), A Means to an End: A Shadow Drama in Five Acts, 1994, etching and aquatint on five sheets of white wove paper, ed. 20, 35 x 24” (each sheet), 35 x 120” (assembled). Purchase:  Leigh Schadt and Edwin Schadt Art Museum Trust Fund, 2016


We have expanded upon our holdings of regional art with the acquisition of a large-scale 1945 mural painted by renowned Abstract Expressionist Franz Kline for the Lehighton American Legion, as well as multimedia works by locally based artists.

Franz Kline (American, 1910–1962), Lehighton (detail), 1945, oil on canvas. Purchase: Leigh Schadt and Edwin Schadt Art Museum Trust Fund, 2016 © The Franz Kline Estate/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photograph by Steve Gamler

Pat Badt and
Scott Sherk (American, b. 1954 and 1952), After Da Lodi with Sound Shadows, 2014, five panels, oil on MDF, five video projections, 5.1 sound, five speakers. Gift of Pat Badt and Scott Scherk, 2015


Thanks to generous gifts, our photography collection has grown exponentially in the last year, with images ranging from the industrial to the astronomical.

LEFT: Arthur Rothstein (American, 1915–1985), Shoeshine Man, New York City, New York, 1937, gelatin silver print, printed later, 12 x 9 in. Gift of Jon and Nicky Ungar, 2015
RIGHT: Gordon Coster (American, 1906–1988), Factory at Night, c. 1930s, vintage gelatin silver print, 11 x 14 inches. Gift of Jon and Nicky Ungar, 2015|
LEFT: Dmitri Baltermants (Polish/ Russian, 1912–1990), Test Pilot Ahmet Khan Sultan, Twice Hero of the Soviet Union, 1961, gelatin silver print, printed in 2003 under the supervision of the Baltermants Estate, 20 x 16 inches. Gift of Jon and Nicky Ungar, 2015
RIGHT: David Malin (British-Australian, b. 1941), Spiral Galaxy, platinum-palladium print, 11 x 14 inches. Gift of Jon and Nicky Ungar, 2015



We continue to refine, build, and display our celebrated collection of costumes and textiles, which includes some of the earliest and most globally varied works in the Museum.

Maker unknown, American, Girl's Dress and Jacket, 1850–1875, tiered skirt with plain weave cotton bodice, brown and white cylinder print with Cotton, roller printed. Gift of Helen Barnes, 2011


We look forward to sharing our exciting and ever-changing collections with you! Check back to this page for more acquisitions in the future.