FSU Museum of Fine Arts permanent collection and holdings consists
of close to
4,000 objects and includes works in almost every medium, ranging
from pre-Columbian pottery to contemporary art. The Museum has
a significant number of works of art on paper including prints
of artists as well known as Rembrandt and Pablo Picasso. The outline
below describes collections and holdings of Florida State University
Museum of Fine Arts.
works were donated to the Museum by James Ball who fulfilled
the wish and bequest of a friend, a soldier in World War II
who had found these modest drawings and genre paintings in a
destroyed artist's studio.
holding at the Museum for FSU's Anthropology Department, this
collection was donated by John and Mary Carter in 1944. The items
in this collection include a variety of ceramic vessels and textiles
which are from various coastal cultures (Moche, Chimú,
and the Lambayeque) and represent different time periods
(Chancay, Paracas and Nazca cultures).
wood-carved objects but also small iron Ashanti figurines, donated
by Mr. Jim Chezem in 1991.
Cranbrook Print Collection
from the Printmaking Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art, this
collection consists of two print portfolios one entitled Re-enactment:
The French Have a Word for It, and the other, Underbelly.
Each suite contains 18 prints 22" x 15" executed in various printmaking
techniques - lithography, intaglio, screen print, letterpress
and relief. The prints were produced by the department's graduate
students and the department head.
to the Museum by the Cressman family in the late 1970s this collection
includes: ornamental glass, Wedgwood, Meissen, Peachblow, Agata,
Pomona, Burmese, Mother of Pearl or Satin Glass, Amberina, Spangled,
Hobnail, Asian porcelain pieces, cased or overlay glass, cut and
etched glass, cobalt glass, amethyst glass and many other types
and styles, including the Limoges clock above.
Graf and Dr. Nause, of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, donated forty prints
in 1973. These prints by various artists are of that date.
Frederic Remington bronze sculptures, restrikes of the originals,
donated to the School of Visual Arts and Dance by Jim and Biddie
Kirk in 1994. Frederic Remington (1861-1909) is known for
his illustration, painting and sculpture depicting military themes
and the vanishing Old West.
collection contains a series of 67 ukyio-e prints by Yoshida Hiroshi.
The series depicts the woodblock print process. This series
is titled Night Scene after the Rain on Kagurazaka Dori and
is dated, 1929.
London Arts Group
the donations of Mr. Joseph A. Schuster and Mr. Eugene I Schuster,
brokered by London Arts Group in Detroit, Michigan, this collection
includes: serigraph prints by Tom Blackwell, John Baeder,
Ronald Kleeman, and Arne Besser; screenprints by Illya Bolotowsky,
John Baedar and other artists; collotype prints by Mel Ramos.
Mason specialized in Japanese art and was a professor of Asian
Art at Florida State University. Her book The History
of Japanese Art is recognized as the most comprehensive account
from prehistory to the 20th century. The bequest from her Estate
includes: a set of prints demonstrating the various stages of
a Japanese woodblock print series, a Japanese wedding chest and
four Japanese scrolls dating to the 17th and 18th centuries. In
addition, Dr. Mason had collected two sculpted wood reliefs by
Mark Lindquist, "a chainsaw series" wood bowl by the artist and
a painting on paper by British artist Trevor Bell.
and Mrs. Matthew Molitch donated this collection in 1991. It consists
of nine English prints and one framed oil on porcelain, most of
which were collected in the 1920s. Four of these are 18th
century, while five were made by various printmakers producing
new prints in the 18th century style.
Native American Basketry
Anthropology Department basketry collection was donated by Mary
Douglas Lewis, a Florida State University alumnus, in 1954. Items
in this collection come from the Pacific coast region, (northern
California, Oregon, and Washington up through British Columbia
to Alaska) and represent examples of basketry created by Native
collection is a limited edition portfolio of 12 original 19th
Century, one-of-a-kind, photographs: 1 daguerreotype, 1 salt print,
1 tintype, 1 ambrotype, 3 albumen prints, 1 stereograph, 1 woodburytype,
1 photogravure, 1 blue print, 1 platinum print. Purchased from
Palm Press in 1989.
the personal collection of Leona E. Prasse (1896-1984) the Museum
has in its collection eight prints donated by Mr. and Mrs. Lynn
Prasse-Bittel in 1989. The collection consists of a woodcut
by Antonio Frasconi, a drypoint by George Grosz, two Paul
B. Travis lithographs, two H. Gordon Warlow engravings, and etchings
from Jean-Emile Laboureur and Antone Clavé.
these works were donated in 1982 to the Special Collections Department
of Strozier Library by Arthur and Mayce Seymour. However,
they were transferred to the Museum in the fall of 1988. The Seymour
Collection consists of Oriental prints and paintings, porcelain
objects, and miniature wooden objects such as a pagoda and jinrikisha.
The collection also contains Asian stationery, postcards and books,
dolls, fans, writing instruments, Lotus blossom shoes and other
items. In total, this collection contains more than ninety Chinese
and Japanese objects.
by Howard Shapiro in 1990, this collection consists of 109 photographs
by Arthur Taussing. These photos include c-prints, Polaroids and
color photographs, most dating to the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Images represent in large part California but also include Texas,
Florida, Washington D.C. and Mexico, as well as homages
to various artists.
a result of generous donations from Through the Flower (a nonprofit
organization), the Museum of Fine Arts has in its collection several
Judy Chicago works from the Birth Project, including introductory
documentation, text panel and samples. Works in this collection
are: The Crowning Needlepoint 3, Swaddled by Nature, Birth
Goddess Embroidery, The Crowing Quilt, Birth Emroidery 2 and
Creation of the World Needlepoint 2.
the past decade, William and Dorothy Walmsley have donated to
the Museum over 350 works of art. A well known printmaker
himself, Mr. Walmsley is an avid collector who has generously
donated four print portfolios (Continental Drift Portfolio,
An American Printmakers Portfolio and The 2nd American
Printmakers Portfolio and Drawn to Stone, a portfolio
celebrating the bicentennial of lithography). Other artworks in
this collection include prints from the 16th to the 20th century
(including prints from Callot, Goya, Matham, Castiglione, Zorn,
Villion and Dali), pieces from past FSU art department faculty
and students, as well as many works of his own.
The Museum's Permanent Collection also contains many
single donations and purchases that do not make up individual
collections but as a whole enrich our collection. Some of these
pieces include works on paper by Old Masters such as Eugene Delacroix
(1798-1863), Gerard Douffet (1594-1660), Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669),
Jacob van Ruisdael (1628-1682) and Salomon van Ruisdael (1600-1670);
17th, 18th and 19th century artists including Jacque
Callot (1592-1635), Honore Daumier (1808-1879), Francisco Goya
(1746-1828), William Hogarth (1697-1764) and Giovanni Battista
Piranesi (1720-1778); and Modern artists such as Karel Appel (b.
1921), Jean Arp (1886-1966), Alexander Calder (1898-1976), Judy
Chicago (b. 1939), Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985), Ernst Kirchner (1880-1938),
Max Pechstein (1881-1955), Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Robert Rauschenberg
(b. 1925), Man Ray (1890-1976), Jerry Uelsmann (b. 1934) and Trevor
Bell (b. 1930) to name a few.