Since its early days, the League has collected outstanding works of students and instructors for its permanent collection. Today, there are nearly 2,000 works, including prints, paintings, and sculptures. The collection contains works by Will Barnet, Dorothy Dehner, Edwin Dickinson, Burgoyne Diller, Winslow Homer, Jan Matulka, Georgia O’Keeffe, John Sloan, and Vaclav Vytlacil.
Initially, the League's primary motivation in collecting works of art was to provide a visual reference library to its students. Academic drawings sent from students studying in Paris formed its original nucleus. This "visual library" also included books and photographs, which were hung alongside original works of art in brief exhibitions and on studio walls. In this initial online iteration, there reproductions of about 125 works. We will be adding more in the months to come.
Each year, the Board of Control purchases new works from the Red Dot Exhibition for best students work for inclusion in the collection. The collection’s works are shown during the year in the League’s Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, office, and lobby. Donations from League supporters help conserve this valuable treasure. The images shown here and on the opposite page represent just a few of the many gems in the League’s permanent collection.
The Collection Highlights button is a great way to just browse the collection. Each Random Images page displays a random assortment of images from the records online. If something piques your interest, click the thumbnail to view a larger version of the image.
The Keyword Search button allows you to perform a general search across multiple fields for any catalog records online. Keyword searches use OR as the default connector between words (e.g. a search for Hanley Ranch will return records associated with Hanley OR Ranch). If you want to find records where both keywords are found, type in AND between the two words. To search for a specific phrase, be sure to put the phrase within quotes (e.g. "Rocky Pine Ranch"). You can also use the asterisk (*) as a wildcard (e.g. a search for histor* would come up with records containing history, histories, historical, etc.). Searches are not case sensitive.