The Gadsden Arts Center & Museum began collecting artwork for its Permanent Collection in the year 2000 under the stewardship of its Executive Director, Zoe Golloway. In 2009, the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum received a generous gift to its Permanent Collection: 15 pieces of Vernacular art and 2 historically significant works from the prestigious collection of Lou and Calynne Hill.
In 2010, the Permanent Collection grew again with generous contributions of art from community donors. 16 of the new works were another gift from the collection of Lou and Calynne Hill, creating a total Vernacular Art collection of 35 works. This allowed Gadsden Arts to package and travel its own Vernacular Art Collection, which traveled to the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2011.
Today, the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum Permanent Collection includes 57 works of art by 35 different artists mainly from the Southeastern United States.
All works in the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum Permanent Collection are listed below, in the order they were accessioned beginning with the most recent. Click on each picture for more information, or search by artist or medium using the drop down menus on the left. The Gadsden Arts Center & Museum encourages public access to the collection and strives to provide digital access to its collection online, and will continue to provide images, basic information, and artist’s information on each piece in the collection, as it is available. All requests for access to the collection must be presented to the Curator, and approved by the Executive Director, and contain the following information: specific information about the proposed use, what access is required, research methodology, and which objects will be used. Please contact Curator Angie Barry, (850) 627-5021 for more information.
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