About the Collection

A LANDMARK COLLECTION

The WAAM Permanent Collection was established in 1973 to preserve and promote the work of important American artists who have lived and created in the Woodstock region. In the mid-1970s specialized storage vaults were built and in 1987, when the collection numbered over 500 works, the catalogue Woodstock’s Art Heritage: The Permanent Collection of the Woodstock Artists Association was published. In 1992, the Phoebe and Belmont Towbin Museum Wing opened for the exhibition of the collection, as well as loans from prominent museums and private collections to illuminate Woodstock’s formidable artistic heritage. In the early 2000s, grants from the New York State Council on the Arts facilitated the hiring of additional professional staff, along with digital documentation and improved storage for the over 2000 paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures, and decorative objects now in the collection. Many of the works from the collection may be viewed by clicking here.

Featured artists include George C.  Ault, Milton Avery, Peggy Bacon, George Bellows, Konrad Cramer, Andrew Dasburg, Philip Guston, Raoul Hague, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Andrée Ruellan, Eugene Speicher, and Bradley Walker Tomlin. Museums throughout the United States have requested loans from the WAA Permanent Collection. Our exhibition catalogues and the WAAM Archives provide a valuable resource for art historians, students, collectors, and the general public.

Most works in the collection have been donated by collectors or directly from artists and their families. Purchase funds have been made available through bequests from Karl E. Fortess in 1993 and Aileen B. Cramer in 2006. For information regarding donating works of art, please contact Janice La Motta, director and curator of the Permanent Collection, at janice@woodstockart.org

Permanent Collection News

CONSERVATION EFFORTS

Grants from the New York State Council for the Arts supported a thorough cataloguing of the collection beginning in 2002, including a review of overall condition and rating according to need for conservation. Improvements in storage are ongoing and conservation of works of art is provided as funds are available.

In the several years, conservation support has been provided for works by:

John Carroll
Konrad Cramer
Marion Greenwood
Carl Eric Lindin
Eugene Ludins
Henry Lee McFee
Charles Rosen
Bradley Walker Tomlin
Carl Walters

Your contributions can help! Donors can elect to sponsor specific works of art or groups of works. If you would like to help support conservation efforts at the WAAM, please contact Janice La Motta at janice@woodstockart.org

BORROWING WORKS OF ART

Curators who would like to borrow a specific work of art for an exhibition should send a written request to the WAAM Curator with details (including exhibition dates, exhibition title and venue) at least 6 months in advance of transport. A Standard Facility Report as recommended by the American Association of Museums is also requested.

PHOTO REQUESTS AND RIGHTS

Digital files are available of most works of art in the WAAM Collection.
For art reproduction requests, please contact Janice La Motta

For archive reproduction requests, please contact Emily Jones

Loan requests should be addressed to:

Janice La Motta, Director and Curator / Permanent Collection
WAAM
28 Tinker Street
Woodstock, NY 12498

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