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

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.

Loan requests should be addressed to:

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

PERMANANT COLLECTION NEWS

Online Digital Database

The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at the State University of New York at New Paltz (Dorsky Museum), the Center for Photography at Woodstock, the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, and the Women’s Studio Workshop-members of the Hudson Valley Visual Arts Collections Consortium-have launched of a digital collections project featuring thousands of Hudson Valley-related artworks from their combined collections.

Collection images and information are now available for viewing 24 hours a day at http://www.hvvacc.org/

The permanent collections of the above organizations, which are largely hidden from public view except through periodic exhibitions of selected works, contain outstanding examples of American art. Artworks include works from the Hudson River School of Art, the first American school of art, as well as a survey of works from the Woodstock colony-one of the oldest artist colonies in the country-photographs by American masters both historic and contemporary, art from well-known New York City-based painters and sculptors from the 1920s-1970s, and unique contemporary art from the country’s largest repository of hand-printed artists’ books.

Over time, it is anticipated that other organizations in the region will join the Consortium and add images and information from their collections to the digital collection available on the Consortium website.

This project was made possible through funding from the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area (through a grant to the Dorsky Museum) and from the County of Ulster’s Ulster County Cultural Promotion and Services Fund administrated by Dutchess County Arts Council (through a grant to the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild). Funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Dorsky Museum provided support for the multi-year digitization process of 15,000 collection objects.

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

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 at janice@woodstockart.org
For archive reproduction requests, please contact Emily Jones at emily@woodstockart.org