Permanent Collection - Museum of Fine Arts Florida State University

The 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.

Ball Collection
These 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.
Carter Collection
In 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).

Chezem African Collection
Predominantly wood-carved objects but also small iron Ashanti figurines, donated by Mr. Jim Chezem in 1991.

Cranbrook Print Collection
Donated 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.

Cressman Collection
Donated 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/Nause Collection
Dr. Graf and Dr. Nause, of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, donated forty prints in 1973. These prints by various artists are of that date.

Kirk Collection
Twenty-five 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.

Kirkpatrick Collection
This 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 Collection
Through 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 Collection
Penelope 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.

Molitch Collection
Dr. 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.

Northwest Coast Native American Basketry
The 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 American Indians.

Palm Press
This 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.

Prasse-Bittel Collection
From 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.

Seymour Collection
Originally 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.

Shapiro Collection
Donated 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.

Through the Flower
As 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.

Walmsley Collection
Over 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)

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