Permanent Collection

The Gadsden Arts Center & Museum collection focuses primarily on contemporary art from the Southeastern United States, within which are significant collections of Southern Vernacular Art, paintings by Eddy Mumma, and works on paper by Thornton Dial, Sr. Behind the scenes tours of collections areas are available by appointment, call Executive Director Grace Robinson at 850.627.5020. For collection loan information, contact Curator Angie Barry at 850.627.5021. The majority of works in the collection are part of the Southern Vernacular Art Collection, a portion of which travels to other museums (learn more here), educating the public on these often-overlooked artists. Recently, Gadsden Arts has concentrated on collecting artists working and living in the area who are well known nationally, such as Dean Mitchell and Mark Messersmith.


Mission of the Permanent Collection


The Gadsden Arts Center & Museum seeks to strengthen its permanent art collection through acquisition by gift, bequest, or purchase of American art with a particular focus on the Southeastern United States. Works of art beyond the scope of this definition will be considered when they are of outstanding quality, educational or historical value, and/or are consistent with the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum mission and audience interests. (Approved by Collection Committee February 8, 2011) 

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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Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, 
Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs,
and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture



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