Works on Paper

Works on paper comprise approximately three-quarters of the Museum’s collection and include prints, drawings, photographs, and watercolors by many prominent American and contemporary artists. Highlights of this collection include 19th century prints and drawings by Julia Overing Boit, Samuel Colman, Winslow Homer, John La Farge, and William Trost Richards among others. In addition, the Museum owns 150 wood engravings by Winslow Homer from 19th century periodicals and 400 autochromes (19th century photographs on glass).

The Museum is also home to a large number of prints and drawings by noteworthy 20th and 21st century artists, such as George Bellows, Mark di Suvero, George Condo, Charles Dana Gibson, Red Grooms, William Gropper, Philip Guston, Corita Kent, Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, Michael Mazur, Philip Pearlstein, Fairfield Porter, Ad Reinhardt, Raphael Soyer, May Stevens, Andy Warhol, and also Albert Alcalay, Varujan Boghosian, and Chris Van Allsburg. The Museum has significant holdings of works on paper by Francis Adams Comstock and prints by Joseph Norman. In addition, the Museum owns a number of contemporary prints and drawings by regional artists, such as Umberto Crenca, Mary Dondero, Steven Easton, Jemison Faust, Alan Metnick, Kenn Speiser, Meredith Stern, and many others.

The Museum’s growing contemporary art collection of works on paper includes 20th and 21st century photographs by Richard Benson, Lindsey Beal, Jesse Burke, Caleb Cole, Ron Cowie, Kathie Florsheim, Lucas Foglia, Henry Horenstein, Nancy Grace Horton, Joel Meyerowitz, Lissa Rivera, and considerable holdings of photographs by Aaron Siskind and Rhode Island photographer Salvatore Mancini.