The Museum’s permanent collection encompasses over 6,500 objects, including paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, and decorative arts. The diverse collection began with an initial gift by the Museum’s founders, Mr. and Mrs. William Henry Singer, Jr. Their generosity and that of subsequent donors have built a remarkable art collection that continues to grow. The collection includes strengths in American art, 19th century European, international collections that reflect the founders’ cosmopolitan worldview, and collections of world cultures.
William Merritt Chase’s Fish, Plate, and Copper Container
is featured in the publication of the museum’s highlights One Hundred Stories. The painting is on view in the Smith Gallery, along with magnificent examples of 18th and 19th century American Art from the museum’s permanent collection.
Gifts of Works of Art
To inquire about giving a work of art, please send digital images of the object and any details (i.e., artist/maker, title, date, and medium) to firstname.lastname@example.org. All gifts are reviewed by the curatorial department and Museum director, and are approved by the Collections and Exhibitions Committee and the Board of Trustees.
Nazi Era Provenance
The “Guidelines Concerning the Unlawful Appropriation of Objects During the Nazi Era” issued by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) recommend those museums identify collection objects that were created before 1946, were acquired after 1932, underwent change of ownership during 1933-1945, and that were or might reasonably be thought to have been in continental Europe between those dates. The Museum adheres to these guidelines and continues to research the collection to establish complete provenance (history of ownership). The WCMFA is a participating museum on AAM’s Nazi Era Provenance Internet Portal.