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About the WVU Collection

The museum’s art collection includes paintings, prints, works on paper, sculpture, and ceramics and totals more than 4,000 works of art that are international in scope.

The current art collection has been created through private gifts, donations from alumni and individual collectors, and purchases over the decades.

Strengths of the art collection include paintings by Albert Bierstadt, William Merritt Chase, Thomas Cole, Jean Metzinger, William Schumacher, Rockwell Kent, William Conger, and Tim McFarlane, as well as the largest public collection of art by American Modernist Blanche Lazzell.

Within the prints and works on paper in the art collection are works by such artists as Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Rembrandt van Rijn, Francisco Goya, Pablo Picasso, Stanley William Hayter, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, and Jasper Johns, along with prints by contemporary artists William Kentridge, Kara Walker, Leslie Dill, Willie Cole and Ed Ruscha.

The museum’s Asian Collection holds significant historic works, including Chinese scroll paintings, Japanese prints, Korean Silla pottery, and works from Thailand and India.

The museum’s Harry Shaw Collection features more than 160 examples of contemporary ceramics.

The Leonhart Collection of African Art presents a range of works that include ritual objects, textiles and jewelry.

The James Edward Davis Collection contains more than 100 artworks by this innovative American artist and filmmaker, who was a native of Clarksburg, West Virginia.