The American art collection at the museum is comprised of works that represent a wide variety of genres, media, and time periods. Important focuses within this collection include the work of early twentieth-century photographer Edward Steichen, including a rare landscape painting. American printmaker Jacob Lawrence is represented with a collection of prints that explore his interest in social justice and the experiences of African Americans throughout history. The collection also includes examples of nineteenth-century portraiture, printmaking and genre sculpture. A selection of works from this collection is on permanent view in the museum.
Other examples of American art are found in our regional Northwest Collection.