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Painting and Sculpture

One of the Everson’s primary collections is of American paintings, with nearly 700 artworks that span two centuries.

Among the 19th century artists represented are Gilbert Stuart, Edward Hicks, Charles Loring Elliot, Eastman Johnson, Severin Roesin, Cecilia Beaux, Jane Peterson and Abbott Handerson Thayer. Early Modernists include Charles Hawthorne, Robert Henri, John Sloan, John Marin and Arthur B. Carles. Mid-century painting is represented by Adolph Gottlieb, Milton Avery and Andrew Wyeth.
A particular concentration in the collection, landscapes of New York State by New York State artists, is best represented by second-generation Hudson River School, tonalist, and impressionist painters, but also regionalist and early modernists (William Ongley, Sanford Gifford, Levi Wells Prentice, George Inness, Henry W. Ranger, Roswell S. Hill).
Paintings by 1960s abstractionists Helen Frankenthaler, Morris Louis, Al Held and Jules Olitski are also included in the collection, in addition to paintings, photographs and multimedia works from the 1980s by Barbara Kruger, Cindy Sherman, Les Levine, Nancy Spero, Malcolm Morley, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Philip Guston.

The Everson’s sculpture collection comprises over 200 works primarily of the 20th century.

It includes pieces by many notable artists, including: Alexander Archipenko, Beverly Pepper, Leila Katzen, Ernest Trova, John DeAndrea, Claus Oldenberg, George Segal, Michael Tracy, Sol Lewitt, and Mary Frank.

Helen Frankenthaler

The Human Edge, 1967

Acrylic on canvas, 124 x 93 ¼ inches

Purchased to honor Max W. Sullivan, Director,
on the occasion of the opening of the new building

Gilbert Stuart

Richard’s Portrait of George Washington, 1805-1815

Oil on canvas, 30 ¼ x 36 inches

Museum purchase by contributions from the
community and friends of Syracuse and Onondaga
County as tribute to the American Bicentennial