Recent Acquisitions

  • May 26, 2012 – Aug 19, 2012
  • The Gregory D. Ivy Gallery, The Weatherspoon Guild Gallery
Helen Frankenthaler, "Snow Pines", 2004, 34-color Ukiyo-e style woodcut,
Ed. 6 out of 65, 37 x 26 in. Museum purchase with funds from the
Weatherspoon Art Museum Acquisition Endowment, the Louise D. and Herbert
S. Falk Acquisition Endowment, the Lynn Richardson Prickett Acquisition
Endowment, the Weatherspoon Guild Acquisition Endowment, and a bequest by
Hubert Humphrey, 2011.

Did you know?


Fred Tomaselli first became known in the 1990s for creating paintings made from pills that ranged from aspirin to prescription anti-depressants and from recycled images of flora and fauna cut from books and magazines, all sealed with coats of transparent resin. From these early commentaries on modern medicine and a society on drugs, Tomaselli transitioned into more allegorical content while retaining collage as his preferred technique.


The Weatherspoon Art Museum first began collecting works of art in the 1940s. Since then, it has continued to enhance the quality and distinction of its collections through the acquisition of important works of art by gift, bequest, and even in times of economic challenges, by purchase. Besides caring for, preserving, and augmenting this outstanding collection, the Museum strives to make it readily accessible to the public. This summer, to fulfill that core mission, the Weatherspoon will feature recently acquired work by Nick Cave, Anne Chu, Helen Frankenthaler, Leon Kroll, Judy Pfaff, Edward Ruscha, Fred Tomaselli, and Jeff Whetstone, among many others.

The exhibition will highlight pieces acquired between 2009 and 2011 that have not yet been exhibited publicly. Comprised of sculpture, painting, works on paper, and photography, the assembly of work underscores the energy and diverse prongs of the Weatherspoon’s permanent collection, and in particular, the museum’s dedication to representing the art of its time. Also underscoring the exhibition is the spirit of adventure and risk taking that has long been a hallmark of the Weatherspoon Art Museum.

The exhibition is organized by Elaine D. Gustafson, Curator of Collections.

Related program:

Noon @ the 'Spoon • Tue Jun 12 @ 12pm

We have six galleries located on the first and second levels of the museum, view our gallery map.