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George Washington University Permanent Collection

The Luther W. Brady Art Gallery maintains The George Washington University's Permanent Collection of artwork includes important paintings, sculptures, graphics, textiles, ceramics, historic furnishings, and photographs. GW has been collecting art since 1821 and the collection now includes over 3800 works of art. Some of the highlights include highly-valued paintings that are integral to GW's history in Washington, D.C. such as Gilbert Stuart's Monro-Lenox Full-length portrait of George Washington, Henry Bacon's Boston Boys and General Gage, 1775 from 1875, Henry Ulke's William Wilson Corcoran, 1875, and Margaretta Peale 1874 depiction of William Ruggles, the Professor of Mathematics who holds the record for the longest consecutive period of teaching at The George Washington University, from 1822-1873.

The collection, already distinguished for its collections of photography, Washington Color School painting, and its historical collections of Ulysses S. Grant, has been developed greatly during the past decade with the acquisition of a number of works and collections by such notable artists as Hannelore Baron, Ralph Blacklock, Fernando Botero, Sam Gilliam, Jacob Kainen, Jules Olitski (prints and sculpture), Robin Rose, Frank Stella, Andy Warhol, and Isaac Witkin.

Many works from the collection are on view in public spaces around campus as part of the Permanent Collection Campus Loan Project, administered by the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery. Notable works are found in the lower level of Lisner Auditorium, the F Street House, Duques Hall, and in the offices of many administrators. The collection also includes the public sculpture found on the Foggy Bottom, Mount Vernon, and Virginia campuses of the University.

To learn more about works in our collection, please view the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery blog, "Found in Collection," where we periodically share research that has been completed on artists and works in the collection. If you have a specific question about a work of art on campus, please send an email to lutherbradyart@gmail.com.

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