Early in its 50-year history, The Academy Art Museum began its permanent collection with 11 works of art. Today, the collection contains more than 1,000 pieces including core holdings of European and American works on paper.
In December 2012, the Museum added the 1969 Old Rink Rank, a hand-printed “book” in accordion fold by British artist David Hockney to its Permanent Collection. The long and narrow print, measuring 14" x 72" consists of seven leaves, produced in the etching medium. The Academy Art Museum acquired the 73rd out of an edition of 100.
In its September 2012 meeting, the Board of Trustees accepted eleven artworks for the Museum’s Permanent Collection,
including gifts by artist Rebecca Clark’s Terrapin and Fly, Early Fall (2011, graphite and colored pencil on paper); four large black-and-white photographs by David A. Douglas, also gifts from the artist. Three drawings by Jan Matulka from the Estate of Jan Matulka were generous gifts of Mary Beth Cahill and Steve Champlin. James McMartin, son of artist Philip McMartin, and Kevin Garber, Master Printer, donated the woodcut titled Clam Raking that had been part of the exhibition Philips McMartin Rediscovered. Mrs. Norma Redelé generously donated an early Dune Landscape drawing by Dutch abstract artist Piet Mondrian. The Academy Art Museum purchased Sculpture Ornamentale-Nouvel Opera, Paris, by 19th-century French photographer Louis-Emile Durandelle. In the 1870s Durandelle photographed the ornamental sculpture for the Paris Opera before it was put in place as part of the landmark piece of architecture. The new acquisitions will be on display in a series of exhibitions in the Calvert Gallery from winter 2012 onward, with the exception of David Douglas’ photographs. These will be part of his exhibition in the Fall of 2013.