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The Permanent Collection: Do You Know What Lives Here?

by Megan Nauer, Marketing & Communications Coordinator


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You’ve probably seen the numbers: 67,000 artworks spanning 6,000 years. But do you know what really lives in the permanent collection at your Cincinnati Art Museum?

The museum is home to an encyclopedic, broad and varied collection, with artwork spanning the globe and human history, from antiquities to contemporary. Caring for and sharing this collection is at the core of everything we do! This is the artwork our community can return to again and again, the pieces Cincinnatians can befriend and really get to know.

The Cincinnati Art Museum encompasses distinct collections of American Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings; Asian Art; Decorative Arts and Design; European Paintings, Sculpture and Drawing; Fashion Arts and Textiles; Photography; Prints; South Asian Art, Islamic Art and Antiquities. Each of these has its own curator, in charge of collections the museum has built since its very beginnings in 1881.

Over the next few weeks, we will be highlighting some specific areas of the collection by sharing a series of interviews with some of our curators, who will talk to us about some favorite pieces from our remarkable collection.

We are grateful custodians of these 67,000 works of art, and it is our mission to share them with Cincinnati to the best of our ability. We take great pride in showcasing the collection with carefully crafted context, through everything from scholarship and interpretation to the quality of our gallery design and grounds to programming and events that further open access to all. Tune into the blog throughout Fridays in February to get up close and personal with some collection highlights that you can come and visit for yourself.