The Museum maintains a singular focus on American art to provide a panoramic view of American artistic achievement. The collections now number approximately 8300 paintings, works on paper, sculptures, photographs and illustrations by American artists.
Holdings are particularly strong in colonial portraiture, 19th-century still life, post-Civil War figural painting and sculpture, the Hudson River School, American Impressionism, and the Ash Can School. The important mural series The Arts of Life in America by Thomas Hart Benton is here.
The NBMAA is on the Connecticut Art Trail.
Whether or not you go, New Britain Museum of American Art: Highlights of the Collection considers the finest works from the NBMAA collection, including colonial portraits and genre scenes, landscapes of the Hudson River School, African-American art from the Harlem Renaissance, and various 20th-century masterpieces.
Undulating, effervescent abstract forms "float" above a staircase landing
Hand-painted movie posters
2 centuries of prints, watercolors, and drawings follow artists, illustrators, and architects throughout their travels
Illustrations from the trenches demonstrate the therapeutic power of art
Objects made for use within the community and for sale to the world
Works on paper and videos trace her exploration of sign languages