Since its founding in 1913, the Gallery’s collection has grown to more than 12,000 works of art. Representing cultures from around the world and across millennia, the permanent collection is acknowledged for its breadth and quality.
Three paintings by Monet, a Rembrandt, and a Chinese Guanyin sculpture are among the European and Asian holdings, while Winslow Homer, Thomas Hart Benton, and a major collection of sculptures by Gaston Lachaise are examples from the American collection. Changing exhibitions in the Lockhart Gallery showcase prints and drawings from the collection of works on paper.
Also represented is the strong craft tradition of upstate New York; the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas; ancient Middle East and the Islamic world; Greek, Etruscan and Roman works. Recent acquisitions include The Entombment, by Luca Giordano (17th-century Italian Baroque), a celebrated View of the Erie Canal by George Harvey (19th-century), and a 16th-century German suit of etched armor.