Krannert Art Museum benefits greatly from the generosity of those who donate and fund purchases of works of art. At the time of this exhibition, the museum's collection numbered 9,000 objects—1,000 more than when this statistic had been previously published.
Recent acquisitions included: American paintings by Robert Indiana, Hedda Sterne, Annette Lemieux, and Richard Pettibone, and works on paper by Andrew Wyeth, Margaret Patterson, Leonard Baskin, and Christine Hiebert; European paintings by Jacques Stella, a follower of Poussin, and the Flemish seventeenth-century genre painter, David Teniers; and a drawing by one of the most important female artists in the history of art, Angelica Kauffmann. In addition, our holdings of African art were increased significantly with gifts of powerful sculptures from Gabon and the Democratic Republic of Congo, contemporary paintings from Ethiopia, and a large number of earthenware pots from across the continent, along with works by three exciting contemporary Chinese artists—Ai Weiwei, Huang Yan, and Bai Guanghau.
This exhibition celebrated these new works and KAM’s generous donors.