The HMA Collection
Established in 1967 by art professor and Director Emeritus Burt Chernow, the Housatonic Museum of Art’s collection continues to grow and now contains over 4,000 works of art that span ancient through modern times.
The permanent collection is displayed throughout the college campus, while the Burt Chernow Galleries offer changing exhibitions every 6 weeks featuring national, regional and local artists as well as the annual faculty and student art shows.
On display throughout the College are portraits, landscapes, still-lifes, folk art and sculpture by such notable artists as Renoir, Matisse, Picasso, Miro, Chagall, Rodin, Avery, de Chirico, Christo, Klimt, and Rauschenburg, to name a few.
Greek pottery and an Egyptian sarcophagus are just a few of the objects visitors will encounter on their tour. The HMA also has superb examples of prints, paintings, sculptures, ceramics and metalwork from China, Japan, India, Korea, the Islamic world and Southeast Asia as well as ceremonial objects, masks and tools used in daily life from Africa, Oceania and the Americas.
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Ansel Adams, Milton H. Greene, Herb Ritts, Hans Bellmer, Carlotta Corpron, Cindy Sherman, Mark Seliger, Larry Silver, Philippe Halsman and Philip Jones Griffiths are just a few of the modern masters in the HMA’s growing photography collection. The Museum also has an outdoor Sculpture Garden with works by Alexander Liberman, Lila Katzen, Elyn Zimmerman and more.