The BMA’s collection of American painting, sculpture, and decorative arts includes works ranging from the colonial era to the present day. It includes important regional holdings from Maryland and Baltimore, outstanding examples of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s works, and modern American masterpieces by Georgia O’Keeffe, Jacob Lawrence, Marsden Hartley, Joseph Stella, and many other acclaimed artists. A broad array of furniture and cultural objects round out this collection.
Recent Exhibitions Featuring Works in the American Art Collection
By Their Creative Force: American Women Modernists
This exhibition celebrated the contributions women artists have made to the development of American modernism. The show included works by those who were often under-recognized, such as Maria Martinez and Marguerite Zorach.
Free Form: 20th-Century Studio Craft
A a selection of embroidery, ceramics, and jewelry by innovative mid-century American artists who shifted away from the functional aspect of craft towards an avant-garde engagement with abstraction and expression were presented in this 2020 exhibition.