Henry Art Gallery

University of Washington


15th Ave NE & 41st St
Seattle, WA 98195


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Henry Art Gallery Collections

The collecting activities of the Henry Art Gallery began in 1926 when Horace C. Henry offered 172 works of art and $97,000 to the University of Washington to construct the first public art museum in Seattle. The Henry’s fine art collections have grown through subsequent donations, notably with significant gifts of prints in the 1970s and the establishment of the Monsen Photography collection in 1979. The construction of the Reed Gallery in 1980, the antecedent of the present Reed Collection Study Center allowed increased access to collections by students, professors, and outside scholars. Recent collecting activities have focused on acquiring works representing developments in contemporary art, particularly in the areas of photography, new media, and installation art. The Henry’s permanent collection includes over 25,000 objects.

The Henry Art Gallery collection also includes the extensive holdings of the University of Washington’s former Costume and Textile Study Center, transferred to the Henry Art Gallery in 1982. This unique regional resource focuses on design and process.

Highlights from our Fine Arts collection:

  • The Joseph and Elaine Monsen Collection of Photography
  • A growing collection of contemporary works on paper
  • The Horace C. Henry Collection of 19th century landscape paintings
  • The Stimson-Bullitt Collection of 19th century prints
  • The Elizabeth Bayley Willis and Robert Sperry Collection of Japanese folk pottery and West Coast ceramics
  • The Thomas and Frances Blakemore Collection of Japanese prints and ceramics
  • The William and Ruth True Collection of contemporary art

The Costume and Textile Collection features:

  • The Jack Lenor Larsen Collection of ethnic costumes and textiles
  • The James D. and Stephanie Burns Collection of Rugs and Textiles from Central Asia
  • The Elizabeth Bayley Willis Collection of textiles from India
  • The Blanche Payne and Margaret Hord Collections of Eastern European costumes
  • The Harriet Tidball Weaving Collection and archive
  • The Thomas and Frances Blakemore Collection of Japanese folk textiles

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