The Global Collection of Photography (GCP) features prominent artists who think and/or travel globally. It is our fastest growing collection, our most successfully outreach vehicle, and our largest recipient of donations and grants. Since the inception in 2005, the collection has expanded from 11 artists and 52 photographs to 25 artists and 346 works.
In 2009, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded the Weeks Gallery the Southern Tier’s first visual arts grant to acquire and exhibit works by Arno Rafael Minkinnen and to present him as the distinguished speaker and exhibitor for JCC’s Scandinavian Folk Festival. Minkkinen was knighted in his native Finland, has published several monographs, and exhibits in many of the world’s most prominent museums.
Acquisitions include screen-prints from the Louis K. Meisel Gallery, Soho, NYC. Meisel started the photorealist movement in the 60s and 70s, coined the word photorealist, and has written several authoritative books on the subject. The screen-prints include works by noted artist Audrey Flack, Tom Blackwell, Ralph Goings, and Ron Kleemann.
Our collection includes works from The Atelier Project, a collection of sixteen prints by distinguished American artists. "The project was a not-for-profit venture conceived and executed by the Division of Visual Arts of the SUNY at Purchase,” wrote Irving Sandler. "It was meant primarily to be a teaching tool... that included some of today’s most provocative and accomplished artists as lecturers and role models.”
The sculpture collection includes William King's More, a monumental sculpture located in the center commons of the Jamestown Campus and Leonard Urso's Sentinel that stands 16' tall and guards the entrance to JCC's Cattaraugus County campus. The Johnson Foundation commissioned Cletus Johnson to create The Fairwind a mixed-media wood construction. Johnson is the region's most noted contemporary artist, who was a major player in the NYC and national art scenes, and was represented by the Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY.
In 2010, William Disbro donated Priority Façade, a socio-political wall-mounted sculpture; and Angie To, Alfred University professor, created a sculpture for the entrance to the JCC student union. Other recent acquisitions include works by Glen Zweygardt and Brett Hunter.
Painting & Watercolor
This collection's highlights include works by Goro Sugita, a master Japanese painter and educator from Tokyo, Japan; Wally Herbert, the famous polar explorer and watercolor artist; Albert Johnson, a Swedish/American regional painter; Catherine Downing, a former Western N.Y. artist who now teaches at Utah Valley State College; Sachi Boon-Intre, a painter from Thailand; Kong Ho, a Chinese/American painter; and Eric Jones and Kyle Turner (both JCC alumni). The collection is rounded out with additional works by faculty, students, and regional artists.
The drawing collection includes works by faculty, alumni, students, and regional artists. A magnificent series of children's drawings based on Richard Lewis' The Birds of Imagining; Drawings from New York City Public Schools are included in the collection. Richard Lewis is an arts-in-education icon and founder/director of the Touchstone Center for Children in New York, NY.
The decorative arts collection was first established in 1998 through a series of donations from Stanley and Sarita Weeks, local art patrons and world travelers. Their gifts include a witch doctor's sarong and dress from the South Sea Island of Sumba, African masks, a disease and healing god from Sri Lanka (right), Persian carpets, and Indian plates and tiles. Additional gifts were donated by Dr. Robert F. Wettingfeld, including international prints and paintings.
Arno Rafael Minkkinnen
Fosters Pond, 1998
silver gelatin print, 30" x 30"
Purchased through a grant from the NEA
Leon Golub (1922-2004)
The Brank, 1984
Flatbed offset lithograph on Arches Cover 80/85, "22 x 30"
Gift of the State University of New York at Purchase
wood construction, 58" x 55"
Commisioned by the Johnson Foundation
Goro Sugita (Japanese)
Man and Crane, 2000
oil on canvas, 60 x 60 inches
Gift of the artist
Justin Sorensen (American)
pencil, coffee on paper, 18" x 24"
Alumni Purchase Award
G. Dhanapala of AmuGoda
Daha Ata Sanni Taka, 1996
(Demon assuming 18 diseases)
hand carved Kaduru, 36" x 22"
Gift of Stanley & Sarita Weeks