Skip to main content Permanent Collection

Permanent Collection

The FAC permanent collection’s roots date back to the very beginning of the institution. The Taylor Museum was built, in part, to house founder Alice Bemis Taylor’s personal Native American and Hispanic art. Elizabeth Sage Hare, another founder, favored Modern American and European Art. Both styles found their way into the collection. And thus, the FAC collecting mission remains the same.

The FAC collecting mission focuses on art produced in the Americas. We are committed to celebrating the existing quality of the collection, while expanding and strengthening our collections in all areas.

The permanent collection is continually expanding, largely due to generous gifts from dedicated supporters. Through a thoughtful selection process, only works that fit into the scope of the existing collection and that are highly exhibitable are accepted.

The Debutante Ball Committee first began contributing annually to the FAC’s Permanent Collection acquisition fund in 1967, and since then,  have donated over half a million dollars! Their generosity has resulted in the purchase of many iconic FAC works.

Pictured: Marisol (Escobar), John Wayne, 1963


The Mary K. Chapman Foundation John and Margot Lane Foundation The Anschutz Foundation