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Editor's Choice:

It was a difficult choice, but here is the list of what the Editors of the International Directory of Corporate Art Collections feel are the best corporate art collections in the United States. They have been selected from over 900 American corporate art collections described in the Directory. If you would like to suggest others that should be included please send us an email. Additional information about these and over 1200 other collections around the world can be found in the International Directory of Corporate Art Collections.

 ARNALL, GOLDEN & GREGORY  The collection consists of two groups of art works: 1) 20th century photography which includes works by Callahan, Newman, Kertesz, CartierBresson, Karsh, Edward Weston, Orkin, Ansel Adams, Strand and others; 2) contemporary prints which include works by Stella, Johns, Hockney, Motherwell, Lichtenstein and others.

BACARDI IMPORTS, INC  The Miami headquarters houses a diverse selection of primarily Latin American art that includes paintings, drawings, watercolors, graphics and sculpture of international scope.

BATES WORLDWIDE  A focused art collection that includes prints and photographs of the 1920's and 1930's and which focuses on three primary themes: representations of the Chrysler Building, primarily at the time of itsconstruction; Art Deco architectural details; and period advertising signage and billboards. Included are vintage photographs by Berenice Abbott, Andreas Feininger, Paul Woolf, Gordon Coster, Robert Jordan, and Wendell MacRae. Prints include examples by Louis Lozowick, Howard Cook, James Allen, and S. L. Margolies.

BANKBOSTON  6,500+ contemporary paintings, and 2,500+ noncontemporary paintings and textiles, decorative arts and furniture.

BANK OF NEW YORK  European and American 18th and 19th century decorative arts and furniture (primarily English); contemporary paintings. Some of the artists represented include Alexander Calder, James Brooks, Kenzo Okada, Robert Dash, Helen Frankenthaler and Alan D'Arcangelo. In 1989, Bank of New York merged with Irving Trust, and the art collection of that institution has been incorporated into the Bank of New York collection.

BANKAMERICA CORPORATION  The BankAmerica corporation art program was established in 1979 to channel the various visual arts activities for the corporation into a coordinated approach. The two primary components are: changing exhibitions in three galleries located in the Bank of America World Headquarters in San Francisco; and the management of BankAmerica's art collection numbering over 30,000 pieces distributed to major facilities worldwide.

 BECTON DICKINSON AND COMPANY  The collection focuses on contemporary American artists, textiles, and primitive art. Media include painting, graphics, sculpture, works on paper, mixed media, photography, crafts and folk art. Artists include Richard Bosman, Paul Wonner, and Stella Waitzkin. The primitive art collection includes PreColumbian textiles, Northwest Coast Haida ceremonial objects and Korean folk screens.

BELGER CARTAGE SERVICE, INC  A sophisticated and extensive collection of works with objects ranging from Art Nouveau glass to contemporary paintings, sculpture and prints. The collection is strong in the decorative arts and in works by contemporary living American artists, including Johns and mixedmedia artists including Renee Stout and Robert Stackhouse. The collection also includes an important collection of etchings and lithographs by Jasper Johns.

BLOUNT, INC  The Blount Corporate Collection contains over 300 works of art by contemporary artists, sculptors and photographers. Artists include N.C. Wyeth, Alan Bean, Romare Bearden, Colleen Browning, Henry Casselli, Jimmy Ernst, Max Kuehne, Carl Peters, Eric Sloan, Alexander Calder, Mary Cassatt, Frank Wright, John Asaro, Doug Higgins, Ovanes Berberian, James Asher, Joe Anna Arnett, plus many others.

BOATMAN'S NATIONAL BANK OF SAINT LOUIS  A collection of 19th and 20th century American art. One of the oldest corporate collections in the country, it consists primarily of scenes of the Mississippi and the Missouri Rivers. Some of the major artists represented include George Caleb Bingham, Alfred Jacob Miller, Oscar E. Berninghaus, Remington, Russell, Harry Jackson, and Ellsworth Kelly.

BURLINGTON NORTHERN AND SANTA FE RAILWAY  A collection of early 20th century American art. Special features include landscape paintings of Glacier National Park by John Fery; Blackfoot Indian portraits by Winold Reiss; and Blackfoot Indian War Record canvases; paintings by members of the Taos Society of Artists; collection of Southwestern art.

J. P. MORGAN CHASE  The collection has grown from the resulting merger of six different corporate collections. The focus of the collection is on contemporary art, with an emphasis on the work of emerging artists. Primarily American, the collection also includes works from roughly 80 other countries. Acquisitions cover all media including painting, sculpture, original works on paper, prints, photographs, video, folk art, textiles as well as ceremonial cloths and masks.

CIGNA CORPORATION  The collection consists primarily of American fine and decorative arts. Specialty areas include firefighting, marine, and companyrelated artifacts, landscape paintings from 1850 to the present, 19th century prints, contemporary abstract and representational works in a variety of media, 20th century sculpture and works on paper by sculptors. Emphasis is placed on works related to regions where the corporation has a presence, and includes New Hope School and Old Lyme School impressionism as well as contemporary art.

CITIGROUP A diverse collection of art, antiques and memorabilia, which includes 19thcentury photography and painting, 20thcentury painting, and contemporary realism. The emphasis of the collection is on American realism. Also included are contemporary and archival photographs and major antique maps, ethnic art and ethnographic material.

COMMODITIES CORPORATION  A collection of contemporary art with a primary focus on the work of emerging artists. The collection also includes works by more established artists in order to include a representative crosssection of today's styles and directions. The collection was assembled by Sam Hunter, professor at Princeton University. Media include paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture and video art.

DAVIS WRIGHT TREMAINE LLP  A collection of contemporary Northwest art in all media, with a large representation of studio glass. The collection focuses on the work of over 100 contemporary Northwest artists, with examples from different periods of each artist's productiona collection about collecting.

E I DU PONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY, INC  A collection of paintings by Delaware artists, which span a period of approximately 40 years. The paintings are by local artists or of local scenes. Some of the artists represented in the collection are N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, James Wyeth, Howard Pyle, Frank Schoonover, Alexander Charles Stuart, Edward Lis and John Koch. The Hotel du Pont opened in 1913 and is owned and operated by the Du Pont Company.

A. G. EDWARDS & SONS, INC  A collection of nearly 3000 objects including important holdings of prints, posters, photographs, and maps. The company began by collecting 19th century American prints and since that time the collection has expanded to include examples of a wide variety of works on paper spanning 200 years. A focus of the collection is on contemporary prints from the 1980s and 90s, and vintage photographs.

AXA EQUITABLE LIFE ASSURANCE SOCIETY  The collection consists largely of works by American artists. Highlights include: Thomas Hart Benton's muralcycle, America Today; Roy Lichtenstein's mural project, Mural with Blue Brushstroke; Sol LeWitt's largescale commissioned wall drawing; designs for public spaces by Scott Burton; Sandro Chia's Palio murals; an 18 foot high Alexander Calder mobile; rooms each devoted to American artists: Milton Avery, Marsden Hartley, Fairfield Porter, George Bellows, Rackstraw Downes, Alex Katz, Lee Krasner, Guy Pène du Bois, Terry Winters, Brad Davis, and James C. Buttersworth.

FEDERAL MOGUL CORPORATION   The emphasis of the collection is on textiles and includes two groups of works: ancient through contemporary fiber works; and North American Indian artifacts. Several of the 15 rare examples of fiber art are displayed in the reception area, with the rest installed in corridors which link the three wings of the headquarters. On view are robes, sarongs, shawls, and ceremonial cloths from Turkey, China, Indonesia, Borneo and Kashmir, India. The 60 piece collection of Native American artifacts spans many georgraphical areas and tribes. Complementing this collection are photographs of American Indians by Edward S. Curtis.

FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF BOSTON  Collection of American art since the mid 1950's. Some of the artists represented are Morris Louis, Helen Frankenthaler, Richard PousetteDart, Robert Motherwell, Kenneth Noland, Katherine Porter, Richard Anuszkiewicz, Robert Goodnough, and Neil Welliver. The collection includes graphics, painting, sculpture, works on paper, mixed media.

FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD  A diversified collection of works from the 19th century to the present. In 1975, Federal Reserve Board Chairman Arthur F. Burns founded the Board's Fine Arts Program in response to a May 26, 1971, memorandum from President Richard M. Nixon that encouraged all federal agencies to find ways to assist, and be assisted by, "the arts and artists."

FIDELITY INVESTMENTS   A collection of contemporary art by internationally known and regional American artists. Media include works on paper, paintings, sculpture, mixed media, crafts, photography, textile and fiber art, regional art, commissioned works. both abstract and realistic.

FIELDSTONE COMPANY  A collection of early California art which includes works by the California Impressionists and California School watercolorists of the 1930's and 1940's, with a focus on art from 1900-1950 of Southern California locations -- especially areas in which the company builds.

FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF CHICAGO  (Now BankOne) Paintings, drawings, sculpture, and graphics from the 6th century BC to the present, from America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Near East, Latin America, South Seas and Australia. Special features include 19th century paintings and sculpture; architectural objects and commissions; historical and contemporary photography; African textiles; American quilts; and 20th century American and European paintings, sculpture and drawings.

FORBES, INC  British pictures exhibited at the Royal Academy during the reign of Queen Victoria; French 19th century military pictures by Detaille, de Neuville, BerneBellecour; Presidential autographs and related historical manuscripts; lead soldiers; toy boats; photographs; balloon memorabilia; trophies; American paintings.

FORD MOTOR COMPANY  A collection of 20th century American art. Over 700 American artists are represented in the collection. Virtually all styles of painting and schools of American art are included except for nonobjective or abstract painting.

GENERAL MILLS, INC   The collection is contemporary art with a balance between regional and national, traditional and avantgarde; media include paintings, original prints, sculptures, tapestries and multimedia works. The majority of the works are by living artists.

GULF STATES PAPER CORPORATION The nucleus of the collection is American 19thcentury and early 20thcentury paintings. Paintings by Charles Bird King, Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Dewing, Thomas Cole, William Merritt Chase, Winslow Homer, Childe Hassam, Frederic Church, Seth Eastman, Fitz Hugh Lane, William Sydney Mount, Sanford Gifford, Alfred Jacob Miller, Joseph Stella, Mary Cassatt, Edmund Tarbell, Edward Hopper, Thomas Eakins, James McNeill Whistler and Marsden Hartley. The collection also includes bronzes, porcelains, prints, American Indian artifacts, European and Asian paintings as well as primitive artifacts from Africa, North America, Polynesia and Melanesia, and Oriental artifacts from Japan, China and Thailand.

HALLMARK CARDS INCORPORATED  The Hallmark Photographic Collection, started in 1964, now includes 4200 prints by over 600 of the most significant photographers in the medium's history. While international works are included, the emphasis is on American photography from the 1839 to the present. Included in the collection are substantial holdings of prints by Harry Callahan (305), André Kertész (240), Todd Webb (161), Clarence John Laughlin (140), Carl Van Vechten (80), and Dorothea Lange (71). Also included are important vintage prints by Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen.

JOHNSON & JOHNSON   Primarily works on paper by American artists from 1960 to the present. Focus on New Jersey artists and photographs of New Jersey. Major artists include Berenice Abbott, Dotty Attie, Alice Aycock, Louisa Chase, Richard Haas, Jasper Johns, Alex Katz, Roy Lichtenstein, Henry Moore, Louise Nevelson, Nam June Paik, Martin Puryear. Walter Robinson, George Segal, Joan Snyder, Keith Sonnier, William Wegman.

KB HOME (BROAD ART FOUNDATION)  The collection includes works in various mediaprints, works on paper, sculpture, mixed media, but the majority are paintings by artists from Southern California. The background and talents of the artists reflect a broad spectrum of points of origin, training, aesthetic attitudes and working procedures and materials. Some of the artists represented include Charles Garabedian, Arnold Mesches, Mary Jones, Mike Kelley, Roger Herman, David Amico, John Altoon, Robert Therrien, Don Suggs Nancy Rubins, Peter Shelton, Rachel Lachowicz.

J. I. KISLAK MORTGAGE CORPORATION AND FOUNDATION Assembled over some 40 years, the Kislak Foundation collection includes 400 pieces of preColumbian pottery with a concentration in Mayan artifacts; art works, artifacts, books, manuscripts, maps and historic documents related to early American history and the cultures of Florida, the Caribbean and Mesoamerica.

LASALLE NATIONAL BANK   A historical collection including important photographs and photographers from the earliest recorded images to the present. Includes work of William Henry Fox Talbot, Matthew Brady, Julia Margaret Cameron, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Paul Strand, Ansel Adams, Brett Weston, Walker Evans, Harry Callahan, and others. Two areas of specialty are also incorporated into the collection: photographs by artists living or working in Chicago; and photographs by Dutch artists. This was one of the first corporate collections to specialize exclusively in photography, and was begun in 1967. The early collection was assembled by Beaumont Newhall, then later by the photographer and historian Joel Snyder.

LIBERTY CORPORATION   Primarily textiles from Japan, China, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, North and South America and other areasboth ancient and contemporary. The collection also includes prints, paintings and postersbasically contemporary. The textile collection includes PreColumbian pieces from Peru; Coptic textiles from Egypt; batiks and costumes from China and Japan; Navajo and Pueblo rugs, capes and blankets; Guatemalan Huipils and sashes; Haitian tapestries; Turkish and Iranian rugs; and Indonesian ikats.

LOS ANGELES ATHLETIC CLUB   A historically important collection of American art. Some of the artists represented include Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Hill, Eugene Speicher, Reginald Marsh, Peter Moran, etc.

MICROSOFT CORPORATION A varied collection of contemporary art by American and international artists, with a strong core of work by Northwest artists.

NASHER COMPANY  A diversified collection including all medi: contemporary and modern paintings, tapestries, sculpture, textiles, African art, preColumbian art, prints. The collection of sculpture traces the history of sculpture during the past 100 years.

NEIMAN MARCUS   A collection of textiles, oil paintings, lithographs and other graphics, phography, mixed media, works on paper, original posters, sculpture. Artists include regional, national and internationally known artists. Some of those represented include Alexander Calder, Jean Dubuffet, Roy Lichtenstein, Dale Chihuly, Jim Dine, Gene Davis, Marcel Vertes, Agam, Andy Warhol, Richard Smith, William Barrett, Gary Bukovnik, Victor Vasarely, Robert Indiana, Alexander Liberman, Xavier Corbero, Steve Bartlett, William Wegman. Also included are African art, precolumbian art and Chinese cormondel screens.

NEUBERGER & BERMAN, LLC A diverse collection of contemporary American and international art, with an emphasis on painting and photography by emerging and midcareer artists.

NORTHERN TRUST COMPANY A varied collection of works which includes an important selection of American paintings of the 1920's and 1930's, approximately 50 Audubon prints, a set of early 19thcentury prints of Indians, and works by contemporary Chicagoarea artists.

OPPENHEIMER & COMPANY INC   The selection includes international works of all periods that incorporate the human figure, and features a remarkable range of figurative works. Some of the more unusual items include ancient Roman mosaics, Bolivian feather dance belts into which are woven images of the human figure, an 18thcentury Chinese scroll, and human face masks of Japanese, Guatemalan, Mexican, Indonesian and American Indian origin. Each executive dining room is devoted to ethnic art of a different culture and the largest dining room displays a 72 x 145 inch triptych in pastel and acrylic wash on paper by Idelle Weber. Also of interest is a uniqueedition Aubusson tapestry of Alex Katz's silkscreen Good Morning.

UBS PAINEWEBBER GROUP INC  The UBS Art Collection, formerly The UBS PaineWebber Art Collection, originated more than 30 years ago with the conviction that good contemporary art reflects contemporary trends in society, and truly outstanding works might even suggest the future. A vast, comprehensive survey of works produced over the past 50 years, The UBS Art Collection includes more than 900 paintings, photographs, works on paper and sculpture, featuring the work of major artists of the postWorld War II era, including Jasper Johns, Willem de Kooning, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Francesco Clemente, Chuck Close, Dan Flavin, Cindy Sherman, Damien Hirst, Susan Rothenberg, Kiki Smith, and Lorna Simpson.etc.

PAUL, WEISS, RIFKIND, WHARTON & GARRISON A collection of 20th-century paintings, photographs, prints, sculpture and mixed media. Major artists represented include Lee Friedlander, Frank Stella, Joel Sternfeld, Robert Frank, Jim Dine, Andy Warhol, Berenice Abbott, Ansel Adams, Jennifer Bartlett, Jack Beal, Alexander Calder, Richard Estes, Walker Evans, David Hockney, Robert Indiana, Sol Lewitt, Claes Oldenburg, Elliot Porter, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Saul Steinberg and Neil Welliver.

PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY   A contemporary art collection which includes art works by regional, American, and international artists and features painting, sculpture, graphics, photography, works on paper, mixed media, decorative arts, folk art, African art, American Indian art and commissioned works.

PROGRESSIVE CORPORATION   The collection includes more than 5000 works of contemporary art displayed in offices countrywide. The collection consists of a variety of media by artists that are known nationally, internationally as well as area based artists. The focus of the collection is on emerging artists who create innovative and daring work.

PRUDENTIAL INSURANCE COMPANY OF AMERICA The focus of the collection is on contemporary American art with the greatest concentration on works from the past 10-20 years. It includes primarily paintings, works on paper and graphics with some sculpture and tapestries.

QUAD GRAPHICS A collection of contemporary prints in all media: lithographs, etchings, monoprints, screen prints, etc. Some of the internationally known artists represented in the collection include Chuck Close, Andy Warhol, Jennifer Bartlett, Alex Katz, Jim Dine, Susan Rothenberg, Jasper Johns, Donald Judd, etc.

REGIS CORPORATION   A private collection of American art from 1900 to 1950. Some of the artists represented include Marsden Hartley, Stanton MacDonaldWright, Winslow Homer, Arshile Gorky, Arthur Dove, Georgia O'Keeffe, Guy Pene DuBois, Walt Kuhn, Charles Sheeler, Pavel Tchelitchew, Paul Cadmus, Reginald March, Grant Wood, George Tooker, Rockwell Kent, Romare Bearden, Rebecca Strand.

RITZ-CARLTON HOTEL COMPANY A collection of paintings, sculpture and decorative objects of the 18th and 19th centuries. The collection emphasizes European genre paintings, 18th century portraits, English sporting pictures, marine paintings and still life pictures along with American landscapes and portraits by the late 19th century Boston school. Also included are 18th century Aubusson and Verdure tapestries, Georgian and Regency period furniture and other decorative objects placed throughout the public areas of the hotels.

SAFECO The collection consists of work by contemporary regional artists and, in particular, artists from the Pacific Northwest, and includes painting, sculpture, photography, works on paper, mixed media as well as clay, glass and fiber mediums.

SONESTA INERNATIONAL HOTELS CORPORATION  The approximately 7000 works of 20th century art include paintings, sculpture, prints, and tapestries.  Major artists include Christo, Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Frank Stella, Sam Francis, Andy Warhol, Anthony Caro, Sol Lewitt, Jan Dibbets, Malcolm Morley, Carl Palazzolo, Roy Lichtenstein.  The works reflect the artist's vision, while illuminating some of the most significant movements in contemporary art, including Conceptual, Minimal, and Pop Art.  The works of art are placed in public spaces, guestrooms and often, exterior spaces of the hotels around the world.  The collection was initiated in the early 1960s and is overseen by Sonesta Chairman Roger P. Sonnabend and his wife, Joan, an art collector and owner of Obelisk Gallery in Boston.

SPRINT  A diverse collection of over 2500 works that includes paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, glass, textiles and limited-edition prints.  Diversity is the greatest value of the Sprint Art Collection and the works play a positive role in communicating the value of honoring a diversity of ideas.Some of the artists represented include Laura Cohen, Preston Singletary, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Jungin Lee, Kerry James Marshall, Edith Yazzie, Ralph Bacerra,  Faith Ringgold, Tammi Kennedy, Daniel Rozin, and Alexis Rockman.

STATE STREET BANK AND TRUST COMPANY   17th -19th century American and European paintings, engravings, lithographs, ship models, figureheads, artifacts, decorative arts. Maritime emphasis with American folk art as well.

STEPHENS INC   A fine collection of primarily drawings. Some of the artists include Joseph Albers, Lee Bontecou, Alfred Leslie, Jake Berthot, Donald Sultan, Michael Goldberg, Arshille Gorky, Adolph Gottlieb, Philip Guston, Hans Hofmann, Franz Kline, Lois Lane, Stanton MacDonaldWright, Robert Motherwell, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Mark Rothko, Rolph Scarlett, Mark Tobey, Piet Mondrian, Howard Thomas.

TORCH ENERGY ADVISORS INCORPORATED   The Torch Collection includes important books, documents, fine art, firearms, maps and Western artifacts. The collection spans the history of the American West and Texas under the six flags of Texas France, Spain, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the Confederacy and the United States.

TRENAM, KEMKER, SCHARF, BARKIN, FRYE  A collection of photographs by American artists who have worked since 1970. Some of the over 100 photographers represented include Berenice Abbott, Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, John Baldessari, Harry Callahan, Imogen Cunningham, Harold Edgerton, William Eggleston, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Lewis Hine, David Hockney, Danny Lyon, Andrew Moore, Joel Meyerowitz, Robert Mapplethorpe, John Margolies, Nagatani/Tracey, Arnold Newman, Olivia Parker, Cindy Sherman, Aaron Siskind, Sandy Skoglund, Edward Steichen, Paul Strand, Jerry Uelsmann, James Vander Zee, Weegee, William Wegman, Edward Weston, Gary Winogrand, and Marion Post Wolcot.

UMB FINANCIAL CORPORATION  Collection of American Masters Portraits. Artists include Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Sully, Rembrandt Peale, Samuel F. B. Morse, George Romney, Charles Wilson Peale, Benjamin West, and George Caleb Bingham. The Southwestern Collection represents artists living in the Taos and Santa Fe regions of New Mexico. Artists include Peter Hurd, James Butler, Fremont Ellis and Jean Parrish. Artists represented include Kokoschka, Thomas Hart Benton, John Steuart Curry, Andrew and Jamie Wyeth, and Ellsworth Kelly.

WEIL-BROTHERS COTTON, INC.   The collection consists of art in various media and from many countries. It includes paintings, watercolors, Chinese scrolls, woodcuts, etchings and engravings. Some of the artists represented in the collection include Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Winslow Homer, Thomas Hart Benton, Edward Hopper, Maurice Prendergast, Andrew Wyeth, and Willem de Kooning.

FREDERICK R WEISMAN ART FOUNDATION An international collection of contemporary art with a concentration on contemporary American works. There is a small group of abstract expressionist works (Barnett Newman, Ashile Gorky, William Baziotes, Robert Motherwell), as well as works by Josef Albers and Joseph Cornell. Contemporary artists include: Arakawa, Artschwager, Christo, Francis, Judd, Kelly, Oldenburg, Rosenquist, Ruscha, Segal, Stella, Warhol, Wesselmann.

WELLS FARGO BANK A very large, wide ranging and varied collection. Includes all media. A large proportion of the works are on the subject of the American West with many paintings and prints showing the early history of California and Wells Fargo. Some of the artists represented include Maynard Dixon, Edward Borein, Charles Russell, and Frederic Remington.

WORLD BANK  African artifacts and cultural artforms; international costume collection. The Program is committed to bringing together art from the Bank's 184 member nations.Today, the World Bank Art Collection consists primarily of contemporary and traditional art with a smaller but growing collection of textiles and folk art. Different media are represented: painting, photography, sculpture, collage, construction, assemblage, textile. Many items in the collection are works on paper.

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