The sculptures and vessels in Branching Out demonstrate a range of artistic expressions using wood as the primary medium. Mid-twentieth century to twenty-first century artworks are represented in thirty different types of wood from the familiar maple and pine to the more exotic Jarrah and Chakte Kok. The artist's choice of wood, like the painter's choice of colors, is an important considered aesthetic decision. In this selection of artworks from the permanent collection, there are a range of aesthetic expressions, some of which feature the natural grain of the wood like Rude Osolnik's Untitled Vessel. Others use wood for its structural properties like Robyn Horn's Rhythm in Space. The selections in Branching Out include a variety of woodworking methods such as Claire Falkenstein's carved sculpture The Couple, lathe-turned Ball Box by Hans Weissflog, and assembled twig sculpture Grizzly by John McQueen.