Selections Permanent Collection

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Selections Permanent Collection
Curated by: Suzanne Bellah

424 South C Street
Oxnard, California 93030
December 9th, 2012 - February 17th, 2013

Other (outside main areas)
805 385 8157
Thur-Sat 10am-5pm Sun 1-5pm

The Museum’s permanent collection owned by the City of Oxnard, was established in the 1920s.  It primarily focuses on the art of California.  A strong point of the collection is in its  California plein-air holdings, including paintings by Emil Kosa Jr., Colin Campbell Cooper, Paul Lauritz, and Cornelius and Jessie Arms Botke.  Along with a diverse collection of multi-cultural and ethnographic artifacts, another strength is its Hollywood portraits by photographer George Hurrell, from the classic film noire period of the 1930-40s.  Currently, acquisition places emphasis on collecting art  inclusive of all California art movements, and of educational value to a population that is highly diverse.  For example, major paintings by Latino artists, Frank Romero, and  contemporary California artist Michael Dvortcsak have been acquired to implement this expanded emphasis.  Acquisitions have included  Europa by John Valadez, Enter Tormenta by Gronk, Quiet Steps of Approaching Thunder by Alexey Steele, Rural Pearl a scanogram by Darryl Curran and Lost Creek, Bantiquos Lagoon by Peter Adams, President of the California Art Club.  Major donations of art are a vital source of building the permanent collection.  Past art donations have been received from the Lannan Foundation, Peter & Eileen Norton, who donated thirty contemporary works including Watch Out for Snakes When You are Looking for Diamonds by Therman Statom, along with promised bequests from the California Art Collection of Nancy Dustin Wall Moure and Ventura County Art Collector Jackson Wheeler, as well as gifts from artists themselves.

Carnegie Art Museum Collections Focus  

Operating as a museum rather than as a retail gallery, artist collective, or general cultural center, the Carnegie Art Museum places emphasis on presenting to the public museum quality art and educational experiences in accordance with the professional standards set by the American Association of Museums. Therefore within the Museum resource level, quality and educational value are the key curatorial criteria for the inclusion of artworks into the permanent collection and for exhibit selection.