“There is no universally-accepted definition of realism. For the purposes of our planning, Realism is art in all media and traditions with a recognizable subject matter including the genres of landscape, still life, and the figure. The Museum will go beyond this simple stylistic definition to acknowledge art that explores the inspiration of the creative process, the variety of viewer response, and the acknowledgement of the universality of the human spirit.”
Arnot Art Museum, 2001
Since 1922, the Arnot Art Museum has concentrated on acquiring works of contemporary representational art of international significance, most recently by renowned artists such as Odd Nerdrum, Steven Assael and Michael Bergt. In 1993 the Arnot Art Museum began its biannual exhibitions, Re-presenting Representation and began to build a select collection of contemporary drawings, paintings, and sculptures focused on realism. The success of this exhibition has helped establish the Arnot Art Museum as a center for contemporary representational art that we continue to build upon each year. The continual effort put into creating an outstanding collection of contemporary representational art is a goal that recalls Matthias Arnot’s dedication to acquiring works by artists he considered to be the best representational artists of his era.