The Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro has one of the foremost collections of modern and contemporary art in the Southeast. Through a dynamic annual calendar of exhibitions and educational programs, the Weatherspoon provides an opportunity for graduate students to consider artistic, cultural, and social issues of our time. Because art history at UNCG deals with history in the making as well as past history, we often design courses around works exhibited at the Weatherspoon Art Museum. The Weatherspoon houses one of the largest collections of contemporary art in the Southeast. The collection exceeds 6,000 works by nationally and internationally known 20th and 21st Century American artists such as Alexander Calder, Louise Nevelson, Robert Rauschenberg, Eva Hesse, Cyndi Sherman, Andy Warhol, Joyce Scott, and Alison Saar and includes a painting from the Woman series by Willem de Kooning. The Cone Collection contains Henri Matisse prints and bronzes, the Dillard Collection is one of the finest university collections of works on paper, and the Lenoir C. Wright Collection includes traditional Japanese woodblock prints and scroll paintings. As a curricular resource the Weatherspoon is a museum/classroom where works from the permanent collection and regularly rotating exhibitions are available for study in classes and by individual students. Students are invited to attend public talks by renowned artists, critics, art historians, and curators. As an exhibition facility, the Weatherspoon mounts shows by contemporary artists including the Art Department’s Falk Visiting Artists and an exciting MFA exhibition each spring.
In addition to the exhibitions of Falk Visiting Artists, just since 2005 the Weatherspoon Art Museum has hosted exhibitions of the work of Leonardo Drew, Eileen Neff, Sharon Louden, Jules Olitski, Kiki Smith, Stephen Vitiello, Catherine Opie, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Mel Bochner, Alex Katz, Eve Sussman, Byron Kim, Emil Lukas, Jessica Stockholder, Hans Hofmann, Judy Pfaff, Diana Al-Hadid and Nancy Rubins.