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Our online resources are the best way to explore the 25,000+ objects in our permanent collection. Use the search fields above to dig deeper into the Henry’s online collections database. Over 90 percent of our collection has been digitized and ready for you to discover.

Building a Legacy

In 1927, Seattle entrepreneur Horace C. Henry founded the Henry Art Gallery, Washington State’s first art museum, to feature art of the present time. From its earliest days, the Henry has been committed to showcasing world-renowned contemporary artists and championing emerging talent. Today, we serve the region as the principal museum devoted to advancing contemporary art, artists, and ideas. To learn more about the history of the museum, please visit the Henry history page.
The Henry’s growing permanent collection contains nearly 27,000 objects from around the world in a broad range of media including photographs, prints, drawings, paintings, ceramics, costumes, and textiles. The collection originated with the gift of nineteenth- and twentieth-century paintings donated to the University of Washington by Horace C. Henry in 1926. It has grown over the years through acquisitions from exhibitions and through the generosity of art collectors, artists, and donors.
Growth in the collection from the 1950s through the 1970s was heavily influenced by arts faculty at the University of Washington, acquisitions from exhibitions, and works by Northwest Designer Craftsmen.
Due to our West Coast location, the influence of Japanese aesthetic in the Northwest is reflected in the collection of Japanese prints, textile design, and folk ceramics collected by Robert Sperry, Frances and Thomas Blakemore and Elizabeth Bayley Willis in the 1960s, the latter whom introduced mingei to the United States in the late 1940s and 1950s.
Our holdings of West Coast ceramics grew with the strong ceramic program at the UW and gifts from Joseph and Elaine Monsen reflecting the attitude and humor of ceramic artists of the 1970s. The Zoe Dusanne Memorial Collection, named for an early Seattle gallery owner, is a tribute to her role in bringing art to the Northwest.
Collections of particular note are the Albert Feldmann Collection of European Master Prints, the Joseph and Elaine Monsen Collection of Photography, the Stimson-Bullitt Collection of nineteenth-century prints, the Bill and Ruth True Collection of Contemporary Art, and the Washington Arts Consortium Collection of American Photographs, 1970–1980.
Works from the collection may be viewed by appointment in the Eleanor Henry Reed Collection Study Center, the only facility of its kind in the region. The Study Center and the museum’s location on the University of Washington campus make the Henry a key cultural resource and training ground in the visual arts.
To build upon the strengths of our collection, we continue to work with donors locally, nationally, and internationally. As an organization that is artist-focused and community-engaged, we are committed to providing access to our collections to connect visitors with the transformative power of art.
An Adirondack Lake, Winslow Homer

Winslow Homer. An Adirondack Lake. 1870. Oil on canvas. Henry Art Gallery, Horace C. Henry Collection, 26.71.

The Eleanor Henry Reed Collection Study Center

The Eleanor Henry Reed Collection Study Center at Henry Art Gallery. Photo credit: Jonathan Vanderweit

The Reed Collection Study Center makes our permanent collection accessible to scholars, educators, students, artists, and the community. Named in honor of Eleanor Henry Reed, Horace Henry’s granddaughter, and her husband William G. Reed, the Study Center also offers access to object and artist files and a reference library of more than 5,000 volumes.

The Study Center is open to individuals and groups of 20 or less by advance appointment. Prior to making an appointment, use the online collection database and other collection resources to make your selection.