American Art from the Graham D. Williford Collection

George Peter Alexander Healy, Arch of Titus, c. 1868 – 71, Oil on canvas

All of the works in this exhibition are on loan from The Jean and Graham Devoe Williford Charitable Trust. The late Graham Williford was the prescient collector from Fairfield, Texas, who began developing his collection in the late 1950s, on the cusp of resurgence in the interest and recognition of American art of the previous century. What is presented here is but a small portion of the Williford collection in which we find some of the most important and iconic works produced by prominent American artists.

This exhibition brings together a selection of late-19th and early-20th century American paintings, drawings, and prints that express figuration in the “representational” style. The majority of the works are from the 19th century and the few 20th century works included here also exemplify the same visual vocabulary of the earlier period. These works range from portrait and figure genre to historical and even landscape paintings, drawings and prints.

With the generous support of The Jean and Graham Devoe Williford Charitable Trust, the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University is proud to share this artistic legacy with the communities we serve.

Exhibition made possible by The Jean and Graham Devoe Williford Charitable Trust