The fine art collection includes paintings, sculptures, photography, works on paper, crafts, and mixed media art. The majority of the collection is comprised of 19th and 20th century European and American painting and sculpture.
Highlights include Pan of Rohallion, a bronze 1890 sculpture by Frederick Mac Monnies, an idyllic Pastoral Landscape by Richard Wilson; and works by American landscape painters who worked in New Jersey, including Andrew Melrose, Thomas Moran and Charles Warren Eaton.
An important focus of the collection is works by modern and contemporary artists that include regional New Jersey artists represented in the collection with paintings by Henry Gasser, sculptural works by Roy Crosse and Marion Held, prints and works on paper by artists participating in the Rutgers Center for Contemporary Printmaking including Willie Cole, Mona Brody and Leon Golub; and works by internationally renowned artists such as Sandro Chia, Elizabeth Murray and Gregory Amenoff.
The Museum’s modest outdoor sculpture garden features works by 20th century American artists.
The Morris Museum’s holdings of decorative arts contain historic and contemporary ceramics, glass, silver, and furniture. The collection includes both handmade objects and those manufactured in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Major types and styles are represented including early studio glass, children’s china and Tiffany silver.
Of particular note, the ceramics collection includes objects that date from the Song Dynasty 1000 AD to the 21stcentury. Donations of ceramic works by master potter Albert Green have added significantly to the collection as has the acquisition of pots by Toshiko Takaesu. Recent acquisitions have included exquisite examples of Song ceramics and the Bauer Collection of Pueblo pottery.
The glass collection has benefited by donations of studio glass works by various glass artists from the 1960s and 1970s, including works by Dale Chihuly, Dan Dailey and Antoine Leperlier.
The Morris Museum’s extensive costume collection contains clothing and accessories for men, women, and children dating as early as the mid 1700s and as recently as the latest fashions designed by Pucci and House of Scaasi. Wedding dresses and formal attire are well represented. Many pieces have historic significance, such as a striking gown worn to an inaugural ceremony for Abraham Lincoln, while still more are representative of styles significant to the history of fashion, highlighting specific periods, for example, the 1920s.
While the majority of the costume collection reflects trends in American or European fashion, it also contains a significant number of international costumes with a focus on Non-western cultures particularly Asian, South American, and African cultures.
The Museum’s textile collection parallels the costume collection with both American and international examples represented.
American textiles feature a large selection of handmade quilts, coverlets, needlepoint, embroidery samplers with regional origins, and lace. International holdings include Kuba Velvets from Africa, Mexican and European weavings and embroidery, and woven silk panels from China.