With more than 19,000 works of art ranging from ancient Coptic textile fragments to contemporary American art in a range of media, the Allentown Art Museum boasts a global collection with deep roots in its native Pennsylvania. Our collection is constantly growing and evolving.


Exciting contemporary acquisitions include Yinka Shonibare’s Girl Balancing Knowledge III, a sculpture the Museum commissioned from the artist in 2017. Like many of Shonibare’s works, it explores issues of identity and cultural authenticity in our postcolonial world. Other contemporary works by prominent artists such as Enrique Chagoya, Mickalene Thomas, and Kara Walker offer powerful and diverse perspectives on the world today.


New to our American collection is the landmark portfolio Six American Etchings, which features the work of some of the most significant artists of the early twentieth century. Another key addition is Geminis by the important Mexican modernist artist Gunther Gerzso.


Recent additions build on the strength of our Art Nouveau holdings and our collection of Renaissance and Baroque art.


We continue to collect the work of artists in our region, including works by Hugh Mesibov and Franz Kline as well as contemporary photographer Theo Anderson.


Thanks to generous gifts, our photography collection has grown exponentially in the last few years.

Textiles & Costume

We continue to refine and build our celebrated collection of costumes and textiles, which has long been supported through the generosity of area collectors. In 2017, a transfer from the American Textile History Museum brought 178 new works to the collection.