Two collections are highlighted in the Nicholas Gallery:
Prints from the Collection features British prints from the 18th and 19th centuries, including a selection of Thomas Rowlandson’s exquisite etching/aquatints for the English Dance of Death, and William Hogarth’s large engravings—amusing and moralistic portrayals of British society in the 1700s. Also on view are a small group of American prints reflecting Erie’s maritime history, and a suite of large prints by American social realist Ben Shahn.
American Ceramics is a sampling from the Museum’s holdings in art pottery and sculptural ceramics. It includes Teco pottery, a selection of iridescent-glazed Sicardo vases, works by Frederick Hurten Rhead, George Ohr, and Louis Comfort Tiffany and a group of contemporary ceramics including Vik Muniz, Tom Rippon, Victor Spinski, Suzanne Stephenson and others. A selection of Art Deco ceramics includes works by Viktor Schreckengost, including the iconic Jazz Bowl. Mid-century ceramics by Native American artists, including Maria Martinez and Lucy Lewis, and related photographs by Edward Sheriff Curtis are displayed in the Little Things Gallery.