While the school has a long tradition of accepting gifts of art, it wasn't until Sidney S. and Sadie Cohen made a generous cash gift in 1970 that the school began purchasing works of art that formed the foundation of what would become the school's permanent collection. Under the direction of then Painting and Drawing Department Chair Joanna Collins '47, the school began acquiring prints, drawings and paintings that suited the school's didactic purposes.

In 1988, an anonymous donor began giving funds for future acquisitions in honor of artist and past parent Frances Thomas Martin. Under the thoughtful direction of the school's Fine Arts Advisory Committee, Burroughs continues to grow the collection through Mrs. Martin's eponymous fund and the generous gifts of donors. The more than 350 pieces of art displayed throughout the campus represent a broad array of media, techniques and visions by artists of diverse backgrounds, thereby offering a comprehensive and enriching exposure to the visual arts. Thanks to the support of the FAAC, the JBS fine arts faculty and our extended community, the John Burroughs School permanent collection provides a powerful learning experience for the student body and stands as one of St. Louis' exceptional collections of visual art. Highlights of the collection include works by Donald Sultan, Damon Davis, Jane Hammond, Tom Friedman '83, Christine Corday and Chuck Close.  

Below is a searchable database of a selection of works currently displayed on campus. 

All Hands on Deck #5

Damon Davis
(American 1985)
All Hands on Deck #5
2015
Lithograph and graphite
35 1/2" x 54"Frances Thomas Martin Art Purchase Fund

Another Word

Greely Myatt
(American, 1952)
Another Word (2011)
Etching and chine colle
20 x 50"
Gift of Julie & William Shearburn ’79  P ’20 ’23

Arch in the Form of a Screw for Times

Claes Oldenburg
(American, born Sweden, 1929)
Arch in the Form of a Screw for Times (1979)
Lithograph
67" x 40 1/2"
Gift of Julie & William Shearburn '79 P '20 '23 in Honor of the Class of 1979

Birches at Dawn

Edmund Weurple
(American, 1866)
Birches at Dawn
1923
Oil on canvas
Gift of Martha Gellhorn '26

Black Bird / White Mirror

James Drake 
(American, 1946)
Black Bird / White Mirror
2011
Charcoal and graphite on cut paper
45" x 36"
Gift of Julie & William Shearburn '79 P '20  '23

Black Moonlight

Howard Hodgkin
(British, 1932)
Black Moonlight
1980
Screenprint
Frances Thomas Martin Art Purchase Fund

Blae

Jerald Ieans
(American, 1965)
Blae (2003)
Collagraph/steel plates on BFK Rives
29 1/2" x 29 1/2"
Gift of  Ted L. and Maryanne Ellison Simmons

Blavus

Jerald Ieans
(American, 1970)
Blavus (2003)
Collagraph/steel plates on BFK Rives
29 1/2" x 29 1/2"
Gift of  Ted L. and Maryanne Ellison Simmons

Burr Oak Acorn

Carol Fleming Marks '79 (1960)
American
Burr Oak Acorn (2015)
Stoneware, glaze
30" h x 30" w x 32" d
Gift of the artist

Concerning the Nature of Things, Plate 1

Christine Corday 
(American, 1970)
Concerning the Nature of Things, Plate 1 (2016)
Photolitho/relief
28.5" x 28.5"
Gift of Ted L. and Maryanne Ellison Simmons P ’89 ’94

Concerning the Nature of Things, Plate 2

Christine Corday
(American, 1970)
Concerning the Nature of Things, Plate 2 (2016)
Photolitho/relief
28.5" x 28.5"
Gift of Ted L. and Maryanne Ellison Simmons P ’89 ’94

Concerning the Nature of Things, Plate 3

Christine Corday
(American, 1970)
Concerning the Nature of Things, Plate 3 (2016)
Photolitho/relief
28.5" x 28.5"
Gift of Ted L. and Maryanne Ellison Simmons P ’89 ’94

Concerning the Nature of Things, Plate 4

Christine Corday 
(American, 1970)
Concerning the Nature of Things, Plate 4 (2016)
Photolitho/relief
28.5" x 28.5"
Gift of Ted L. and Maryanne Ellison Simmons P ’89 ’94

Concerning the Nature of Things, Plate 5

Christine Corday (1970)
American
Concerning the Nature of Things, Plate 5 (2016)
Photolitho/relief
28.5" x 28.5"
Gift of Ted L. and Maryanne Ellison Simmons P ’89 ’94

Concerning the Nature of Things, Plate 6

Christine Corday
(American 1970)
Concerning the Nature of Things, Plate 6 (2016)
Photolitho/relief
28.5" x 28.5"
Gift of Ted L. and Maryanne Ellison Simmons P ’89 ’94

Courtyard, Bologna

Michael Eastman (1947)
American
Courtyard, Bologna (1992)
Chromogenic color print
27 1/2" x 33 3/4"
Gift of Julie & William Shearburn ‘79 P ’20 ’23

Crystal Moon

Cam Fuller
(American,1975)
Crystal Moon (2003)
Acrylic on canvas 
70" x 101 1/2"
On loan from the artist

Dioskurides IV

Linda Schwarz (1963)
German
Dioskurides IV, 12/14ev (2002)
Photolithograph, chine collé, handcoloring on Kozo paper
Gift of Ted L. & Maryanne Ellison Simmons P ’89 ’94

Exit Stage Left

Andrew Newman (1968)
American
Exit Stage Left (2013)
Digital photographic print
John Burroughs School purchase

Four Black Flowers

Donald Sultan 
(American, 1951)
Four Black Flowers
1996
Charcoal on paper
22" x 30"
Gift of John & Sally Van Doren P '11 '13

Donald Sultan (American, 1951) Four Red Flowers

Donald Sultan
(American, 1951)
Four Red Flowers
1996
Conte on paper
Gift of John & Sally Van Doren  P '11 '13

Galapagos Islands

Martin Schweig '42 (1924)
American
Galapagos Islands (1980)
Silver gelatin print
16" x 20"
Gift of Sam Stang and Susan Stang

Ganga Helmsman: Varanasi, India

Martin Schweig '42 (1924)
American
Ganga Helmsman: Varanasi, India (1970)
Gelatin silver print
20" x 16"
Gift of Sam Stang and Susan Stang

Gox Arch No. 10

Ernest Trova
(American, 1927)
Gox Arch No. 10 (1976)
Stainless steel
122" x 173" x 19"

On loan from St. Louis County

Grape Vine Leaves

Ellsworth Kelly
(American, 1923 - 2015)
Grape Vine Leaves
1973-74
Lithograph in black and white
Frances Thomas Martin Art Purchase Fund

Grey Thoughts

Matt Phillips (1928)
American
Grey Thoughts (1977)
Monotype
12 1/2" x 27"
Gift of the Parents Council

Guard Rail, Oregon

Bob Kolbrener
(American, 1942)
Guard Rail, Oregon
1979
Gelatin silver print
Gift of Michael L. Israel '66 Fund

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain

Martin Schweig '42 (1924)
American
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain (1998)
Gelatin silver print
16" x 20"
Gift of Sam Stang and Susan Stang

Haertter Hall Senior Lounge

Cedric Hustace
(American, 1933)
Haertter Hall Senior Lounge
2012
Acrylic on canvas
Gift of Cedric & Carol Hustace  P '78 '80 '83

Haystack

Thomas Hart Benton
(American, 1889)
Haystack (1938)
Lithograph
10 3/4"x13 1/4"
Gift of the estate of Joanna Collins '47

India

Martin Schweig '42 (1924)
American
India (1970)
Gelatin silver print
14" x 11"
Gift of Sam Stang and Susan Stang

Japan in Reds and Yellows

Robin Winfield (1956)
American
Japan in Reds and Yellows (2008)
Fujiflex crystal archival print and acrylic
19 7/8" x 15 7/8"
Gift of the artist

John Burroughs

Tom Friedman '83
(American, 1965)
John Burroughs (2019)
Stainless steel
68" x 27" x 15"   

Gift of Anonymous, Dwyer Brown & Nancy Reynolds P '18 '21, Gift of Julie & William Shearburn ’79  P ’20 ’23, Greg and Pam Trapp P `11 `12

Kerala, India

Martin Schweig '42 (1924)
American
Kerala, India (1970)
Gelatin silver print
14" x 11"
Gift of Sam Stang and Susan Stang

Lyre Eight

Sam Francis
(American, 1923)
Lyre Eight
1972, Edition of 50, Gemini, GEL printer
Lithograph
Sidney S. & Sadie Cohen Art Purchase Fund

Maine

Fred Dreher (1908)
American
Maine (1969)
Lucite and wood
Donation facilitated by Sally Cissel Greenwood

Mechanized Plant

William Fett
(American, 1918)
Mechanized Plant
1976
Oil on panel
Gift of the artist

Nepalese Child

Martin Schweig '42 (1924)
American
Nepalese Child (1960)
Gelatin silver print
Gift of Sam Stang and Susan Stang
 

Nevski Submerged

Adam Saligman (1985)
American
Nevski Submerged (2003)
Digital chromogenic print on metal
20" x 30"
Gift of the artist

Niña Vejigante

Victor Sanchez 
(American, 1954)
Niña Vejigante
2000
64" x 44"
Collagraph and photolithograph with handcoloring and cowrie shells
Gift of Ted L. & Maryanne Ellison Simmons P ’89 ’94

Rainy Day

Thomas Hart Benton
(American, 1889)
Rainy Day (1938)
Lithograph
13 3/8 x 8 3/4
Gift of Jim Schiele '47 & Joan Schiele '52

Reflections

Matt Phillips (1928)
American
Reflections (1977)
Monotype
20 3/4" x 9 1/8"
Gift of the Parents Council

Repose

Emily Zhao '15 
(American, 1997)
Repose
2013
Charcoal on paper
24" x 18"
Gift of the artist

Self-Portrait (Anamorphic)

Chuck Close
(American, 1940)
Self-Portrait (Anamorphic)
2009
16 color silkscreens and stainless steel cylinder
Gift of Julie & William Shearburn '79  P '20 '23

Signature III (P Cezanne)

Linda Schwarz (1963)
German
Signature III (P Cezanne) (2007)
Photolitho, Collage, Handcoloring on Handmade Paper
26" x 44"
Gift of Ted L. & Maryanne Ellison Simmons P ’89 ’94

Signature II (Rembrandt)

Linda Schwarz (1963)
German
Signature II (Rembrandt) (2007)
Photolitho, Collage, Handcoloring on Handmade Paper
26" x 44"
Gift of Ted L. & Maryanne Ellison Simmons P ’89 ’94

Signature I (Vincent)

Linda Schwarz (1963)
German
Signature I (Vincent) (2007)
Photolitho, Collage, Handcoloring on Handmade Paper
26" x 44"
Gift of Ted L. & Maryanne Ellison Simmons P ’89 ’94

Signature IV (JW Turner)

Linda Schwarz (1963)
German
Signature IV (JW Turner) (2007)
Photolitho, Collage, Handcoloring on Handmade Paper
26" x 44"
Gift of Ted L. & Maryanne Ellison Simmons P ’89 ’94

Signature VI (Albrecht Durer)

Linda Schwarz (1963)
German
Signature VI (Albrecht Durer) (2007)
Photolitho, Collage, Handcoloring on Handmade Paper
26" x 44"
Gift of Ted L. & Maryanne Ellison Simmons P ’89 ’94

Signature VIII (Vermeer)

Linda Schwarz (1963)
German
Signature VIII (Vermeer) (2007)
Photolitho, Collage, Handcoloring on Handmade Paper
26" x 44"
Gift of Ted L. & Maryanne Ellison Simmons P ’89 ’94

Signature VII (Michlagniolo)

Linda Schwarz (1963)
German
Signature VII (Michlagniolo) (2007)
Photolitho, Collage, Handcoloring on Handmade Paper 
26" x 44"
Gift of Ted L. and Maryanne Ellison Simmons P ’89 ’94

Signature V (Lucas Cranach)

Linda Schwarz (1963)
German
Signature V (Lucas Cranach) (2007)
Photolitho, Collage, Handcoloring on Handmade Paper
26" x 44"
Gift of Ted L. & Maryanne Ellison Simmons P ’89 ’94

Sky & Water - 2

Susan Hockaday '56
(American, 1938)
Sky & Water - 2
2002
Digital Chromira print of a chromogenic
30" x 39 7/8"
Gift of the artist

Soliloquy

Arthur Osver
(American, 1912)
Soliloquy
1970
Oil on Canvas
Sidney S. & Sadie Cohen Art Purchase Fund

Southern Siesta

Georges Schreiber 
(American, born Belgium, 1904)
Southern Siesta
c. 1935
Lithograph
Gift of the Estate of Joanna Collins '47

St. Cypien, La Dordogne

Andrew Newman (1968)
American 
St. Cypien, La Dordogne (1999)
Lightjet C-Print on Fuji Crystal Archive Paper mounted on DiBond
Gift of the artist

Studio Interior

Joe Jones (1909)
American
Studio Interior (1932)
Lithograph on Oriole Linen bond paper
10 3/4 x 12 7/8" (27.3 x 32.7 cm)
Gift of anonymous donor

Stump Speaking

George Caleb Bingham
(American, 1811)
Stump Speaking
1856
Engraving, stipple, line, and aquatint

Sunset and After

Gabor Peterdi (1915)
American, born Hungary
Sunset and After, From the Portfolio A Genesis (1967)
24" x 16"
Etching and engraving
Sidney S. & Sadie Cohen Art Purchase Fund

Tall Swing

Jane Couch
(American, 1944)
Tall Swing
1984
Oil on canvas
Gift of Irene Zorensky Fowle '71  P '04 '06

textscape

Susan Scafati '95
(American, 1976)
textscape
2018
Archival pigment print
Frances Thomas Martin Art Purchase Fund

The Grieving

Kathe Kollwitz
(German, 1867)
The Grieving
1919
Intaglio and soft ground etching
Gift of Joan Fortune  P '03

The Jolly Flatboat Men

George Caleb Bingham
(American, 1811)
The Jolly Flatboat Men
1847
Engraving and stipple with roulette

The Last Word

Greely Myatt 
(American, 1952)
The Last Word (2011)
Etching and chine colle
20 x 53"
Gift of Julie & William Shearburn ’79  P ’20 ’23

The Prisoners

Kathe Kollwitz
(German, 1867)
The Prisoners
1908
Intaglio and soft ground etching
Gift of Joan Fortune  P '03

There (Splat)

Tom Friedman '83 
(American,1965)
There (Splat) (2002)
Plastic and oil based enamel
8 1/2" x 58" x 58"
Gift of Julie & William Shearburn ’79  P ’20 ’23

The Scenic Painters

Adrian Cox
(American, 1988)
The Scenic Painters (2015)
Oil on canvas
48" x 60"
Frances Thomas Martin Art Purchase Fund

Three Corten Poppies

Donald Sultan
(American, 1951) 
Three Corten Poppies
2015
Corten steel
96 x 96 x 6"
Gift of Juile and William Shearburn '79

Three Women Poets (Walking)

Ernest Trova 
(American, 1923)
Three Women Poets (Walking)
1979
Corten steel
68" x 78" x 37"
On Permanent Loan from St. Louis County Parks

Untitled

Wayne Thiebaud 
(American, 1920)
Untitled (1997)
Dry point spit-bite etching
22 5/8" x 22 3/8"
Gift of John & Sally Van Doren P '11 '13

Untitled (Dollar Bill)

Tom Friedman '83 
(American, 1965)
Untitled (Dollar Bill)
2011
Serigraph
19 1/2 x 50 1/2
Gift of the artist

Untitled (dot/arrow)

Tom Friedman '83
(American, 1965)
Untitled (dot/arrow) (1997)
Iris ink-jet on Arches 88 paper
21" x 25 1/4"
Gift of John & Sally Van Doren P '11 '13

Untitled (Howey)

Nicholas Howey
(American, 1948)
Untitled
2000
Acrylic on handmade paper
Gift of Christy & Jeffrey Singer  P '17

Untitled (Scholder)

Fritz Scholder
(American, 1937)
Untitled
Date unknown
Lithograph
Sidney S. & Sadie Cohen Art Purchase Fund

Verdigris

Jerald Ieans
(American, 1970)
Verdigris (2003)
Collagraph/steel plates on BFK Rives
29 1/2" x 29 1/2"
Gift of  Ted L. and Maryanne Ellison Simmons

Victoria di Samotracia (Afro-Taina)

Victor Sanchez 
(American, 1954)
Victoria di Samotracia (Afro-Taina) 
2000
68" x 43"
Collagraph, photolitho, handcoloring, feathers, raffia
Gift of Ted L. & Maryanne Ellison Simmons P '89, '94

White Wall

Sarah Frost
(American, 1967) 
White Wall 
2007
Found objects
Dimensions variable
Gift of Julie & William Shearburn ’79

Word

Greely Myatt 
(American, 1952)
Word (2011)
Etching and chine colle
20 x 30"
Gift of Julie & William Shearburn ’79  P ’20 ’23

The Permanent Collection

Since its founding John Burroughs School has fostered a life-long passion for the arts through a mission of learning through and living with art.