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The John L. Wehle Gallery

Home to one of the finest collections of sporting and wildlife art in America

Established by the Museum’s founder John L. Wehle, the collection unites his passion for art with his interests in hunting, sports, wildlife, and conservation. Spanning the 17th to 20th centuries, the paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures document the changing taste and styles of sporting and wildlife art. The Gallery traces the history of equine, canine, racing, driving, angling, hunting, and shooting art as well as wildlife from diverse areas of the United States.

The collection was hailed by Wildlife Magazine as “one of the finest in the world.” Visitors of all ages enjoy and are inspired by this internationally recognized collection.

Admission to the John L. Wehle Gallery is included in general Museum admission.

Discover four centuries of world-class art

The gallery houses a stunning collection of Western views and sculptures created by artists such as Frederic Remington, Robert Henri, John Sloan, Eanger Irving Couse, Wilhelm Kuhnert, Ernest Hennings, Ernest Blumenschein, and other acclaimed artists who sought to create a truly American art.

Thanks to Jack Wehle’s connoisseurship, the gallery includes early castings of iconic works such as Broncho Buster and The Outlaw by Frederic RemingtonEnd of the Trail by James Earle Fraser, and superb examples of Taos Art Colony works.

In addition, the historic collection of wildlife and sporting art features works by such distinguished artists as John James Audubon, Frederic Remington, Carl Rungius, Maud Earl, Bob Kuhn, and Bruno Liljefors.

The collection of notable paintings and sculptures traces profound social, artistic, and ideological changes in the interaction between humans and animals. Shifting perspectives are dramatically portrayed among the works—animals as prey, as servants, as companions, and as subjects of curiosity and scientific inquiry.

Bruce & Susan Greene Costume Collection

The finest collection of historic clothing in Upstate New York, featuring 3,500 clothing items from men, women, and children across three centuries. This historic fashion and textile collection has been expanded upon through the museum’s own collection mission.

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Gallery Talks & Tours

Visitors to the John L. Wehle Gallery can enjoy curator-led talks and tours throughout the season, with topics ranging from gastronomy to mourning fashion, and more. 

Unless otherwise noted, Gallery talks and tours are included in the cost of general Museum admission. 

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Current Exhibits

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Past Exhibits

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Virtual Learning Oppourtunities

The John L. Wehle Gallery offers fascinating virtual programming throughout the year, and we’re excited to share that some virtual programs are now available for purchase through the Online Museum Store! 

Get in touch with our Curatorial Team

Questions about donating an object, visiting the John L. Wehle Gallery, or GCV&M’s collections?  

Contact our Curatorial Department at (585) 294-8240 or email awilck@gcv.org

 

 

 

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