Permanent Collection

The NCMA's permanent collection had its beginning in 1947 when the North Carolina General Assembly appropriated $1 million for the purchase of works of art, making North Carolina the first state in the nation to use public funds to buy art.

An Expanding Collection Pierre-Jacques Volaire, The Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, 1777, oil on canvas, 53 1/8 x 89 in., Purchased with funds from the Alcy C. Kendrick Bequest and the State of North Carolina, by exchange