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    The Worcester Art Museum's (WAM) Department of Prints, Drawings and Photographs (PDP) contains over 23,000 objects from the Americas, Europe, and Asia. The American and European works range in date from the 14th to the 21st century. Areas of strength include color prints, British satirical prints, 18th and 19th-century American prints, and Abstract Expressionist prints. The Asian holdings' areas of strength include Edo period Japanese prints, particularly early ukiyo-e prints, and modern 20th century Japanese prints. There are also approximately 50 volumes of rare Edo and Meiji period illustrated books, and a small group of fine paintings and manuscripts from Iran (Persia) and Turkey from the 14th to the 19th century as well as Indian miniature paintings from the 17th to the 20th century representing most schools.

    Because works on paper are sensitive to light, temperature, and humidity, these objects are not on permanent view. Visitors are invited to see these works in temporary exhibitions, or by special appointment in the PDP Study Room.


    Scheduling and Preparing for Your Visit

    The PDP Study Room is open to individuals and groups of 12 or fewer people by appointment only from Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 4:00pm. If your group is larger than 12, multiple appointments can be made. Appointments are not available on weekends.

    To make an appointment, or for more information about the American and European holdings in the Prints, Drawings, and Photographs collection, please contact Nancy Burns, Assistant Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at: nancyburns@worcesterart.org.

    To make an appointment, or for more information about the Asian holdings in the Prints, Drawings, and Photographs collection, please contact Vivian Li, Assistant Curator of Asian Art at: vivianli@worcesterart.org.

    When scheduling your appointment, we kindly request that you do so at least two weeks in advance, and submit a list of requested objects that includes the artist, title, date, and accession number. To access the collection, please visit Collections Search on the museum's website. Only a percentage of the museum's collection is accessible through Collections Search, so if you cannot locate an object, please contact the relevant curator, who will assist you or refer you to another colleague who can. Objects on the list are subject to the department's approval. Works that are oversized or fragile may be unavailable for display. If you are scheduling a visit for a class, please note that while the curator will facilitate access to the collection, it is the instructor's responsibility to prepare the lecture related to the material requested. The instructor is expected to be present for the duration of the class.

    Prior to Your Visit

    We kindly request that you review the Prints, Drawings, and Photographs Study Room Guidelines.