Through the generosity of Mrs. Robert O. Colby, a fund was established to support art at Nichols in 1987. This fund is primarily responsible for the growth of the Collection, as committee members have used it to purchase works of art by Western New York artists. The fund also provides the resources to invite artists to the Nichols School campus to lecture about their artwork exhibit work and provide workshops. The fund is also used to maintain the collection.
The New York Collection for Stockholm
Given to Nichols in the early 1980's, this collection presents a sampling of the 1960's New York art scene. The collection includes prints by many of the foremost artists of the twentieth century. In 1971 Billy Klüver and Carl Gunnar Pontus Hultén assembled a collection of paintings and sculptures by American artists ro supplement the collection at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden. The portfolio of prints, all of which were donated by the artists, were assembled in 1973 by the Experiments in Art and Technology, or EAT, to support the collection at Moderna Museet. The works were originally housed in a box in Honduras Mahogany.
Ray Pierce Collection
Ray Pierce, class of 1964, was a noted collector of Western New York artwork. In support of the role of the arts at Nichols School his family donated a portion of his collection to Nichols School to honor his memory. The collections was acquired in 2002 and includes 20 pieces ranging from works on paper, oil, acrylic, mixed media and gouache. Included are works by Peter Stephens, Charles Clough, Jim Bird, and many other fine artists.
Charles Balbach Collection
In honor of Charles Balbach, a staunch supporter of the arts and of Nichols School, a collection of Nichols School student artwork was established. The pieces are selected and purchased annually as unique works of distinction, they remain part of a collection that serves to enlighten and inspire future students.