The Horsemans’ collection is personal, but not private. Through a program of lending the collection has participated in a number of exhibitions throughout the country.
Exhibitions provide the unique opportunity to engage with new and continued art historical research and to appreciate works of art in wider contexts. By loaning works to exhibitions of varying focus and scale, the Horsemans seek to share their art with the public and foster a deepened appreciation for American art history. Host institutions have included the Dixon Galleries and Gardens in Memphis, Tennessee; the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art; the Saint Louis Art Museum; and various local and regional fine arts galleries.
The Horseman Collection has a long history of short-term loans to exhibitions and long-term loans to institutions. Examples of current or active loans include six paintings on long-term loan at the Saint Louis Art Museum, displayed in the American Art Galleries. Recent acquisitions such as Gerald Williams’ Nation Time and Wadsworth Jarrell’s Liberation Soldiers, formerly part of the Johnson Collection, are on loan to the “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power” exhibition, both to be displayed at all three locations. Another painting, titled Amos & Andy 1972, by Jeff Donaldson is on loan to the Everson Museum for the retrospective exhibition “Jeff Donaldson: Dig.” At any given time, anywhere from ten to twenty paintings or sculptures from the collection are on to loan to museums and galleries across the United States and abroad.
Notably, the collection has featured two large scale touring exhibitions, organized by the Dixon Gallery and Gardens: Regional Dialect: American Scene Painting from the John and Susan Horseman Collection and Modern Dialect: American Painting from the John and Susan Horseman Collection. These exhibitions capture the Horsemans keen awareness of the many changing trends in American art and society in the early twentieth century and shed light on the lesser known heroes of our nation’s art historical heritage. In addition, these exhibits have served to showcase the collection’s past dual emphasis in Twentieth Century American Regionalisms, and Social Realism and Surrealism. Artworks continue to be available for loan upon request.