Baylor University Poage Library

About The Collection

The James B. Mason Mosaic Collection consists of 38 items. There are 36 framed wood mosaic portraits (each 22” x 18”) of the United States Presidents from George Washington to Richard Nixon. Each includes an engraved metal plate stating the sitter’s name and plate number. All were created by wood mosaic artist James B. Mason using only wood as his medium, and his initials “JBM” are integrated into each portrait at the lower right corner. Additionally, dozens of samples of the types of wood he used are displayed together in a frame with a list of a few critics’ comments. A portrait of an unidentified man is also included in the collection. It is possible this could be a self-portrait of Mason. The date of creation and original donor of this collection are unknown.