The permanent exhibition entitled "The Gallery of 19th and 20th century Krosno Artists" was created to show paintings, sculptures, crafts and furniture of the 19th and 20th centuries. The exhibition is situated in Krosno’s Bishop Palace and is divided into two parts. The first part presents exhibits from the Krosno area from the period between the second half of the 19th century and the 1930s. They are the most important examples of the Krosno artistic life. The exhibition includes paintings of the most popular painters associated with the district of Krosno and students of the renowned historicist Jan Matejko, such as: Seweryn Bieszczad (watercolourist, known as the Canaletto of Krosno), Stanisław Bergman (a colourist and historical painter), Franciszek Daniszewski (founder of the Sztuka artistic group) and Aleksander Augustynowicz (genre painter). In this part of the exhibition the works of Leon Dembowski of Kraków and Jan Kazimierz Olpiński (mountain landscape painter) are also presented.
The second part of the exhibition shows the works of Krosno artists of the 20th century. It is worth noting that in the middle of the 20th century Krosno was an important artistic centre. The Trade Union of Painters was created here, on the initiative of Zdzisław Truskolaski, who organised the first painting exhibition after the Second World War. He also established an art school and edited the magazine "Art and life" ("Sztuka i życie"). This exhibition presents the work of painters: Bronisław Olszewski (master of portrait painting), Bronisław Probulski, Zdzisław Truskolaski, Stanisław Kochanek (caricaturist), Władysław Niepokój (realist painter), Jan Ekiert (a sophisticated artist influence by French painting) and Jan Jankiewicz (landscape painter). It also includes works of sculptors: Roman Górka and Władysław Kandefer.
The exhibition, prepared by the Department of Art, has unarguably a high educational and artistic value. Its aim is not only to show artistic values of the works, but also the history of art in Krosno.