• Beth & Tim Manners

Discovering the ‘Art’ of College

Updated: Sep 19, 2019

The New York Times: “While not typically top of mind as a go-to destination, college and university art museums have a common goal: to raise the bar for the academic and cultural life of a campus and its environs.” At Duke: “The Nasher highlights artists of African descent and female artists — those who have been historically underrepresented or omitted by art institutions.” At Dartmouth: “Students and visitors have access to its 65,000-object collection including works by Rembrandt, Francisco Goya, Mark Rothko, Yayoi Kusama, Georgia O’Keeffe, Frank Stella and Julie Mehretu, among others.” At Rutgers: “The Zimmerli Museum’s Russian and Soviet nonconformist art holdings contain over 22,000 objects by more than 1,000 artists and provide an overview from the 14th century to the present.”


At Colby: “A collection of nearly 900 works by the figurative painter Alex Katz is a highlight at the college’s museum of art.” At UT-Austin: “Founded in 1963, the Blanton Museum of Art is considered one of the largest university art museums in the country with collections of nearly 18,000 objects.” University of Michigan, Ann Arbor “has a permanent collection of more than 20,000 artworks collected over 150 years and features big hitters like Helen Frankenthaler, Picasso, Monet and Warhol. The museum also hosts around 20 special exhibitions per year.”


At UCLA:”The Fowler Museum, which opened in 1963, has a … total of over 120,000 art and ethnographic and 600,000 archaeological objects, but it’s the museum’s African art collection that makes it standout as a leader in the exhibition and preservation of art from Africa.” At Northwestern: “An evolving permanent collection of about 6,000 works focuses primarily on prints, photography and drawings.” At Princeton: The works include Greek and Roman ceramics, marbles and bronzes, Roman mosaics, stained glass from medieval Europe and European paintings from the early Renaissance through the 19th century.” And at Williams: “There are around 15,000 works of art in the holdings of the Williams College Museum of Art that spotlight work by African-American artists, work by women artists, and international contemporary art.”

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