past exhibitions

The Museum Collects

March 6 - June 1, 2009

The Museum Collects represent a wealth of artwork. While housed on the campus, the Museum is a separate institution managed by its own Board of Trustees. Thus the collection is owned by the Museum, which holds it in trust for the general public. This collection of contemporary art was begun in 1989 with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts Purchase Fund. Two works of contemporary American Indian art are on display as a complement to the University’s collection. They include Jaune Quick-to-See Smith’s painting Adobe Rose to the right, a 1988 gift from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. On the stairs leading to the Mezzanine gallery is Fritz Scholder’s lithograph Film Indian, a gift from David and Julie Blehm. This 1975 image was greatly enlarged in 1976 and painted on the exterior of the Museum's mobile gallery for the exhibition, Indian Images.