The art collections of the University of St. Thomas serve as teaching collections. They provide direct experience of art on campus and in the classroom for all students. For majors and graduate students in art history, they provide a hands-on opportunity for training the curators and program directors of the future.
The American Museum of Asmat Art at the University of St. Thomas has a deep and contextual collection of work by the Asmat people of Papua, Indonesia, in the western part of the island of New Guinea. Donated to the University in 2007 by the Diocese of Agats, the American Crosier Fathers and Brothers, and the original American Museum of Asmat Art, it has a gallery on the second floor of the Anderson Student Center and storage facilities on campus.
The University Collections consist of the public art on campus and a collection of art from cultures around the world, and focuses particularly on African and regional art and media such as pottery and textiles. Rotating exhibitions are in the Lobby Gallery of the O’Shaugnessy Educational Center.
The Winton Guest House by Frank Gehry is a masterpiece of domestic architecture and reflects the department’s emphasis on architectural history.
The Visual Resources Collections supports the teaching and research of the Art History department through digital images, scanning, and cataloging.
Please explore these collections at Arts@UST in the links above.