"The Fine Arts play a crucial role in the cultural life of the University of St. Thomas and contribute directly to its educational mission."
The Rev. Dennis Dease
President, University of St. Thomas
The permanent collections of the University of St. Thomas comprise over 1,000 objects, including paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, stained glass, and textiles. Manyof these works are on display in public areas of the libraries, offices, classrooms, dormitories, seminary buildings, the student center; and in various outdoor settings. Several areas, such as the Sculpture Garden of the O'Shaughnessy-Owens Science complex, the Gainey Center in Owatonna, and the Bernardi Campus in Rome, have noteworthy ensembles.
Many works of art are used directly for teaching purposes in the Art History classroom, as well as specialized settings such as the Luann Dummer Center for Women. Others play a direct role in worship and meditation.
New objects are added annually, either through direct purchase or through donations. To reach as broad an audience as possible, the art collections of St. Thomas consist of three separate groupings, each with its own audience and environment:
Gallery Collection: main teaching collection
Public Art: large-scale public works on campus
Campus Collection: small scale works of art in public areas of buildings on campus