The University of St. Thomas art collections serve as teaching collections for our students and the public. For undergraduate and graduate students in art history, the collections provide an opportunity to view and handle the artwork, to learn proper curatorial and exhibition techniques, and to foster a better understanding of their cultural context.
The American Museum of Asmat Art at the University of St. Thomas (AMAA@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. The Diocese of Agats, the American Crosier Fathers and Brothers, and the original American Museum of Asmat Art donated the collection to the University in 2007. Rotating exhibits are on view in The Gallery on the second floor of the Anderson Student Center.
The St. Thomas Art Collection includes the many fine art pieces and outdoor sculptures on view throughout campus, as well as numerous other artworks housed within the Department of Art History. The collection represents a variety of cultures from around the world, in particular African and regional art and media such as pottery and textiles. The St. Thomas Art Exhibition Program showcases rotating exhibits on view throughout the year in the Lobby Gallery of the O’Shaughnessy Educational Center.