Building a Collection

 Building a Collection: Highlights and Recent Acquisitions from the Saint Mary's College Museum of Art Permanent Collection 

Percy Gray

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Saint Mary’s College of California, the Museum of Art selected notable works from its 5000 piece collection, many of which had never been displayed. This wide-ranging exhibition,  comprised of both historic and contemporary objects, highlights the major collecting areas of the Museum.

Noted for its California landscapes, the collection is known for its nearly 200 paintings by William Keith. It includes landscapes by Bierstadt, Edwin Deakin, August Gay, Percy Gray, Armin Hansen, Gregory Kondos, Lorenzo Latimer, Mary DeNeale Morgan, Charles Rollo Peters, Charles Dorman Robinson, Carl Sammons, Will Sparks, Jules Tavernier, and others.

The collection also has works on paper and selected paintings by Bernard, Daumier, Dürer, Goya, Hogarth, Inness, Kandinsky, Manet, Lautrec, and Rembrandt, along with contemporary pieces by Christopher Brown, David Gilhooly, Morris Graves, Motherwell,  Rauschenberg, Tamayo, and Thiebaud, photographs and Polaroids from the Andy Warhol collection, and sacred art including Russian icons, a Tiepolo drawing and European statuary. The ethnographic collection displays Southwest pottery, and objects from New Guinea, Malaysia, Africa, the Philippines, and the Inuit people of Alaska.