Art Illuminates our lives. 

Saint Mary's College Museum of Art acts on the belief that art illuminates our lives and creates a more humane world. 

We affirm our institutional mission to develop the whole person. 

We are committed to fostering curiosity and wonder through exhibitions, collections, and programs. 

We bridge regional art, interests, and the world.

We cultivate cultural discovery, bringing people and art together.


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Institutional History 

Brother Fidelis Cornelius Braeg, Saint Mary's College art professor, established the original William Keith Gallery at Saint Mary's in 1934. As a professor, Brother Cornelius wrote Old Master of California, the paramount William Keith biography. Brother Cornelius collected William Keith paintings for the college, working closely with his fellow Christian Brothers and the Catholic community. 

Through the generous support of the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the William Keith Gallery became the Hearst Art Gallery in 1977. 

In 2011, the Hearst Art Gallery completed a large renovation and expansion project. Through the generosity of donors, the Museum expanded exhibition space by forty percent and built a large storage and maintenance facility. Following Brother Cornelius' legacy, this expansion ensures continued excellence in exhibitions and care for the Museum’s permanent collection. Through this expansion, the Hearst Art Gallery became the Saint Mary's College Museum of Art. The Museum of Art continues to provide quality exhibits while managing a permanent collection of over 5,000 pieces.

We hope you will join us in making history in the near future. Thank you! 


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