Collection

The permanent collection comprises more than 5,000 objects acquired through gifts, bequests, and purchases. Many of these works are on view in exhibitions. Works from the Campus Collection rotate on view in the library, chapel, in secure public spaces, and offices. Many sculptural works enhance the beautiful grounds and gardens of the College.

Highlights:

California Landscape Art is the main focus of the SMCMoA collection. With more than 200 paintings by William Keith, a leading figure in the history of California landscape painting, the SMCMoA cares for the most comprehensive collections of the artists' work and biographer's archival materials. Expanding from the William Keith Collection, the museum continues to collect the 19th century to the current-era California landscapes represented in various media and artistic movements. View more landscape paintings, etchings, and photographs featured in the past exhibition Aesthetic Forces.

  • California Collection features work by late 19th and early 20th century painters and printmakers working in the Bay Area and Northern California region, including Morris Graves (1910-2001), Helen Hyde (1869-1919), Gregory Kondos (1923-), Maurice Logan (1886-1977), Roi Partridge (1888-1984),  Louis Siegriest (1899-1985), Raimonds Staprans (1926-), Wayne Thiebaud (1920-2021), Frank Van Sloun (1879-1938), among others. 
  • William Keith Collection features over 200 paintings by William Keith (1838-1911), California's foremost landscape painter at the end of the 19th century.
  • Social Justice & Political Prints Collection features prints and works related to Bay Area labor and social justice causes of the 20th and 21st century, including works by Casper Banjo (1937-2008), Art Hazelwood (1961-), Stanley Koppel (1911-1990).

African Art Collection features over 600 African art objects created by over 30 ethnic tribes during the late 18th and 19th centuries. Explore work featured in the exhibition Power & Purpose

Asian, Oceanic, and Indigenous Peoples of the Americas Collection 

  • Graphic Prints from Cape Dorset Collection features over 30 stonecut prints and drawings from the 1960s and 1970s created by artists and printmakers in the Nunavut region of Cape Dorset. Explore the collection featured in the past exhibition Collective Memories: Stonecuts from Cape Dorset. 

Alberti Collection features over 150 European prints and works on paper by late 18th and early 19th-century Avante-Garde artists, including Marc Chagall (1887-1985), Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901), Henri Matisse (1869-1954), Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945) among others. 

American Photography Collection features work by United States-based photographers from the late 19th century to the 21st century, including work by Judy Dater (1941-), Robert MacPherson (1811-1872), Stanley Truman (1903-1993), Andy Warhol (1928-1987) among others.   

    Religious Collection features work spanning Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque related to the Catholic church and affiliated orders. 

     

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