Warhol Photographs Given to Saint Mary's College Art Museum

For Immediate Release

MORAGA, Calif. (Apr. 18, 2008) – The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has selected the Hearst Art Gallery at Saint Mary's College of California for an unprecedented donation of photographs by the late Pop Art icon.

The Hearst has received 152 Warhol photos, dated between 1976 and 1986. Subjects include celebrities, fashionistas and sports figures including Dolly Parton, Gianni Versace, Yves Saint Laurent, Dorothy Hamel and Vitas Gerulaitus. The pictures also depict Factory regulars, people who hung out in Warhol's New York studios, and include nude studies, still lifes and shots of New York City. One hundred of the images are Polacolor; 52 are black-and-white gelatin silver prints.

In honor of its 20th anniversary, the Foundation is distributing 28,543 photographs, valued in excess of $28 million, to 183 college and university art museums across the United States through its Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program. The program's goal is to provide greater access to Warhol's artwork. Each campus will receive approximately 150 photographic works.

Other California recipients are UC Berkeley, UC Davis, San Francisco Art Institute, Santa Clara University, Stanford University, UCLA, University of Southern California, Claremont Colleges, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara and Cal State Fullerton.

"Warhol was a complicated figure and an enigma. We think we know him, but he continually surprises us. Each of his many biographies have covered but a glimpse of the man who reflected his time but was ahead of his time," said Hearst Gallery director Carrie Brewster. "His approach to art was so unique; he explored all aspects of culture and then gave it back to us, often through his photography."

"A wealth of information about Warhol's process and his interactions with his sitters is revealed in these images," noted Jenny Moore, curator of the Warhol Photographic Legacy Program who made the gift selections.

A planning committee, made up of Saint Mary's College faculty, staff, students, and community members, has been formed to plan a possible future symposium and exhibition. No dates have been set.


Heidi Ehrman Donner,
Hearst Art Gallery,
Public Information and Programming Manager,
(925) 631-4069,
[email protected]


Saint Mary's College, founded in 1863, is a residential learning community in Moraga, California based in the Catholic, Lasallian and liberal arts traditions. The college currently enrolls more than 3,600 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. The Christian Brothers, an international Catholic teaching order, guides the academic growth and spiritual character of the school.