Why Does the University of Alberta Collect Art?

Since its early years, the University of Alberta has collected works of art and historical artifacts for exhibition, teaching, and research. The artworks you see on display on the University of Alberta campus represent a small fraction of the diverse selection of objects in the University of Alberta Art Collection.

The University of Alberta Art Collection contains over 10,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, and historical artifacts and is one of the 29 interdisciplinary museums and collections that constitute the University of Alberta Museums. The University of Alberta Museums contain more than 17 million artifacts, specimens, and works of art that fuel discovery, promote learning, and advance knowledge through teaching, research, and community outreach.

Photo Credit:

Rhombus, 1968
Victor Vasarely
acrylic on canvas
University of Alberta Art Collection (1969.12)
University of Alberta Museums

Public Art Fast Facts: 

  • The University of Alberta Art Collection is one of the collections in the University of Alberta Museums network. There are over 150 works of art from the collection installed on campus in public locations and more than 15 pieces of art installed outdoors.
  • Three recent public art additions to the University of Alberta Art Collection are:
    • Signalos III, Kosso Eloul
    • InScope, Dam de Nogales
    • The Visionaries, Barbara Patterson
  • InScope is the 2nd tallest sculpture on campus at 22 feet; the tallest sculpture on campus is by Douglas Senft (title unknown) and is 24 feet tall. 
  • Oldest work is by Henry George Glyde Youth Panel on the outside of University Hall from 1949.