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About Permanent Collection

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In 1939, a small group of art objects intended for use as a teaching resource became the core of the CU Art Museum’s Permanent Collection. The museum now holds over 8,000 works of art in trust, forming a comprehensive collection that enriches the experience of students, faculty, and the broader community. It is the largest university art collection in the state of Colorado and the only public art collection in Boulder.

The Permanent Collection supports the museum’s mission to collect, preserve, exhibit, interpret, and contextualize original works of art within a research and teaching context. Though modern and contemporary works of art are particularly well represented, the Collection also contains objects that document over three thousand years of human civilization around the world.

From ancient Greek ceramics to Pop Art paintings, the collection includes works in a variety of media from a diverse array of epochs and cultures, including Old Master works on paper, Southwest American and South American santos, southeast Asian and Iranian pottery, African sculpture, 18th century British engraving, 19th century photography, Japanese ukiyo-e, American prints of the 1930s and 1940s, minimalist works on paper, and contemporary sculpture, prints, photographs, and paintings.

Through the generosity of donors, the Permanent Collection continues to grow. Major gifts by Polly and Mark Addison beginning in the early 1990’s significantly expanded the representation of modern and contemporary art in the collection.

Note: The CU Art Museum is not permitted to provide appraisal, provenance or attribution services. Professional appraisers provide these services for a fee. To find a licensed appraiser in your area, please contact the American Society of Appraisers, the International Society of Appraisers, or the Appraisers Association of America . For a list of appraisers in the Denver metro area, you may contact the Collection Department,

[+]Charles Partridge Adams, American (1858-1942)
c. 1920-25
oil on canvas
9 x 12 inches

Gift of Lorine Pickett, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado at Boulder
Photo: Scott Nikiel
(c) CU Art Museum

[+]Unidentified artist, Roman
Pyriform Unguetarium
3rd century CE
2 1/2 x 1 9/16 inches

Gift of H. Medill Sarkisian and Mrs. Justine Sarkisian Rodriguez to the University of Colorado (1979), transferred to the CU Art Museum, University of Colorado at Boulder (2008)
Photo: Tara Hornung
(c) CU Art Museum

[+]Carrie Mae Weems, American (b. 1953)
Untitled, from the series Kitchen Table
gelatin silver print, from the portfolio Printed Matter Photography Portfolio 1: Potraits, 1994, edition 15/25
19 x 19 inches

Purchase with the Carnegie Fund, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado at Boulder
Photo: Aaron Hoffman
(c) Carrie Mae Weems