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About the Tufts University Permanent Art Collection

Established early in the university's existence in the mid-19th century, the Tufts University Permanent Collection features portraits of founders, benefactors, and faculty, as well as landscapes that depict the campus's progression over the years. As such, these works of art are an integral part of University history. The University's art collection has expanded since its establishment to include a range of art from antiquity to the present. Moreover, it has grown through the generosity of donors, many of whom have been, or are, parents, alumni or trustees who have given gifts that reflect their personal collecting interests.

The Collection comprises approximately 2,400 works spanning ancient Mediterranean and pre-Hispanic cultures to modern and contemporary painting, sculpture, and photography. The Tufts collection features 19th-, 20th- and 21st-century paintings by artists such as Eric Aho, Emile Bernard, Thornton Dial, Elaine De Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, Grace Hartigan, Gyorgy Kepes, Maud Morgan, Alice Neel, Fairfield Porter, Milton Resnick, John Singer Sargent, and Andy Warhol. Modern and contemporary sculptures by Richard Hunt, Henry Moore, Louise Nevelson, Isamu Noguchi, Auguste Rodin, and Frank Stella, among others, are sited in public indoor and outdoor locations across the Medford campus.

A large percentage of the collection is comprised of works on paper, including prints drawings and collage. The Collection includes work by Lorna Simpson, Salvador Dalí, Albrecht Dürer, Alex Katz, Joan Miró, Wassily Kandinsky, Sir Howard Hodgkin, Pablo Picasso, James Rosenquist, and Hale Woodruff, among many others.

Twentieth-century photography is a notable strength of the Tufts Collection. Photographers in the Collection include: Lewis Baltz; Edouard Boubat; Manual Alvarez Bravo; Dr. Harold Edgerton; Elliot Erwitt; Walker Evans; Larry Fink; Lee Fredlander; Ralph Gibson; Frank Gohlke; Sally Gall; Philippe Halsman; Philip Jameson; André Kertesz; Johan Kuus; Danny Lyon; Alen MacWeeney; Joel Meyerowitz; Richard Misrach; Delilah Montoya; Dorothy Norman; Frank Paulin; Gilles Peres; Arthur Rothstein; Aaron Siskind; and Garry Winogrand.

Selected highlights of the University's Collection are offered here as a virtual exhibition to give a sense of its range.

Permanent Collection Highlights