Student Union Collection of Contemporary Art
Established in 1962, this collection is unusual in that it was conceived by students, selected by student committees, and purchased entirely with University funds. Every four years since the first New York buying trip in 1963, a small group of students, under the direction of an art department faculty member, have researched the contemporary American art scene and purchased new pieces. Included are paintings, prints, drawings, photography, and sculpture by such notable artists as Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Nevelson, and Alex Katz. The Student Union Collection is now the University’s premier collection, numbering over 160 pieces by over one hundred different artists.