Art Across Campus

    Sneak a peek at the amazing art collections on display during Alumni Weekend's Campus Art Tours.

    By Jennifer Kuchta, '02 BA on June 28, 2011

    A sneak-peek of the amazing art collections on display during Alumni Weekend's campus art tours. 

    Prints by Rembrandt, Durer, Goya, and countless other historical and contemporary artists in the Print Study Centre; a Sir Anthony Caro sculpture in the middle of Quad; a Jack Bush painting “in the racks;” a ubiquitous mural that covers the entire width of the Education North Building; a painting by Lawren Harris — famed Group of Seven Artist — once owned by Emily Carr; paintings by Ms. Carr herself; the second-largest art collection in the city and one of the finest in the country, all right here on the University of Alberta campus.

    Art collecting started on campus around 1920, and the collection now comprises nearly 9000 works of art for the purposes of teaching, research, exhibition and community engagement. The collection includes paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures by Canadian and international artists, along with works by staff and graduate students in Fine Arts. It also encompasses the Mactaggart Art Collection of East Asian artifacts, the Ethnography Collection, and the Historical Objects Collection that documents the colourful history of the U of A

    Like any world-class public university, the University of Alberta has a strong public art presence, with works exhibited around campus both indoors and out. In addition to the numerous pieces of art on view outdoors and spaces indoors on campus, you can access the art collection in-person by appointment and online through an extensive database

    Whether you find yourself with 10 minutes or two hours to spare on Alumni Weekend, take some time to wrap yourself in the wonder of the art collection on the University of Alberta’s North Campus. Starting Friday, September 23, alumni attending homecoming will have a wonderful opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes guided glimpse at some of the U of A’s art and architectural works, learning about the history of these pieces and the amazing collection that they comprise

    Watch for a feature-length article about the University of Alberta Museums in the next edition of New Trail, in mailboxes in mid-August.

    Textiles in the MacTaggart Art Collection

    Robes and textiles in the Mactaggart Art Collection.

    Education North Building Mural

    A view of the ever-present West and North mural on the exterior wall of the Education North Building. Of interest: the first panel was installed on Black Friday.

    Inside the Print Study Centre.

    Interior of the Print Study Centre, located on the third floor in the Fine Arts Building.

    The H.G. Glyde Mural

    The H.G. Glyde mural in the Reading Room of Rutherford South Library.