GREGORY ALLICAR MUSEUM OF ART’s permanent collections consist of approximately 3,000 objects in a variety of media including prints, photographs, paintings, sculpture, textiles and ceramics. Significant holdings include 19th and 20th century African objects and textiles, modern and contemporary works on paper, Soviet era photography, 19th and early 20th century Japanese prints, and a collection of over 250 prints by the 19th century lithographer and social critic, Honoré-Victorin Daumier. These collections are particularly significant in reflecting Colorado State University’s long-standing dedication to international research, development and understanding.
In 2011 the University Art Museum became the recipient of a bequest of works of art from the extraordinary Hartford-Tandstad Collection. This gift includes over 200 works of art, including major works by pivotal figures in the history of European art, a small collection of Asian art, and an extensive art research library.
Collection Access: The museum is dedicated to using collections as a laboratory for learning. Collections are used in temporary exhibitions, supervised studio and art history classes, outreach to area schools, small traveling exhibitions, and for hands-on research for students in the department. All collections are accessible to CSU faculty, faculty sponsored students, scholars and members of the public for legitimate research and study, subject to procedures necessary to safeguard the objects. Web Kiosk allows virtual access to the University Art Museum’s permanent collection providing resources and educational opportunities for CSU Faculty and students, K-12 educators and the general public.
The museum’s African collection is the largest of our non-western holdings. The collection was formed through the generous donations of faculty, friends and alumni. The pieces originated primarily in Mali, Nigeria, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Republic of Benin, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Kenya. Areas of focus include East African objects, from the Maasai and Pokot cultures of Kenya, as well as an unusually expansive representation of objects from the Lobi culture of Burkina Faso.
The museum’s collection of over 240 prints by the renowned 19th- century lithographer, Honoré-Victorin Daumier (1808-1879), gifted to the museum by the Harbaugh Family, includes works from many of the artist’s best-known print series, providing an extensive introduction to the work of this outstanding printmaker and social critic.
In June of 2011 the museum became the recipient of a promised gift from the Hartford-Tandstad Collection. This gift includes over 200 works of art, primarily dating from the late Renaissance through the late 19th century. The collection includes major works by pivotal figures in the history of European art, an extensive collection of drawings, and examples of decorative arts.
MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY
Thanks to the support of many donors the museum’s collection of 20th and 21st century works of art continues to grow. The collection consists primarily of works from the latter half of the 20th century. A significant gift of modern and contemporary work, the Polly and Mark Addison.
The Japanese print collection came to the art museum through two donations. The Drake collection forms an excellent overview with examples from many of the major artists working in this genre, including Hokusai, Shuncho, Sharaku, Hiroshige Ando and Utamaro Kitagawa. The Leonard collection includes later editions as well as examples of earlier 19th century prints. Together, the Leonard and Drake collections present a comprehensive look at the Japanese print medium and major themes.