About the Permanent Collection

Union College holds over 3,000 works of art and material culture in the Permanent Collection, including significant cultural resources from internationally recognized artists and objects from Eastern and Ancient cultures.

As a cultural resource at Union College, the Permanent Collection’s mission is to enhance the cultural life and the academic programs of the College community and the public at large. Selections of the collection are on view in public and administrative areas campus wide.

Our strongest holdings are:  Works on Paper, 19th Century Portraits, Asian Collections and Antique Scientific Instruments including the Olivier Models. For more categories, please see the drop-down menu under “Permanent Collection” at the top of this page.

Our collection development currently focuses on acquiring works on paper by American artists from the early 20th century, the 1960s-1970s, and contemporary art, including artists of diversity.

Access to the Permanent Collection:

Access to the Permanent Collection is permitted by prior appointment, and the availability of artworks for examination by Union faculty and students or those conducting research will be based upon the size, condition and current location of the item. Please complete our Request to Access the Permanent Collection form and mail it to the Mandeville Gallery at Union College or email it to mandevillegallery@union.edu. To view and print the form, click here.

Rights and Reproduction:

Please complete our Application for Reproduction Permission form to obtain reproduction rights. Please note that not all items are available. It may take up to 4 weeks to process your request. The Collection does not accept credit cards. Click here to view and print the form. Please mail the completed form to the Mandeville Gallery at Union College or email it to mandevillegallery@union.edu.

Adopt an Artwork Program:

A way for our supporters to participate in the stewardship process of the College’s unique cultural treasures. Click here for more information.

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