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University at Albany Fine Art Museum Collections

University at Albany Fine Art Museum Collections

The University at Albany Art Museum Collections are comprised of over 3,000 objects and reflect 50 years of modern and contemporary art, including paintings, photographs, prints, drawings and sculpture by many of the most prominent artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.

The Collections include works by such renowned artists as Vito Acconci, Josef Albers, Sanford Biggers, Xu Bing, Mel Bochner, Lee Bontecou, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Willem de Kooning, Richard Diebenkorn, Marisol Escobar, Mary Frank, Helen Frankenthaler, Phil Frost, Anna Gaskell, Leon Golub, Douglas Huebler, Donald Judd, Grace Hartigan, Ellsworth Kelly, Joseph Kosuth, Christian Marclay, Cameron Martin, Mary Ellen Mark, Robert Motherwell, Vik Muniz, Louise Nevelson, Eduardo Paolozzi, Judy Pfaff, Katherine Porter, Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Dieter Roth, Edward Ruscha, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Yinka Shonibare, Lorna Simpson, Richard Stankiewicz, Robert Smithson, Brian Tolle, Andy Warhol, and Jack White.

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The University at Albany Art Museum 
Collections Study Space

As part of a comprehensive, public, research institution, the University at Albany Art Museum is committed to providing spaces for creative, rigorous, interdisciplinary inquiry that can actively transform higher education. The Museum’s Collections Study Space is a multi-purpose space designed to safely house the University at Albany Fine Art Collections and simultaneously make them accessible to students, faculty, other researchers and scholars, and the community.

The Collections Study Space serves as a viewing and study gallery for fine art in a classroom context. It offers a range of behind-the-scenes experiences that inform current museum best practices and fosters an environment in which contemporary art is experienced through multiple perspectives. A designated teaching area accommodates classes of up to 20 students or small community groups. The Study Space also serves as a site for discussions, talks, small panels, readings and informal conversations related to the artists and artworks in the Collections.

The primary role of the Collections Study Space is to provide proper care and storage of the Collections. The space includes extensive flat files to hold works on paper, sliding rack systems for paintings, and shelving systems for framed works and boxed portfolios. A range of registrarial functions are performed on site, including cataloguing, photographing and conditioning works of art as well as the administration of the Museum’s ongoing loan program.

Works from the collections have been part of major nationally touring exhibitions at The Los Angeles County Museum; Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York; the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Cincinnati Art Museum; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York; The Baltimore Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, New York;The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College; the Neuberger Museum of Art at SUNY Purchase; the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz; and the Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College


The Collections Study Space is free and open to the public.

To view selected holdings from the Collections, schedule guided tours, conduct research, or reserve classroom time please email Darcie Abbatiello at [email protected].


Initial support for the Collections Study Space was provided by the Henry Luce Foundation American Art Program.  



August 12 – December 9, 2024
Collections Study Space
Curated by Jesse Asher Alsdorf ’22

Photograph of an empty room


January 22 – April 3, 2024;
April 25 – May 12, 2024
Collections Study Space
Curated by Bella Burnett, M.F.A. '24

Bald head and wavy pattern

What Ralph Ellison and Romare Bearden teach us about art + activism today

Sydney Pennington
Social Media and Marketing Intern
Supported by The Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation


Train Whistle Blues, No.1, 1964


Throughout the run of the current exhibition, Affinities and Outliers: Highlights from the University at Albany Fine Art Collections, works from the University at Albany Fine Art Collections are being selected by University Art Museum student staff, interns, and staff members. Participants are prompted to bring together two works into conversation by making formal, historical, or associative connections and to exhibit them side-by-side in the Collections Study Space (FA121).


Double Play

Highlighting work from the University at Albany Fine Art Collections, this exhibition showcases the various ways artists have used sports as a visual element in their work. Double Play was curated by Max Seiler, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation Intern.


Tim Rollins and K.O.S.

Works from the 1998 Special “In Public” Creation by Tim Rollins and K.O.S. now on view in the University Art Museum’s New Collections Study Space. 

Tim Rollins And K.O.S.

Inter-text-uality: Selections from the University at Albany Fine Art Collections

Inter-text-uality highlights work from the University at Albany Fine Art Collections, showcasing the various ways artists have used text as a visual element in their work.


Artists of The Mohawk-Hudson Region Purchase Award

Each year the museum purchases artwork by alumni artists from the Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region exhibition with funds from the Alumni Association’s Dr. Arthur N. Collins ’48 Purchase Award allowing the museum to add significant works by alumni artists to the University Collections.

The Hundred Acre Wood 300 9 fence cover

Stella Waitzkin, Untitled (27 Books)

The University at Albany Art Collections has received the gift of a sculpture by Stella Waitzkin (1920-2003) from the Waitzkin Memorial Library Trust and the Kohler Foundation, Inc.

Stella Waitzkin, Untitled (27 Books) Thumbnail

Artists and Photographs Portfolio

by Janae McHugh, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation Intern

Mel Bochner

Art Collection Online

Browse the University Art Collection online.