Permanent Collection

roger swain painting
Roger Swain, #9x9-29-15/7E Green, 2015,
acrylic on canvas, SLU 2016.3

St. Lawrence University's permanent collection provides students, faculty, scholars, and a broad regional community the opportunity to study and enjoy original works of art.  The collection includes nearly 7,000 art objects and artifacts, with particular strengths in twentieth- and twenty- first-century American and European works on paper, including photographs, prints, portfolios, drawings, and artists' books.  Recent acquisitions include works by Loretta Ayeroff, Annie Bissett, Ralph Gibson, Edward Gorey, Rick Harlow, Sue Ellen Herne, Nathaniel Infante, Robert Kipniss, Sally Mann, Padloo Samayualie, Roger Swain, and JianFen Wells. 

painting by jianfen wells
JianFen Wells, The Water of the Lake,
ca. 2016, acrylic on canvas, SLU 2016.21

Works of art from the collection are regularly utilized for exhibition, classroom, and research purposes.  Students actively participate in all aspects of collection management, learning museum standards of art handling and registration, assisting with the installation of exhibitions and campus displays, as well as conducting research for curatorial purposes and educational programs.  Tours of the collection storage facility and works of art are provided regularly to St. Lawrence University classes and regional school groups. 

Recent exhibitions which have drawn from the collection include:

St. Lawrence students often work with gallery staff to organize exhibitions from the collection as part of their coursework or to pursue a particular area of research.

padloo samayualie drawing
Padloo Samyualie, untitled drawing
(colored pencil and Pentel pen on
paper), n.d., SLU 2016.23

The collection is also made accessible to the public through an active campus display program, in which works of art are installed thematically in the Owen D. Young Library, the Launders Science Library in Madill Hall, Vilas Hall, the Peterson Center for International and Intercultural Studies in Carnegie Hall, and Admissions in Payson Hall. Displays of art by St. Lawrence students and alumni are located in the formal lounge of Dean Eaton Hall and the first floor of Vilas Hall.