UND Art Collections
The UND Art Collections preserves and showcases art throughout the campus and community, and strives to inspire all who see it.
Works are owned by the University and UND Foundation and contain regional and internationally-known artists, earning UND wide recognition.
Artists include Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Audrey Flack, and many others, as well as historical pieces extending back in time to ancient Egypt. The extensive collections contain paintings, sculptures, pottery, ceramics, Chinese calligraphy, drawings, jewelry and metalwork, fabrics and textiles.
The Living Museum and Beyond
The Art Collections are displayed in a number of ways across the UND campus. The most visible is through the Living Museum, putting works of art in the hallways, classrooms and buildings we use every day.
Works are also exhibited at the UND Art Collections Gallery at the Empire Arts Center in downtown Grand Forks, showcasing the art to the community. Additional galleries are located in the Chester Fritz Library andHughes Fine Arts Center. Digital versions of the Art Collection in the UND Scholarly Commons Gallery.
UND's artworks are divided into multiple collections. Some collections make reference to academic departments (Department of Art and Design Study Collection) or funding source (artwork purchased by the Myers Foundations). Other collections are identified by the names of donors such as:
- Victor A. Corbett Collection of Plains Indian Art
- James R. Carley Collection of American Folk Pottery
- Chester Fritz Collection of Asian Art
- Douglas E. Erickson Collection of Chinese Clothing and Art
Notable artists in the collections include (among others):
- Ben Shahn (American, 1898–1969), important figure in the social realist movement of the 20th century.
- Salvador Dali (Spanish, 1904–1989), Spanish surrealist.
- Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923–1997), American Pop artist.
- Robert Rauschenburg (American, 1925–2008), artist in the Neo-Dada movement.
- Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987), American artist among the leaders of the pop art movement.
- Helen Frankenthaler (American, 1928–2011), painter of abstract expression and post-painterly abstraction.
- Jasper Johns (American, b. 1930), artist in the Neo-Dada movement.
- Audrey Flack (American, b. 1931), exponent of photorealism and the feminist movement.
- Sam Gilliam (American, b. 1933), important painter in the Washington DC Color School.
- Frank Stella (American, b.1936), contributor to minimalism and several other trends.
- Elizabeth Murray (American, 1940–2007), late 20th century abstractionist.
- Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (American, b. 1940), contemporary Native American artist.