The University's goal in creating, maintaining and growing the Fine Art Collection is to encourage understanding and appreciation of art and its role in society through direct engagement with original works of art. Rapprochement is created by the placement of works throughout campus, public exhibitions at The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery, curatorial seminars and individual research in the Print Study Room.
The Fine Art Collection includes a wide range of gifts, purchases and bequests to the University. The collection currently contains over 1,500 pieces of art and continues to grow. In an effort to reinforce the greater vision and mission of St. Kate's, the focus of the collection is works by women artists, especially those who are Minnesota-born or based.