Fine Art Collection

Fine Art Collection

St. Catherine University’s Fine Art Collection connects students, faculty, staff and the community at large to meaningful works of art.

The Collection

Access to the Artwork

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 Visual Resources Library.

The Fine Art Collection includes a wide range of gifts, purchases and bequests to the University. The collection currently contains over 2,700 pieces of art and continues to grow. In an effort to reinforce the greater vision and mission of St. Kate's, the future growth of the collection is focused on acquiring artworks by women, trans, and gender non-conforming artists, especially those who are Minnesota-born or based, and to represent the increasingly diverse cultural, ethnic and religious diversity of the St. Catherine community.

Current News from the Collection

Outdoor Sculpture Corps: In May 2023, St. Catherine University received a Minnesota Historical and Cultural Legacy Grant for the conservation 
of outdoor sculptures in the University’s Fine Art Collection. Grant funds were used to form the Outdoor Sculpture Corps, which worked 
alongside conservators from the Midwest Art Conservation Center (MACC) on sculpture care and maintenance of outdoor artworks on 
campus during fall 2023.

Led by Jennifer Adam, Visual Resources Curator, and Nicole Watson, Director of The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery, the Corps includes student assistants for the Visual Resources Library as well as student volunteers interested in learning more about professional conservation practices. Corps is responsible for protecting, restoring and documenting outdoor sculptures on campus, as well as training future members.

Interested in becoming a member of the Outdoor Sculpture Corps? Please contact Jennifer Adam:

For more information about the Corps, see this November 2023 Newswire story.

See treated works in the digital collection here, here, here and here.

To view the outcomes report for this 2023-2024 grant-funded project, and learn about public engagement with the sculptures on campus,visit here.


Minnesota State Arts Board

This project has been financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society.

Cross-departmental Collaborations: How Students are Using the Fine Art Collection

The Visual Resources Library (VRL) supports graduate students enrolled in the Master of Library and Information Science program’s Digital Libraries course. VRL staff instruct students on the documentation and digitization of Fine Art Collection items including photography of 2D and 3D works and creating descriptive data. Digital Libraries is a course that focuses on technology, preservation, and access to digital collections, culminating in the creation of virtual exhibitions, featuring artists and artworks in our Fine Art Collection. Click on the links below to see student-made exhibits featuring paintings and prints by Adolf Dehn, screenprints by Corita Kent, and Southwest Native American pottery. You can browse all exhibits created by students here.

Collection Highlights