Permanent Collection

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In 1962 the University began to assemble a collection of art works to be used for teaching purposes and for presentation to the community. When the Fine Arts Center was completed in 1975 the collection was placed under the care and management of the University Museum of Contemporary Art.

The collection, which was started by professor emeritus Walter Kamys as a teaching collection for art students, has grown to over 2800 with a focus of works on paper. It is the most expansive compilation of contemporary photographs, drawings, and prints to be housed in a Massachusetts public institution outside of Boston. By opening a collection study-storage room, we will renew our commitment to serve UMass students and faculty, the Five College community, and the public at large.


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The University Museum of Contemporary Art is currently involved in a  Five College Museums/Historic Deerfield computerization project, which integrates the collections of the area's museums making their respective holdings accessible for purposes of study and research. To access the collection,  click here. All images of works in the University Museum of Contemporary Art Collection are identified with UM affixed to their accession number.

Appointments can be made to view original artworks upon request for classes of up to 10 students, or individual faculty or student visits. The collection study room is also open to the public by appointment. Contact our Registrar, Justin Griswold, 545 1986; jlind@admin.umass.edu.




Rotating exhibitions of selections from the collection are on view at all times through the following programs:


Dialogue with a Collection

Area artists are invited to integrate their own works with pieces they select from the University Museum of Contemporary Art's works-on-paper collection. It features artists’ recent work alongside works they select and place in direct dialogue with one another.

The Curatorial Fellowship Exhibition

We provide curatorial experiences to graduate students interested in museum careers. Students research, prepare, and organize special exhibitions from the permanent collection. During the process each student works in close consultation with their professor and museum staff; researches a concept and selects original art objects from the collection; writes object labels; and produce a brochure with a curatorial essay. Finally, marketing strategies are implemented and a variety of social media tools are utilized. At the opening reception, the Curatorial Fellow introduces the exhibition and gives a guided tour to the public. We provide curatorial experiences to graduate students interested in museum careers. Students research, prepare, and organize special exhibitions from the permanent collection.

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During the process each student works in close consultation with their professor and museum staff; researches a concept and selects original art objects from the collection; writes object labels; and produce a brochure with a curatorial essay. Finally, marketing strategies are implemented and a variety of social media tools are utilized. At the opening reception, the Curatorial Fellow introduces the exhibition and gives a guided tour to the public.