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The UAM Permanent Collections and Site-Specific Outdoor Sculpture have brought the university and Long Beach area recognition from both the professional art community and international public.


The UAM began collecting works of art in the early 1970s and has maintained a focus of contemporary works on paper that features examples of work by the most important contemporary masters, including James Rosenquist, Lorna Simpson, Roy Lichtenstein, Marion Post Wolcott, Graciela Iturbide, April Gornik, David Hockney, Nancy Graves, Wayne Thiebaud, Andy Warhol, and Eric Fischl, among many others. Presented in major exhibitions, offered for examination by students and scholars, and circulated to national institutions, the UAM collections are a permanent, regional visual arts resource and archive.

Marion Post Wolcott, "Tenant farmer's children...
Wadesboro, North Carolina," 1939, photograph.
Gift of Thomas and Barbara Peckenpaugh
© Linda Wolcott-Moore Fine Art


The museum's collection of outdoor sculpture began in 1965 with an international sculpture symposium--the first of its kind in the United States. Supported by innovative partnerships with local industries, each artist completed one work which became the property of the university. The final result included 10 works spread throughout the 322-acre campus. The collection currently includes works by Kengiro Azuma, J. J. Beljon, Andre Bloc, Woods Davy, Guy Dill, Kosso Eloul, Clare Falkenstein, Bryan Hunt, Robert Irwin, Gabriel Kohn, Piotr Kowalski, Robert Murray, Terry Schoonhoven, Richard Turner, and Michael Davis. Recently, the collection has been enhanced by the works of Maren Hassinger, Eugenia Butler, and Frederick Fisher. Walking tour maps are available at the UAM.

Shown here: Piotr Kowalski, Now [1965].

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