Montclair State University Galleries’ permanent art collection consists of over 4,000 objects and functions as a cultural resource for students, faculty, and the broader community to enhance teaching and learning. The preservation and augmentation of these collections ensure accessibility to these objects for future generations.
The permanent collection includes works of art and artifacts from a wide range of historical time periods, mediums, movements and cultures. Our holdings include works by George Segal, Alexander Calder, Andy Warhol, Ben Wilson, Evelyn Wilson, Clarence Holbrook Carter and Lida Hilton.
In 2020, the University Galleries’ began a digitization project to build an online collections catalog that is accessible to the general public. Please check back on our website as this is regularly updated.
To request a high-resolution image for research or publication purposes, please submit an Image Request.
Browse a selection of highlights from the Montclair State University Permanent Collection, including wood-carvings from West Africa, block prints from East Asia, and a selection of work by modern and contemporary artists.
David Ganz and Dina Cagliostro’s photography collection has grown through an annual gift to Montclair State University. This photography collection consists of various artists, such as Lucien Clergue, Peter Turnley, Sally Gall and more. Images range from dramatic studies of light and shade, documentary photography from around the world and images of famous athletes from the late 20th century.
In 2006, the George and Helen Segal Foundation supported the renovation of the Montclair State University Galleries’ 3,000 square foot flagship gallery space, named after the late artist George Segal. The generous gift was accompanied by a number of sculptures, drawings and paintings by George Segal. This online gallery also includes photographs by artist Donald Lokuta of George Segal the artist working in his studio and his works in progress.
From 1970 to 1987 Andy Warhol took thousands of polaroid and black and white photographs, the vast majority of which were never seen by the public. In 2007 hundreds of these images were donated to Montclair State University as part of The Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program. The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Art program brought Warhol’s prolific photographic production to light, allowing the University campus community and broader public greater access to his work and a window into Warhol’s art, work and life.
In 2011 Montclair State University received a significant gift of works by artist Israel Bernbaum from the Holocaust Resource Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Clifton-Passaic. The collection includes murals and drawings, Bernbaum’s correspondences with political figures and other historic and personal artifacts.