Permanent Art Collection

Indiana State University’s Permanent Art Collection and Study Collection include a total of 3,600 paintings, sculptures, ceramics, drawings, prints, and photographs. The Study Collection consists of 600 works, primarily prints, by ISU undergraduate and graduate art majors.

Strengths of the Collection

Works Progress Administration

Two hundred and forty paintings, prints, posters, and small sculptures dating from 1935 to 1941. Includes paintings by Julio de Diego, Paul Kelpe, George Marinko, and Joseph Stella; and prints by Ida Abelman, Jolan Bettelheim, Samuel Joseph Brown, Peter Busa, Stuart Davis, Mabel Dwight, Don Freeman, Michael Gallagher, Sargent Claude Johnson, Max Kahn, Wilmer Jennings, Helen Lundeberg, Hugh Mesibov, Isaac Soyer, Harry Sternberg, Raymond Steth, Dox Thrash, and Joseph Vogel.

Pop Art

Includes one hundred and fifty Polaroids and two screenprints by Andy Warhol; a portfolio of thirteen screenprints by Robert Indiana; Claes Oldenburg’s London Knees portfolio (prints and sculpture); prints by Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Lindner, Jim Dine, Eduardo Paolozzi, James Rosenquist, Larry Rivers, and Robert Rauschenberg; and two paintings by Ed Paschke.

Op Art

Richard Anuszkiewicz’s Inward Eye portfolio of eight serigraphs and poetry/prose by William Blake; and screenprints by Josef Albers (Op Art influence), Bridget Riley, and Victor Vasarely.

Contemporary American Art

Includes works by Garo Antreasian, Rudy Autio, Leonard Baskin, Christo, Sue Coe, Ruth Duckworth, Tony Fitzpatrick, Richard Hunt, Ida Kohlmeyer, Jeff Koons, Joseph Kosuth, Jacob Lawrence, Nathan Lerner, Robert Longo, Andrew Moore, Bruce Nauman, Philip Pearlstein, Gabor Peterdi, Richard Prince, Ernest Tino Trova, and William Wiley.

Other Portfolios and Sub-Collections

  • 1972 Documenta portfolio of lithographs and screenprints by Photorealists: Robert Cottingham, Don Eddy, Franz Gertsch, Ralph Goings, Richard Thorpe McLean, Stephen Posen, John Salt, Ben Schonzeit, and Paul Staiger
  • Peter Milton’s 1971 portfolio, The Jolly Corner I, II and III, of twenty-one etchings and text by Henry James
  • Paul Wunderlich’s 1970 portfolio, The Song of Songs Which is Solomon’s, of ten lithographs
  • José Luis Cuevas’ 1968 Crime Portfolio of eleven lithographs
  • Six serigraphs by Robert Gordy
  • Seven linocuts by Diego Rivera
  • Twenty-two works, primarily woodcuts, by Paul William Ashby, 1919 graduate of Indiana State
  • Seventeen paintings and prints by Paul Chidlaw
  • Seventy-five conté and charcoal figure drawings by British artist Frank Samuel Eastman
  • Twenty-one 20th century African masks and ceremonial shields
  • Forty-five contemporary textiles from the Nigerian studio of Iyabo Abiola
  • One hundred and ninety-three watercolors, oils, drawings, and prints by Fannie Blumberg
  • Large holdings of works by current and former art faculty, including Alma Anderson, Whitney Engeran, David Erickson, Robert Evans, Dick Hay, Fran Lattanzio, Nancy Nichols-Pethick, Jonathan Thomas, William T. Turman, and Louis R. Williams

European Art

Prints by Bernard Buffet, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali, Albrecht Dürer, Max Ernst, Fernand Léger, Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, Jean Luçrat, René Magritte, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, and Georges Rouault.

Public Sculpture

Thirty large outdoor sculptures and four indoor sculptures and installations by artists such as John Van Alstine, Chakaia Booker, Michael Dunbar, Howard Kalish, Doug Kornfeld, Franz and Marja de Boer Lichtveld, Thomas Torrens, and Tim Upham. Visit our public sculpture page for a virtual tour.


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