The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts


We deeply appreciate the generosity of our public both now and in the past in helping to grow the UAMA’s world-class collection. 

The University of Arizona Museum of Art (UAMA) has been the beneficiary of several seminal donations of artwork since its inception. The generosity of donors of art over the years has made it possible for the Museum to grow into a world-class collection. Although the Museum’s holdings span many cultures and eras, the core collections include the art of Europe and the United States, from the Renaissance through Contemporary.

The Samuel H. Kress Collection consists of European paintings and sculpture from the 14th through the 19th Century, including the 26-panel altarpiece of the Cathedral of Ciudad Rodrigo, Spain, by Fernando Gallego and Maestro Bartolomé and their workshops. Kress Foundation Website

The C. Leonard Pfeiffer Collection (B.A. 1940, M.A. 1948) contains paintings and drawings by American artists from the 1920s through the 1940s, including Isabel Bishop, Edward Hopper, and Jacob Lawrence.

The Edward J. Gallagher III Memorial Collection consists of more than 200 European and American paintings, sculpture, and works on paper, with particular strength in Modern art. This gift to the UAMA includes artwork by Aristide Maillol, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko.

The Jacques and Yulla Lipchitz Collection: Sketches and Models, donated by the artist’s widow, includes 60 plaster and clay models, various tools from the artist’s studio, numerous portrait busts, and several fully-realized sculptures.

The Works Progress Administration-Federal Art Project Collection (WPA-FAP) contains approximately 300 paintings, prints, and sculpture from the Great Depression era.

The Mr. and Mrs. William A. Small, Jr. Collection consists of 27 paintings, drawings and sculpture by European and American artists of the 20th Century.

The Edward J. Gallagher, III Memorial Bequest was an endowment fund established for the care and growth of the Museum’s collection. This generous bequest has allowed the UAMA to augment its holdings with select works by such diverse artists as Honoré Daumier, Helen Frankenthaler, and Rembrandt van Rijn.

The Archive of Visual Arts (AVA) collects, preserves and provides access to the original papers of artists.