The University of Arizona has had an Art Department and mounted art exhibitions since the early 1920s. In 1955, they broke ground on the dedicated museum facility that is still in use today. Over the years, alumni bequests and an important Kress Foundation donation have helped establish an impressive collection.
The Samuel H. Kress Collection features religious and secular works from the 13th through 18th centuries. In 1961, the Kress Foundation made a permanent gift of 64 objects to UAMA, including 26 panels from a monumental 15th-century Spanish altarpiece. The Altarpiece of Ciudad Rodrigo is a jewel of the UAMA collection, and the paintings are arrayed in a dedicated gallery adjacent to the space where the remainder of the Kress collection is displayed.
In addition to the Kress Collection, Museum holdings also cover 20th century and contemporary painting, drawings and photography, including work by Inness, Pollock, Rothko, Kerry James Marshall, and Edward Hopper.
Special temporary exhibitions are mounted in the ground floor galleries.
Original artwork by graduating students
Art by LGTBQ+ youth explores representations of self
Works represent the various attitudes people have had about death across time and place
Highlights print production, social and gender norms, and other topics of the early modern era
invites visitors to alter their experience by spending at least 5 minutes with a single work art
Works combine hand-painting and digital graphic elements to create abstract scenes
Works explore the nature of plant life both above and below the ground
Work created at the Dunbar Center during a workshop with the artist
Six artists and six scientists showcase life in the Sonoran Desert