With more than 3,600 works, the UC Art Collection is international in scope, and includes paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, furniture, ceramics and decorative arts spanning five millennia, from ancient Greece to the present day.
Within this enormous range, works of art from the U.S. form one of the core areas in the collection. And, appropriately, the art of Cincinnati, especially that produced during the late-19th and early-20th centuries, is a particular strength with pieces from Elizabeth Nourse, Lewis Henry Meakin, Frank Harmon Myers, Herman Henry Wessel, Louis Charles Vogt and John Ellsworth Weis.
While many works of art contained in the UC Art Collection have resided at the institution since the early 20th century, the collection was not officially established until 1967 when it was determined that the centralization of curatorial and management activities would more effectively serve documentation, scholarship and preservation efforts. Recent changes to its management structure aim to bring even more visibility, accessibility and use to this valuable resource.
In early 2019, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost Kristi Nelson, herself a professor emeritus of art history, shared her desire to make UC’s Art Collection more open and available for teaching, learning and research. This led to the expansion of the UC Art Collection Executive Committee and a transfer of management oversight responsibilities from the Provost Office to the deans of the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) and of UC Libraries.