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Art collection on display at the Department of Art History Gallery

Visual Arts at St. Thomas

About the Visual Arts at St. Thomas

The art and architectural collections and galleries at the University of St. Thomas serve as teaching opportunities for our students and the public. For undergraduate and graduate students in art history, the VISUAL ARTS@St. Thomas provide the experience of working with artwork, learning proper curatorial and exhibition techniques, and fostering a better understanding of the works' cultural context.

The VISUAL ARTS@St. Thomas include:

  • The American Museum of Asmat Art
  • Department of Art History Gallery
  • Hoedeman Gallery of Sacred Art
  • University of St. Thomas Art Collection
  • Voorsanger Architects Archive

About the Museum

  • What is the AMAA?
  • Mission and Vision
  • The Gallery
  • Visit
  • What is the AMAA?

    The AMAA is one of the largest collection of Asmat art in the country, with more than 2,900 objects. Most of the works date from the mid-20th century to the present. The collection originally was formed by missionaries from the Crosier Fathers and Brothers, a Catholic religious Order, who worked in the Asmat region beginning in 1958.

    The museum had two previous homes in Hastings, Nebraska and Shoreview, Minnesota. In 2007, the Crosiers, wishing to place the collection in a setting where it would be used to educate students and the public about Asmat art and culture, gave it to the University of St. Thomas. The museum's gallery, located on the second floor of the Anderson Student Center on the University's St. Paul campus opened in 2012.

    Mission and Vision

    Mission

    The American Museum of Asmat Art at St. Thomas engages students and the global community through preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting the art of the Asmat people, in order to expand human understanding and promote intercultural awareness.

    Vision

    The vision of the American Museum of Asmat Art at St. Thomas is to be a preeminent teaching collection, interdisciplinary in nature and programmatically diverse, that promotes global understanding of Asmat art and culture consistent with the mission and values of the University of St. Thomas.

    The Gallery

    The gallery is divided into two sections: a permanent section, which displays Asmat ancestor poles (bis), canoes, and other large-scale works, and a rotating exhibition section, which presents regularly changing exhibitions on different aspects of Asmat art and culture using works drawn from the collection.

    The museum's collection continues to grow and the AMAA forms an integral part of the University's broader commitment to fostering respect and appreciation for cultural diversity and the artistic achievements of all of humanity, and of the Department of Art History's dedication to teaching global arts in context.

    Visit

    Location

    The AMAA@St. Thomas showcases rotating exhibitions on view in the gallery on the second floor of the Anderson Student Center.

    Hours

    Open daily and admission is free!
    • Monday & Tuesday 10 a.m – 4 p.m.
    • Wednesday Noon – 4 p.m.
    • Thursday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Friday Noon – 2 p.m.
    • Saturday & Sunday Noon – 4 p.m.

    Parking

    Street parking is available in non-permit areas along Cretin Avenue and Summit Avenue. Guests are also welcome to park in the Anderson Parking Facility and the Morrison Parking Ramp.

    What is the AMAA?

    The AMAA is one of the largest collection of Asmat art in the country, with more than 2,900 objects. Most of the works date from the mid-20th century to the present. The collection originally was formed by missionaries from the Crosier Fathers and Brothers, a Catholic religious Order, who worked in the Asmat region beginning in 1958.

    The museum had two previous homes in Hastings, Nebraska and Shoreview, Minnesota. In 2007, the Crosiers, wishing to place the collection in a setting where it would be used to educate students and the public about Asmat art and culture, gave it to the University of St. Thomas. The museum's gallery, located on the second floor of the Anderson Student Center on the University's St. Paul campus opened in 2012.

    Mission and Vision

    Mission

    The American Museum of Asmat Art at St. Thomas engages students and the global community through preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting the art of the Asmat people, in order to expand human understanding and promote intercultural awareness.

    Vision

    The vision of the American Museum of Asmat Art at St. Thomas is to be a preeminent teaching collection, interdisciplinary in nature and programmatically diverse, that promotes global understanding of Asmat art and culture consistent with the mission and values of the University of St. Thomas.

    The Gallery

    The gallery is divided into two sections: a permanent section, which displays Asmat ancestor poles (bis), canoes, and other large-scale works, and a rotating exhibition section, which presents regularly changing exhibitions on different aspects of Asmat art and culture using works drawn from the collection.

    The museum's collection continues to grow and the AMAA forms an integral part of the University's broader commitment to fostering respect and appreciation for cultural diversity and the artistic achievements of all of humanity, and of the Department of Art History's dedication to teaching global arts in context.

    Visit

    Location

    The AMAA@St. Thomas showcases rotating exhibitions on view in the gallery on the second floor of the Anderson Student Center.

    Hours

    Open daily and admission is free!
    • Monday & Tuesday 10 a.m – 4 p.m.
    • Wednesday Noon – 4 p.m.
    • Thursday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Friday Noon – 2 p.m.
    • Saturday & Sunday Noon – 4 p.m.

    Parking

    Street parking is available in non-permit areas along Cretin Avenue and Summit Avenue. Guests are also welcome to park in the Anderson Parking Facility and the Morrison Parking Ramp.

    American Museum of Asmat Art Board of Advisors

    Mr. Gerald D. Brennan, Chair
    Mrs. Carole Boyum
    Mrs. Gretchen Burau, Interim Director & Curator
    Mrs. Cheryl Cook
    V. Rev. Tom Enneking, osc
    Dr. Bernie Folz
    Dr. Thomas Harkcom

    Ms. Phyllis Hischier
    Fr. Kermit Holl, osc
    Ms. Gretchen Holland
    Ms. Ursula Konrad
    Mr. David Kostik
    Fr. Virgil Petermeier, osc
    Ms. Topsy Simonson

    Dr. Nick Stanley
    Mrs. Lori Wiese-Parks
    Dr. Mark Stansbury-O'Donnell
    Dr. Victoria Young
    Mrs. Donna MacMillan, honorary member
    Mrs. Suzanne Burke, College of Arts and Sciences staff

    Idealized Imperfection exhibition in the Department of Art History Gallery.

    Department of Art History Gallery

    The Department of Art History Gallery is committed to providing an exhibition program fostering dialogue centered on contemporary and historical art issues, as well architectural topics encouraging paths of inquiry and intercultural understanding.

    Visit the Gallery

    Hours

    Open daily and admission is free!

    • Monday–Thursday 9 a.m-8 p.m.
    • Friday 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
    • Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
    • Sunday 12 p.m.–5 p.m.

    Artist Opportunities

  • Who can submit a proposal
  • Application cycle and timeline
  • Proposal guidelines
  • Contact Information
  • Who can submit a proposal

    We welcome artists to submit proposals to exhibit their work in our gallery. Scheduled two years in advance, our Art Exhibition Program presents two major displays during the academic year (September through December and February through May). We welcome all emerging and established artists, working in all mediums, to submit solo and/or group proposals.

    Application cycle and timeline

    You are welcome to submit a proposal at any time and it will be reviewed during the next cycle. The current application cycle is closed, so please check back regularly for updates.

    Proposal guidelines

    To submit a digital proposal, please include the following:

    • Letter of introduction stating intent/exhibition proposal (PDF format and up to 3 pages total)
    • Résumé/CV: Your current résumé/CV (or that of each artist involved), up to two pages per artist
    • Artist Statement
    • Digital images: In JPEG format, 72 dpi, 600 pixels in longest direction
    • Image list: title, date, medium, dimensions for each
    • Contact information: phone number and email address

    Digital proposals only, please. Do not mail anything.

    Send all questions and submissions to:
    Marria Thompson
    Department of Art History Gallery Curator
    ArtHistoryGallery@stthomas.edu

    Contact Information

    Send all questions and submissions to:
    Marria Thompson
    Department of Art History Gallery Curator
    ArtHistoryGallery@stthomas.edu

    Who can submit a proposal

    We welcome artists to submit proposals to exhibit their work in our gallery. Scheduled two years in advance, our Art Exhibition Program presents two major displays during the academic year (September through December and February through May). We welcome all emerging and established artists, working in all mediums, to submit solo and/or group proposals.

    Application cycle and timeline

    You are welcome to submit a proposal at any time and it will be reviewed during the next cycle. The current application cycle is closed, so please check back regularly for updates.

    Proposal guidelines

    To submit a digital proposal, please include the following:

    • Letter of introduction stating intent/exhibition proposal (PDF format and up to 3 pages total)
    • Résumé/CV: Your current résumé/CV (or that of each artist involved), up to two pages per artist
    • Artist Statement
    • Digital images: In JPEG format, 72 dpi, 600 pixels in longest direction
    • Image list: title, date, medium, dimensions for each
    • Contact information: phone number and email address

    Digital proposals only, please. Do not mail anything.

    Send all questions and submissions to:
    Marria Thompson
    Department of Art History Gallery Curator
    ArtHistoryGallery@stthomas.edu

    Contact Information

    Send all questions and submissions to:
    Marria Thompson
    Department of Art History Gallery Curator
    ArtHistoryGallery@stthomas.edu

    Collage image of pieces from the St. Thomas Art Collection, including a stained glass window, a landscape oil painting, a sculpture, and an abstract painting.

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    The St. Thomas Art Collection

    The St. Thomas Art Collection includes the many works of fine art and outdoor sculptures on view throughout campus, as well as numerous other artworks housed within the Department of Art History. The collection represents a variety of regions from around the world, in particular African and Midwestern art.

    Contact Us

    Questions? Please feel free to contact us.

    Marria Thompson

    Department of Art History Gallery, Hoedeman Gallery of Sacred Art, University of St. Thomas Art Collection

    Christine Dent

    Voorsanger Architects Archive

    • Email: voorsangerarchive@stthomas.edu