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The Collections of HWS

The Collections of Hobart and William Smith Colleges contain many original works of art in media such as drawing, painting, prints, sculpture, photography, and decorative objects. The Collections are particularly strong in works on paper from the 19th through the 21st centuries.

The Collections provide students, faculty, scholars, and a broad regional community the opportunity to study and enjoy original works of art. Works of art from the Collections are regularly utilized for exhibition, classroom, and research purposes. Students actively participate in all aspects of collection management, learning museum standards of art handling and registration, assisting with the installation of exhibitions and campus displays, as well as conducting research for curatorial purposes and educational programs. Tours of the collection storage facility and works of art are provided to Colleges classes.

Recent exhibitions drawn from the Collections:

  • Moments in Time: Lithographs from the HWS Art Collection (2009)
  • Points of View: Landscapes from the Collections (2011)
  • Double Vision: Woman and Image and Imagemaker (2013)

The Collections are also made accessible to the public through an active campus display program. Works of art from the Collections are on display throughout more than twenty administrative and academic buildings across the campus such as in Admissions, the Abbe Center for Jewish Life, Alumni House, the Warren Hunting Smith Library, Coxe Hall and Stern Hall.

Displays of art by Hobart and William Smith Colleges students are located in the Harris Family Lounge in Scandling Campus Center. Selected Dove Award winners of previous years are exhibited in this space each year. The Arthur Dove '03 Art Award was established in 1980 by William B. Carr. The award is used to purchase a work of art created by a student at the Colleges chosen from the Student Art and Architecture Exhibition held at the end of each year in the Davis Gallery at Houghton House.