The Fine Arts Collection at UC Davis

The Fine Arts Collection at UC Davis contains more than 5,000 objects. Founded as a collection of Old Master prints, it is now encyclopedic in scope, including notable holdings of antiquities, works on paper and ceramics central to the history of UC Davis. As the new museum is being constructed, there is a concurrent community-wide effort to grow and strengthen the depth of the Fine Arts Collection. 

Established in 1964, today the collection contains more than 5,000 works from antiquities to contemporary art.  Areas of special focus include:

  • Old Master Prints
  • East Asian Prints
  • Ceramics
  • UC Davis Faculty and Alumni   

UC Davis' Art in Public Places
UC Davis also has a collection of outdoor sculpture. A guide to the outdoor sculpture was created by students in art history. Read about their project and download the guide. Learn about Robert Arneson's Eggheads sculptures that are quintessentially UC Davis. 

  • Robert Arneson, "Cal Aggies," 1968. Gift of the artist. Art © Estate of Robert Arneson/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

  • Bruce Nauman, "Cup Merging with Its Saucer," 1965. Gift of the artist. Art © 2013 Bruce Nauman/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York.

  • Elaine de Kooning, untitled, circa 1963.

  • Deborah Butterfield, untitled, 1992. Commissioned by the Campus Art in Public Places Work Group. Purchased with funds provided by the Cal Aggie Alumni and Visitors Center Campaign. Art © Deborah Butterfield/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

  • Roy De Forest, untitled, 1969. Gift of Wayne and Betty Jean Thiebaud. Art © Estate of Roy De Forest. Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

  • Unknown artist, Thai Ban Chiang Late Period, "Burial Jar," 2100 B.C.-200 A.D. Gift of Joan and Alex De Paoli.

  • Christopher Brown, "What Water Does," 1976. Gift of the artist.