As part of a comprehensive, public, research institution, the University at Albany Art Museum is committed to providing spaces for creative, rigorous, interdisciplinary inquiry that can actively transform higher education. The Museum’s Collections Study Space is a multi-purpose space designed to safely house the University at Albany Fine Art Collections and simultaneously make them accessible to students, faculty, other researchers and scholars, and the community.
The Collections Study Space serves as a viewing and study gallery for fine art in a classroom context. It offers a range of behind-the-scenes experiences that inform current museum best practices and fosters an environment in which contemporary art is experienced through multiple perspectives. A designated teaching area accommodates classes of up to 20 students or small community groups. The Study Space also serves as a site for discussions, talks, small panels, readings and informal conversations related to the artists and artworks in the Collections.
The primary role of the Collections Study Space is to provide proper care and storage of the Collections. The space includes extensive flat files to hold works on paper, sliding rack systems for paintings, and shelving systems for framed works and boxed portfolios. A range of registrarial functions are performed on site, including cataloguing, photographing and conditioning works of art as well as the administration of the Museum’s ongoing loan program.
Works from the collections have been part of major nationally touring exhibitions at The Los Angeles County Museum; Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York; the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Cincinnati Art Museum; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York; The Baltimore Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, New York;The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College; the Neuberger Museum of Art at SUNY Purchase; the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz; and the Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College-----
Initial support for the Collections Study Space was provided by the Henry Luce Foundation American Art Program.